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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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Employment Opportunity: COINAtlantic Project Officer

COINAtlantic is looking for a capable and enthusiastic individual who thrives in a dynamic and diverse work environment. The Project Officer is responsible for supporting the Executive Director of COINAtlantic in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and projects; managing the COINAtlantic website and social media; preparing and distributing the Coastal Update newsletter; and supporting the development of relationships with data providers and end users to promote the use of the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). This is a full-time, term position (14 months). The deadline to apply is 5 PM (ADT), 8 July 2019View full details of the position here.

City Nature Challenge - Halifax

Results - 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.

A summarized info-graphic of the global results and additional information can be found at The numbers exceed expectations, and represent the biggest bioblitz ever.

Below is a brief summary of results from the Halifax Regional Municipality. You can access more from the iNaturalist Project Page and Facebook Page:

• Halifax ranked in the Top 50 globally (of 159 cities competing) across all categories; observations (7647), species (911) and observers (237).
• Halifax ranked #2 for our climatic zone, falling just shy of Chicago.
• Per capita, Halifax was one of the top cities in all categories, especially for lichens; this is an important point, for example Chicago had 2.71M people to draw from compared to our 431K.
• Halifax was the Top Canadian City in the competition.
• 19 sub-events and mini-blitzes were organized and attended throughout the weekend; from Blue-Mountain Birch-Cove Lakes to Musquodoboit Harbour to Point Pleasant Park.
• Of all cities new to the CNC this year, Halifax ranked #17 across all categories.
• Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in the world to provide a crest to Girl Guides for iNaturalist.



Canada’s Changing Climate Report

Canada’s Changing Climate Report is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, this document is the first of a series to be released as part of Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. It documents changes across Canada in temperature, precipitation, snow, ice, permafrost and freshwater availability as well as in Canada’s three oceans.


Ocean Yearbook Volume 33

Ocean Yearbook Volume 33 is now available from Brill Nijhoff, featuring articles on the following topics: the Agreement on BBNJ; Conservation and Sustainable Use of BBNJ; U.S. Ocean Policy under a New Administration; Pacific SIDS’ Practice on Baselines and Maritime Zone Limits; UNDRIP and UNCLOS; PSSA Designation of the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park; SDG 14 Implementation; Ocean Acidification; the Paris Agreement and Ocean and Coastal Management; Adaptation in Coastal and Ocean Management; Environmental Liability of Deep Seabed Mining; Agreement to Prevent Unregulated Fisheries in the Central Arctic; Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships; Regulating Shipping Noise; Protection of Cables from Terrorism; and Navigational Safety Risks near Offshore Wind Farms. Plus UN documents and ICP proceedings. View Volume 33 Contents here. The Ocean Yearbook is part of a new Research4Life program, providing online access to academic legal content in developing economy countries. Learn more about eligibility here.


CanCoast 2.0

The Geological Survey of Canada has released a new national scale assessment of the sensitivity of Canada’s marine coasts to changing climate. Entitled "CanCoast 2.0: data and indices to describe the sensitivity of Canada’s marine coast to changing climate" (GSC Open File 8551), the release includes: datasets of early and late 21st century sea-level change; early and late 21st century wave heights including sea ice; coastal materials; ground ice in permafrost; tidal range; backshore slope, and calculated indices giving sensitivity in the early and late 21st century and the difference, all with explanatory documentation. Download open File 8551 here


Fisheries Footprint Mapping for Marine Spatial Planning and Risk Assessment

The Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences #3293 Maritimes Region Longline and Trap Fisheries Footprint Mapping for Marine Spatial Planning and Risk Assessment shows commercial fishery footprint maps for directed fisheries using bottom and pelagic longlines for groundfish and large pelagics respectively, and traps for hagfish, (LFA 41) and Grey Zone lobster, snow crab, and other crab on the Scotian Shelf, the Bay of Fundy, and Georges Bank (in NAFO Divisions 4VWX and Canadian portions of 5Y and 5Z). A number maps are publicly available and included in the report for multiple applications in marine spatial planning and ecological risk assessment.


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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Sharing the Coast with Shorebirds

This new documentary short, Sharing the Coast with Shorebirds, focuses on the late-summer migration of shorebirds through the upper Bay of Fundy, a critical staging area for migrating shorebirds that "fuel up" here before making an incredible 4000km over-ocean flight to their wintering grounds in South America. But human disturbance on the beaches where they feed and rest can have a negative impact on their ability to complete their nonstop flight. In this video (11.5 minutes), conservation biologists describe efforts, past and present, to protect the birds' habitat and reduce disturbance by recreational beach users.




- 11 August 2019 is the deadline to submit applications to the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council. Applicants should be between the ages of 16 and 22, able to make a two-year commitment, including approximately 10 hours per month to Council activities.

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