- 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

- 17-18 September 2014: ACZISC Meeting #73, Charlottetown, PEI

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The ACZISC Secretariat has prepared a list of Ocean’s Day activities in Atlantic Canada. Many new events have been added to the list -



The “Review and evaluation of the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative” is now available online. The ESSIM Initiative was the first integrated oceans management initiative with an offshore focus under Canada's Oceans Act. This report presents the results of a comprehensive evaluation and review of the ESSIM Initiative -



The European Union, The United States and Canada singed the “Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation” on 24 May 2013 at the Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland. The statement represents an agreement to join forces on Atlantic Ocean Research. The goal is to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and promote the sustainable management of its resources -



A Canadian Geomatics Community Roundtable Consultation Workshop will be held at the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting on 4 June 2013, in Halifax, Nova Scotia ( The “Canadian Geomatics Community Strategy “White Paper” and Scenarios” is the basis for the consultation, you can access it here:



The Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP) serves as a federally recognized coastal management and regulatory tool. “The Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan: Managing Ocean Resources through Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, A Practitioner’s Guide” has been recently released. -



The United Sates has released the “National Strategy for the Arctic Region” that outlines priorities for the next 10 years. The Strategy unifies Federal efforts across broad goals: advancing United States’ security interests, pursuing responsible Arctic region stewardship, and strengthening international cooperation -           



In early May the United States announced through an Executive Order signed by the President that information is a valuable national resource and strategic asset (  as well as a new government-wide Open Data Policy requiring that data generated by the government be made available in open, machine readable formats -



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 Dalhousie Marine Affairs Program Technical Report #9 “Why Two Old Ferries went to India: A Critical Review of the Canadian Ship-Recycling Legal Regime” by Sarah Shiels is available online. -


- “Lobster Fishermen Get Feisty” addresses the recent maritime lobster fisherman protests over low lobster prices at the wharf. The article is part the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre -


- The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) is a university-government partnership dedicated to biodiversity science for the sustainability of Canada's three oceans. “Our Science” is a weekly podcast about the people and science that is being conducted in Canada’s three oceans by CHONe researchers. In episode 28: Marine Biodiversity Verena Tunnicliffe talks about the science and threats to marine biodiversity -


- East Coast Environmental Law has released the report “Aquaculture Reform in Nova Scotia: Overview of the Regulatory Framework and Considerations for Regulatory Reform” by Lisa J. Mitchell. The report highlights the need for regulation of the aquaculture industry to ensure that it operates sustainably, especially where the government supports industry growth -


- A Google Hangout video titled “Innovating with Open Data” includes a panel discussion on open data, including The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada as one of the panel members -


- The DFO technical report “Mapping Inshore Lobster Landings and Fishing Effort on a Maritimes Region Modified Grid System” is now available online. This report describes an analysis of Maritimes Region lobster logbook data reported at a grid level. Spatial differences in fishing pressure, landings and catch per unit effort are indicated; potential mapping applications are outlined, and the limitations of and potential for improvements to the grid reporting system are discussed. - 


- The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute has released “A Guide to State Management of Offshore Wind Energy in the Mid-Atlantic Region.” This Guide summarizes some of the key context surrounding the efforts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia to support the sustainable development of offshore wind energy. It provides an overview of the states’ key legal authority, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and state priorities in offshore wind energy project review, including the categories of information needed to satisfy the various review processes -


- The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released new Marine Beach Sanitary Survey Tools to provide marine beach managers with a technically sound and consistent approach to identify pollution sources and share information. The survey helps marine beach managers synthesize water quality data, pollutant source data, and land use data so that they can improve beach water quality for swimming. It can also help managers set monitoring priorities, determine appropriate remediation, facilitate beach and watershed planning, and develop predictive models -


- The Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health, or “MATCH” is a new publicly accessible, online tool in the United States that offers centralized access to metadata and standardized contextual information about thousands of government-held datasets related to health, the environment, and climate-science -


- NOAA’s “Coastal Services Magazine” is a bi-monthly publication that profiles the efforts of state, community, and non-profit coastal programs. The May/June 2013 issue includes an article titled: “How GIS Helped Save Lives in Connecticut during Sandy - and Is Ensuring They’ll be Better Prepared Next Time” -


- “MPA News” features international news and analysis on Marine Protected Areas. The May/ June 2013 issue focuses on “What Does “Ocean Wilderness” Mean, and Should We Prioritize Its Protection? Experts Respond” -


- World Ocean Radio episode 222 titled “Trophic Cascade” focuses on the ecological phenomenon triggered by the addition or removal of top predators, involving changes in populations of both predator and prey through the food chain which often results in dramatic changes in the ecosystem.  -


- The winter 2013 issue of NEWSWAVE, a quarterly newsletter from the United States Department of the Interior featuring ocean, coastal and Great Lakes activities is now available. This issue includes articles on Superstorm Sandy, coastal change on Fire Island, New York, and Restoring the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill -


- The Winter 2012 Pegaso (People for ecosystem based governance in assessing sustainable development of ocean and coast) Newsletter is available online. Pegaso is a collaborative project between 25 Mediterranean and Black Sea institutions and organisations that seeks to assist Mediterranean countries to put into practice the Protocol for Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean and its applicability in the Black Sea. The newsletter provides updates on projects -


- The May 2013 newsletter of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), provides updates on ICES activities, including the article “The changing Arctic region broadens the field for ICES and the Arctic Fisheries Working Group”, “Annual Science Conference Theme Session Spotlight: Session A - Marine Litter” and “Managing fisheries in Baltic Marine Protected Area” -


- The April 2013 IOI Informa newsletter includes details of the 1st Training Programme in Ocean Governance for Africa scheduled for the 25 August - 20 September 2013 in Cape Town, Africa -


- The April 2013 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: Many Strong Voices – linking Small Island Developing States and the Arctic -



-For event related deadlines see:


- June 8 2013 is the deadline for applications for the IODE Training Course “Data Management Methods for Operational Ocean Products” scheduled for 9-13 September 2013 -


- 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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