- 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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Save the date for the next Coastal Zone Canada Conference 2014: Revitalizing Coastal and Ocean Management: Sustaining Commitment and Momentum. CZC2014 is scheduled for the 15-19 June 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada -



The CoastGIS 2013 Conference workshops have been announced and are scheduled to be held in in Victoria, BC, Canada on 18 June 2013 as part of the conference. Registration for the conference and the workshops is now open. Early registration is open until 15 March 2013. CoastGIS 2013 has been endorsed by the Coastal Systems Commission of the International Geographical Union and the International Cartographic Association -


The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel have published the report: “Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity: Current Status and Potential Solutions”. This report reviews the current state of knowledge of the effects of marine debris, and provides a preliminary assessment of the impact on ecosystems and biodiversity -



The Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America launched “Guide for Planners and Managers to Design Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate” available at A CECTalks webcast “Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate” is now available to learn more about the guide:



The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity have jointly published a report titled “Determination and Implementation of Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries”. The report stresses the importance of maintaining the ecological character of estuaries for both integrated river basin management and integrated coastal zone management -



The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has released the report “How deep did Canada dare? Assessing national progress towards marine protection by the end of 2012.” Twenty years ago, Canada made an international commitment to establishing a network of marine protected areas by 2012 in response to the growing threats to ocean life of overfishing, industrial development, pollution and climate change; this report details the progress to date -



The Ecology Action Centre’s report “Valuing our Fisheries: Breaking the Commodity Curse” analyses the ways that Nova Scotia’s seafood industry could maximize value and employment in the fisheries sector. The report demonstrates how higher wharf prices could be generated by tapping into non-commodity markets that value quality, sustainability and genuine connections with food producers -


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, International Hydrological Programme has released a book linked to its Water and Cultural Diversity project titled “Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?” The book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples -



The International Energy Agency report “Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives” assesses how the Nordic region can achieve a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050 through changes in its energy sector, including a ten-fold increase in wind generation, an end to all use of coal and significant electrification of transport -



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 Ecology Action Centre's Cheticamp climate change adaption project has launched a new brochure “Adapting Atlantic Canada’s Fisheries to Climate Change.” This booklet aims to present the best available information about how climate change will impact Atlantic Canada fisheries -


- The current issue of the Marine Affairs Policy Forum: “The Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project explores an Integrated Approach to the Suppression and Prevention of Marine Piracy” is now available. The Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project has undertaken an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to assessing and ad­dressing the problem of contemporary piracy and its impact on the shipping and coastal communities -


- The latest issue of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability's newsletter “The Messenger” is available and includes updates on the work of the coalition - 


- The Coastal and Water Issues Committee (CWIC) of the Ecology Action Centre works towards helping communities be more sustainable through the protection and management of Nova Scotia’s coastal and freshwater ecosystems. The CWIC produces a monthly newsletter, the January 2012 edition includes information on an upcoming workshop “Living Shorelines: An Applied Workshop on Coastal Erosion” scheduled for the 18th of March in Truro, Nova Scotia -


- “Mysteries of the Deep” is a DFO Science article about the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s work based in Mont-Joli, Quebec, and specifically the ship wrecks that have been found over the years -


- A World Resources Institute Insights article outlines the "6 Top Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2013" -


- CZ-Mail is the newsletter of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. “CZ-Mail Year in Review 2012” provides news and information about the Office's programs and regions, and discusses the notable achievements of 2012 -


- “MPA News” features international news and analysis on Marine Protected Areas. The January/February 2013 issue focuses on “Identifying Three Types of Ecologically Important Sites on the High Seas: An Interview with Jeff Ardron” and “Perspective: Puget Sound Needs a Network of Effective MPAs and No-Take Marine Reserves” -


- The January 2013 issue of ‘Marine Data News’, produced by the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN), includes articles on: two new MEDIN accredited Data Archive Centres: fisheries and marine historic environment data; South West Peninsula Historic Seascape Characterisation Project; and Marine Species of the British Isles and Adjacent Seas -


- There is a new website for the Network of marine protected area managers in the mediterranean (MedPAN network). The redesigned website aims to share information more efficiently with all members and partners of the MedPAN network and provide access to all simple tools to support managers in their missions -


- The United Nations Environment Programme has launched the website: “The Blue Carbon Portal” that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats: marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon, and highlight initiatives that support them -

- The Global Water Partnership'sWater Cooperation for a Water Secure World” video ( has been released to coincide with the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. The video outlines GWP's integrated approach to managing the world's water resources: for economic growth, social equity, and ecosystem sustainability -


- 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 -


- 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 (2012/3) newsletter is available at


- The December 2012 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: Caspian Environmental Information Centre -


- World Ocean Radio episode 202 titled “Sea Experience” focuses on the Ocean Classroom Foundation and explains the organization's core belief: “that the ocean is a wise teacher and a great axis for learning” -


- NASA's Earth Observatory has captured images of Ship Tracks off North America, and has produced an animation showing their movement -


- The Proceedings of the 33rd Conference on Coastal Engineering, held 1-6 July 2012 in Santander, Spain are now online -



-For event related deadlines see:


- 8 February 2013 is the deadline for responding to the Gulf of Maine Council Fund Development Plan Request For Responses -


- 8 February 2013 is the deadline for responding to the Northeast Regional Ocean Council’s Request for Proposals for Ocean Planning Communications Support -


- 10 February 2013 is the deadline for submitting Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps - EN-Vision Program applications -


- 24 February 2013 is the deadline for submitting Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps - Community Partner applications -


- 28 February 2013 is the deadline for applications for a local co-organizer for the 6th International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences -


- 28 February 2013 is the deadline for the Canadian Water Resources Association graduate student scholarships. Five scholarships are awarded annually to students whose programs of study focus upon applied, natural or social science aspects of water resources -


- 1 March 2013 is the deadline to submit comments to the Consultation on Adding Five Atlantic Salmon Populations to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk under the Species at Risk Act -


- 29 March 2013 is the deadline to submit nominations for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada's Environmental Community’s Organizer (ECO-Award) -


- 31 March 2013 is the deadline to submit articles for publication in the Ocean Yearbook Volume 28 -


- 12 April 2013 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2013 A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Sciences. In 2013 it will be awarded to a distinguished mid-career scientist in the field of Biological Oceanography and Fisheries Science-


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