ACZISC PANEL AT COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2004
The ACZISC will host a panel session on Data, Information and Knowledge for ICM during CZC 2004, scheduled for 27-30 June 2004 in St. John's, Newfoundland. The session will feature presentations by ACZISC members followed by interactive discussions between the panellists and audience. The panellists will address the challenges associated with identifying, accessing and sharing data and information to address their diverse but complementary responsibilities within the context of ICM and also the outcomes of these collaborative initiatives. Everyone is welcome. For information on the Conference, access http://www.czc04.ca.
POSITION: COASTAL ZONES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Coastal Zones Research Institute Inc. (CZRI) is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. Applications will be reviewed on 9 July 2004. Competency in both English and French is necessary. The new Institute comprises three research centres located in the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick. Under the responsibility of the Université de Moncton, Shippagan Campus, the CZRI undertakes research and development activities related to aquaculture, fisheries, marine products and peat bogs. For information, access http://www.umcs.ca/index.cfm?id=1201.
FEDERAL PANEL TO REVIEW THERMAL OXIDIZER PROJECT
David Anderson, Minister of the Environment, has announced the referral of the High-Temperature Thermal Oxidizer Project, located in Belledune, New Brunswick to a federal review panel. The panel will examine the project's potential transboundary environmental effects in the province of Québec, on federal lands and in the waters of the Baie des Chaleurs. The public is invited to comment on the draft terms of reference for the review panel. 30 June is the deadline for commenting. For information, access http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/010/0001/0001/0024/nr040614_e.htm.
REGULATING PESTICIDES IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The report entitled Recommendations for the Regulation of Pesticides in Prince Edward Island has been released. The report includes 44 recommendations in the areas of pesticide sales, purchase and application; vendor and applicator training; posting and notification of pesticide applications; record keeping; display, transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides; enforcement of regulations; and reduction of pesticide use. It is available at http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/ee_pesticides04.pdf.
A FRAMEWORK FOR OCEAN MANAGEMENT FOR THE GULF OF MAINE
The Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) strategic plan entitled A Framework for Ocean Management has been released by the GOMMI Subcommittee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, a Canada/US partnership of government and non-government organizations. The GOMMI Strategic Plan, available at http://www.gulfofmaine.org/gommi/, is an overview of recommended survey activities, data management, and program coordination for detailed mapping of the Gulf of Maine sea floor.
REPORTS OF THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Two recent reports published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity are available online:
- Biodiversity Issues for Consideration in the Planning, Establishment and Management of Protected Area Sites and Networks at http://www.biodiv.org/doc/publications/cbd-ts-15.pdf
- Integrated Marine and Coastal Area Management (IMCAM) Approaches for Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity at http://www.biodiv.org/doc/publications/cbd-ts-14.pdf
HOW IS YOUR MPA DOING?
How is Your MPA Doing?, A Guidebook of Natural and Social Indicators for Evaluating Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness, provides a process and methods to evaluate the effectiveness of MPAs for the purposes of adaptive management. The evaluation is based on biophysical, socio-economic and governance indicators. The Guidebook is available at http://www.effectivempa.noaa.gov/guidebook/guidebook.html.
SOURCES OF TOXIC AIR POLLUTION IN NORTH AMERICA
A new report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) states that electric power plants are the number one toxic air polluter in North America, accounting for almost half of all industrial air emissions in 2001. The findings are part of Taking Stock 2001, the trinational organization's annual report on chemical pollution from industrial facilities. The report compares data submitted by 21,254 facilities, which monitor their releases of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens and neurotoxicants to the air, land and water. The report is available at http://www.cec.org/takingstock/.
IMPACTS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE US
The Pew Center has published two new reports:
- A Synthesis of Potential Climate Change Impacts on the United States details the possible effects of global climate change on health, natural resources and various economic sectors of the US. The report is available at http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=437042&l=37660
- US Market Consequences of Global Climate Change gives an in-depth analysis of the potential effects of climate change on the US economy. The report is available at http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=437042&l=37661.
MANUAL FOR RESTORATION MONITORING
A new manual developed by NOAA, entitled Science-Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal Habitats, outlines the steps for developing an effective restoration monitoring program and offers a means to determine if the restoration is on track, to gauge how well a restoration site is functioning, and to coordinate projects and efforts for consistent and successful restoration. The manual is available at http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/ecosystems/estuaries/restoration_monitoring.html.
EUROPE'S COASTLINES ERODING INTO THE SEA
A fifth of the coastline of the newly enlarged European Union is eroding, in a few cases as much as 15 metres a year, according to a comprehensive study on the problem of human-induced erosion. The report Living with Coastal Erosion in Europe: Sediment and Space for Sustainability, was commissioned by the European Commission. It is available at http://www.eurosion.org/reports-online/reports.html.
RELEASE OF AUSTRALIA'S SOUTH-EAST REGIONAL MARINE PLAN
The South-east Regional Marine Plan covers two million square kilometres of Australia's south-east ocean waters. Key actions identified in the Plan include: development of a system of representative MPAs; development of a Performance Assessment System; ensuring long-term industry security of access and certainty of process; enhancing community stewardship; and supporting Indigenous stewardship. The Plan is available at http://www.oceans.gov.au/se_implementation_plan.jsp.
AIR POLLUTION FROM SHIPS
Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships are set to enter into force on 19 May 2005. The regulations include a global cap of 4.5% m/m on the sulphur content of fuel oil and calls on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to monitor the worldwide average sulphur content of fuel once the Protocol comes into force. For information, access http://www.imo.org/Newsroom/mainframe.asp?topic_id=848&doc_id=3620.
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS
- The presentations made at the Headwaters To Oceans (H2O) Conference (Integrating Rivers, Wetlands, and Coastlines in an Urban Environment), held in October 2003 in Long Beach, California, are available at http://www.coastalconference.org/presentations.htm.
- 15 June is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Open Science Conference, scheduled for 13-16 October 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 15 July is the deadline for submitting paper and poster abstracts to the 10th National Science Meeting of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), scheduled for 1-3 December 2004 in Québec City
- 15 July is the deadline for submitting abstracts to and registering for the 51st Annual Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference (EPOC) 2004, scheduled for 22-25 September 2004 at the Dunsmuir Lodge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 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
- 20-25 June 2004: ECSA 37 - ERF 2004, the joint Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) International Conference, Northern NSW, Australia
- 21 June 2004: Environmental Monitoring Workshop, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 27-30 June 2004: CZC 2004, the Coastal Zone Canada 2004 Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 4-9 July 2004: 13th International Soil Conservation Organization Conference, Queensland, Australia
- 11-14 July 2004: Watershed 2004, Dearborn, Michigan
- 11-17 July 2004: GIS and Marine Science: Using GIS to Model Marine Habitats, Monterey, California
- 18-20 July 2004: PPGIS, the 3rd Annual Public Participation GIS Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
- 18-22 July 2004: National Marine Educators Association Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida
- 22-25 July 2004: 5th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture, Roanoke, Virginia
- 9-14 August 2004: 2004 ESRI User Conference, San Diego, California
- 24-26 August 2004: 16th Annual World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Victoria, British Columbia
WORLD OCEANS DAY - 8 JUNE
Worlds Oceans Day, an international celebration declared in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, is a time to remember the life-giving role of oceans worldwide. This year’s Oceans Day theme is Discover the Ocean in Your Backyard. Oceans Day provides an opportunity to change perspective, learn, alter our ways and celebrate. A list of events and activities in Canada is available. Access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/infocus/2004/20040608_e.htm for additional information on Oceans Day.