- 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 International Ocean Institute (IOI) in Malta and the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, have launched Ocean Yearbook 27 featuring articles on sub-seabed CO2 storage, ocean acidification, Rio+20, marine spatial planning, MPAs, fisheries, aquaculture sustainability, migrant smuggling by sea, greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, maritime boundaries, and polar oceans governance -



Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Proposed Plan for Nova Scotia” proposes to  advance Nova Scotia’s efforts to protect and conserve the natural landscape, potentially adding 221 properties and more than 245 000 hectares, in total protecting more than 13 % of Nova Scotia’s land. This includes increasing protected coastlines from 557 to 1261 kilometres. 1 May 2013 is the deadline for submitting feedback on the plan - Also released with the proposed plan is an online interactive map -


Closed Containment Salmon Aquaculture” a Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans addresses the use of closed containment salmon farming and ocean-based ‘open’ net pens in Canada -



The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group on Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management has developed “Marine and coastal ecosystem-based risk management handbook”. The ISO 31010 standard for risk management and risk assessment techniques is used as the basis for the development and implementation of an ecosystem approach to management in the handbook. The document aims at providing basic project planning blocks for any ecosystem-based management initiative, such as integrated coastal and oceans management or marine spatial planning -



The EBM Tools Network has released “Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: A Guide for Selecting Tools to Assist with Ecosystem-based Climate Planning”. The guide is designed to assist practitioners responsible for understanding and preparing for climate-related effects. The guide focuses on software and web-based applications that leverage geospatial information to help professionals account for the health and well-being of ecosystems and human communities in projects and plans -



Canada as the Water Solutions Country: Defining the Opportunities” a Blue Economy Initiative publication is designed to frame and advance a national conversation around Canada’s opportunities to become a global leader in water sustainability and innovation -



The World Bank has released a study titled “Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands: impacts and costs” which warns that a one-meter rise in sea levels from climate change could destroy over 60% of the developing world’s coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation.  This scenario could provoke economic losses of around $630 million per year -



The Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC) have published 11 papers that: consider the factors affecting mercury cycling in ocean systems; discuss the related policy and low level effects on human health; and offer fish consumption advice. These papers have been synthesized in the report “Sources to Seafood: Mercury Pollution in the Marine Environment” -



Global Warming's Six Americas In September 2012” is an update report that focuses on how six groups perceive the benefits and costs of reducing fossil fuel use or global warming; their support for different national climate change and energy policies; and their beliefs about who has influence over the decisions that elected officials make -



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:



- Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) is a team of Canadian researchers dedicated to addressing critical issues related to human activity in the marine environment, and the impact of marine hazards on human activities in coastal regions. MEOPAR was launched in 2012; its strategic plan and research plan are available online -


- Mark your calendars for the 7th Canadian River Heritage Conference: Rivers: Building nations, sustaining peoples, scheduled for the 16-19 June 2013, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The conference theme is: “the significant link between a nation, its rivers, and its people” -


- The Spring 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: Stormwater Workshop report is now available, Climate Change Workshop material is now online, and Session Ideas are invited for the 2014 BoFEP Workshop -


- “What’s the Big Deal with Microplastics?” is an article which explores issues surrounding microplastics in the marine environment. The article is part of a new Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre -


- “Behind the Science” is a DFO Science article about the individuals, including oceanographers, biologists, computer specialists and technicians, who insure that data from the field is of high quality and standardized prior to it being archived or disseminated -

- A research article “Global catches, exploitation rates, and rebuilding options for sharks” by Worm et al. published in the journal Marine Policy finds that global total shark mortality needs to be reduced drastically in order to rebuild depleted populations and restore marine ecosystems with functional top predators -


- “A Sea Change for U.S. Oceanography” an article by Eli Kintisch originally published at addresses the declining budgets, shrinking research fleet, and torrents of data from new technologies that face Marine scientists -


- Coinciding with World Water Day, the Canadian International Council’s “OpenCanada” website asks experts: whether the attitudes of Canadians toward water are changing for the better; whether the way we think about water will affect our ability to adapt to climate change related impacts on supply and demand; and whether Canada can be a global leader on water-related issues -


- The US Environmental Protection Agency has released four Coastal Wetland Reviews that provide the results of meetings with stakeholders in coastal watersheds throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The reviews help to better understand regional stressors on wetlands in coastal watersheds, local protection strategies, and key gaps -


- The CBC radio show “Maritime Magazine” tells the story of sustainably fishing shrimp in traps on Nova Scotia's Chedabucto Bay, in the documentary, “Another Hand” -


- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Marine Programme has released a video titled “Marine World Heritage - The Crown Jewels of the Ocean” explains what marine world heritage means -


- A four part video series by Rhode Island Sea Grant on Marine Spatial Planning is now complete. The series explores ocean planning with practitioners from around the world. The fourth installment is titled "Protecting Our Oceans Through Marine Spatial Planning" -


- World Ocean Radio episode 214 titled “Hard Edges” focuses on the history of the industrial management of ports, wetlands and watersheds and will share some modern examples of "hard edge" engineering and the challenges for existing structures in the face of projected sea level rise, extreme weather and coastal flooding -


- NASA's Earth Observatory has captured images of Sea Ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Young sea ice is typically thin enough to be easily moved by winds and currents, and can take on serpentine shapes. Swirls of ice are especially noticeable in this image south of Île d’Anticosti. Closer to Prince Edward Island, the ice appears thicker -


- “MPA News” features international news and analysis on Marine Protected Areas. The March/April 2013 issue focuses on “Advances in MPA enforcement and compliance: Practitioners describe cutting-edge techniques and tools” -


- NOAA’s “Coastal Services Magazine” is a bi-monthly publication that profiles the efforts of state, community, and non-profit coastal programs. The March/April 2013 issue includes an article titled: “Disaster Response Planning: A Coordinated Effort to Be Better Prepared in the Gulf of Mexico” -


- The February 2013 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: Pacific Marine Planning Decision Support Tool -


- The February 2013 edition of the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center’s “MPA Connections” newsletter focuses on recreation in MPAs -


- The January/February 2013 issue of “Sound Waves”, the monthly newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), features articles on: “Mapping, Measuring, and Modeling to Understand Water-Quality Dynamics in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, New Jersey” and “Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice” -


- The 2012 Ocean Literacy Summit was held from 1-2 November 2012 in Rhode Island, presentations from the summit’s concurrent sessions are now available -  



-For event related deadlines see:


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


- 29 March 2013 is the deadline to submit nominations for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment’s annual: Visionary, Longard, Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership, Industry, and Sustainable Communities Awards -


- 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-


- 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” -


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