ACZISC COASTAL UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2006
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
Nominations are being sought for the 2006 Gulf of Maine Visionary and Longard Volunteer Awards and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour 2006 Bay of Fundy Awards. All nominations must be received by close of the business day on Monday, 4 December 2006. For information on the Gulf of Maine awards, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/GOM06.pdf and for information on the Bay of Fundy Awards, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/BOF06.pdf.
UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 24-25 January 2007: ACZISC Meeting #50, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 30-31 May 2007: ACZISC Meeting #51, Fredericton, New Brunswick (revised dates)
- 19-20 September 2007: ACZISC Meeting #52, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 23-24 January 2008: ACZISC Meeting #53, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
NEARSHORE MARINE MONITORING
The report from the Nearshore Marine Ecological Monitoring Workshop held on 7-9 February 2006 in Dartmouth, NS is available at http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/publications/2006/nearshore-workshop.html. The report describes the information needs of decision-makers at various scales, possible indicators that could be monitored, best practices, metadata management issues and lessons learned. It also includes recommendations to improve coordination of nearshore marine monitoring and the effectiveness of current monitoring programs.
ATLANTIC ZONE MONITORING PROGRAMME
The annual Atlantic Zone Monitoring Programme Bulletin presents a review of the general oceanographic conditions in the Northwest Atlantic region, including the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as AZMP-related information concerning particular events, studies, or activities that took place during the previous year. The 2006 issue of the AZMP Bulletin is available at http://www.meds-sdmm.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/zmp/main_zmp_e.html.
FISHING INDUSTRY RENEWAL IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture are consulting with stakeholders throughout the Province. The goal is to develop an integrated renewal strategy to ensure that the fishing industry is more economically viable, internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable over the long term. A discussion paper has been prepared to guide the consultations. For information, access http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fir/home_accueil_e.htm.
PROPOSED ESSIM RESEARCH STRATEGY
A discussion paper entitled A Proposed Strategy for Ensuring that Research is Responsive to the Knowledge Needs of the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative is available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/325111.pdf. The document is intended to stimulate discussion and to facilitate the process leading to decisions on what directions and actions should be taken next. For additional information with regards to the proposed ESSIM Research Strategy, email Glen Herbert.
ENABLING WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY
The Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG) Symposium, scheduled for 30 November - 1 December 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will focus on Technology Challenges and Technical Transfer Opportunities. Topics include: what ocean energy may offer Atlantic Canada; drawing on the European experience; assessing sites, resource evaluation and forecasting; connecting academia with the opportunity; and meeting the engineering and the marine operations needs. For information, access http://www.oreg.ca/fall_symposium_2006.html.
IMPACTS OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS ON OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS
A global study by an international group of ecologists and economists shows that the loss of biodiversity is profoundly reducing the ocean's ability to produce seafood, resist diseases, filter pollutants, and rebound from stresses such as overfishing and climate change. The study, published in the November 3rd issue of the journal Science, reveals that every species lost causes a faster unravelling of the overall ecosystem. Conversely every species recovered adds significantly to overall productivity and stability of the ecosystem and its ability to withstand stresses. For information, access http://www.dal.ca/news/2006/11/03/oceanstudy.html. The full article is available at http://as01.ucis.dal.ca/ramweb/papers-total/Worm_etal_2006.pdf.
ADMINISTERING MARINE SPACES: INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) publication comprises a number of papers that focus on issues related to the administration of marine spaces from regional perspectives. Two of the papers included are Issues in the Governance of Marine Spaces and Using Canadian MPAs to Highlight the Need for Improved Tenure Information Management. The document is available at http://www.fig.net/pub/figpub/pub36/figpub36.htm.
CROSS BORDER INDICATORS OF CLIMATE CHANGE OVER THE PAST CENTURY: NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADIAN MARITIME REGION
The 40-page report was produced by the Climate Change Task Force of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) in cooperation with Environment Canada and Clean Air-Cool Planet and is intended as a baseline, setting out the current state of understanding and the most commonly used data for understanding climate changes in the Gulf of Maine watershed and region. The report chronicles data for ten separate indicators, including temperature, precipitation, snowfall, lake and river ice, growing season, sea-surface temperature and sea-level rise. It is available at http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/publications.
CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE US NORTHEAST
The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment is a new assessment of climate change and associated impacts on key climate-sensitive sectors in the northeastern United States. The goal of the assessment is to provide the best available science upon which to base informed choices about climate change mitigation and adaptation. The study is available at http://www.northeastclimateimpacts.org. Additional analyses are under way to assess the impact of the climate changes on coastal and marine resources, human health, forests and agriculture, and urban centers across the Northeast, as well as options for mitigation and adaptation. A major synthesis report on these findings is expected in early 2007.
EXPANDING THE NEPTUNE SEAFLOOR OBSERVATORY
New funding will allow scientists to significantly expand the NEPTUNE Canada observatory. Beginning in the fall of 2007, an 800-km network of powered fibre optic cable will be laid across the seafloor in the deep ocean off the British Columbia coast. A series of nodes along the cable will allow land-based scientists to remotely control and monitor instruments, video cameras and underwater vehicles as they collect data from the ocean surface to beneath the seafloor. For information, access http://communications.uvic.ca/releases/release.php?display=release&id=755.
PLASTIC DEBRIS IN THE WORLD'S OCEANS
This report by Greenpeace draws together scientific research on the distribution of marine debris in the world's oceans and its impacts on wildlife. The information is sourced largely from papers that have been published on this subject between 1990 and 2005. The report also addresses workable solutions to help curb this threat to the marine environment. The report is available at http://oceans.greenpeace.org/raw/content/en/documents-reports/plastic_ocean_report.pdf.
WWF'S LIVING PLANET REPORT
The Report, WWF's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems, describes the changing state of global biodiversity and the pressure on the biosphere arising from human consumption of natural resources. It is based on two indicators: the health of the planet's ecosystems and the extent of human demand on these ecosystems. Countries of over a million people with the largest footprint, in global hectares per person, are the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Finland, Canada, Kuwait, Australia, Estonia, Sweden, New Zealand and Norway. The report is available at http://www.panda.org/news_facts/publications/living_planet_report/index.cfm.
STERN REVIEW ON THE ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The Review was carried out by Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economic Service and former World Bank Chief Economist. The first half of the Review focuses on the impacts and risks arising from uncontrolled climate change, and on the costs and opportunities associated with action to tackle it. The second half examines the national and international policy challenges of moving to a low-carbon global economy. For information, access http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/Independent_Reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/sternreview_index.cfm.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability has produced an annotated bibliography of Coastal Erosion research studies conducted in Atlantic Canada and Gaspésie, Québec. The bibliography is available at http://www.coalition-sgsl.ca/webcura/files/19.pdf.
- The proceedings of a workshop on Marine Habitats in the Gulf of Maine: Assessing Human Impacts and Developing Management Strategies (21-22 September 2005 in Walpole, Maine) are available at http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/publications/marine-habitat-workshop-proceedings.pdf. The workshop was organized by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment's Habitat Conservation Subcommittee and The Nature Conservancy. The goal of the workshop was to facilitate ecosystem-based management and conservation of marine habitats in the Gulf of Maine.
- An article by Dr. Tundi Agardy entitled Dropping pH in the Oceans Causing a Rising Tide of Alarm is featured in the current edition of The Ocean Observer, the newsletter of the World Ocean Observatory. The article is available at http://www.thew2o.net/newsletter_arc.html. To subscribe, access http://www.thew2o.net/subscribeNewsletter.html.
- The October 2006 issue (Volume 04, Number 03) of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) Monitor newsletter is available in English at http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/newsletters/monitor/intro.html and in French at http://www.eman-rese.ca/rese/reports/newsletters/monitor/intro.html.
- 15 November is the deadline for submitting abstracts to CARIS 2007, the 11th International User Group Conference and Educational Sessions, 5-9 March 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - http://www.caris.com/conferences/caris2007/.
- 17 November is the deadline for submitting proposals for habitat restoration project grants to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Projects should address habitat restoration including: diadromous fish restoration and stewardship; coastal wetland restoration and stewardship; riverine restoration and stewardship; and restoration of other habitat types including submerged aquatic vegetation, shellfish beds, and other subtidal and intertidal habitats - http://www.gulfofmaine.org/habitatrestoration.
- 20 November is the deadline to apply for the position of 'Bycatch Campaign Director' (based in Atlantic Canada) with WWF Canada - http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/north_america/canada/publications/index.cfm?uNewsID=84260.
- 20 November is the deadline for submitting abstracts to ICCCM'07, the International Conference on Coastal Conservation and Management in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, 22-26 March 2007, Hammamet, Tunisia - http://www.fe.up.pt/ihrh/icccm07.
- 30 November is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Working Waterways & Waterfronts 2007 Symposium, 9-11 May 2007, Norfolk, Virginia - http://www.wateraccess2007.com/
- 1 December is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, 11-14 June 2007, Arendal, Norway - http://www.imr.no/iczm.
- 8 December is the deadline to submit applications to the Endangered Species Recovery Fund (ESRF). The ESRF sponsors high-priority research and education projects to assist in the recovery of extirpated, endangered and threatened Canadian species, and to prevent other species from becoming so classified. - http://www.recovery.gc.ca/ESRF/index.cfm?lang=e.
- 15 December is the deadline for applications to the 2007-2008 round of awards under the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) - http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/env/2006e1349ev.htm.
- 15 December is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Conference on Management and Restoration of Coastal Dunes, 3-5 October 2007, Santander, Spain - http://www.iccd07.com/eng/invitacion.html.
- 15 December is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Cartographic Association Conference, 4-10 August 2007, Moscow, Russia - http://www.icc2007.com.
- 18 December is the deadline to submit project proposals to the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) to demonstrate the innovative application of technology for land use planning as a means to improve the quality of coastal and estuarine waters and habitats - http://ciceet.unh.edu/rfp_2007/rfp_landUse.html. CICEET is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of New Hampshire.
- 31 December 2006 is the deadline for consultation on an initial draft of the WCPA-Marine Plan of Action. WCPA-Marine is part of the World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN. Input is being sought to identify future priorities and the best way to implement them - http://www.iucn.org/themes/wcpa/biome/marine/mpoaen.html.
- 31 March 2007 is the deadline for submission to Ocean Yearbook - Volume 22 of the International Ocean Institute. 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. - http://www.dal.ca/law/melaw/oyb.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 15-19 November 2006: 9th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration, Charleston, South Carolina - http://www.scseagrant.org/icsr.htm
- 19-22 November 2006: Aquaculture Canada 2006, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.aquacultureassociation.ca/AC06/index.html
- 20-25 November 2006: Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) National Science Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba - http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/meetings/invitation.html
- 27-29 November 2006: 7th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures, Tehran, Iran - http://www.irpso.com
- 28-30 November 2006: 2nd International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts, Guangzhou, China - http://www.prwri.com.cn/icec2006-eindex.htm
- 30 November - 1 December 2006: Enabling Wave and Tidal Energy: Technology Challenges and Technical Transfer Opportunities, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.oreg.ca/fall_symposium_2006.html
- 4-8 December 2006: MarCuba 2006, the 7th Congress of Marine Sciences, Havana, Cuba - http://www.medioambiente.cu/marcuba/ingles_default.htm
- 6-8 December 2006: Northeastern Aquaculture Conference and Exposition, Mystic, Connecticut - http://www.northeastaquaculture.org/index.htm
- 9-13 December 2006: 3rd Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, New Orleans, Louisiana - http://www.estuaries.org/?id=4
- 12-16 December 2006: International Conference on Coastal and Ocean Governance, Haikou City, Hainan Province, China - http://www.pemsea.org/eascongress/index.htm
- 15-19 December 2006: 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, New Delhi India - http://www.isee2006.com