UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 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
- 30-31 May 2007: ACZISC Meeting #51, Fredericton, New Brunswick (revised dates)
THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE: A UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM
The Gulf was identified as one of five priority Large Oceans Management Areas (LOMAs) in Canada's Oceans Action Plan. This document sets the stage for the Gulf of St. Lawrence Integrated Management (GOSLIM) project initiated to implement Integrated Management in the Gulf. It summarizes key features of the Gulf's ecosystem and major human activities that are linked to it and highlights the challenge of managing multiple human activities in this unique marine ecosystem. The report is available at http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/os/goslim-gigsl/index-e.php.
BAY OF FUNDY SCIENCE WORKSHOP
31 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 7th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop of the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership. The event is hosted by the Huntsman Marine Science Centre and scheduled for 25-27 October 2006 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The theme is Challenges in Environmental Management in the Bay of Fundy-Gulf of Maine. Session topics include: Climate Change; Cross-border Issues; Ecosystem Approaches; Education and Public Awareness; Environmental Monitoring and Indicators; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Knowledge Integration; and Watershed Issues. For information, access http://www.bofep.org/workshop2006.htm.
SHOULD NON-INDIGENOUS SPECIES BE USED IN AQUACULTURE?
A Workshop on the Use of Exotic Species in Aquaculture will be held on 17-19 October 2006 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It will explore contemporary research on the benefits and the hazards of introduced species and whether there is a "safe" way to introduce an exotic species for aquaculture production. The Workshop is sponsored by the Aquaculture Association of Canada and the Sustainable Aquaculture Section of the St. Andrews Biological Station. For information, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/exotics.pdf.
CLOSING THE NET: STOPPING ILLEGAL FISHING ON THE HIGH SEAS
The High Seas Task Force was formed in December 2003 to develop an action plan to achieve comprehensive solutions to the global Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing problem. In its final report, the Task Force identifies a number of key measures to expose IUU fishing, deter it, and improve enforcement against those responsible. The report, including a summary of the proposals, is available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/overfishing-surpeche/media/in20060227_e.htm.
COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2006 CONFERENCE
30 April is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Coastal Zone Canada 2006, scheduled for 14-18 August 2006 in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. The theme is 'Arctic Change and Coastal Communities'. The intent of the Conference is to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by residents of the Arctic coastal zone in the face of rapid changes occurring in Arctic marine ecosystems. Contributions from coastal areas around the world are encouraged, recognizing that many of the drivers of coastal change, and the adaptation of people to them, are common to many parts of the world. For information, access http://www.czc06.ca.
MAINE'S ACTION PLAN FOR INVASIVE AQUATIC SPECIES
The Commissioners of the Maine Departments of Environmental Protection and Inland Fish and Wildlife have agreed to coordinate their respective agencies' response to new infestations of invasive aquatic species under the auspices of a single, rapid response plan. Species covered by the plan include invasive plants and fish already in some Maine waters and other exotic organisms not yet established such as Zebra mussels. For information, access http://www.state.me.us/dep/blwq/topic/invasives/invplan.htm.
PLAN TO RESPOND TO POLLUTION INCIDENTS ALONG THE CANADA/US BORDER
Environment Canada and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have signed a joint Canada/US agreement which will help agencies deal more effectively with future inland pollution incidents along the New Brunswick and the State of Maine border. The plan ensures a coordinated and integrated federal response to pollution incidents, supports the provincial, territorial, regional, and state emergency plans of both countries, and provides for assistance when only one country is affected but the extent of the spill justifies a request for assistance. For information, access http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/emergencies/.
PROTECTING ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT OFF US WEST COAST
NOAA has approved a plan to establish and protect more than 150,000 square miles of marine waters off the US West Coast as Essential Fish Habitat. The plan prohibits fishing methods within much of this area that can cause long-term damage to the ocean floor, such as bottom trawling. Developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the plan is aimed at replenishing fish stocks. For information, access http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2590.htm.
INTERNATIONAL RULES ON DUMPING OF WASTES AT SEA
The 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 will enter into force on 24 March 2006. The 1996 Protocol represents a or change of approach to the question of how to regulate the use of the sea as a depository for waste materialsthat, in essence, dumping will be prohibited, except for materials on an approved list. For information, access http://www.londonconvention.org/documents/lc72/LP%20press%20release%20feb%2006.doc (click on OK if prompted for a username/password).
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The report entitled Nova Scotia Tidal In-Stream Energy Conversion (TISEC): Survey and Characterization of Potential Project Sites is available at http://www.epri.com/oceanenergy/streamenergy.html#reports. The Minas Channel and Minas Basin were identified as the only TISEC sites in North America with the potential for central power generation.
- The Environmental Monitoring Program Locator, a database of 299 monitoring programs within the Gulf of Maine region, is available at http://gomc.sr.unh.edu.
- The summary report of the workshop Mapping Human Activity in the Marine Environment: GIS Tools and Participatory Methods, held last fall in California, is available at http://www.mpa.gov/information_tools/pdf/hupi-workshopreport-fdraft.pdf. The goal of the Workshop was to develop general design criteria for a practical participatory method or a suite of methods to collect spatial data on human use patterns to inform local and regional MPA planning processes.
- The authors of a paper entitled Fish Population and Behavior Revealed by Instantaneous Continental Shelf-Scale Imaging discuss how fish populations in continental shelf environments can be instantaneously imaged over thousands of square kilometres and continuously monitored by a remote sensing technique in which the ocean acts as an acoustic waveguide. The paper is available at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/311/5761/660?ijkey=bcI1nvQwWnX6s&keytype=ref&siteid=sci (access requires a subscription).
- Ocean Yearbook is a collaborative initiative of the International Ocean Institute and the Marine and Environmental Law Institute at Dalhousie Law School, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. For details on Volume 20, including ordering information, access http://law.dal.ca/files/Ocean_Yearbook_Vol20_Flyer.pdf.
- A Summary of the Working Group on Marine Biodiversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction, which convened on 13-17 February 2006 at the UN Headquarters in New York, is available at http://www.iisd.ca/vol25/enb2525e.html.
- The New Zealand government has developed a strategy aimed at improving the protection of high seas biodiversity and addressing the threat to seamounts and other vulnerable underwater structures from bottom-trawling. For information, access http://www.doc.govt.nz/Conservation/Marine-and-Coastal/Fishing/120~Bottom-trawling-strategy.asp.
- 15 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Littoral 2006, 18-20 September 2006 in Gdansk, Poland - http://www.littoral2006.gda.pl
- 31 March is the deadline for contributed presentation proposals to the 3rd Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, 9-13 December 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana - http://www.estuaries.org
- 31 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources, 25-27 October 2006 in Gozo, Malta - http://mcrr2.icod.org.mt
- 31 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Conference on Ocean Energy, 23-24 October 2006 in Bremerhaven, Germany - http://www.otti.de/pdf/guenther/coe2580cfp.pdf
- 31 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 11th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, 9-14 July 2006 in Southampton, UK - http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/GDD/DEEPSEAS/symp_pages/symphome.html
- 31 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 19-22 August 2006 in Houston, Texas - http://www.AASci.org/conference/env/2006/index.html
- 1 April is the deadline for submitting abstracts to MWWD 2006, the 4th International Conference on Marine Wastewater Discharges and Coastal Environment, 6-10 November 2006 in Antalya, Turkey - http://www.mwwd.org
- 7 April is the deadline to comment on Implementation of the regional Climate Change Action Plan developed by the Climate Change Steering Committee (CCSC) of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP). The CCSC is seeking input on how to achieve the Conference's 2010 target of reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. For information, access http://www.neg-ecp-environment.org/page.asp?pg=78.
- 24 April is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the ICES Annual Science Conference, 19-23 September 2006 in Maastricht, The Netherlands - http://www.ices.dk/asc2006/
- 30 April is the deadline for submitting paper titles to the Environmental and Ecosystem Histories in the Northwest Atlantic Symposium, 13-15 September 2006 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Symposium is hosted by the Scientific Council of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) - http://www.nafo.int/science/research/conferences/2006/symposium06.html.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.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
- 21-24 March 2006: NOAA Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop: Research and Applications on Use and Impacts, Tucson, Arizona - http://cals.arizona.edu/climate/CPASW2006/
- 29-31 March 2006: Globe 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia - http://www.environmental-expert.com/events/globe2006/
- 19-21 April 2006: Training Course: Screenings under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/014/index_e.htm
- 20-21 April 2006: 17th Global Warming International Conference and Expo, Miami, Florida - http://globalwarming.net/
- 25-27 April 2006: East Coast Environmental Conference and Trade Show, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.nseia.ns.ca/ec2.html
- 1-4 May 2006: Offshore Technology Conference 2006, Houston, Texas - http://www.otcnet.org/2006
- 7-11 May 2006: Monitoring Networks: Connecting for Clean Water, the 5th National Monitoring Conference, San José, California - http://www.tetratech-ffx.com/nwqmc06/index.cfm
- 8-10 May 2006: COASTLAB 06, the 1st International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling to Port and Coastal Protection , Porto, Portugal - http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~lpneves/coastlab06/
- 9-12 May 2006: Climate Change Technology Conference, Ottawa, Ontario - http://www.CCC2006.ca
- 9-12 May 2006: EMECS 7, the 7th International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas, Caen, France - http://emecs7.free.fr/angsommaire.htm
- 9-13 May 2006: AQUA 2006, the 2006 Conference of the World Aquaculture Society, Firenze, Italy - http://www.was.org/meetings/ConferenceInfo2.asp?MeetingCode=AQUA2006
- 11-13 May 2006: Sustainable and Renewable Energy in Atlantic Canada, Miramichi, New Brunswick - http://www.coalition-sgsl.ca/energyworkshop
- 14-17 May 2006: The Coastal Society's 20th International Conference, St Pete Beach, Florida - http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs20/
- 18-28 June 2006: Summer School on Controls in Marine Ecosystems, Dragerup, Denmark - http://www.eur-oceans.org/eamr/school/