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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

CIOOS is a new initiative that was recently established through a partnership of public, private, and academic institutions. Jointly funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Marine Environmental, Observation, Prediction and Response Network, it is a national effort to coordinate ocean observing activities and facilitate knowledge sharing in ocean science. CIOOS is currently entering a pilot phase, during which a robust data management and dissemination system will be developed. CIOOS consists of a national infrastructure, a data stewardship partner, and three regional associations: Pacific Gulf of Saint Lawrence, and Atlantic. CIOOS-Atlantic is a consortium of partner institutions which together make up the regional association for the Atlantic region. 

Join us at up-coming events we plan to attend with the goal to introduce the initiative and engage CIOOS-Atlantic stakeholders:

Initial Engagement Sessions:

  • 12 March 2019 - Sydney, NS
  • 20 March 2019 - Saint John, NB
  • April 2019 - Halifax, NS
  • Spring 2019 - St. John's, NL

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 



Engineering with Nature: An Atlas

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the book Engineering with Nature: An Atlas. The atlas is a collection of 56 projects that illustrate a diverse portfolio of contexts, motivations, and successful outcomes. The projects were developed collaboratively to integrate natural processes into engineering strategies that support navigation, flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, or other purposes. These projects are presented and considered in this atlas using an Engineering With Nature (EWN) lens as a means of revealing the use of nature-based approaches and the range of benefits that can be achieved. 

Computer and Map

Coastal Community Launches Online Asset Map

Friends of Port Mouton Bay, a community group based in Nova Scotia, and OceanCanada, a national research organization working to address Canada’s most pressing coastal issues, have launched the Port Mouton Bay Asset Map. The story map highlights six categories of community assets and their vulnerabilities to climate change using spatial data, photos, and online links. The story map includes visual and plain language versions of local scientific papers, recently published in peer reviewed journals. The Community Asset Map also highlights results from a community workshop, where attendees recorded local climate change observations onto a map, later digitized into the interactive map points shown under the ‘Our Story’ tab and ‘Climate Change’ bookmark.

2018 Industry Forum: U.S. Offshore Aquaculture: Will We Fish or Cut Bait?

2018 Industry Forum Proceedings

In collaboration with Meridian Institute, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership hosted the 2018 Industry Forum: U.S. Offshore Aquaculture: Will We Fish or Cut Bait? The forum resulted in several key ideas and themes regarding both the challenges and the opportunities raised by the prospect of cultivating an offshore finfish aquaculture industry in the United States.


Marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction

The International Institute for Environmental Development Briefing: Marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction: a ‘common heritage of mankind’ describes that the artificial division of the ocean into maritime zones laid out by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as obsolete. It argues that it is time for nations to reject the existing silos of ocean governance and opt for comprehensive protection of ocean species and habitats.


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 January 2019 issue of the Canadian Ocean Science Newsletter includes articles describing how ocean's chemical properties are being used to help understand circulation patterns and timing, and the CNC-SCOR Early Career Ocean Scientist Award.

  • The new Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk will award $55 million over five years to support recovery actions that address priority marine threats and support recovery in priority places for aquatic species at risk. 22 March is the deadline to submit Expressions of Interest. Four webinars are scheduled in March:

    - March 6th, 2019 at 13:00 EST (English)
    - March 7th, 2019 at 13:30 EST (French)
    - March 8th, 2019 at 14:00 EST (English)
    - March 11th, 2019 at 11:00 EST (French)

    If you are interested in participating contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The February 2019 issue of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) Digest includes: a recording of a special seminar on Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries; a training workshop call for applications: Transdisciplinarity in Fisheries & Ocean Sustainability, Iloilo City, 12-15 April, 2019; and a report from the transdisciplinary training workshop in Cape Town, 21-24 January 2019.

  • The National Indigenous Fisheries Institute is a technical organization that is promoting consistency and standards across Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Indigenous programs. They are working with communities, regional organizations, and government agencies to maximize the potential of oceans and aquatic management programs and activities to benefit Indigenous Peoples and communities across Canada. The National Indigenous Fisheries Institute is engaging Indigenous groups and communities in marine spatial planning discussions in order to gather information about their technical capacity to meaningfully participate in related activities. A discussion paper titled Assessing Indigenous Technical Capacity to Participate in Marine Spatial Planning has been prepared to help with this engagement. It explains in general terms what marine spatial planning is all about and the potential technical roles and tools that may be involved. 
  • The Winter Issue of the Fundy Tidings, the Quarterly Newsletter of the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) is now available for download. This issue includes reports from the BoFEP 2018 Annual General Meeting.

  • Marine Planning Process Workshop: 30 April - 1 May 2019 at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. Presented by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction & Response Network (MEOPAR) in partnership with Duke University and Dalhousie University. The two-day MPP workshop will present participants with key issues in the marine planning process using national and regional case studies and interactive game-theory based activities.

  • The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international not for profit organization committed to making quality open standards for the global geospatial community. The OGC is inviting participation in its Maritime Limits and Boundaries Pilot. This OGC interoperability pilot initiative will help to progress the implementation of the S-121 standard. States that adhere to UNCLOS are required to communicate officially the representation of their maritime limits and boundaries. To support the dissemination of this information, the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) developed the S-121 Maritime Limits and Boundaries standard. The S-121 standard supports the digital data structure and exchange formats for maritime limits and boundaries. Participation is limited to OGC members and 19 March 2019 is the deadline for the call. For more information including the upcoming webinar on 12 March 2019 follow this link

  • The February 2019 issue of The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management (the publication formerly known as MEAM) is now available. It includes the feature article: "Should we be conserving and managing marine ecosystems in 3D? The latest thinking on vertical zoning".

  • The February 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 has launched the Marine Invasive Monitoring in New England Story Map. An interactive map that allows users to explore data from the Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative.

  • The OECD Green Talks Live webinar series brings world experts together on pressing environmental issues for a global audience. The webinars are free and open to the general public. Click here for more information and to register for the next webinar: 'Responding to Rising Seas' scheduled for 6 March 2019.

  • 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.




Three-part animation series from International Institute for Environmental Development


The Ocean Edge

World Ocean Radio has recently released a seven part series dedicated to the ocean edge that explores what takes place there, from the real to the symbolic. The seven parts include:



- 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. 

- 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.

- 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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