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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 Secretariat Director Announcement

The Board of Directors for the ACZISC Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Christina Macdonald to the position of Director of the COINAtlantic Secretariat.

Her academic training and professional experience have been in sustainability and the environment: management of renewable resources, climate change adaptation, and wildlife and habitat protection as well as energy conservation and renewable energy. Christina holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.

She believes that the role COINAtlantic plays to connect data holders and data users is a vital one. Even more so since COINAtlantic strives to lower barriers to participation by providing online data management tools that are free and easy for everyone to understand, use, and contribute to.

Christina spent nine years in the Yukon working for the Yukon College, Government of Yukon and most recently the environmental NGO, the Yukon Conservation Society. She has been immersed in efforts to make resource management a democratic and informed process through engaging with local communities and all levels of government. She recently returned to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family and says it feels like coming home.

Christina is the third Director of the COINAtlantic Secretariat. The Board is confident that she will continue the Secretariat’s good work in data sharing and promotion of integrated coastal and ocean management in Atlantic Canada and brings her knowledge, skills and energy to directing the future of the Secretariat and the network.


Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System Official Announcement

A Fisheries and Oceans Canada News Release: Government of Canada’s Investment in ocean observation technology contributes to safer coastal waters and more resilient coastal communities details the recent official announcement of the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System. Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced:

"Ongoing funding to advance the development of a Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). It will increase the availability of ocean data to Canadians and will inform science-based decision making on the responsible and efficient use of our ocean environment. The data collected will inform how coastal communities can become more resilient. This initiative is being jointly funded with the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)."

"Over the next two years, the Government of Canada and MEOPAR will be partnering with the Ocean Frontier Institute, Dalhousie University, the Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic, the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Ocean Tracking Network, the St. Lawrence Global Observatory, the Tula Foundation, and Ocean Networks Canada (University of Victoria) to implement the first phase of the system."

Engagement Update

Two recent CIOOS-Atlantic sessions in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick were held to introduce the initiative and engage CIOOS-Atlantic stakeholders. A session in April is being planned for Halifax Nova Scotia. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

CIOOS-Atlantic Positions Available

Two CIOOS-Atlantic positions are currently posted. The deadline to apply is April 5th 2019. These positions are based at the Marine Institute in St. John's, NL:

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 takes place in two parts:
- April 26 - April 29: taking pictures of wild animals, plants, and all other life.
- April 30 - May 4: identifying what was found.
- May 6: winners announced.

Participants in the CNC download and use the online platform iNaturalist to record observations. Using your mobile device or a camera and desktop computer, individuals simply snap a picture of a tree or frog or lichen and upload the photo to the iNaturalist site. A global group of curators and experts helps you identify what you saw and verify the data for use by scientists. You can participate individually, with your family, or as part of a nature club or team.

The CNC HFX committee will be hosting several iNaturalist training workshops in advance of the event including April 6th 2019 (10:30AM-2:30PM) at the Fairbanks Centre, Shubie Park, Dartmouth. More details are available from the event host Clean Foundation, or on the CNC Halifax Facebook Page.

- 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.


Climate-Resilient Coastal Infrastructure Workshop and ACCESS 2019

The Cold Regions Living Shorelines Community of Practice (CRLS CoP), and ACCESS (Atlantic Canada Coastal & Estuarine Science Society) are launching the Climate-Resilient Coastal Natural Infrastructure Workshop & ACCESS 2019 joint-event, hosted by TransCoastal Adaptations: Centre for Nature-Based Solutions, operating out of Saint Mary’s University. The joint-event is scheduled for May 6-10th 2019 at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Climate-Resilient Coastal Natural Infrastructure Workshop, from Monday-Wednesday, offers participatory workshops around the implementation, application, tech-transfer, packaging, delivering, and communicating nature-based solutions to climate change, from invited speakers, contributed workshops, and leading Coastal Geomorphologists and USACE Coastal Engineers who comprise the CRLS CoP Executive Team. See the full workshop program here.

The ACCESS 2019 event, Thursday-Friday, facilitates and promotes annual student and professional oral and poster research around coastal and estuarine science. This year’s Special Sessions are focused on coastal habitat restoration, climate change adaptation, and Indigenous-led coastal research. See the full ACCESS 2019 program here.

The deadline to submit workshops, posters, and oral presentations extended until April 15th 2019. See the joint call for abstracts here. Submit abstracts here. Learn more about trade show opportunities here. Registration is available here.


Ocean Toolkit

Taking Making into Classrooms: Ocean Toolkit

The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) based in Nova Scotia, Canada has introduced the Taking Making into Classrooms: Ocean Toolkit. The Marine People Partnership, operating through COVE, facilitated a multi-day conference in July of 2018 for 50+ educators from across Nova Scotia on experiential ocean education. The input from the teachers during this conference helped formulate the Ocean Toolkit which will allow teachers to foster more ocean literacy and stewardship in their classrooms. Modeled on the Taking Making into Classrooms toolkits developed by colleagues associated with the Innovative Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia (Kelowna Campus), the Ocean Toolkit is the sixth toolkit in this series.

Responding to Rising Seas

Responding to Rising Seas OECD Country Approaches to Tackling Coastal Risks

A new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report titled Responding to Rising Seas OECD Country Approaches to Tackling Coastal Risks highlights the need to ensure that coastal areas are adapting to the impacts of climate change. Risks in these areas are projected to increase because of rising sea levels and development pressures. This report reviews how OECD countries can use their national adaptation planning processes to respond to this challenge. Specifically, the report examines how countries approach shared costs and responsibilities for coastal risk management and how this encourages or hinders risk-reduction behaviour by households, businesses and different levels of government. The report outlines policy tools that national governments can use to encourage an efficient, effective and equitable response to ongoing coastal change. It is informed by new analysis on the future costs of sea-level rise, and the main findings from four case studies (Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom).


First Report of the Global Observatory on Non-State Climate Action

Climate Change in partnership with Finance for Tomorrow has published the First Report of the Global Observatory on Non-State Climate Action. It builds on existing knowledge, by synthesizing nearly 1000 references from global reports of think tanks, NGOs and IGOs, databases, scientific literature and specialized press. The report highlights initiatives from around the world. It crosses public policies and non-state actions within the main emission sectors (Book 1), focuses specifically on territorial action (Book 2) and new financial tools (Book 3). It is based on available data and studies in order to better understand recent trends in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

The new report Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet is authored by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), IPEN, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), University of Exeter, and UPSTREAM. The report brings together research that exposes the distinct toxic risks plastic poses to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle, from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond.



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 March 2019 issue of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) Digest includes: "TBTI pledges commitment to: Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries", "2019 International Women's Day: Bringing attention to gender equality & equity in small-scale fisheries", and "Situating human rights in the context of fishing rights".

  • The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) recently held an event in London, UK, Towards an inclusive blue economy. A summary of the event is now available: Action for an ocean for all - rethinking the blue economy to be inclusive, sustainable, fair and for everyone. The summary includes thoughts from the presenters, free downloads of all of IIED's recent research on the ocean and fisheries, and links to watch animations on the blue economy and high seas treaty.
  • New maps available through the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Chemistry Portal show the extent of marine litter in European seas. Production of the maps required a large community effort to gather, integrate and standardise datasets from many sources. All maps are free to view, download and use.

  • World Oceans Day is June 8th. Resources are available through to plan, register and promote your World Oceans Day Event. 
  • The 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management Proceedings are now available here. Presentations from ten concurrent sessions at the 2018 Summit are available.

  • Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Floods, available through NOAA’s Digital Coast, is an interactive website that incorporates tools and methods to derive critical coastal water level thresholds and assess the potential impacts of threshold exceedance on stormwater infrastructure.
  • The February 2019 issue of MPA News features several articles, including: "The big question for the MPA field: How effective are our MPAs? An interview with Jean-Luc Solandt", "Perspective: Analyzing susceptibility of coastal MPAs to catastrophic land-based events", and "Perspective: Thirty more marine mammal habitats awarded status as Important Marine Mammal Areas".

  • The March-April 2019 issue of The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management (the publication formerly known as MEAM) includes the feature article: "All things to all people: What different groups mean when they talk about the Blue Economy". This Skimmer feature takes a look at what various groups mean when they use the term Blue Economy, how it came about, what it looks like in practice or could look like in practice, and why it has some people worried.

  • The March 2019 issue of CZ-Mail, the monthly newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is now available. A newsletter highlight is that CZM now includes coastal trails with a new map with their Coast Guide Online. The new map includes public access sites that contain trails, walkways, or harbor walks.

  • 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.




Integrated Nutrient Observatory Webinar Series 2019

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and its partners have tested and deployed a prototype automated nutrient monitoring observatory in the coastal and estuarine waters of the Northeast. The goal of this effort was to demonstrate the delivery of high frequency nutrient data to scientists, managers, and policy makers. NERACOOS has concluded the Integrated Nutrient Observatory webinar series. Recordings of each webinar, with details and abstracts can be found here.


The Ocean Edge

The World Ocean Radio episode: Some Very Hopeful Numbers: Changing Attitudes Toward Climate addresses a recent report from the Yale Program on Climate Change and the proposed national policies impacting public opinion. The report measured public awareness and political views on issues related to climate. Survey results show that in the last year there has been a significant upward shift by registered voters in terms of understanding and concern of human-caused climate change. 



-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. 

- 5 April 2019 is the deadline for nominations for the Gulf of Maine Council 2019 Awards. The 2019 awards will recognize volunteers, professionals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts to promote a healthy Gulf of Maine ecosystem. The Council is seeking award nominees from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

- 5 April 2019 is the deadline to submit an idea to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s #Youth4Innovation Challenge. Science, technology or business innovation ideas submitted to the #Youth4Innovation Challenge could win $5,000 in seed funding. The Challenge is open to residents from Canada, Mexico and the United States, aged 18–30. Ideas can be submitted in English, French or Spanish and will be evaluated based on four criteria: impact, innovation, feasibility/replicability, and potential profitability.

- 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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