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Dear Coastal Update Readers,

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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COINAtlantic Holiday Party

Join COINAtlantic for holiday cheer from 1-2 PM on December 5th 2018 (Room 108, 6414 Coburg Rd., Halifax, NS). A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The ACZISC Association AGM will be held from Noon- 1PM on the same day and in the same location. For more details on the AGM please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City Nature Challenge 2019: Halifax Regional Municipality

City Nature Challenge 2019: Halifax Regional Municipality

Mark your calendars: this year Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is joining the City Nature Challenge. In April 2019 cities internationally will compete to see who can make the most nature observations, find the most species, and engage the most people. 26-29 April 2019 all residents of HRM, students, commuters and visitors are invited to help compete and highlight HRM's biodiversity. Participation is fun, easy, and free. To participate download the iNaturalist app and from April 26-29, use the app to upload photos of organisms in HRM to, and the iNaturalist community will help you identify them.



Oceana Canada’s Annual Fishery Audit

Oceana Canada’s annual Fishery Audit reports on the state of fish stocks and tracks progress on how well the government is meeting its policy and management commitments. The report states that only 34 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are known to be healthy. Just over 13 percent of stocks, including the iconic Northern cod, are critically depleted, requiring immediate rebuilding actions. Of the 26 critically depleted stocks, only three have rebuilding plans in place. The 2018 Fishery Audit outlines key recommendations to the government that will support better management of Canada’s fisheries, including passing and implementing a new Fisheries Act, completing rebuilding plans, filling in data gaps and finalizing the Fishery Monitoring Policy.


Management Plan for the Sable Island National Park Reserve

Parks Canada is currently giving Canadians the opportunity to have input on the first management plan for the Sable Island National Park Reserve. Help shape the future of the Sable Island National Park Reserve by going to the Parks Canada Let's Talk Sable Island! website to complete the Survey, join the Forum, share stories about your connection to the island, and post your Ideas for the park reserve. 


Turning FAIR Data into Reality & European Open Science Cloud

The European Commission Expert Group Report Turning FAIR into Reality is now available. The reports objective is to advance the global Open Science movement and the development of the European Open Science Cloud. The document is both a report and an action plan for turning FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) data into reality. It offers a survey and analysis of what is needed to implement FAIR and it provides a set of concrete recommendations and actions for stakeholders in Europe and beyond.

The European Open Science Cloud has been launched to provide a safe environment for researches to store, analyze and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes. The European Commission presented the governance structure and the portal to European Union Science Ministers and future users at an Austrian EU Presidency conference in Vienna on November 23rd 2018. See the Vienna Declaration on the European Open Science Cloud:

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Generation SDG Blueprint

The Generation SDG Blueprint, developed by a multidisciplinary group of Canadian innovators and published by Waterloo Global Science Initiative is now available. The blueprint is meant to be a vision for a community-driven approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada. The Generation SDG Blueprint can serve as an introduction to the SDGs as well as an action plan for those already integrating the SDGs into their work. It takes the reader through four sections all of which are supported by case studies from Canada and around the world: community ecosystems and planning; partnerships; accountability; and financing and stimulating innovation.


Climate Change Plan for the Rhode Island Coast

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council’s (CRMC) Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) which is a climate change plan for Rhode Island Coast and puts in place the first scenario based permitting system at the state level in the United States. The innovation of the Beach SAMP lies in its coastal permitting process. Chapter 5 "Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council Coastal Hazard Application Guidance" presents a unique, five-step process for applicants to consider the impacts of current and future coastal hazards. The goal is to ensure that CRMC-approved projects are designed and built with the applicant’s acknowledgement of the risks associated with building in coastal hazards areas exposed to storm surge, erosion, and future sea level rise conditions.


Blue Carbon Approach to Conserving Wetlands

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Estuarine Research Reserves and their partners are working to make wetlands conservation and restoration profitable while lessening greenhouse gas emissions through blue carbon financial markets. Thus far, ten-plus reserves have seen success using this approach. Read more about this approach.


Caviar Market: Production, Trade and Consumption

EUMOFA (European market observatory for fisheries and aquaculture products) has recently published the case study: The caviar market. Production, trade and consumption in and outside the EU. Since overfishing has brought several sturgeon species to the brink of extinction, wild catch is banned by most countries. Farming of sturgeon gradually increased from the mid 80’s to the beginning of the 2000's when it started increasing rapidly year by year. Today, nearly all caviar on the global market is harvested from farmed sturgeons. The rapid increase in sturgeon farming in the world is driven by China. In 2002, the global production was 4.1 tonnes, half of which took place in Russia and the remaining part in the EU. By 2016, the global production had increased to 105.0 tonnes, of which China accounted for 85%. 


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 November 2018 issue of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) Digest is a Special Issue on the Third World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress held 22–26 October 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, under the theme "Transdisciplinary and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries".
  • The Directions Magazine article Alaska Tribes Employ LiDAR for Insights into Managing Natural Resources takes a look at combining cutting-edge technology with traditional practices.

  • The 5th Our Ocean Conference was held 29-30 October in Bali, Indonesia. The conference generated 305 commitments to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. Commitments focus on the Conference’s six themes: marine protected areas (MPAs); sustainable fisheries; marine pollution; climate change; sustainable blue economy; and maritime security. The US$10.7 billion in pledges represent commitments from a wide range of actors, with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the corporate sector announcing the majority of the commitments.

  • The article Implementing Ecosystem Approaches to Fishery Management: Risk Assessment in the US Mid-Atlantic published in the Journal Frontiers in Marine Science describes the process used by the US Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to develop an ecosystem-level risk assessment, the initial step proposed in their recently adopted Ecosystem Approaches to Fishery Management guidance document.

  • The Marine Protected Areas Connections November 2018 Newsletter includes updates, resources and webinars from the (US) National Marine Protected Areas Center. This issue includes a link to a new infographic describing the impacts of climate change on the ocean, and how MPAs are part of the solution to building resilience.

  • The November 2018 issue of CZ-Mail the monthly newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is now available. The issue includes the highlight "CZM and USGS Release New Seafloor Mapping Data".

  • The November 2018 issue of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) is now available. This issue includes the articles: "Estimating the vulnerability of ocean planning and blue economy to climate change" and "EBM Toolbox: Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database".

  • The November 2018 issue of MPA News is now available. The issue features several articles, including "Planning MPAs in an era of warming oceans: How practitioners are preparing for future ecosystem shifts" and "MPA Training in a Nutshell: On the MPA Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool".

  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a Summary of the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) was held from 22-29 October 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, under the theme "Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future".

  • 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.



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Climate Atlas of Canada

The Prairie Climate Centre has developed a series of videos about climate change across Canada. There are close 30 videos in the Climate Atlas of Canada to date, developed collaboratively with community partners, including many Indigenous communities. The Climate Atlas of Canada combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. It is designed to inspire local, regional, and national action that will let us move from risk to resilience.


Development Pressure on Portland Waterfront

12 Little Wharves is a short video that tells a story about development pressure on Portland waterfront. The video explains the conflict between a waterfront being developed for tourism and the fishermen who have used it as a work place for more than a century.



-7 December 2018 is the deadline to submit an application to the Millennium Institute's free course: System Dynamics-based Development Planning, organized in partnership with the University of Bergen, Norway. The course emphasizes the importance of developing a holistic view of national development planning, and of cross-sectoral policy coherence to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The course is targeted at development professionals who are responsible for developing policies and programs aimed at meeting the SDGs.

- 11 March 2019 is the deadline to submit your art work to the 2019 I LIVE BY THE SEA International Youth Contest. The contest is open to youth from 5 to 21 years. Participants may submit photos or short films, along with a short text, describing the story. Films may be any form of artistic expression, from a documentary, to feature, or theatre play, through pantomime, dance or a song.

-31 March 2019 is the deadline to submit articles to the Ocean Yearbook Volume 34 Call for Papers. Articles on issues and prospects, ocean governance, living resources of the ocean, non-living ocean resources, transportation and communications, environment and coastal management, maritime security, military activities, regional developments, training and education and ocean polar issues will be considered. 

- 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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