- 29-30 May 2013: ACZISC Meeting #69, Charlottetown, PEI

- 11-12 September 2013: ACZISC Meeting #70, St. John's, NL

- 15-16 January 2014: ACZISC Meeting #71, Fredericton, NB

- 7-8 May 2014: ACZISC Meeting #72, Halifax, NS

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The Coastal Information Hub Content Developer will assist the ACZISC Secretariat in researching and updating the ACZISC’s website 10 May 2013 is the deadline for submitting applications -



The ACZISC Secretariat has prepared a list of Ocean’s Day activities in Atlantic Canada. If you have an event that you would like to have posted or information to update, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -



Two new theme papers are now available on the State of the Scotian Shelf website. Human activities that occur in the marine environment may result in the unintentional mortality of marine organisms. The “Incidental Mortality” theme paper focuses on the direct causes of incidental mortality on the Scotian Shelf, including fisheries, transportation, oil and gas activities, and marine waste and debris - Primary and secondary productivity are the foundational processes of the oceanic food web and the essential building blocks of the entire ecosystem. The “Primary and Secondary Producers” theme paper looks at the linkages between the primary and secondary producers and other aspects of the Scotian Shelf environment -



A report prepared for the Government of British Columbia is titled “Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer”. This Primer focuses on adaptation tools for Canada’s southern coasts, namely the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Learn more at the British Columbia Climate Action Secretariat's website -



The 4th BioMarine International Business Convention is scheduled for September 9-12, 2013, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and will focus on marine biotechnologies, aquaculture and aquafeed, and marine natural products. The convention aims to foster sustainable economic development of marine bio-resource business sectors by bringing together international business leaders, government representatives, scientists, academics and civil society communities to share information, discover innovative solutions and accelerate business development opportunities. The format, including business-to-business meetings, is designed for maximum networking. New this year is the participation of EUREKA! Learn more through NRC, Canada’s national office for EUREKA . For more information or to register for BioMarine 2013, see the website:



The 4th Annual Halifax Oceans Film Festival will take place this June. The 2nd Annual evening of Local Shorts and Stories will be held the 19th of June. This year organizers are requesting Canadian ocean stories. 20 May 2013 is the deadline to submit your short -



The Robin Rigby Trust Call for Proposals 2013 is now open. Proposals are invited from qualified individuals to undertake collaborative research projects that focus on understanding and implementing aspects of conservation and sustainable development in coastal areas. 31 October 2013 is the deadline to submit proposals -



Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation Division has issued a Call for Proposals for Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate. Proposals should be for cost-shared projects that address NRCan’s priorities in six of the Working Groups: Coastal Management, Economics, Energy, Mining, Measuring Progress in Adaptation, and the North. June 28 2013 is the deadline for submitting proposals -



Volume 3 of the OCN-Canada Policy Brief Series is intended to address fundamental policy issues. Articles in this issue include: “Share the Wealth or Create Prosperity? The Role of Government in the Future of Canada’s Commercial Fisheries”, “Can Alternative Dispute Resolution Advance the State Policies of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Canadian Fisheries and Oceans?” and “Market Implications of Adoption of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: Shellfish Production in British Columbia” -



The United States National Ocean Council released the “National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan”. The Implementation Plan describes specific actions Federal agencies will take to address key ocean challenges. Six fact sheets were also released with the plan -



The report “World Ocean Review 2: The Future of Fish - The Fisheries of the Future” is published by Maribus in cooperation with mare magazine, the International Ocean Institute and the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. The report focuses on the future of fish and their exploitation and provides a comprehensive overview of the significance of fish as part of the marine ecosystem. It examines fish as a food source and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of fishermen and puts forward possible solutions in the form of long-term and sustainable management plans. Another chapter is devoted to the prospects for aquaculture - which is already the fastest-growing food sector in the world.  -



The European Marine Board Position Paper 18 “Achieving Ecologically Coherent MPA Networks in Europe: Science Needs and Priorities” presents science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond -  



The ACZISC Secretariat compiles a list of regional, national and international conferences, seminars, courses and other events of relevance to integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM). To see the complete list of upcoming conferences, workshops and associated deadlines, go to:



- The article “GeoNB - the ‘All Things Geographic’ place for New Brunswick data” explains the New Brunswick approach to publicly available geographic information for the province - what is available and what is new -


- The current issue of the Marine Affairs Policy Forum: “The Influence of State Weakness and State Failure on Marine Piracy” explores the influence of state weakness and failure on maritime piracy operations. The article is based on a report from the Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project -


- A new report by the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC) titled “Out of Control: Nova Scotia’s Experience with Fracking for Shale Gas” attempts to make sense sense of what happened with Triangle Petroleum's shale gas project in Hants County, Nova Scotia, reporting on what happened, and how decisions were made -


- “Small-scale Fisheries Making a Splash Across the Pond?” looks at upcoming changes to small-scale fisheries policy in Europe. The article is part the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre -


- The April 2013 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times includes the articles on Engaging Community Residents for Climate Change Adaptation, and a New Maine law allows alewives to return to the St. Croix River -


- “Aquatic invaders under high surveillance” is a DFO Science article about monitoring invasive species such as green crabs, skeleton shrimp, and golden star tunicates, in the St Lawrence River Estuary and Gulf of St Lawrence -

- The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO has released the manual: “Ocean Data Standards, Vol.3: Recommendation for a Quality Flag Scheme for the Exchange of Oceanographic and Marine Meteorological Data” -


- A new European project on marine litter named MARLISCO - “Marine Litter in Europe Seas: Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility” has commenced. The project is managed from the University of Plymouth, and takes part in 15 European countries. The project is currently conducting a survey, to research the perceptions of stakeholders regarding marine litter,


- The assessment, “Protecting Marine Spaces: Global Targets and Changing Approaches” was recently published in Ocean Yearbook Volume 27, by scientists at The Nature Conservancy and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, demonstrates that we are on target for reaching the 10% protected area coverage target set for 2020 by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. The authors suggest that we are not on target to meet the new requirements of the revised Aichi targets, in particular to protect many of the ecosystem services that growing coastal-populations require -


- The United Nations Environment Program/ GRID-Arendal and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University have released the discussion paper and interactive “Why Value the Oceans?” which asks a series of key questions on the value of ecosystem services provided by ocean and coastal biomes -


- California’s Thank You Ocean campaign and the California State Marine Debris Committee have launched a new Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) webpage. This webpage focuses on JTMD efforts in California and includes updated news and information on state and federal agencies’ work -


- Marine Scotland has launched Scotland’s Marine Atlas, Information for the National Marine Plan, first published in March 2011, in E-PUB (suitable for iPad) and MOBI (for Kindles) formats -


- The third International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Newsletter (Volume 2, Number 1, March 2013) is now available. The newsletter includes articles on approval of ICAN as an IODE Project, ICAN 6 Workshop, CoastGIS 2013 Conference, and additional updates on activities of ICAN member organizations including an article on COINAtlantic -


- The "High Seas, Our Future!" conference, which took place in Paris, France, 11 April 2013, concluded with the launch of the "Paris Appeal for the High Seas" stressing the importance of governance of the high seas -


- The National Working Waterfront Network has released the Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit. The toolkit is a web-based portal that contains information about the historical and current use of waterfront space, the economic value of working waterfronts, and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these areas -  

- World Ocean Radio episode 217 titled “Global Ocean Commission” focuses on the ocean advocate, the Global Ocean Commission, and the intention to find solutions to the crises facing the world ocean -


- The March/ April 2013 issue of “Sound Waves”, the monthly newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), includes articles on: Gas Hydrate Research and an Interactive Tool for Assessing Climate Change Impacts-


- “Marine Ecosystems and Management” (MEAM) is the quarterly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM). The current edition of MEAM (April/May 2013) features the article: Can Any and All Marine Activities Be Compatible with EBM, or Are There Limits? Experts Respond” -


- Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. The current issue of the LOICZ INPRINT (2013/1) newsletter is available at


- The March 2013 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: Bringing about change: Social innovation for a green economy, including the release of a new book and two upcoming workshops -



-For event related deadlines see:


- 1 May 2013 is the deadline to submit feedback on the Nova Scotia draft plan “Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Proposed Plan for Nova Scotia” -


- 20 May 2013 is the deadline to submit your short for the 4th Annual Halifax Oceans Film Festival evening of Local Shorts and Stories -


- June 28 2013 is the deadline for submitting proposals to Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation Division’s Call for Proposals for Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate -


- 31 October 2013 is the deadline to submit proposals to the Robyn Rigby Trust, Call for Proposals 2013 -


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