- 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 Coastal Land Use and Development theme paper, part of the State of the Gulf of Maine Report, is now available on the Gulf of Maine Council’s website. The Coastal Land Use and Development theme paper focuses on land use changes and land development - human settlements, structures, and economic activity - in municipalities immediately bordering the Gulf of Maine -


An objective of the DFO the Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program is to assess the risks that climate change poses to the delivery of DFO’s mandate within four defined Large Aquatic Basins (Arctic, Pacific, Freshwater and Atlantic) - The “Risk-based assessment of climate change impacts and risks on the biological systems and infrastructure within Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate” reports for three (Arctic, Atlantic and Freshwater) of the four Large Aquatic Basins are now available. Links to the three available reports can be found here.



The third session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held on 24 to 26 July 2013 in Cambridge, UK. The report “Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten year vision” covers five broad themes: trends in technology and the future direction of data creation, maintenance and management; legal and policy developments; skills requirements and training mechanisms; the role of the private and nongovernment sectors; and the future role of governments in geospatial data provision and management. -



A United Nations FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper titled “A global assessment of potential for offshore mariculture development from a spatial perspective” is now available online. The paper provides measures of the status and potential for offshore mariculture development from a spatial perspective. It also identifies countries that do not yet practice mariculture but have a high offshore potential -



The World Future Council has released the report “Oceans Survey:  Safeguarding our oceans and coasts through exemplary policies and laws”. This report is the result of an evaluation of marine and coastal policies worldwide. The World Future Council has worked closely with a network of policy makers, academic experts, and international and civil society organizations to present an analysis of the winning policies of the 2012 Future Policy Award on Oceans and Coasts -


BIO MARINE                                                     

Last call for registration for the 4th BioMarine International Business Convention scheduled for 9-12 September, 2013, at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax, NS, Canada. Come and network with these CEOs, top executives, academics, and government officials from marine bio-resources organizations covering 18 countries and five continents. Check out the final program, plans for Discovery Day, the Innovation Forum, 1 to 1 Business Partnering Program, Eureka Day sessions and latest list of attendees at Follow this link to register now.



Developed collaboratively by the US Geological Survey and Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and released in 2013, the “Massachusetts Shoreline Change Mapping and Analysis Project, 2013 Update” provides information on rates and trends of shoreline change from 1844 through 2009 -



The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations has released the study: “A long and winding road: International discussions on the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction”. The study’s objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of the discussions carried out under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly’s Working Group on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction -



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 spring 2013 Issue of “Hook, Line and Thinker”, the newsletter of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society (FSRS), includes the articles “Maritime Fishing survey Blog Seeking Industry Insights on Fishery and Marine Mammal Interactions” and “Impacts of Sediments, Nutrients and Contaminants on Coastal Fisheries Health and Productivity: A Workshop on Research priorities” -


- The article “Recognizing and Protecting our Small-Scale Fisheries” by Sharmane Allen calls on all Canadians to get engaged with the UN-FAO process of negotiating and adopting the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication. The article is part the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre -


- The 2013 G8 Summit was held from 17-18 June 2013, in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. The G8 Open Data Charter requires G-8 members to agree to five key Open Data principles: Open Data by Default, Quantity and Quality, Useable by All, Releasing Data for Improved Governance, and Releasing Data for Innovation -


- The Halifax Marine Research Institute is interested in knowing what others know about ocean science, and how people value the oceans. They are surveying people this summer at education centres, summer camps, and online, as part of a research project called the “Ocean Literacy Project”. Follow the link to take the Ocean Quiz & Survey -


- The July 2013 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times includes the articles: “Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment 2013 Awards” and “Habitat restoration: progress being made through cooperative efforts” -


- Presentations from the International Coastal Atlas Network Workshop 6: Expanding Participation in Coastal Web Atlas Development and Use, held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 16-17 June 2013 are available at


- The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management website has officially been re-launched in the Mass.Gov portal format. It features new content, improved navigation/organization, and stronger links to other state agencies and departments. The site now offers a publication page for each program, and new content for the seafloor mapping and coastal habitat programs -


- The Northeast Regional Ocean Council News for July 2013 summarizes the status of the recent regional ocean planning meetings held across New England, describes an initiative for an integrated sentinel monitoring network for climate change in New England waters, and outlines several resources and links -


- The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management’s new, interactive, online mapping tool, Coast Guide Online, can be used to find coastal areas that are open to the public. It includes hundreds of sites along the Massachusetts coast, from sandy beaches to secluded coves, rocky shores, and boat ramps that are owned by government agencies and major nonprofits. These sites have been mapped in Google Earth where each public location is tagged with a name, owner, web link, and picture if available -


- The Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) coordinates the peer review of scientific issues for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The publications listed in the following link were released in July and to date in August 2013 on the CSAS website -


- The article “Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened” and the interactive map “Cities Below Future Seas” are based on an article titled “Rapid accumulation of committed sea-level rise from global warming” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  -

- Learn about the 5 Gyres Institute’s campaign to stop the flow of plastic micro-beads used in personal care products from drain to ocean -


- World Ocean Radio episode 229 titled “Ocean Bio-Prospecting” discusses the various international, political and regulatory challenges of pharmaceutical exploration -


- The July 2013 special issue of the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center’s “MPA Connections” newsletter focuses on Tribal and Indigenous Peoples and MPAs -


- “MPA News” features international news and analysis on Marine Protected Areas. The July/ August 2013 issue includes the articles “The Reverse Fishing License Mechanism for Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area: An Experiment in MPA Financing” and “In Colombia, a New MPA for Deep-Water Coral” -


- The June 2013 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: Clean a Beach -


- The July 2013 newsletter of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), provides updates on ICES activities, including the articles “New data tools unveiled at Data and Information Group meeting”, and “New working group to concentrate on key ICES area of aquaculture” -



-For event related deadlines see:


- 20 September 2013 is the deadline for the submission of papers to be considered for the special issue of Marine Geodesy: “Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems”. For more information see:


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


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