EARLY REGISTRATION: GULF OF MAINE SUMMIT
15 August is the dealine for early registration to the Gulf of Maine Summit, scheduled for 26-29 October 2004 at the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The goal of the Summit is produce a State of the Gulf Report. This will involve assessing the health of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and resources from the bottom up, taking full advantage of and integrating all the initiatives (e.g., watershed monitoring, research, coordinated regional planning, habitat restoration, etc.) currently underway by many agencies, organizations and institutions in the Gulf.
NEW BRUNSWICK SEA-LEVEL RISE
Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Southeastern New Brunswick is a multi-partner three-year $2.5 million study. The project has ten components: Sea-Level Rise; Coastal Erosion; Storm Surge and Meteorological Modelling; Storm Surge and Meteorological Climatologies; LIDAR data and Digital Elevation Modelling; Ecosystems; Kouchibouguac National Park; Socio-economic Impacts; Adaptation Strategies; and Integration. For information, access http://atlantic-web1.ns.ec.gc.ca/slr/.
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES IN PEI
The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced an awareness campaign to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Aquatic invasive species such as the green crab, clubbed tunicate and oyster thief have been in Island waters since the late 1990s. They pose a serious threat to the existing plants and animals in the Island's aquatic ecosystems and the viability of its multi-million dollar shellfish industry. For information, access http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/afaf_invasive.pdf.
IMPORTANCE OF WHARVES AND HARBOURS IN NOVA SCOTIA
The Coastal Communities Network has released a report entitled Between the Land and the Sea: The Social and Economic Importance of Wharves and Harbours in Nova Scotia. The report explains trends and the significant contribution coastal Nova Scotia makes to the provincial economy. The report is available online at http://www.coastalcommunities.ns.ca - click on the "Wharf Info" heading. The report and a companion map-based GIS database which allows the user to view and manipulate socio-economic data on a "harbour level" scale are also available for purchase on CD from the Coastal Communities Network website.
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.
23RD ANNUAL SUBMERGED LANDS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
The 23rd Annual International Submerged Lands Management Conference is scheduled for 19-24 September 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Conference themes include: jurisdiction and ownership of submerged lands; surveying, mapping and legal issues; public trust doctrine; commercial and recreational uses; fish habitat and aquaculture issues; navigation and shipwrecks; marine protected areas; hazard mitigation and coastal planning. For information, access http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/land/slmc.
GULF OF MAINE MAPPING SURVEY
The Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) is a US-Canadian partnership of government and non-government organizations to conduct comprehensive seafloor imaging, mapping, and biological and geological surveys for the Gulf of Maine, from the intertidal zone to the upper continental slope. The Gulf of Maine is a semi-enclosed sea under the jurisdiction of the US and Canada. GOMMI is a subcommittee of the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment. The GOMMI steering committee is seeking input on where and how GOMMI should focus its efforts. A short web-based survey is available for that purpose at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=66692528236.
CEPA ANNUAL REPORT
The Government of Canada's annual report on the administration of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), 1999 for the period April 2002 to March 2003 emphasizes the importance of collaboration with other countries, all government jurisdictions, industry, and non-governmental organizations. It is available online at http://www.ec.gc.ca/CEPARegistry/gene_info/annual_reports/ar02_03/cepa_toc.cfm.
FUTURE OF THE CANADIAN GEOSPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURE
GeoConnections is seeking input from stakeholders, partners, communities of practice, and CGDI developers to update three important documents for the CGDI: the CGDI Architecture, the CGDI Roadmap, and the CGDI Target Vision. An on-line consultation workbook is available for this purpose at http://cgdi-icdg.dialoguecircles.com/.
WATERSHED OUTREACH GUIDE
The US Environmental Protection Agency has produced a stakeholder guide that provides the tools needed to effectively identify, engage, and involve stakeholders throughout a watershed to restore and maintain healthy environmental conditions. "Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns" is available as a 100-page book and a 35-minute companion video. The Guide is available online at http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/outreach/documents/.
MANAGEMENT RATING SYSTEM FOR MPAs PUBLISHED
Pew Fellow Alan White ('01) has co-authored a detailed management rating system for MPAs. The rating system covers five phases of implementation, from Initiation through Institutionalization. Although developed for the Philippines, the structure of the system can serve as a model for developing systems elsewhere. To download the tool, select 'Projects', then 'The Marine Protected Area', and then 'The MPA Report Guide' from http://www.coast.ph/pdf/MPA%20Report%20Guide%20Manual.pdf.
US FISH STOCKS ARE REBOUNDING
The Status of Fisheries of the United States report, released by NOAA, identifies fish stocks that are overfished and in need of rebuilding plans, those where overfishing is occurring and those that have been rebuilt. The report claims that progress was made in 2003 to address excessive fishing rates and rebuild fish stocks. In 2003, four fish stocks were rebuilt, ten species were removed from the list of overfished stocks and overfishing practices were stopped for five species. For information, access http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2004/s2243.htm.
CHALLENGES TO SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
According to recent FAO reports, the problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to worsen, and while global fishing capacity has started to level off -- at least in terms of the number of vessels and their combined tonnage -- overcapacity is still present in a large number of fisheries, with negative consequences for commercial fish stocks. For information, access http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/focus/2004/47127/index.html.
AURA SATELLITE TO STUDY THE EARTH'S OZONE, AIR QUALITY AND CLIMATE
The Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite Aura is a NASA mission designed exclusively to conduct research on the composition, chemistry and dynamics of the Earth's upper and lower atmosphere employing multiple instruments on a single satellite. The satellite was launched on 15 July 2004 and will operate for five or more years. For information, access http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/.
RESEARCH INTO ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE
A paper published in the journal Science supports the hypothesis that heat transfer by ocean currents - rather than global heating or cooling - may have been responsible for the global temperature patterns associated with the abrupt climate changes seen in the North Atlantic during the past 80,000 years. For information, access http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/abruptchange.htm.
THE UK'S ICZMAP PROJECT
The project's aim is to enable the integration of terrestrial and marine geographic data held by British Geological Survey, Ordnance Survey and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office across the coastal zone, so that this can be accessed readily by users to satisfy diverse coastal zone applications and services. For information, access http://www.iczmap.com/.
ICZM PROGRESS INDICATOR FOR THE EU
A Progress Indicator has been designed to measure the level at which Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is being implemented in the European Union. The indicator, fully described in the EUCC publication 'Coastline 2003 - no. 3', recognises 5 phases grouping 26 Actions. A simply binary response to each Action allows a semi-quantitative assessment of how far a country, region or locality is progressing with their implementation. For information, access http://www.eucc.net/en/policy/indicator.htm.
DEAD ZONES INCREASING IN WORLD'S COASTAL WATERS
The Earth Policy Institute based in Washington, DC reports that worldwide, there are some 146 dead zones-areas of water that are too low in dissolved oxygen to sustain life. Since the 1960s, the number of dead zones has doubled each decade. Many are seasonal, but some of the low-oxygen areas persist year-round. A complex chain of events is to blame, including agricultural runoff, deposition of nitrogen from burning fossil fuels, and human waste discharge. For information, access http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/Update41.htm.
SWISS RESOURCE AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
Swiss RE, the reinsurance company, is inviting applications for the ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management (US $100,000). NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate in the tender. In order to qualify, they are asked to provide a proven track record in sustainability and project planning and/or management in the specific field of water and source management. The prize money is to be used exclusively for project implementation. For information, access http://www.swissre.com/resource.
PROCEEDINGS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
- GIS for Coastal Zone Management, the proceedings of the CoastGIS 2001 Conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, feature coastal applications of GIS-based decision support tools, spatial data infrastructures, remote sensing technology including LiDAR and CASI, and more. They are available for purchase from CRC Press.
- Coping with Global Climate Change: The Role of Adaptation in the United States, prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, states that natural ecosystems, such as coral reefs and coastal wetlands, are facing dire consequences if the climate changes at the rates and magnitude currently predicted. It is available online at http://www.pewclimate.org/global-warming-in-depth/all_reports/adaptation/index.cfm.
- The summary report from the international conference Global Climate Change and Biodiversity, held in Norwich, UK in April 2003, is available at http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/events/past_events/global_climate_change.pdf. The report presents scientific research into how the natural world is being affected by climate change - and also how the natural world might respond in the future.
- The July 2004 issue of MPA news - international news and analysis on Marine Protected Areas - is available online at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html. Featured articles include: Predation in Marine Reserves: How Increases in Predator Populations Can Impact Diversity and Fisheries Goals; MPA Perspective Lessons for MPAs from Terrestrial Conservation; A Brief Guide to Regional MPA Projects in the Caribbean; and Global MPA Network Would Cost $12-14 Billion Annually.
1 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd Annual Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Workshop, scheduled for 2-3 November 2004 in Regina, Saskatchewan
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 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
- 25-27 August 2004: Canadian Society of Landscape Ecology and Management Meeting 2004, Waterloo, Ontario
- 30 August - 30 September 2004: International Course in Wetland Management, Wetlands Advisory and Training Centre (WATC) in Lelystad, The Netherlands
- 5-9 September 2004: Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference 2004, Brisbane, Australia
- 8-10 September 2004: Symposium on the Ecosystem of the Flemish Cap, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- 12-14 September 2004: p-Sea Fisheries: Ecology, Economics, and Conservation, New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts
- 12-15 September 2004: 2nd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Seattle, Washington
- 13-15 September 2004: American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA
- 13-15 September 2004: MIS 2004, the 4th International Conference on Management Information Systems, incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing, Malaga, Spain
- 13-17 September 2004: 38th Symposium of the Estuarine Coastal and Science Association, Rouen, France
- 13-17 September 2004: Challenger Conference for Marine Science, Liverpool, UK
- 14 September - 1 October 2004: Certificate Program in Community-based Resource Management, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
WORKSHOP: INTEGRATED INTERDISCIPLINARY MODELING IN THE GULF OF MAINE
RARGOM (Regional Association for Research in the Gulf of Maine) is organizing a one-day thematic workshop on Integrated Interdisciplinary Modeling in the Gulf of Maine on 15 July 2004 in the Campus Center, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass. The workshop will be devoted to developments in integrated, multidisciplinary modeling as they apply to the understanding and stewardship of the Gulf of Maine. The workshop is open to all members of the Gulf of Maine community, including research scientists, regional managers and policy-makers.