- 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 State of the Gulf of Maine Report has several new additions. In the Gulf of Maine, the main sources of toxic contaminants include industrial harbours, shipping and transportation, agriculture, forestry and coastal development. To find out more about toxic chemical contaminants in the Gulf of Maine, see the new “Toxic Chemical Contaminants” theme paper, and the “Toxic Chemical Contaminants: Review” at:


Loss of biodiversity is a priority issue that is receiving attention throughout the world as countries try to reduce the rate of loss of species and their populations. For more information about biodiversity and species at risk in the Gulf of Maine see the new the “Species at Risk” theme paper at:



The call for Special Sessions for the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 conference has been released. The conference will be held from June 15-19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and will mark the 20th anniversary of the first CZC conference. The conference theme is Our Coasts: Legacies and Futures. More detailed information on the call for special sessions is available online; 9 August 2013 is the deadline for proposal submission -



The proceedings of CoastGIS 2013, the 11th Symposium for GIS and Computer Mapping for Coastal Zone Management, “Monitoring and Adapting to Change on the Coast” are now available at:


OCEAN INNOVATION 2013                          

The conference “Ocean Innovation 2013” is scheduled for 20-23 October 2013 in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. This edition is named “Ocean Smart”, and its theme is: Monitoring, Data Management and Decision-Making in the context of ocean observation opportunities and challenges. Registration is now open -



President Obama’s Climate Action Plan” has been released. The plan takes action to: cut carbon pollution in America, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change. Follow this link to a fact sheet and links to the plan and an infographic -



The US Coastal Zone Management Act themed Special Issue of the Coastal Management Journal40 years of the CZMA: Impacts and Innovations” is now available. The issue commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the CZMA with six papers that provide a better understanding of how coastal management evolved under the CZMA and how it continues to grow. Follow this link for information on how to access the articles -



The Bill to create Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada has received Royal Assent. This formally includes the island in the Canada National Parks Act as Canada’s 43rd national park -



The report “Adaptation in Europe: Addressing risks and opportunities from climate change in the context of socio-economic developments” published by the European Environment Agency provides policymakers across Europe, at different levels of governance and stages of policy formulation, with information that can be used to support adaptation planning and implementation -



The Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue have released “SeaStates 2013: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters?” The report is meant to be scientifically rigorous quantitative account of no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories -



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 winter 2013 Issue of “Hook, Line and Thinker”, the newsletter of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society (FSRS), includes an article on the FSRS 20th Anniversary, and FSRS 20th Annual Conference presentation abstracts and summaries -


- The Summer 2013 issue of “Fundy Tidings”, the newsletter of the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP), is now available and includes many updates and news items including: the Fundy Ecological Health Index Project and the Municipal Climate Change Workshops -


- The May 2013 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times includes the articles: “Adaptation efforts lead to enhanced emergency management” and “Cuts to cod fishing in Gulf of Maine” -


- The Fish-WIKS research project website is now officially launched. Fish-WIKS research looks at understanding western and indigenous knowledge systems and explores how the different processes by which knowledge is acquired, transmitted and used can be harnessed to enhance Canadian fisheries policy -


- The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) held its Annual General meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 4th 2013. GANS, along with Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick, welcomed Dr. Michael Goodchild and his lecture on “The Future of Geographic Information Systems and Science” which is now available at:


- A Dalhousie University news article “Desperately seeking sharks - and all sorts of ocean data” describes the use of the Ocean Tracking Network's newest Wave Glider. This Wave Glider, named the David Lilienfeld, was launched from Prince Edward Island on the 16th of May 2013 and is currently travelling from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Halifax, tracking animal movements and documenting oceanographic conditions -


- The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) has held in Washington, DC, USA from 22-24 April 2013 and was organized by the World Ocean Council. Interviews with key SOS 2013 speakers and participants can be viewed online -


- The Bonn Climate Change Conference took place in Germany from 3-14 June 2013. A summary of the conference is available through the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services’ Earth Negotiations Bulletin -


- The Canadian research institute: Institut National d'Optique (INO) has developed a submarine LiDAR which is used to determine the reflectance of the sea bottom so that the composition can be correlated with relative intensity data from aerial surveys -


- Rare and The Nature Conservancy have launched the contest: “Solution Search: Adapting to a Changing Climate” which aims to identify innovative and replicable climate adaptation solutions.  A $20,000 award will go to the best nature-based solution to climate adaptation. Academic institutions, NGOs and communities are all encouraged to submit their projects, and/or nominate others. The application deadline is 19 July 2013 -


- Fight for the Reef has launched a short film featuring world-renowned marine biologist Professor Callum Roberts to highlight threats to the Great Barrier Reef from industrialisation. This is the first in a series of short films on the subject -


- The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has released two new seaweed publications. Managing Seaweed Accumulations on Recreational Beaches was developed to help local officials and beach managers effectively address seaweed accumulations on recreational beaches while protecting coastal resources - Non-Native Seaweed in Massachusetts is a fact sheet that summarizes current information on invasive seaweed species in Massachusetts, their ecology, and potential impacts to the marine ecosystem and economy -


- A new publication “Massachusetts Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards” provides information to homeowners on how to stay safe and minimize damages during coastal storms. This handbook addresses hurricanes and northeasters and practical measures and cost-effective steps that can be implemented to lower individual risk and increase the resilience of coastal communities -


- The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Marine Science Symposia and their proceedings have been documented and reported on since 1903. The online transition of all volumes to the publications library is now complete and is available on the ICES website -


- World Ocean Radio episode 225 titled “World Ocean Day” asks: “What is Ocean Day meant to do?” and, “What does it take for the will of the people to coalesce around a single issue, to be informed and changed into a voice for change?” -


- The spring 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: the US National Ocean Policy and Managing Resources in a Rapidly Changing Arctic -


- “Marine Ecosystems and Management” (MEAM) is the quarterly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM). The current edition of MEAM (June/July 2013) includes the article: “Integrated land-and-sea management: Examining three cases where marine practitioners are looking upstream”-


- The May 2013 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: Blue Solutions -



-For event related deadlines see:


- 28 June 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 -


- 19 July 2013 is the deadline for submitting applications to the contest: “Solution Search: Adapting to a Changing Climate” which aims to identify innovative and replicable climate adaptation solutions -


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


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