- 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 Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS) 2013 Conference, is scheduled for the 9-12 May 2013 in Lawrencetown, Nova, Scotia, Canada. The conference includes a special symposium “Advances in mapping techniques for the coastal zone” and special session “Invasive green crabs in coastal ecosystems”. 1 April 2013 is the deadline for submitting abstracts -



The date for early registration for CoastGIS 2013 has been extended to 31 March 2013. CoastGIS 2013, the 11th International symposium for GIS and computer mapping for coastal zone management will be held in Victoria, British Columbia 18-21 June 2013 -



The “2012 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development” is now available. The report includes chapters on Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Activities and Marine Protected Areas. Conclusions of the Commissioner, Scott Vaughan, include: “the two Atlantic offshore petroleum boards and federal entities are not adequately prepared to respond to a major oil spill if needed” and “the government needs to complete the network of marine protected areas to safeguard Canada’s marine species and ecosystems” -



A recently released DFO report “Delineating Coral and Sponge Concentrations in the Biogeographic Regions of the East Coast of Canada Using Spatial Analyses” details concentrations of sea pens, small and large gorgonian corals and sponges on the east coast of Canada have been identified through spatial analysis of research vessel survey by-catch data -



A report prepared for the Atlantic Coalition for Aquaculture ReformNova Scotia Environmental Monitoring Program for Finfish Aquaculture: An Update 2006-2011” updates a Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture report circa 2006. The report is based on environmental monitoring data obtained from the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and covers the period between 2006 and 2011. The analysis indicates that open pen finfish farms are having a negative impact on the environment -



A Natural Resources Canada document “Volunteered geographic information Primer” is a guide intended to inform Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure stakeholders about the nature and scope of Volunteered geographic information and the realities, challenges and good practices of related geospatial operational policies. It introduces key issues in geospatial operational policy such as data quality, liability, privacy, security, licensing, and copyright -



The United Nations Environment Programme’s Year Book 2013 outlines major emerging issues for the global environment. The Year Book highlights issues such as: the rush for resources prompted by an apparent acceleration in sea ice melt; the need for better information and sound management; and raises the issue of the recent spike in the illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. -



The United States Federal Geographic Data Committee has published “Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard,” a framework for organizing knowledge about coasts and oceans and their living systems. The framework is designed to develop a consistent and universally recognized inventory of all habitats of the North American coasts and oceans -


The United States Environmental Protection agency has release the report “Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012”. This report presents 26 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. It focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison -



The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security has released “Addressing Loss and Damage in the Context of Social Vulnerability and Resilience”. This Policy Brief illustrates the relevance of the concepts of social vulnerability and social resilience to understanding how climate change impacts translate into loss and damage for human society. The authors provide seven recommendations in regards to the linkages between loss and damage and social vulnerability as well as social resilience  -



The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kier Associates have prepared the report “The Cost to West Coast Communities of Dealing with Trash, Reducing Marine Debris” quantified the cost spent by 90 cities, large and small, in California, Oregon and Washington located along the coast or in watersheds draining to the ocean, to clean up litter and prevent trash from entering the ocean or waterways leading to it. The study finds that these West Coast communities are spending more than $520,000,000 a year to combat litter and prevent marine debris -



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:



- 17 March 2013 is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the Sustainable Oceans 2013: Building Bridges in Ocean Management Conference, scheduled for -12-13 April 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The theme of conference is: Connecting the science, policy, and public spheres. For further information contact the conference organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. -


- “Moving Forward Together” is an article by Brett Tolley of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, reporting on a two-day meeting of independent fish harvesters held in Halifax on the 6-7 February 2013. The article is part of a new Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre -


- In January 2012 a new federal government Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) level committee, the Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation (FCGEO) was created. The committee includes twenty federal departments and agencies, which are providers and/or users of geospatial data and information. The committee’s purpose is to identify and address common opportunities and challenges in order to achieve greater efficiencies and effectiveness in the acquisition, use, management and dissemination of federal geospatial information, services and applications. See item #8 of the EO Express newsletter for more information -


- The “Coastal Hazard Wheel” is a new tool for coastal hazard assessment. The tool is designed to allow coastal planners and developers to easily assess the hazard profile of a given coastal stretch under changing climatic conditions. It is applicable at local, regional and national scale and provides a simple screening system to support public and private management decisions in coastal areas. The one page handout of the Coastal Hazard Wheel is available in a background paper giving detailed information on the assessment procedure -


- The recent publication from the Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project titled “Children and Youth in Marine Piracy: Causes, Consequences and the Way Forward” addresses the use of children and juveniles in the current operations in the Horn of Africa. The publication looks at the causes, consequences and the way forward in addressing this issue -


- The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University has released a discussion paper “Why Value the Oceans?” The discussion paper was prepared in collaboration with the UNEP’s The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Office and Regional Seas Programme and asks a series of key questions on the value of ecosystem services provided by ocean and coastal biomes to stimulate “green thinking in the blue realm.”


- The World Future Council has introduced a new section on its website for oceans and coasts. presents policy solutions and essential tools such as sample texts, case studies, key policy principles, and background information -


- Preliminary findings of a December 2012 and January 2013 EBM Tools Network and survey on the subject of what tools have been used in marine spatial planning processes around the World are available -


- A “Land and Sea” television episode from the 3 February 2013 titled “Lobster Collapse” deals with the current issues surrounding the Atlantic Canadian lobster industry -


- World Ocean Radio episode 207 titled “21st Century Working Waterfront” focuses on what a 21st century waterfront looks like -


- The 1st Ocean Data Interoperability Platform Workshop is being held in Ostende, Belgium, 25-28 February 2013. The international workshops will foster the development of common standards and develop prototypes to evaluate and test selected potential standards and interoperability solutions for ocean data. The agenda, some workshop presentations and video are available at


- The Second Session of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Steering Group for Ocean Biogeographic Information System was held at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium from the 19-21 November 2012. The report is now available -


- The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) is a free partnership working to connect marine ecosystem service professionals, economists, and policy makers in order to raise the profile of ecosystem services and ease access to valuation data. MESP recently launched a newsletter focusing on marine ecosystem service news, events, and publications -


- “Marine Ecosystems and Management” (MEAM) is the quarterly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM). The current edition of MEAM (February/March 2013) includes the articles: “Communications and Marine Spatial Planning: Engaging Stakeholders and Building Public Support” and “The Present and Future of Marine Spatial Planning around the World” -


- The January 2013 edition of UNEP/GRID-Arendal's “Marine Newsletter” features the project: 'Blue Forests' GEF Project -


- The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the January 2013 edition of its newsletter outlining implementation efforts on climate monitoring and climate services. The newsletter includes a report of discussions at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change -



-For event related deadlines see:


- 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) -


- 30 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-


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