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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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Oceans of Data - Geomatics Atlantic Conference

The COINAtlantic Secretariat will attend the Geomatics Atlantic Conference November 14-15th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference theme is "Oceans of Data". We will have a booth as part of the exhibition related to the upcoming Canadian Integrated Ocean Observation System – Atlantic Regional Association (CIOOS-Atlantic). We would be happy to have you visit us at the exhibition. The conference program is available here and registration is available here. There is also a Prenote Presentation by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe scheduled for November 2nd at 10 AM called "Climate change, one of the most Pressing Issues We Face Today" with registration for the free event available here.



2018 BoFEP Science Workshop Proceedings Available

The Proceedings of the 12th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop (2018) A Changing Fundy Environment: Emerging Issues, Challenges and Priorities held 9-12 May 2018 at the Agricultural Campus, Dalhousie University, Truro, NS, is now available on the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) website. Plenary and public talk subjects were the North Atlantic Right whale, marine debris and the Bay of Fundy’s future. Paper sessions covered tidal energy, fisheries ecology and management, monitoring and contaminants, integrated coastal management, dykelands and tidal restoration, the new oceans protection plan, and marine protected areas. Three panels were held: ocean literacy and awareness, information use at the science‐policy interface, and future research needs, and BoFEP’s continued role as an NGO.


IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C

A special report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) examines the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.


Ocean School: an Interactive Learning Experience

Ocean School is an educational experience that uses powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies and interactive media that has launched this month. Its inquiry-based approach advances critical thinking, innovation and environmental awareness in students by offering a series of digital interactive experiences about the North Atlantic, North Pacific and Open Ocean. Students will join youth hosts and lead scientist Dr. Boris Worm as they take a journey of discovery, racing to find out what we can do to keep our ocean, as well as our own lives, healthy and safe. Founded by Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Ocean School operates in partnership with Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, and within Dalhousie, under the auspices of the Ocean Frontier Institute. Learn more about the North Atlantic experience here.


Aquatic Habitat Restoration Best Practices Newfoundland and Labrador

The report Aquatic Habitat Restoration Best Practices Newfoundland and Labrador prepared by ACAP Humber Arm for World Wildlife Fund Canada was prepared based on a literature review of best practices, presentations and discussions at an Aquatic Habitat Restoration workshop, and a survey of Newfoundland and Labrador ENGO’s engaged in aquatic habitat restoration activities. It is meant to provide a snapshot of current aquatic habitat restoration activities within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, challenges faced by ENGO’s in conducting such projects, opportunities for expanding restoration efforts, and general best practices to guide such undertakings. WWF-Canada is planning for future coastal restoration and enhancement work at a series of sites in Newfoundland and Labrador. Follow this link to a survey to suggest a WWF-Canada Coastal Restoration Site.


Future of the US Gulf Coast

Understanding the Long-Term Evolution of the Coupled Natural-Human Coastal System: The Future of the US Gulf Coast is a Consensus Study Report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report presents a research agenda meant to enable a better understanding of the multiple and interconnected factors that influence long-term processes along the Gulf Coast. This report identifies scientific and technical gaps in understanding the interactions and feedbacks between human and natural processes, defines essential components of a research and development program in response to the identified gaps, and develops priorities for critical areas of research.

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A New Benchmark for Quality of Growth

The publication Inclusive Green Growth Index: A New Benchmark for Quality of Growth from the Asian Development Bank launches the Inclusive Green Growth Index, which captures the key dimensions of economic growth, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The index’s 28 performance indicators include data over time, and across countries, on various aspects of growth and policy outcomes in areas where higher investment will advance better quality of growth and living standards. Designed as an easy-to-use guide for policy makers and stakeholders in development, the Inclusive Green Growth Index builds on current measures and indices.


Blue Bioeconomy

The European Commission and the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) have recently published the study Blue bioeconomy. Situation report and perspectives. The blue bioeconomy has climbed up the global, regional and national agendas in recent years, and there are increasing expectations as to its growth potential. Despite the generally positive outlook, investors need reliable information in order to evaluate the new investment opportunities in this fast-growing field, and so there should be a comprehensive way to approach the blue bioeconomy and facilitate decision-making. This report looks into the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of aquatic biomass to create products, such as novel foods and food additives, animal feeds, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, materials (e.g. clothes and construction materials) and energy.


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 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) has improved accessibility of bathymetric data for Canada’s navigable oceans, rivers and lakes. The release of CHS NONNA-100 products marks the first time ever that a complete inventory of CHS bathymetric data is available free of charge to the general public at such high resolution, for non-navigational use. “NONNA” refers to the “NON-NAvigational” purpose of the data, while “100” indicates a spatial resolution of 100 metres. Now the data is freely available at Canada’s Open Data Portal.

  • The September 2018 issue of the Bilingual Canadian Ocean Science Newsletter features multiple articles in both English and French, including “Le bruit sous-marin et ses effets sur le béluga de l'estuaire du Saint-Laurent” which discusses the effects of noise pollution on Beluga populations in the St-Lawrence Estuary.

  • The October 2018 Edition of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Newsletter features a number of updates and the article "High species richness in the Central Indo-Pacific explained by time and many colonization events".

  • The Directions Magazine article GST & Universal Design: Creating Access for the Visually Impaired explores map topics that go beyond standard visual maps, including auditory maps and tactile maps.

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada posted the proposed version of the Action Plan for the Lake Utopia Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax), Small-bodied Population (Sympatric with the Large-bodied Population), in Canada on the Species at Risk Public Registry, which lays out the detailed steps Canadians can take to aid the Threatened Lake Utopia Rainbow Smelt population in Canada. This document will be open for public consultation on the Public Registry for a 60-day comment period.

  • The journal article Consistent microplastic ingestion by deep-sea invertebrates over the last four decades (1976–2015), a study from the North East Atlantic presents a long-term study of the ingestion of microplastics by two deep-sea benthic invertebrates (Ophiomusium lymani and Hymenaster pellucidus) sampled over four decades. Specimens were collected between the years 1976–2015 from a repeat monitoring site >2000 m deep in the Rockall Trough, North East Atlantic. Microplastics were identified at a relatively consistent level throughout and therefore may have been present at this locality prior to 1976. The study is published in the Journal of Environmental Pollution and has also been made available through MarXiv.

  • The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute has launched a new, online tool that allows conservation professionals to look at how biodiversity projects can contribute to the SDG targets. The SDG Tool provides practitioners with a simple interactive interface which helps to navigate the complexity of the SDG targets and their links with project level interventions.

  • The October 2018 issue of CZ-Mail the monthly newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is now available. The issue includes the news articles: “Commonwealth Adopts Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan” and “CZM and USGS Launch New Cooperative Studies”.

  • The October 2018 issue of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) is now available. This issue includes the articles: “What large-scale restoration success can look like: Seagrass restoration in Virginia’s coastal lagoons”, “How can we restore marine ecosystems? Perspectives and tips from global experts”, and “Ecosystem restoration: What if we build it, but they don’t come?”

  • The October 2018 issue of MPA News is now available. The issue features several articles, including “Managing an MPA on the uncertain frontiers of climate change”, which describes what practitioners in four parts of the world (Hawaii, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Madagascar) are doing to address the changes their MPA sites are experiencing.

  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a Summary of the 48th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-48) held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 1-6 October 2018.

  • 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.




Capelin Spawn Again at Ship Cove

World Wildlife Fund Canada restored a beach for capelin to spawn in Ship Cove, N.L. Capelin, a small forage fish, didn’t have the right conditions to spawn at the beach. Restoration work included restoring gravel to the shoreline. This past summer capelin were seen spawning on the beach. Read the WWF blog post and watch a video of the capelin returning.

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Plastics in the Ocean: Facts, Fiction, and Unknowns

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues. You can watch the recorded webinar Plastics in the Ocean: Facts, Fiction, and Unknowns by Anna Robuck, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography today.



  • 15 November 2018 is the deadline to submit applications for the 2019 cohort of Ocean Bridge. Ocean Bridge connects Canadian youth from coast to coast to coast empowering them to make a difference towards ocean conservation. Each year 40 youth (ages 18-30), form a national team engaged in co-creating and delivering service projects for their home communities and two immersive expeditions addressing Ocean Health and Ocean Literacy in Canada. The Ocean Bridge 2019 cohort will run from February 1st, 2019 to January 31st 2020.

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