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The Coastal Update has been published monthly since 1997 by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC), now known as COINAtlantic (Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic). Readers may review the archived issues of the Coastal Update in the COINAtlantic website newsletter section.

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Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System

CIOOS-Atlantic sessions were held in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick in March, and one session was held in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in April to introduce the initiative and engage CIOOS-Atlantic stakeholders. A session will be held in St. John's, Newfoundland in the coming months, and a webinar is being planned to introduce CIOOS-Atlantic. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be added to an email list to be sent more details when they become available. Read about the official announcement of the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System by Fisheries and Oceans Canada here.

City Nature Challenge - Halifax

City Nature Challenge 2019: Halifax Regional Municipality

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a global bioblitz event that celebrates citizen scientists, biodiversity and our environment while providing valuable information to scientists about our natural world. Cities from across the world compete over four days to see who can make the most observations of Nature, find the most species, and engage the most people. The Halifax event will take place throughout the entirety of Halifax Regional Municipality. Any observations of nature within this boundary uploaded to iNaturalist will be included.

The event is takes place in two parts: April 26 - April 29: taking pictures of wild animals, plants, and all other life; and April 30 - May 4: identifying what was found. Winners will be announced on May 6th.

- Dave Ireland, iNaturalist Canada, CNC Halifax Co-Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Mary Kennedy, COINAtlantic, CNC Halifax Co-Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Canada’s Oceans Now Report

Canada’s Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems 2018

Canada’s Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems, 2018 provides the current status and trends in Atlantic Canada’s marine ecosystems up to the end of 2017. This report looks at what scientists know about the Atlantic Ocean environment. From sea-surface temperature to fish population numbers, it summarizes the overall health and state of Canada’s Atlantic Ocean. Climate change is a key driver of the changes observed within the Atlantic Ocean environment. Rising atmospheric temperatures are having effects that include warmer sea-surface temperatures, less sea ice cover, rising sea levels, and changing ocean currents. Increased absorption of carbon dioxide by sea-surface water is leading to ocean acidification.


The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development

Through a fund-raising campaign the International Ocean Institute (IOI) has been successful in achieving "open access" for the entire online version of the book "The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development." Thanks to contributions of donors, many readers will now have the opportunity to read the entire book online and download it as a PDF file. It is also possible to access to the individual essays separately with links to the related PDF files. The book is a collection of over 80 essays on the future of ocean governance and capacity development. The book explores future challenges and opportunities for ocean governance and capacity development. Major themes include: the law of the sea, ocean sciences, integrated coastal and ocean management, fisheries and aquaculture, communication and negotiations, maritime safety and security, ocean energy, and maritime transportation.


Supporting the implementation of the SSF Guidelines: Report from the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress

The 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (3WSFC), held in Chiang Mai Thailand in October 2018. Supporting the implementation of the SSF Guidelines: Report from the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress presents a summary of the discussion about the SSF Guidelines at the congress. The report outlines the roles of governments, CSOs, and research community in the implementation process, and illustrates some of the main challenges and opportunities in the implementation. In addition, the report provides insights on what kind of governance transformation is needed for a successful implementation as well as how best to integrate knowledge and foster communications to enhance this process. From a practical standpoint, the report provides direct examples of how the SSF Guidelines are being implemented in five countries across the globe.


Social License and the Blue Economy

Social License and the Blue Economy is a report to the World Ocean Council (WOC) by the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) and the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University and provides a strategic, cross-sectoral and systematic assessment of the challenges and opportunities for industry in addressing social license in ocean economic activity. The WOC, ANCORS and Wageningen University organized an ocean industry workshop on social license at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) in 2017. The report highlights that social license is experienced differently across the various ocean economy sectors and that the loss of social license in one sector may have ramifications for other ocean users and the broader Blue Economy concept.


A list of regional, national and international conferences, seminars, webinars, courses and other events of relevance to integrated coastal and ocean management is available at this link on the COINAtlantic Website.

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  • The April 2019 issue of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) Digest includes: TBTI events and updates on activities, Report from the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress "Supporting the implementation of the SSF Guidelines", and a survey focusing on terms and definitions used when referring to small-scale fisheries in different locations around the world.
  • Canadian Ocean Science Newsletter for March 2019 is now available. Articles include updates from the Ocean Tracking Network: Five-year white shark population project wraps up in Cape Cod, and Great white shark genome may hold hints of how to fight cancer, as well as Eelgrass Monitoring Reports from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.
  • The Spring 2019 issue of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society's (FSRS) Newsletter, Hook, Line and Thinker is now available. This issue includes the FSRS 25th Annual Conference Recap.
  • The Spring Issue of the Fundy Tidings, the Quarterly Newsletter of the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) is now available. This issue includes updates from BoFEP committees and many news items pertinent to the Bay of Fundy.
  • Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum Spring Newsletter is now available. The newsletter includes a number of updates, opportunities and resources.
  • The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition is a cluster of diverse organizations, networks, institutions and individuals across Canada who are coming together to combine the strengths of all members to create greater impact in advancing ocean literacy in Canada and globally. The Coalition is searching for Atlantic and Pacific Regional Coordinators.
  • The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Newsletter for February 2019 announced the launch of the second generation of OBIS (OBIS 2.0). This allows for continuous data integration from OBIS Nodes - as soon as OBIS Nodes publish new or updated data, the OBIS system begins automated processing to ingest data and completes integration routines in a timely manner (minutes to an hour).
  • The April 2019 issue of CZ-Mail, the monthly newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is now available. Newsletter highlights include a new catalogue of recommended plants for coastal landscaping in Massachusetts, and a new report from Seafloor Mapping Initiative.
  • The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has released a bulletin of the event "Before the Blue COP" held in Madrid, Spain, 10-11 April 2019. Participants discussed examples of ocean action that can contribute to mitigating and adapting to climate change, improving the resilience of coastal communities, and increasing the conservation of marine ecosystems. The workshop featured sessions and roundtables that addressed, among other issues: the state of knowledge concerning climate and ocean change; synergies and gaps in climate and ocean actions; and national perspectives on the ocean-climate nexus.
  • The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) have released the first pan-European shoreline-migration map since 2004. The new EMODnet Geology shoreline-migration map allows users to visualise pan-European coastal behaviour for 2007-2017 at different spatial scales. A built-in search and zoom functionality allows online users to distinguish areas of landward migration (erosion or submergence), stability, and seaward migration (accretion or emergence). The underlying, downloadable satellite-based dataset offers additional information on annual values and uncertainty.
  • NOAA hosts an ongoing OneNOAA Science Seminar/Webinar series. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for the weekly OneNOAA science seminar email list.




The Ocean Edge

The World Ocean Radio episode: Citizen Science and the Ocean looks at the citizen scientist: individuals interested in the collection of data toward solutions, the expansion of public awareness, to satisfy curiosity, and to help development concrete actions for the protection of the ocean. A number of examples are given.




- 13 May 2019 is the deadline to the Ocean Yearbook Volume 34 Student Paper Competition. The Ocean Yearbook Student Prize is an annual competition open to students writing research papers on marine affairs subjects at any university or other tertiary education institution.

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