UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 27-28 September 2006 (revised): 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)
- 19-20 September 2007: ACZISC Meeting #52, Halifax, Nova Scotia
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE ACZISC WEBSITE
The presentations made at the recent ACZISC Meeting in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia are available at http://aczisc.dal.ca/docs.htm#ACZISC. The topics are: the development of COINAtlantic, the Coastal and Ocean Information Network for Atlantic Canada; an Atlas of Human Activities for the Scotian Shelf; Challenges of a Dynamic Ocean Use Atlas; the Gulf of St. Lawrence Integrated Management Initiative; the Gulf of Maine EcoSystem Indicator Partnership; and the Ocean Technology Sector in Atlantic Canada.
DRAFT STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE COASTAL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN NOVA SCOTIA
The draft Strategy has been developed by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia and its Sustainable Coastal Strategy Committee. The goal of the Strategy is to protect Nova Scotia's natural, cultural, social and built coastal tourism assets while enhancing their tourism potential. Comments are welcome on the draft document which is available at http://www.nstourismvision.com/vision/coastalstrategy.php. The deadline for input is 23 June 2006.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
A discussion document on a proposed Sustainable Development Act for Newfoundland and Labrador outlines a general course of action for government to take, the principles it can use and the tools it has available to guide this legislation. Written comments are welcome on this Sustainable Development initiative. For information and to download the document, access http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/publ/susdevdoc.pdf.
THE SCOTIAN SHELF: AN ATLAS OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES
The Atlas was prepared by the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Planning Office to show the extent of human activities on the Scotian Shelf and some of the management boundaries related to those activities. The Atlas includes over 50 maps of ocean activities occurring on the Shelf, including fishing, defense operations, shipping, research, special management, and oil and gas exploration and development. It is available at http://www.mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/e/essim/atlas/essim-atlas-e.html.
AQUATIC MONITORING IN CANADA
Fisheries and Oceans Canada formed a Science Monitoring Implementation Team in 2005 to assess the current level of aquatic monitoring effort in Canada and to identify what specific monitoring would be needed to support the overall DFO science program. The Team's report, which includes recommendations, is available in English at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/Csas/Proceedings/2006/PRO2006_003_E.pdf and in French at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/Csas/Proceedings/2006/PRO2006_003_f.pdf.
BRITISH COLUMBIA'S COASTAL ENVIRONMENT
Six reports on the coastal environment of British Columbia have been released by the BC Ministry of Environment. The studies, products of interagency collaboration, provide decision-makers with baseline scientific information about the state of the Province's environment, from the Coast Mountains to Canada's 200-mile offshore limit. The topics of the six in-depth technical reports are: Population and Economic Activity, Industrial Contaminants, Climate Change, Fisheries, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Protection. The reports are available at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/soe/bcce/.
COASTAL ZONE CANADA CONFERENCE
The Coastal Zone Canada 2006 Conference and Youth Forum is scheduled for 14-18 August 2006 in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. The theme is 'Arctic Change and Coastal Communities'. The Conference aims 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. The event will also feature contributions from coastal areas around the world - http://www.czc06.ca.
VALUING NATURE: STEWARDSHIP AND CONSERVATION IN CANADA
The Conference is scheduled for 5-8 July 2006 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. The themes are: Stewardship Economics and Sustainability; Headwaters to Oceans; Stewardship Web of Conservation Lands in Canada; Funding Strategies and Financial Instruments for Stewardship; and Community-based Monitoring for Stewardship. The program includes a Youth Program. For information, access http://www.stewardship2006.ca.
CoastGIS 2006, the 7th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, is scheduled for 12-16 July 2006 in Wollongong and Sydney, Australia. The themes are: Spatial Infrastructure for the Coast; Spatial Research for the Coast; Management Issues for the Coast; and the CoastGIS Community: Future Directions. For information, access http://www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/conferences/coastgis06.html.
OCEANSAR 2006: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
LAUNCH OF THE EMAN DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The first phase of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) Data Management System has been launched. The System is an on-line tool to enter, access, view, manage, search and share data related to the EMAN standardized ecosystem monitoring protocols. It is available at http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/eman/index.cfm.
2006 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
The hurricane season in the Atlantic region runs from 1 June through 30 November. Warmer ocean water combined with lower wind shear, weaker easterly trade winds, and a more favorable wind pattern in the mid-levels of the atmosphere are the factors that collectively favour the development of storms in greater numbers and to greater intensity. Both the Canadian Hurricane Centre (http://www.ec.gc.ca/press/2006/060605-2_n_e.htm) and NOAA (http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2634.htm) are forecasting a very active hurricane season in the north Atlantic in 2006.
COOPERATIVE APPROACH TO ICZM IN AUSTRALIA
The Government of Australia has launched a national plan to protect the country's coastal environment and to safeguard its coastal industries and communities. The Plan provides complementary arrangements on national coastal issues, such as land and marine based sources of pollution, managing the impacts of climate change, introduced pest plants and animals, and planning for population change. The Framework and Implementation Plan for a National Cooperative Approach to Integrated Coastal Zone Management is available at http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/publications/framework/index.html.
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: PRIORITIES FOR OCEAN POLICY REFORM
The US Joint Ocean Commission has responded to a Senate request to develop an action plan which identifies the most urgent priorities to protect, restore, and maintain the marine ecosystem. The plan includes the top ten steps Congress should take to address the most pressing challenges, the highest funding priorities, and the most important changes to federal laws and the budget process to establish a more effective and integrated ocean policy. It is available at http://www.jointoceancommission.org/press/press/release0613.html.
A FUTURE MARITIME POLICY FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION
The European Commission has adopted a Green Paper on a Future Maritime Policy for the Union. The mandate has been to examine all economic activities which are linked to or impact on the oceans and seas, as well as all the policies dealing with them, with a view to finding the best way to extract more benefit from the oceans in a sustainable manner. Feedback on the Green Paper will be accepted until 30 June 2007. The document is available at http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/policy_en.html.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The 2006-2007 New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) recipient list, including a short description of the projects, is available at http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/0001-e.asp. Projects include waste-reduction efforts, water-quality improvements and energy-conservation plans.
- The Proceedings of the Maritimes Regional Advisory Process on the Evaluation of the Ecosystem Overview and Assessment Report for the Bras d'Or Lakes, Nova Scotia, held in November 2005 at Wagmatcook, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, are available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/Csas/Proceedings/2006/PRO2006_007_E.pdf.
- The Proceedings of a Workshop on Inshore Ecosystems and Significant Areas of the Scotian Shelf, held in January 2006 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, are available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/Csas/Proceedings/2006/PRO2006_002_E.pdf.
- A report by the Maritime Activity and Risk Investigation Network (MARIN), based at Dalhousie University, summarizes a project entitled Cruise Ship Activity and Risk Analysis for Improved SAR Response Planning. It is available at http://www.marin-research.ca/english/research/publications/reports.html.
- US President Bush has established the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine protected area in the United States. This national monument will enable nearly 140,000 square miles of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to receive the highest form of marine environmental protection - http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/print/20060615-18.html.
- Sixteen Swedish public agencies have agreed to a joint Action Plan for Sweden's Marine Environment. The Action Plan describes 30 measures aimed at addressing eutrophication, biodiversity loss and hazardous substances and improving knowledge and coordination. A summary of the Plan is available at http://www.internat.naturvardsverket.se/index.php3?main=/documents/press/2006/p060427.htm.
- The June 2006 issue of MPA News includes a special feature entitled Balancing Ecology and Economics: Viewpoints on the Process of Planning an MPA Network for Southeast Australia. MPA News is available at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html.
- A workshop on Innovative Shore Protection Technologies was held in Tallahassee, Florida on 22-23 February 2006. The proceedings, including presentations and handouts, are available at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/workshop.htm.
- The United Nations University report entitled Implementing the Ecosystem Approach in Open Ocean and Deep Sea Environments: An Analysis of Stakeholders, their Interests and Existing Approaches is available at http://www.ias.unu.edu/publications/reports.cfm.
- 15 June is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management, 25-26 September 2006, Singapore - http://www.ballast2006.com.
- 30 June is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2006 EMAN National Science Meeting, 20-25 November 2006 in Winnipeg, Manitoba - http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/meetings/invitation.html.
- 30 June is the deadline for submitting scientific session and workshop proposals to the 2007 Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation, 4-8 November 2007 in Providence, Rhode Island - http://www.erf.org.
- 1 July is the deadline for submitting abstracts to ICS2007, the 9th International Coastal Symposium, 16-20 April 2007 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - http://www.griffith.edu.au/school/eng/ics2007/.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 18-21 June 2006: GeoTec Event, Ottawa, Ontario - http://www.geoplace.com/uploads/GeoTecEvent/htm/intro.asp
- 18-21 June 2006: 16th World Conference on Disaster Management, Toronto, Ontario - http://www.wcdm.org
- 18-28 June 2006: Summer School on Controls in Marine Ecosystems, Dragerup, Denmark - http://www.eur-oceans.org/eamr/school/
- 20-23 June 2006: Research and Management of Eutrophication in Coastal Ecosystems, Nyborg, Denmark - http://eutro2006.dhi.dk/
- 21-23 June 2006: QARTOD IV, the Workshop on Quality Assurance and Quality Control Issues of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Community, Woods Hole, Massachusetts - http://nautilus.baruch.sc.edu/twiki/bin/view/Main/Qartod4
- 24-28 June 2006: 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, San Jose, California - http://www.conservationbiology.org/2006/Index.cfm
- 26-29 June 2006: International Conference on Coastal Ecosystems: Towards an Integrated Knowledge for an Ecosystem Approach for Fisheries, Campeche, Mexico - http://www.conservationbiology.org/2006/Index.cfm
- 5-8 July 2006: Valuing Nature: Stewardship and Conservation in Canada 2006, Corner Brook, Newfoundland - http://www.stewardship2006.ca
- 9-14 July 2006: Catchments to Coast International Conference, Cairns, Australia - http://www.catchments.org.au
- 9-14 July 2006: 11th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Southampton, UK - http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/GDD/DEEPSEAS/symp_pages/symphome.html
- 12-16 July 2006: CoastGIS 2006, the 7th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, New South Wales, Australia - http://www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/conferences/coastgis06.html
- 14-18 August 2006: Coastal Zone Canada 2006, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories - http://www.czc06.ca
- 19-22 August 2006: 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Houston, Texas - http://www.AASci.org/conference/env/2006/index.html