ACZISC COASTAL UPDATE - JULY 2006
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
ACZISC ANNUAL REPORT
The ACZISC 2005-2006 Annual Report is available in PDF format at http://aczisc.dal.ca/docs.htm#ACZISC.
CONSULTATIONS ON AN EOAR FOR THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT
The Northumberland Strait Ecosystem Initiative Working Group has been established by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in response to dramatic declines in commercial fish landings in recent years in the Strait. The Working Group is preparing an Ecosystem Overview and Assessment Report (EOAR) as a basis for identifying both action steps and research needs. To assist in preparing the terms of reference for the EOAR, a series of public consultations were held. A summary of the consultations is available at http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/os/northumberland/index-e.php.
SYDNEY TAR PONDS CLEAN-UP PROJECT - JOINT PANEL FINDINGS
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (http://tarpondscleanup.ca) proposes to remediate contamination at the site of the old Coke Ovens and in the adjacent estuary, known as the Tar Ponds. The contamination was caused over many decades by releases of PAHs, PCBs and heavy metals from the steelmaking industry (now defunct) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Panel that reviewed the Environmental Impact Statement of the cleanup has recommended the project go ahead. The report is available at http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ea/tarponds.asp. A summary is available at http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/16012/16012E.pdf.
CANADIAN AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES NETWORK
The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, a newly-funded NSERC Research Network, is studying the introduction and fate of aquatic species in both Canadian lakes and marine waters on the east and west coasts of Canada. The network focuses on three main research themes: vectors (mode of transmission) and pathways (routes taken); factors that affect successful establishment of invasive, non-indigenous species; and risk assessment and mitigation strategies- http://today.mun.ca/news.php?news_id=2174.
COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2006 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 feature contributions from coastal areas around the world - http://www.czc06.ca.
GEOCONNECTIONS FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
GeoConnections is issuing four calls for proposals:
- To develop online regional atlases
- To publish information and services to the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI)
- To develop strategic and business plans and to define user requirements
- To develop online or standalone applications.
CARBON DIOXIDE: A THREAT TO MARINE LIFE
A report entitled Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs and Other Marine Calcifiers states that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning are dramatically altering ocean chemistry and threatening marine organisms, including corals, that secrete skeletal structures and support oceanic biodiversity. The report summarizes the known effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide on these organisms and recommends future research for determining the extent of the impacts - http://www.ucar.edu/news/releases/2006/acidification.shtml.
REPORTS FROM UN OCEAN AFFAIRS AND LAW OF THE SEA
- The Impacts of Fishing on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems: Actions taken by States and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements to give effect to paragraphs 66 to 69 of General Assembly resolution 59/25 on sustainable fisheries, regarding the impacts of fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems"
- Part A of the report on the work of the Consultative Process containing the agreed consensual elements to be suggested to the General Assembly for consideration under its agenda item entitled Oceans and the law of the sea.
ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERSITY IN DEEP WATERS AND HIGH SEAS
The report entitled Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas, by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), states that swift and wide ranging actions are needed to conserve the world's entire marine environment. The report argues that the many lessons learnt on conserving coastal waters should be adapted and applied right across the marine realm, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction - http://www.iucn.org/en/news/archive/2006/06/16_pr_deep_seas.htm.
NEW STANDARD FOR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT
At the first Global Footprint Forum held on 13-17 June in Siena, Italy, a new scientific standard for calculating the Global Footprint was introduced. This first edition of Footprint Standards focuses on such items as use of source data, derivation of conversion factors, establishment of study boundaries, and communication of findings - http://www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=standards.
SHORELINE MANAGEMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
A new website, the Shoreline Management Technical Assistance Toolbox, has been launched by the Coastal Programs of NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. The website provides coastal resource managers with centralized access to information, resources, and tools to address shoreline erosion and management, focusing on alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening - http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/shoreline.html.
STATUS OF US MARINE FISHERIES FOR 2005
The annual report tracks both population levels and harvest rates for species caught in federal marine waters, between three and 200 miles off US coasts. For information and to download the report, access http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The spring issue of "Hook, Line and Thinker", the quarterly newsletter of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society, is available at http://www.fsrs.ns.ca/newsletter/.
- The June issue of the Canadian Ocean Science Newsletter features an article on the current state of Argo, a pilot project of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Argo is an international venture that aims to deploy 3000 profiling floats around the world. The resulting global upper-ocean observing system will serve a broad community of scientific and operational users - http://www.cmos.ca/scor/newsletters.htm.
- Featured items in the summer 2006 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times include an interview with Larry Hildebrand on "Building a case for sound coastal management", and articles entitled "Tidal power - A green dream?" and "Climate Change Everything: Ecosystem-based Management in the Seas" - is available at http://www.gulfofmaine.org/times/summer2006.
- The Journal of Ocean Technology is an independent quarterly periodical designed for all segments of the global ocean technology community. Its mission is to expand global knowledge and understanding of ocean technologies, to publish world-leading research and to promote innovation that contributes to responsible ocean exploitation and management. Details, including subscription information, are available at http://www.journalofoceantechnology.com.
- The July issue of the World Ocean Observatory newsletter features an article entitled "High Seas: The Last Frontier for Oceans Management". The newsletter, including subscription (free) information, is available at http://www.thew2o.net/newsletter.html.
- The US National Academies Oceans Studies Board publication entitled Dynamic Changes in Marine Ecosystems: Fishing, Food Webs, and Future Options includes key findings and recommendations - http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11608.html.
- The NOAA document entitled Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment of Marine Fish Aquaculture provides a basic set of guidelines to assess the different ecological risks of marine fish aquaculture in a variety of marine ecosystems - http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/assets/25/6450_01302006_155445_NashFAOFinalTM71.pdf.
- 17 July 2006 is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the Northeastern Aquaculture Conference and Exposition, scheduled for 6-8 December 2006 in Mystic, Connecticut - http://www.northeastaquaculture.org.
- 22 July 2006 is the deadline to apply for the position of Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada - http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/getinvolved/employment-postings/national-2-2006.html.
- 28 July 2006 is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the Oceans 2006 MTS/IEEE Conference, 18-21 September 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts - http://www.oceans06mtsieeeboston.org.
- 11 August 2006 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 25th Annual International Submerged Lands Management Conference, 15-20 October 2006 in Red Bank, New Jersey - http://www.nj.gov/dep/cmp/czm_25aislmc.html.
- 31 August 2006 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to MarCuba 2006, the 7th Congress of Marine Sciences, scheduled for 4-8 December 2006 at the International Convention Centre in Havana, Cuba - http://www.medioambiente.cu/marcuba/ingles_default.htm.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS...
- 3rd Workshop on Oil Spill Response, 12-13 October 2006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - http://www.nato.int/ccms/2006/060530e.htm
- Ocean Innovation 2006, 25-27 October 2006, St. John's, Newfoundland - http://www.oceaninnovation.ca
- Aquaculture Canada 2006, 19-22 November 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The theme is Culturing Quality and Confidence - http://www.aquacultureassociation.ca/AC06/index.html
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 26-27 July 2006: 3rd Annual Lobster Science Workshop, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - http://www.lobsterscience.ca/workshop
- 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
- 27 August - 1 September 2006: International Disaster Reduction Conference, Davos, Switzerland - http://www.davos2006.ch
- 28 August - 1 September 2006: International Conference on Ecological Modelling, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan - http://icem2006.civil.yamaguchi-u.ac.jp
- 29 August - 2 September: 2006 3rd Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference, Batam, Indonesia - http://cdc.fish.ku.ac.th/czap_06/index.htm
- 3-8 September 2006: 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, San Diego, California - http://www.icce2006.com
- 4-6 September 2006: Water Pollution 2006, the 8th International Conference on Modelling, Measuring and Prediction of Water Pollution, Bologna, Italy - http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2006/water06/index.html
- 4-8 September 2006: 41st European Marine Biology Symposium, Cork, Ireland - http://www.embs41.ucc.ie
- 11-15 September 2006: RADARSAT-2 Symposium, Longueuil, Québec - http://www.espace.gc.ca/asc/eng/events/2006/radarsat2.asp
- 13-15 September 2006: Symposium on Environmental and Ecosystem Histories in the Northwest Atlantic, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - http://www.nafo.int/science/research/conferences/2006/symposium06.html