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The Coastal Update has been published monthly since 1997 by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC), now known as COINAtlantic (Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic). Readers may review the archived issues of the Coastal Update in the COINAtlantic Website newsletter section.

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Director, COINAtlantic Secretariat

The ACZISC Association Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill the full time position of Director of the COINAtlantic Secretariat. The ACZISC Association is the legal entity and employer of the COINAtlantic Secretariat which services the Coastal and Ocean Management Community of Practice through the delivery of information products, on-line data sharing tools, the holding of workshops and webinars and participation in projects that advance the implementation of integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM) and the open sharing of data and information.

Read the full position description here.


Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) Atlantic

CIOOS is a new initiative that was recently established through a partnership of public, private, and academic institutions. Jointly funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Marine Environmental, Observation, Prediction and Response Network, it is a national effort to coordinate ocean observing activities and facilitate knowledge sharing in ocean science. CIOOS is currently entering a pilot phase, during which a robust data management and dissemination system will be developed. CIOOS consists of a national infrastructure, a data stewardship partner, and three regional associations: Pacific Gulf of Saint Lawrence, and Atlantic. CIOOS-Atlantic is a consortium of partner institutions which together make up the regional association for the Atlantic region. 

Join us at up-coming events we plan to attend with the goal to introduce the initiative and engage CIOOS-Atlantic stakeholders:



The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance

The new book The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance Perspectives from Europe and Beyond, is available for an open access download. The book is published by Brill Nijhoffand edited by David Langlet, Rosemary Rayfuse. The book takes stock of the challenges associated with implementing an ecosystem approach in ocean governance. In addition to theorizing the notion of Ecosystem Approach and its multifaceted implications, the book provides in depth analyses of lessons learned and remaining challenges associated with making the Ecosystem Approach fully relevant and operational in different marine policy fields, including marine spatial planning, fisheries, and biodiversity protection.

Transforming Our Coastal Futures through Partnerships to foster Sustainability

Transforming Our Coastal Futures through Partnerships to foster Sustainability

In March 2018 Future Earth Coasts community met with representatives of UN Environment and the Western Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea, Mediterranean regional seas to work together with Science Communicators from the Integration and Application Network and SustainaMetrix to develop a strategy for knowledge exchange that could lead to more effective adaptive management and governance for coasts through assessing existing strategies. The resulting publication Transforming Our Coastal Futures through Partnerships to foster Sustainability – A way forward. A strategy to promote knowledge exchange outlines the vision and way forward for partnering towards a more sustainable future for the world’s coasts.

Communicating Ecosystem-Based Management

Communicating Ecosystem-Based Management

Communicating Ecosystem-Based Management is an United Nations Environment / GRID- Arendal publication highlights practical ways to communicate the importance of ecosystem-based management. Five case studies were chosen to reflect the factors that influence communications, including how it’s being implemented, geography, entry point, target audience, messages and budget. The partners working on these case studies share lessons learned directly from their experience communicating about ecosystem-based management projects.


Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective

The Dalhousie University Libraries has launched its first in-house produced open textbook, Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective by conservation biologist Bill Freedman (1950–2015). The production of the open textbook is a celebration of the legacy of Bill Freedman, and an exploration of new possibilities to provide open access to scholarly resources at no cost to the reader.


A list of regional, national and international conferences, seminars, webinars, courses and other events of relevance to integrated coastal and ocean management is available at this link on the COINAtlantic Website.

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  • Several ArcGIS web mapping services for the presence of selected species have been deposited on the Government of Canada Open Maps site. They have been developed to support Area Response Plans for the Bay of Fundy and Port Hawkesbury areas. Mapping services for harbour seal, bottlenose whale, finback whale, North Atlantic Right whale, harbour porpoise, American lobster, soft shelled clams, and snow crab are included. To access search for the species name on the Open Maps website. The mapping services are accompanied by a csv file that describes seasonal presence and life stages.

  • The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS) Catalogue of Sources aims to be an online browsable and searchable catalogue of existing ocean related web-based sources/systems of data and information as well as products and services. It will also provide information on products and visualize the landscape (entities and their connections) of ocean data and information sources.
  • The January 2019 issue of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) Digest includes: stories, videos and pledges collected as part of the TBTI 'Blue Justice' campaign, and the opinion piece ‘We can eat our fish and fight climate change too’.

  • The Research Data Alliance (RDA) requests participation in a survey: Researcher Engagement with data management: what works? The project aims to collect use case studies from different organizations and institutions around the globe on how to engage researchers with research data management. The collected case studies will be published on the RDA website and as an open textbook.
  • The January 2019 International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Newsletter, contains articles on: ICAN participation in the CoastGIS 2018 conference in Iceland, the ICAN mini-workshop held at CoastGIS 2018 and reports from atlases in the Baltic Sea (HELCOM), the African Coastal Marine Atlas, Ecuador (System for Environmental Information) and New York State in the USA (Gateway). The issue also contains an introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water) and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

  • The January 2019 Edition of the International Geographical Union Commission on Coastal Systems Newsletter includes reports on meetings, sessions, and conferences, including: "ECSA 57: Changing Estuaries, Coasts and Shelf Systems - Diverse Threats And Opportunities" and "CoastGIS 2018: Spatial Planning and Climate Change".

  • The December 2018 - January 2019 issue of MPA News is now available. The issue features several articles, including: "Sharpening our focus on MPAs for 2020 and beyond: The emerging consensus on what is and is not an MPA, and the key types of MPAs" and "New online system is available to collect MPA user fees safely and easily; developed by former Bonaire National Marine Park manager". 

  • The December 2018 - January 2019 issue of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) is now available. This issue includes the article: "The Skimmer: Missing half the story: How considering gender can improve ocean conservation and management".

  • The January 2019 issue of CZ-Mail, the monthly newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is now available. This issue is a year-in-review edition of CZ-Mail, which highlights CZM accomplishments for 2018, provides news and information about our programs and regions, and discusses the notable achievements of CZM partners.

  • NOAA hosts an ongoing OneNOAA Science Seminar/Webinar series. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for the weekly OneNOAA science seminar email list.




Gulf of Maine, Explained: Bluefin Tuna

In a new edition of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Gulf of Maine, Explained, a new blog post and video clarifies some of the confusion Bluefin Tuna can be a source of for the public, especially with contradictory information in the news media and NGO community. In this new video, Dr. Golet shares some of what is known about Bluefin Tuna in the Gulf of Maine.



- 11 March 2019 is the deadline to submit your art work to the 2019 I LIVE BY THE SEA International Youth Contest. The contest is open to youth from 5 to 21 years. Participants may submit photos or short films, along with a short text, describing the story. Films may be any form of artistic expression, from a documentary, to feature, or theatre play, through pantomime, dance or a song.

-31 March 2019 is the deadline to submit articles to the Ocean Yearbook Volume 34 Call for Papers. Articles on issues and prospects, ocean governance, living resources of the ocean, non-living ocean resources, transportation and communications, environment and coastal management, maritime security, military activities, regional developments, training and education and ocean polar issues will be considered. 

- 13 May 2019 is the deadline to the Ocean Yearbook Volume 34 Student Paper Competition. The Ocean Yearbook Student Prize is an annual competition open to students writing research papers on marine affairs subjects at any university or other tertiary education institution.

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