BIO OCEANS LECTURE: APPROACHES TO MANAGING ECOSYSTEMS
POSITION: CLEAN NOVA SCOTIA
Clean Nova Scotia is seeking an Executive Director. Her/his primary responsibility is to act on behalf of the membership of CNS towards achievement of CNS's mission statement and goals. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall development, management, administration, representation and organization of all activities, initiatives, programs and affairs. 30 April is the deadline for applying. For further information, access http://www.clean.ns.ca/15/cnscareers.htm.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SEAFLOOR MAPPING NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY AND WORKSHOP
The Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) is seeking a contractor to assist in the development and analysis of a Seafloor Mapping Needs Assessment project. The project will involve: a Needs Assessment Survey to document needs for seafloor mapping in the Gulf of Maine prioritized by managers, researchers, fishermen, and other potential users; and working with GOMMI to organize and conduct a Seafloor Mapping Workshop in October 2004. The contractor will assist the GOMMI in developing the survey tool, distributing the survey, summarizing the survey results, and producing the workshop proceedings. 14 May is the deadline for submitting proposals. For information, access http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/opportunities/.
WORKSHOPS AT GEOMATICS ATLANTIC 2004
Two of the workshops at Geomatics Atlantic scheduled for 7-9 June 2004 in Fredericton, New Brunswick will focus on: (1) the LiDAR data collection, validation and DEM presentation for the project on the impact of sea level rise and climate change in southeast New Brunswick and (2) the status on software development for a Coastal Zone decision support system. For information on Geomatics Atlantic, access http://www.geomaticsatlantic.com/.
EARLY REGISTRATION - COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2004
30 April is the deadline for early registration at CZC 2004, scheduled for 27-30 June 2004 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. CZC 2004 will focus on the increasingly complex challenges associated with understanding, maintaining, managing, and governing coastal ecosystems. For information, access http://www.czc04.ca.
OCEAN ZONING: CAN IT WORK IN THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC?
A Workshop entitled Ocean Zoning: Can it Work in the Northwest Atlantic? is scheduled for 10-11 May 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Workshop is designed to explore the concept and effectiveness of ocean zoning as a tool for integrated management of marine resources and activities. It will provide an opportunity to learn from ocean zoning experiences internationally and to consider their application to the Northwest Atlantic region. For information, access http://www.oceanzoning.ca.
GEOSCIENCE FOR OCEAN MANAGEMENT
A Geoscience for Ocean Management Workshop was held on 4-6 February 2004, at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Workshop had three objectives: to gain a perspective on global trends in marine science; to present progress on delivering the GOM research program; and to provide a forum for clients, partners and stakeholders to review program progress and identify future program directions. The Workshop presentations are available at http://gom.nrcan.gc.ca/gomnews_e.php.
INTEGRATING SCIENTIFIC AND LEK TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL CRITICAL HABITATS
Placentia Bay, Newfoundland has been identified by DFO's Oceans Programs Division as a priority region for the development of an integrated management plan because of its productivity and the anticipated coastal and marine development in the Bay. A research program was initiated to document the local ecological knowledge (LEK) of fishers and community members regarding marine mammals, pelagic fish, and the location of environmentally significant or sensitive areas/habitats. The Placentia Bay case study is described in a CSAS report available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/csas/english/Research_Years/2003/2003_114_E.htm.
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY INFO DAYS IN HALIFAX
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will hold its 2nd annual INFO Days event on 3-4 May 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to provide information on current programs and upcoming activities linked to Canadian investment in Earth Observation (EO) sensors. Topics to be covered include the CSA's application and technology development programs, Canada's involvement in international ventures, preparation for RADARSAT-2, intellectual property and much more. For information, access http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/csa_sectors/technology/development/csa_labs/expertise/infodays.asp.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - A.G. HUNTSMAN AWARDS: 25TH ANNIVERSARY
The A.G. Huntsman Award was created in 1980 to recognize excellence in marine sciences. To mark its 25th Anniversary, a 2-day jubilee is planned for the fall of 2005, hosted by the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and Dalhousie University. Awards will be presented in each of the following categories: Biological/Fisheries Oceanography; Marine Geosciences; Physical/Chemical Oceanography; and Interdisciplinary Marine Science. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 30 June 2004. For information, access http://www.bio.gc.ca/huntsman/huntsman-e.html.
RELEASE OF ATLANTIC FISHERIES POLICY FRAMEWORK BY DFO
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has released A Policy Framework for the Management of Fisheries on Canada's Atlantic Coast. This blueprint includes the following elements: More transparent and rules-based decision-making processes; An independent and viable fleet of inshore fishers; Longer-term, more stable resource sharing arrangements; Multi-year fisheries management plans focused on conservation and risk-management; and Policies to promote the viability and self-reliance of the industry. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac27_e.htm.
AERIAL SURVEILLANCE OF WATERS IN AND OUTSIDE CANADA'S 200-MILE LIMIT
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has announced a new $51 million, five-and-a-half year contract with Provincial Airlines Limited (PAL) to provide aerial surveillance of waters in and outside Canada's 200-mile limit. DFO's air surveillance program provides the capability to monitor domestic and foreign vessel activities and detect violations. In addition, the program provides pollution surveillance and environmental monitoring. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac20_e.htm.
OFFSHORE ISSUES IN CANADA
The Association of Canada Land Surveyors held its 2nd Offshore Issues Stakeholders Consultation Workshop in Calgary, Alberta on 16 October 2003. The Workshop report is available at http://www.acls-aatc.ca/english/offshore/offshore.htm.
WETLANDS STEWARDSHIP IN CANADA
The Conference on Canadian Wetlands Stewardship was held on 3-5 February 2003 in Ottawa, Ontario. The Conference report provides strategies and supporting actions to encourage planning for wetlands stewardship. The strategies are: Changing the Policy Framework; Integrated Watershed Management; National Wetland Inventory; Governance and Mechanisms; Enhancing Capacity; Promoting Wetland Education and Communication; and Fostering a Sustainable Wetland Industry. The report is available at http://www.stewardshipcanada.ca.
FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NMCA IN THE MAGDALEN ISLANDS
A feasibility study will be conducted on the creation of a National Marine Conservation Area around the Magdalen Islands. The purpose of the feasibility study is to determine whether it is possible and desirable to create a NMCA around the Magdalen Islands archipelago. The area being considered covers some 5,000 km2 and would extend to a depth of 50 m. For information, access http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/cp-nr/release_e.asp?id=775&andor1=nr.
MONITORING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT WITH SATELLITES
At any given time more than 30 civilian Earth-observation satellite sensors are monitoring the marine environment. Their applications are relevant to all of the primary disciplines of oceanography. The marine applications, limitations and technical details of all of these satellites are documented in the OEA Technologies website at http://www.oeatech.com/eos.htm. The site also includes a link to the satellite's home website and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing online remote sensing tutorial.
MANAGING MAINE STATE WATERS
A Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine recently presented a series of recommendations "on how to balance the range of potential uses of state waters and plan for the growth of marine aquaculture while considering all applicable scientific data and all reasonable constraints and opportunities". The Task Force report and other information, including ensuing legislation, are available at http://www.state.me.us/dmr/aquaculture/aqtaskforce/aqtfhomepage.htm.
MASSACHUSETTS OCEAN MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE REPORT
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is developing a systematic approach to conserving ocean resources, protecting the public trust, and managing competing interests to use these public resources. The Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force was established to examine the current issues, identify data and information gaps, review existing ocean governance mechanisms, and issue recommendations for administrative, regulatory, and statutory changes. Waves of Change, the Task Force Report and recommendations (Vol 1) and the Technical Report (Vol 2), are now available at http://www.state.ma.us/czm/MOMI/finalrpts.htm.
ONLINE TRAINING IN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
A set of 44 Training Modules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Academy is now available online. The self-paced Training Modules offer a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field and cover the basics, including watershed ecology, analysis, and planning. The Module themes are: Introductory/Overview; Watershed Ecology; Watershed Change; Analysis and Planning; Management Practices; and Community/Social/Water Law. The Training Modules are available at http://www.epa.gov/watertrain/.
- A guide to coastal erosion management practices in Europe, prepared by the National Institute of Coastal and Marine Management of the Netherlands, includes: an introduction to the criteria used to select the case studies reviewed during the project and the methodology adopted to collect information on these case studies; an extensive summary of the major lessons learned from this review; an analysis report, organised by regional seas and assessment levels; and 60 condensed reports related to the cases studies reviewed. The guide is available at http://www.eurosion.org/shoreline/Shoreline_management_guide_jan04.pdf.
- The Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood is produced by the Blue Ocean Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. The ranking of seafood is based on the analysis of five criteria. Wild species are evaluated for their life history characteristics, current level of abundance, habitat quality, management effectiveness, and bycatch. Farming systems are evaluated for their on-site operations, feed composition, water quality, biological effects, and ecological effects. The Guide is available at http://www.blueoceaninstitute.org/Seafood_Detail/36.
- The Global Environment Outlook Year Book 2003 highlights the most significant environmental developments in the year. It is based on comprehensive tracking - at global and regional level - of issues and developments as they unfold during the year, and collaboration between UNEP and many partners at both levels. The GEO Year Book 2003 is available online at http://www.unep.org/geo/yearbook/.
- 23 April 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 1st International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources, scheduled for 20-23 October 2004 in Valletta, Malta. The event will focus on Beaches, Yacht Marinas and Coastal Ecotourism.
- 30 April 2004 is the deadline for submitting paper titles to the Symposium on the Ecosystem of the Flemish Cap, scheduled for 8-10 September 2004 at the Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
- 30 April 2004 is the deadline for early registration to Water Quality and Integrated Watershed Planning: Charting the Future, scheduled for 17-19 June 2004 at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton, New Brunswick.
- 30 April 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to ICCCM 2005, the International Conference on Coastal Conservation and Management in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, scheduled for 17-20 April 2005 in Algarve, Portugal.
- 15 May 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference 2005 scheduled for 8-11 May 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- 19-23 April 2004: Coast to Coast '04, Australia's National Coastal Conference, Hobart, Australia
- 20-22 April 2004: 15th Global Warming International Conference and Expo, San Francisco, California
- 21-22 April 2004: Conference entitled Integrated Coastal Zone Management: Fact or Fiction?, Plymouth, UK.
- 26-28 April 2004: CoastWetChange, the International Conference on Lagoons and Coastal Wetlands in the Global Change Context: Impacts and Management Issues, Venice, Italy
- 26-28 April 2004: Coastal Environment 2004, the 5th International Conference on Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions, Alicante, Spain
- 26-29 April 2004: Forum on Coastal Change, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
- 28-29 April 2004: 8th Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable (CPPR), Ottawa, Ontario
- 28-30 April 2004: 12th Annual GIS Research UK Conference, Norwich, UK
- 28-30 April 2004: Oil Spill 2004, the 4th International Conference on Hydrocarbon Spills, Modelling, Analysis and Control, Alicante, Spain
- 2-6 May 2004: 4th World Fisheries Congress, Vancouver, British Columbia
- 5 May 2004: Maine's Marine Invasion: A Forum on the Impact of Non-native and Other Invasive Species on Maine's Coastal Ecosystems, Portland, Maine
- 10-13 May 2004: EurOCEAN 2004 Conference, Galway, Ireland
- 10-14 May 2004: Global H2O Partnership Conference and Trade Fair, Cairns, Australia
- 13-14 May 2004: Energy Forum 2004, Nova Scotia's first Energy Research and Development Forum, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- 13-15 May 2004: GI and GIS for Integrated Coastal Management, Seville, Spain
- 24-27 May 2004: Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2004, Ottawa, Ontario
- 23-26 May 2004: 19th International Conference of the Coastal Society, Newport, Rhode Island
- 27-28 May 2004: Challenges of Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems: Valuation, Analysis, and Policy Development, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- 30 May -1 June 2004: 6th Annual Scientific Conference of the GEOIDE Network, Gatineau, Québec
- 31 May - 3 June 2004: CMOS 2004, the 38th Annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Edmonton, Alberta
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
APPLYING BIOSOLIDS TO LAND IN NOVA SCOTIA
The Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour is seeking public comment on the new rules for applying biosolids to land. The draft guidelines will allow only treated sludges that meet specific biological and chemical criteria to be applied to the land. No untreated septage or sewage sludges can be used. The public comment period ends on Friday, 16 April. For information, access http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20040331007.