RFR: EXISTING AND POTENTIAL OCEAN-BASED ENERGY USES IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, through the Office of Coastal Zone Management, is soliciting proposals to inventory existing, proposed, and reasonably foreseeable energy facilities and associated infrastructure located within Massachusetts state waters, in addition to federal waters beyond state jurisdiction, up to 200 miles offshore. This project will include a descriptive characterization as well as GIS data and map products. The maximum funding available for this contract is $45,000, for work conducted between February - June 2006. To view the Request for Responses (RFR), access http://www.comm-pass.com and search for document number "ENV 06 CZM 15". Vendors may submit questions on the RFR until 1 February. Proposals are due by 10 February.
UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 25-26 January 2006: ACZISC Meeting #47, Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 31 May - 1 June 2006 (revised dates): ACZISC Meeting #48, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 27-28 September 2006: ACZISC Meeting #49, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- 24-25 January 2007: ACZISC Meeting #50, St. John's, Newfoundland
WORKSHOP ON MARINE AND ESTUARINE INVASIVE SPECIES
WORKSHOP ON COORDINATING NEARSHORE MARINE MONITORING
The Workshop is scheduled for 7-9 February 2006 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It will focus on sharing approaches to monitoring of nearshore marine/estuarine environments from the various coastal zones of Canada; identifying needs for nearshore marine/monitoring data from various perspectives; and discussing how nearshore marine/estuarine monitoring in Canada could be better coordinated. For information, access http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/meetings/marine2006/intro.html.
WORKSHOP ON PRACTICAL BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SEAFOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY
The New Brunswick Seafood Processors Association, in conjunction with several federal and provincial agencies, will hold an industry Workshop on 15-16 February 2006 in Dieppe, New Brunswick. The Workshop will present the findings of a New Brunswick industry-led research project on how to best manage the processing of various types of seafood as well as handling the resulting waste. Future directions for the industry will also be considered. For information, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/BMP.pdf.
ATLANTIC CANADA COASTAL AND ESTUARINE SOCIETY WORKSHOP AND AGM
MARINE ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT
CONTRACT FOR ECOSYSTEM OVERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT
A Notice of Proposed Procurement has been issued for an Ecosystem Overview and Assessment of the Northumberland Strait, the body of water between Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Strait is one of the most productive marine environments in the world. The successful bidder on this contract will be responsible for the overall management of the process leading to the production of the Ecosystem Overview and Assessment Report (EOAR). The closing date is 17 February 2006. For details, search for 'Northumberland' in the 'Free Search to Public Tenders' box at http://www.merx.com.
EIS REPORT FOR THE SYDNEY TAR PONDS AND COKE OVENS CLEANUP
16 February is the deadline for public comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) carried out for the cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The report concludes that the cleanup can be carried out with no negative effects on people or the environment. A 27-page "Plain Language Summary of the EIS" and the full report are available in the Library section at http://tarpondscleanup.ca.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR OCEAN BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS 2007 CONFERENCE
The organizing committee for the International Conference on Ocean Biodiversity Informatics is seeking members. The Conference is scheduled for 2-4 October 2007 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Conference will be co-organized by the International Ocean Data and Information Exchange (IODE), the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). For information, access http://www.iobis.org/Members/brantonb/obi07/OBI07_poster.htm.
GEOCONNECTIONS / FGDC FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
A joint request for proposals has been issued by GeoConnections and the US Federal Geographic Data Committee for a spatial data infrastructure project to develop cross-border, regional online mapping portals. 1 February 2006 is the deadline. Applications should support decision making in one the following: Pandemic Outbreaks/Disease Surveillance; Natural Hazards Forecasting/Warning Systems; the Environment/Sustainable Development in the Polar Regions; and Land and Resource Management or Planning in Aboriginal Communities. For information, access http://www.geoconnections.org/CGDI.cfm/fuseaction/canusa1.home/gcs.cfm.
STUDY ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND FISH STOCKS
Memorial University has taken a lead role in a new study to determine how climate change can affect future distributions and levels of fish stocks in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. The research will focus primarily on integrating and analyzing all available fisheries and environmental data from the past 30 years for the study area. The project aims to develop a GIS-based decision-support tool to provide fishery managers with comprehensive and accurate analysis of changing marine ecosystems. The information could be used to develop new fisheries policies. For information, access http://today.mun.ca/news.php?news_id=1632.
RFP: INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR PROJECTS
The Government of Canada has issued its first Call for Proposals for International Polar Year 2007-2008, IPY Science and Research Projects. 10 March 2006 is the deadline for submitting proposals focused on: (1) science for climate change impacts and adaptation, and (2) health and well-being of Northern communities. For information on funding and to download the Call for Proposal documents, access http://www.api-ipy.gc.ca.
CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS
A new report on Canada's environmental sustainability states that trends for air quality and greenhouse gas emissions both deteriorated between 1990 and 2003. The report also shows that water quality pollutant guidelines for aquatic life are being exceeded, at least occasionally, at most of a selected number of monitoring sites across Canada. The report, prepared by Environment Canada, Statistics Canada and Health Canada, establishes three indicators: freshwater quality, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. For information, access http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051214/d051214c.htm.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The winter edition of the Gulf of Maine Times features an article on Culmulative Impacts and Conserving Marine Habitats into the Future. It is available at http://www.gulfofmaine.org/times/winter2005/index.html.
- Coastal Pollution: Effects on Living Resources and Humans, a book by Carl J Sindermann, reviews the effects of estuarine and coastal pollution on resource species. One of its primary objectives is to provide an accurate assessment of the state of the inshore marine environment and its inhabitants. Coastal habitat degradation is discussed, and principal findings from modeling and other research efforts are analyzed and evaluated. Suggestions for mitigation are made and realistic scenarios about the future effects of ocean pollution are outlined. Ordering information is available at http://www.crcpress.co.uk/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?sku=8421&parent_id=378&pc.
- The Safeguarding Sea Life report is the UK response to the Review of Marine Nature Conservation, published in July 2004. The response sets out the shared policies of the four administrations for marine biodiversity in the context of their shared approach to sustainable development. The focus is on the conservation of marine ecosystems alongside thriving marine industries and the communities that rely on them. The report is available at http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/ewd/rmnc/index.htm.
- The volume Sustaining Large Marine Ecosystems: The Human Dimension provides innovative and timely approaches for improving and sustaining socio-economic benefits from LMEs. The book includes a set of guidelines for possible interrelationship management programs; addresses taxing issues and problems pertaining to the world's marine ecosystems; and provides a matrix of the interdependence of economic, social, cultural and governance elements. Purchasing information is available at http://books.elsevier.com/agbio/default.asp?isbn=0444510265.
- 16 January is the deadline for submitting applications for grants from the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund (ETF). For information, access http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/elg/2005e1645el.htm.
- 27 January is the deadline to apply for the position of Executive Director for Clean Nova Scotia, a not-for-profit environmental education organization working on climate change, solid waste, water, environment and health issues - http://www.clean.ns.ca.
- 31 January is the deadline to fill in an Ecosystem Approaches to Management Survey which seeks to gain information on ecosystem approaches from a broad perspective of research, policy, and NGOs internationally. This research is performed as part of a dissertation in environmental science at Florida A&M University in association with NOAA - http://www.famu.edu/acad/colleges/esi/EAMSurvey/cover.html.
- 1 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts for the ISPRS (Société Française de Photogrammétrie et de Télédétection) Symposium entitled "From Sensors to Imagery", 3-6 July 2006 in Paris, France - http://www.colloquium.fr/sfpt2006/
- 10 February is the deadline for nominations to the 2005 Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences (APICS) Science Communication Awards. The three award categories are: a scientist who best communicates science research to the general public; a professional communicator who writes/presents the best article/show on a scientific issue for the public; and a teacher who encourages students' interest in science and technology. For information, access http://www.apics.dal.ca.
- 15 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2006 Annual Conference of the Canadian Network for Environment Education and Communication, Interpretation Canada and the Nova Scotia Environmental Network, 19-22 October 2006 in White Point, Nova Scotia - http://www.earthed.ns.ca/saltoftheearth/
- 15 February is the deadline for submitting proposals for dedicated sessions for the 3rd Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, 9-13 December 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana - http://www.estuaries.org
- 15 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Littoral 2006, 18-20 September 2006 in Gdansk, Poland - http://www.littoral2006.gda.pl
- 19 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2006, 5-9 June 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.chc2006.ca
- 28 February is the deadline for nominations for the Timothy R. Parsons Medal. Fisheries and Oceans Canada established the award to recognize excellence in Canadian ocean sciences -http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/Awards/Persons_e.htm
- 28 February is the revised deadline for submitting abstracts to CoastGIS 2006, the 7th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, 12-16 July 2006 in Wollongong and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - http://www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/conferences/coastgis06.html
- 31 March is the deadline for submitting articles for Volume 21 of the Ocean Yearbook. Topics that will be considered for publication include: 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 polar issues. For information, access http://law.dal.ca/law_3986.html#CallForPapers.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 13-16 February 2006: Aquaculture America 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada - http://www.was.org/Meetings/ConferenceInfo.asp?MeetingCode=AA2006
- 16-20 February 2006: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri - http://www.aaas.org/meetings/Annual_Meeting/
- 20-24 February 2006: Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii - http://www.agu.org/meetings/os06/
- 22-23 February 2006: Workshop on Innovative Shore Protection Technology, Tallahassee, Florida - http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/workshop.htm
- 24-25 February 2006: 13th Annual Conference of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society, Truro, Nova Scotia - http://www.fsrs.ns.ca/events/ac2006.html
- 6-10 March 2006: WMTC 2006, the 2nd World Maritime Technology Conference, London, UK - http://www.wmtc2006.com
- 6 March to 16 June 2006: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education online ICZM course featuring an Introduction to the ICZM process; the ICZM framework; Tools and techniques supporting the ICZM process; Policy, planning and governance in ICZM; Coastal ecosystems; Indicators for assessing ICZM projects; and ICZM case studies - http://www.unesco-ihe.org/education/ilearning.htm
- 21-23 March 2006: Oceanology International 2006, London, UK - http://www.oi06.com
- 21-23 March 2006: Interspill 2006 Conference, London, UK - http://www.spill06.com
- 22 March 2006: Marine and Coastal Zone GIS Conference, London, UK - http://www.oi06.com/conference/GIS.aspx
- 23 March 2006: Emerging Technologies for Monitoring the Coastal Zone Conference, London, UK - http://www.oi06.com/conference/ICE.aspx