ACZISC COASTAL UPDATE - AUGUST 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
FINAL DRAFT OF THE ESSIM OCEAN MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative is a collaborative and ecosystem-based ocean planning process being led and facilitated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada under Canada's Oceans Act. The Final Draft of the ESSIM Ocean Management Plan is now available online at http://www.mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/e/essim/essim-reports-e.html. The Foreword for the Plan explains the process that has been followed to date, as well as next steps over the coming months.
7th BAY OF FUNDY SCIENCE WORKSHOP
The Workshop is scheduled for 25-27 October 2006 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Session topics include: Biodiversity and ecology; Environmental issues; Climate change and adaptation; Salt marshes; Resource management; Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy mapping; Monitoring and management; Sea bird ecology, prey and contaminants; and Near-shore fish ecology and interactions. For information, access http://www.bofep.org/workshop2006.htm.
3rd WORKSHOP ON OIL SPILL RESPONSE
Scheduled for 12-13 October 2006 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the Workshop will be hosted by the Centre for Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Research (COOGER) of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and will cover the most recent strategies for responding to marine oil spills. Presentations will focus on applied research and development, technology transfer, and will provide a forum to review results from field trials and case studies. For information, access http://www.nato.int/ccms/2006/060530e.htm.
ESTABLISHING LIMITS TO CANADA'S CONTINENTAL SHELF
Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has announced the awarding of a $2-million contract to identify the outer edge of the continental shelf beyond the 200-mile limit on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap. Coastal states with a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles have 10 years from ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to determine its outer edge. Canada ratified UNCLOS in 2003. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2006/hq-ac26_e.htm.
GEOCONNECTIONS CALL FOR PROPOSALS
GeoConnections is now soliciting proposals to develop applications that access location-based ('geospatial') data and other information from distributed sources over the Internet. The applications must make use of standards endorsed by GeoConnections, and technologies that form part of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI). The proposed applications must support decision-making in one of the following priority areas: Public health; Public safety/security; Environment/Sustainable Development; and Matters of importance to Aboriginal peoples. For information, access http://www.geoconnections.org/CGDI.cfm/fuseaction/opportunities.welcome/gcs.cfm.
GULF OF MAINE COUNCIL OPPORTUNITIES
- 1 September is the deadline for applications to serve as Environmental Monitoring Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide support to the Environmental Quality Monitoring Committee and the Habitat Monitoring Subcommittee.
- 4 September is the deadline for applications to serve as editor and manager of the Gulf of Maine Times, the quarterly outreach newspaper of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment.
- The Council and NOAA have announced their 6th round of coastal and riverine habitat restoration grants for the Gulf of Maine. An optional Letter of Intent is due by 8 September and final applications by 17 November.
DRAFT INTERIM REPORT OF THE NPRI WORK GROUP ON SUBSTANCES
21 August 2006 is the deadline to comment on the draft interim report of the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) Multi-stakeholder Work Group on Substances. The report summarizes the Work Group's thinking on Environment Canada (EC)'s proposals and other issues relevant to the 2007 NPRI reporting year and beyond. Work Group members are seeking input from other stakeholders and the public to help finalize their positions, to be presented to EC in the form of a finalized report in October 2006. For information, access http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/npri/consultations/2006/WG_interim/WG_interim_e.cfm.
OCEAN MANAGEMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS
On 19 July 2006, An Act Relative to Oceans was approved by the State Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. However, the 2006 legislative session ended before the House could take the matter to the floor, so the bill will have to be re-filed in the next session that begins in January 2007. The proposed legislation will allow for more proactive and effective management of Massachusetts ocean resources. It will authorize state agencies to develop a statewide Ocean Management Plan to manage, develop, and protect natural and economic ocean resources within state waters. For information, access http://www.mass.gov/czm/oceanmanagement/orca/index.htm.
ROLE OF SOUTHERN OCEAN IN CARBON SEQUESTRATION
The complex relationships between atmospheric carbon dioxide, biological productivity and the role of the Southern Ocean in carbon sequestration have been demonstrated by scientists at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Princeton University in Princeton. The research confirmed that the key region for understanding atmospheric carbon dioxide is not the relatively large area to the north of the polar front, but the much smaller, poorly sampled region around the Antarctic margin. For information, access http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2653.htm and http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2006/oceans.html.
SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE GERMAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON GLOBAL CHANGE
The report entitled The Future Oceans - Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour shows that climate change is having severe impacts on the state of the oceans. It states that three processes are critical: ocean warming, ocean acidification and sea-level rise. All three are a direct outcome of atmospheric pollution by greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide. To minimize the risk to the oceans and marine life it will thus be crucial to stem the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide in time. The report is available at http://www.wbgu.de/wbgu_sn2006_en.html.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Workshop was held on 11-13 May 2006 in Miramichi, New Brunswick. The Workshop presentations are available at http://www.coalition-sgsl.ca/energyworkshop/modules/presentations/.
- The August 2006 issue of MPA News includes an article entitled Protecting the Spawning and Nursery Habitats of Fish: The Use of MPAs to Safeguard Critical Life-History Stages for Marine Life. MPA News is available at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html.
- The Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts has produced the report An Assessment of the Coastal and Marine Economies in Massachusetts. The three-part study provides an analysis of the economic value of coastal and marine economy output, as well as an overview of employment, wages, business activities and trends within important sectors of the Massachusetts marine economy for 2004. This report is available at http://www.mass.gov/czm/oceanmanagement/projects/projects.htm.
- The report entitled French Marine-Related Economic Data (2005) presents a survey of marine related activities in France, highlighting recent past trends, present situation and future outlook. For ordering information, access http://www.ifremer.fr/anglais/produits/editions/08sem.shtml.
- 23 August is the deadline for submitting letters of intent for GEOIDE's 2006 Strategic Investment Initiative (SII) Call for Proposals. The SII initiative seeks to develop a targeted series of projects that will promote the delivery of geomatics-driven results across Canada - http://www.geoide.ulaval.ca/home_EN.html
- 25 August is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Aquaculture 2007, scheduled for 26 February - 2 March 2007 in San Antonio, Texas - http://www.was.org/meetings/ConferenceInfo.asp?MeetingCode=AQ2007
- 31 August 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
- 1 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Inter-Research Symposium - Death by a Thousand Coasts: The Ethics of Climate Change, 24-27 November 2006, Washington, DC - http://www.ir-symposia.com/Conf_home.asp?ConferenceCode=IR%20Symposium%20ESEP
- 15 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2006 National Science Meeting of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), scheduled for 20-25 November 2006 in Winnipeg, Manitoba - http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/meetings/invitation.html
- 19 September is the deadline for comments to the Standards Council of Canada on a proposal by Standards Norway, the official Norwegian member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), for a new international standard on fisheries and aquaculture - http://www.scc.ca/en/news_events/pr/pr_details_196.shtml
- 2 October is the deadline to apply for two tenure-track faculty positions with the Ocean Sciences Centre of Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The positions are in Marine Ecology/Biology and Marine Aquaculture - http://www.osc.mun.ca
- 6 October is the deadline to submit abstracts to the Coastal GeoTools '07 Conference, 5-8 March 2007, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - http://www.csc.noaa.gov/geotools
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 19-22 August 2006: 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Houston, Texas - http://www.AASci.org/conference/env/2006/index.html
- 29-31 August 2006: Conference on Managing Sediments in the Watershed: Bringing Dredged Material and Watershed Managers Together, Portland, Oregon - http://www.sedimentsinwatershed.com
- 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, Saint-Hubert, Québec - http://www.espace.gc.ca/asc/eng/events/2006/radarsat2.asp
- 13-15 September 2006: Environmental and Ecosystem Histories in the Northwest Atlantic Symposium, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - http://www.nafo.int/science/research/conferences/2006/symposium06.html
- 18-20 September 2006: Littoral 2006, Gdansk, Poland - http://www.littoral2006.gda.pl/
- 18-21 September 2006: Oceans 2006 MTS/IEEE Conference, Boston, Massachusetts - http://www.oceans06mtsieeeboston.org/
- 19-23 September 2006: ICES Annual Science Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands - http://www.ices.dk/asc2006/
- 25-26 September 2006: 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management, Singapore - http://www.ballast2006.com
- 25-27 September 2006: 7th Shallow Water Science and Management Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey - http://www.wetlandsworkgroup.org/shallowwater.htm
- 26-28 September 2006: International Conference on Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, Bergen, Norway - http://cieaf.imr.no/
- 28-30 September 2006: 2006 Maritime Security Challenges Conference, Victoria, British Columbia - http://members.shaw.ca/marpac/msc_2006.html
MARK YOUR CALENDARS...
- 22-26 July 2007: Coastal Zone 07, Portland, Oregon - http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cz/
- 11-14 September 2007: 5th International Coastal and Marine Tourism Congress, Auckland, New Zealand - http://nztri.aut.ac.nz/cmt2007/pages/