GULLY MARINE PROTECTED AREA
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that the Gully has been designated as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under Canada's Oceans Act. Located on the edge of the Scotian Shelf near Sable Island, the Gully is the largest marine canyon in the western North Atlantic. The Gully MPA regulations prohibit the disturbance, damage, destruction or removal of any living marine organism or habitat within the Gully. The MPA contains three management zones, each providing varying levels of protection based on conservation objectives and ecological vulnerabilities. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac61_e.htm.
CLEAN-UP OF THE SYDNEY TAR PONDS AND COKE OVENS
Up to $400 million in funding has been announced for the clean-up of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The worst contaminants will be destroyed and the remaining material will be treated before encapsulating both sites with an engineered containment system. Upon completion of the cleanup, the Province will assume ownership of the properties. For information on the announcement, access http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20040512001. To monitor progress and for further details, access the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency website at http://gov.ns.ca/stpa.
MANAGEMENT OF WASTES FROM ATLANTIC SEAFOOD PROCESSING OPERATIONS
Canada's National Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (NPA) responds to an international call to protect the marine environment through coordinated actions at local, regional, national and international levels. A report of the NPA Atlantic Regional Team focuses on seafood processing with the goal of better understanding the waste discharges and potential impacts on the environment from seafood processing operations. The report is available at http://aczisc.dal.ca/nparpt.pdf (English edition) and http://aczisc.dal.ca/nparptf.pdf (French edition).
IMPACT OF HURRICANE JUAN ON THE ATLANTIC COASTLINE OF NOVA SCOTIA
Hurricane Juan made landfall in Nova Scotia on 29 September 2003. Juan arrived as a Category 2 hurricane of 85 knots (158 km/hr) sustained winds with gusts to over 100 knots (185 km/hr). Field surveys of the physical impacts of hurricane Juan on different types of shorelines were carried out at sites along the Eastern Shore of the Province. A presentation available at http://www.gsca.nrcan.gc.ca/coastweb/storm_impact/juan/index_e.php focuses on the impacts to the coastline.
RE-OPENING THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE COD FISHERIES
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has announced his intention to re-open the northern and southern Gulf of St. Lawrence cod fisheries to limited directed fishing efforts. The decision is based in part on the recommendations of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, an independent arms-length advisory group, which advised on the benefits associated with re-opening these fisheries based on the need for shared stewardship. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac43_e.htm. 'A Recent Account of Canada's Atlantic Cod Fishery is available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/kids-enfants/map-carte/map_e.htm.
NEW MEASURES TO COMBAT FOREIGN OVERFISHING IN THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC
The Government of Canada will commit an additional $15 million in 2004 to further enhance Canada's enforcement and surveillance program in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Regulatory Area to stop illegal overfishing and to finance Canada's strategic agenda for changes to international fisheries governance. New measures include expanding the number of vessels patrolling the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac45_e.htm.
COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2004
CZC 2004 is scheduled for 27-30 June 2004 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The theme is All Within One Ocean: Co-operation in Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Management. The Conference will focus on the increasingly complex challenges associated with understanding, maintaining, managing, and governing coastal ecosystems. The abstracts for paper sessions, special symposia and posters are now available online. For information, access http://www.czc04.ca.
GEOMATICS ATLANTIC 2004
Geomatics Atlantic is scheduled for 7-9 June 2004 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The program will include pre-conference workshops, exhibitions, keynote speakers, technical presentations, poster presentations, and social events. The Conference is aimed at personnel from government agencies, the private sector, the post-secondary education sector, large municipalities and utility companies. The Geomatics Atlantic conference has been held annually since the mid 80s. For information, access http://www.geomaticsatlantic.com.
FUTURE OF GEOMATICS POLICY IN CANADA
The GeoConnections Policy Node and the Geomatics Industry Association of Canada will be holding a series of policy workshops across Canada. In Atlantic Canada, workshops are scheduled for Halifax on 16 June 2004 and St. John's on 18 June. Participants will address key issues, including: What data should be maintained as a public good? and How can access, distribution, and archiving of data be improved? For information, access http://www.giac.ca/site/policy.html.
CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The program will be held from 14 September to 1 October 2004 at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The program includes an overview of the principles and practices of community-based management as applied to fisheries, forestry, coastal habitats and watersheds. Using case studies, participants will be encouraged to explore the implications of community-based management for their own work and identify 'next steps'. For information, access http://www.stfx.ca/institutes/coady/text/programs_educational_certificate_CommunityBased.html.
ADVANCING COMMUNITY-BASED PRACTICES IN MARINE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
OCEAN'S FUTURE, GULF OF MAINE
The Conference Ocean's Future, The Gulf of Maine is scheduled for 20-21 May 2004 in Portland, Maine. Experts will be discussing the just released recommendations of the US Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission (June 2003). Sessions will feature: an overview of the two Commissions findings and recommendations and the perspectives of the Gulf of Maine states; and how to move forward in implementing important management changes. The Conference is free of charge but pre-registration is required.
CANADIAN LEGISLATION TO PROTECT MARINE ENVIRONMENTS FROM POLLUTERS
The Minister of the Environment has tabled legislation that will allow Canada to more forcefully protect its marine environments from polluters. 'An Act to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act (1994), and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999)' will more effectively address enforcement issues in cases of marine pollution. The legislation will also provide clarity for enforcement officials, as well as owners and operators of vessels in waters under Canadian jurisdiction, including the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. For information, access http://www.ec.gc.ca/press/2004/040506_n_e.htm.
HYPERSPECTRAL REMOTE SENSING: APPLICATIONS FOR MARINE, COASTAL AND INLAND WATERS
The Canadian Space Agency is currently examining the possibility of developing a Canadian hyperspectral earth observation satellite mission. Possible applications include the agricultural, forestry, military, environmental, and marine sectors. Hyperspectral data will contribute significantly to coastline and shoal mapping and monitoring and mapping: coastal and inland water phytoplankton biomass and blooms, river plumes, beach and seaweed surveys, wetlands, and events related to ships, fishing activity and pollution. For information, access http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/csa_sectors/earth/hyper_marine.asp.
GLOBAL EARTH OBSERVATIONS
GEO members and participating agencies have recognized the need to support the creation of a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained Earth observing system or systems in order to monitor continuously the state of the Earth, to increase understanding of dynamic Earth processes, to enhance prediction of the Earth system, and to further implement environmental treaty obligations. At the Earth Observation Summit held on 25 April 2004 in Tokyo, Japan, the Framework Document for a 10-Year Implementation Plan for this initiative was adopted. For information, access http://earthobservations.org/.
STEALTH BUOY FOR MARINE SURVEILLANCE
A buoy has been developed with the flexibility and versatility to monitor a variety of activities including ship traffic and the movements of whales. The buoy, known as a stealth buoy, is unique because it has been designed to lie on the ocean floor until it rises to the surface in response to a sound, such as the noise of a ship's propeller. It can monitor an area within a kilometre or two of its placement, transmit data to a receiving station, and then return to the ocean floor to wait for the next event. For information, access http://www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/newsevents/spotlight/spotlight_e.asp.
PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE US COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY
The US Commission on Ocean Policy has released its Preliminary Report with detailed findings and recommendations for a coordinated, and comprehensive national ocean policy. In its report, the Commission called for the establishment of an Ocean Trust Fund and for a significant increase in funding for coastal management and scientific research. The report is available for review and comment at http://www.oceancommission.gov.
ICZM IN THE UK: A STOCKADE
This report, commissioned by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was published in April 2004. It provides a detailed analysis of how different organisations interact with each other at the coast by: describing the environmental, social and economic characteristics and natural resources of the UK's coast; identifying the different laws, agencies and other stakeholders that influence the planning and management of activities on the coast; and analysing how these bodies integrate with each other and identifying any gaps, overlaps or opportunities. The report is available at http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/marine/iczm/.
REDUCING FLOOD RISKS IN THE UK
A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced long-term flood management are needed to control the risk to the UK from future flooding, according to a recent report. The Foresight Future Flooding report looks 30-100 years ahead. It outlines the possible risks to the UK from flooding and coastal erosion, and highlights the decisions that need to be made to protect people, homes, businesses and the environment in the future. The report is available at http://www.foresight.gov.uk/fcd.html.
PROPER TOILETS, CLEAN SEAS
Eighty per cent of the pollution load in the oceans comes from land-based activities and half of the coasts - home to one billion people - have become threatened by development activity. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have launched WET-WASH (Wastewater Emission Targets - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all), a campaign to clean up the seas by ensuring that people have access to toilets and safe drinking water. For information, access http://www.wsscc.org/load.cfm?edit_id=524.
PUBLICATIONS AND WORKSHOP REPORTS
- A Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning was held on 16-17 January 2004 in Ghent, Belgium. The workshop report, including recommendations, are available at http://www.law.rug.ac.be/intpub/maritiem_instituut/workshopgaufre.html.
- The Policy Research Initiative's Sustainable Development project was launched in 2001, focusing on corporate social responsibility, environment and trade, and governance. The latest issue of "Horizons" (Vol. 6, No. 4) provides an overview of several aspects of sustainable development in Canada. It is available at http://policyresearch.gc.ca/page.asp?pagenm=v6n4_index.
- A recent paper published in Marine Ecology Progress Series and entitled Role of a large marine protected area for conserving landscape attributes of sand habitats on Georges Bank (NW Atlantic) is available at http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps2004/269/m269p061.pdf.
- 28 May is the registration deadline for the Environmental Monitoring Workshop, scheduled for 21 June 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The purpose of the Workshop is to promote the use of standardized community-based environmental monitoring methods and to promote discussion and information sharing among stewardship groups in the Maritime region.
- 30 May is the deadline for submitting short course proposals and 30 June for abstracts to the 31st Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, scheduled for 24-27 October 2004 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- 31 May 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Dunes and Estuaries 2005, the International Conference on Nature Restoration Practices in European Coastal Habitats, scheduled for 19-23 September 2005 in Casino Koksijde, Belgium
- 1 June 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Annual Meeting, scheduled for 13-15 September 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana
- 10 June 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the AGU Chapman Conference on Salt Marsh Geomorphology: Physical and Ecological Effects on Landform, scheduled for 9-13 October 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 15 June is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the SOLAS Open Science Conference, scheduled for 13-16 October 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 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
- 2-4 June 2004: ENVIROSOFT 2004, the 10th International Conference on Development and Application of Computer Techniques to Environmental Studies, Ancona, Italy
- 3 June - 1 July 2004: Summer Institute in Coastal Management, Narragansett, Rhode Island
- 7-9 June 2004: Geomatics Atlantic 2004, Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 8-10 June 2004: Geomatics - A Cartographic Revolution, the annual conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association, Lindsay, Ontario
- 10-11 June 2004: Aquafair 2004, the Atlantic Aquaculture Exposition, Conference and Fair, St. Andrews, New Brunswick
- 16-18 June 2004: 57th Annual Congress of the Canadian Water Resources Association, Montréal, Québec
- 17-19 June 2004: Water Quality and Integrated Watershed Planning: Charting the Future Moncton, New Brunswick
- 20-23 June 2004: 97th Annual Canadian Institute of Geomatics Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
- 20-25 June 2004: ECSA 37 - ERF 2004, the joint Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) International Conference, Northern NSW, Australia
- 27-30 June 2004: CZC 2004, the Coastal Zone Canada 2004 Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland
8 JUNE: WORLD OCEANS DAY
The United Nations declared June 8th World Oceans Day during the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The purpose of Oceans Day is to raise awareness about the life-sustaining role of oceans and inspire people from coast to coast to coast to take better care of the oceans. In celebration of oceans, events and activities that promote ocean health will take place across Canada, including beach clean-ups, exhibits, public tours, talks, and parades.
POSITION: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY YOUTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK
May 2 to 8 is Emergency Preparedness Week. An emergency can be caused by a natural phenomenon, a technological failure or a deliberate act. Natural phenomena include floods, earthquakes, storm surges, tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, landslides and avalanches.Access http://www.emergencypreparednessweek.ca to learn about vulnerabilities, reliance on critical infrastructure, and roles and responsibilities in undertaking emergency preparedness.
POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN OCEAN BATHYMETRY
Applications are being sought for the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Project: Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry. 11 May is the deadline for submitting preliminary applications. All students will be funded by the Project and applicants from less developed countries are especially encouraged to apply. The course will be based in the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) in Durham, New Hampshire, USA. The course will last 12 months and start on 1 September 2004 and end on 31 August 2005.
OCEAN'S FUTURE, GULF OF MAINE
The Conference Ocean’s Future, The Gulf of Maine is scheduled for 20-21 May 2004 in Portland, Maine, USA. Regional and national experts will be discussing the just released recommendations of the U.S Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission (June 2003). Sessions will feature: an overview of the two Commissions findings and recommendations, and the perspectives of the Gulf of Maine states, along with discussion of their ongoing initiatives; and more detailed discussions regarding the state of the Gulf of Maine and how the US federal government and the States can move forward in implementing important management changes. The Conference is free of charge but pre-registration is required.