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2011 NOIA Interactive East Coast Map

This application from the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry Association (NOIA) enables users to get detailed information on wells, licences and infrastructure and contains information relevant to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons on Canada's east coast and offshore Greenland. NOIA's map is a compilation of public data from provincial and federal government departments and agencies.

2012 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

The “2012 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development” includes chapters on Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Activities and Marine Protected Areas. Conclusions of the Commissioner, Scott Vaughan, include: “the two Atlantic offshore petroleum boards and federal entities are not adequately prepared to respond to a major oil spill if needed” and “the government needs to complete the network of marine protected areas to safeguard Canada’s marine species and ecosystems”.

ACASA Assessment of Infrastructure Relevant to the Fishing and Aquaculture Industries

This report examines the current infrastructure of the fishery and aquaculture industries, and discusses an approach to assessing its vulnerability to risks associated with climate change and what approaches may be pursued to address that vulnerability.

A Guide to State Management of Offshore Wind Energy in the Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute has released this guide summarizing some of the key context surrounding the efforts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia to support the sustainable development of offshore wind energy. It provides an overview of the states’ key legal authority, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and state priorities in offshore wind energy project review, including the categories of information needed to satisfy the various review processes.

Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Protection Agency have released this report to present an overview of ideas shared by smart growth and hazard mitigation experts at an August 2011 roundtable. The roundtable participants focused on how coastal and waterfront communities can create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from coastal flooding.

A global assessment of potential for offshore mariculture development from a spatial perspective

A United Nations FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper provides measures of the status and potential for offshore mariculture development from a spatial perspective. It also identifies countries that do not yet practice mariculture but have a high offshore potential.

A New Regulatory Framework for Low-Impact / High-Value Aquaculture in Nova Scotia

“A New Regulatory Framework for Low-Impact / High-Value Aquaculture in Nova Scotia” is the final report of the Independent Aquaculture Regulatory Review for Nova Scotia conducted by the Doelle-Lahey Panel. The authors conclude that a fundamental overhaul of the regulation of aquaculture in Nova Scotia is called for. They conclude that this overhaul should be guided by the idea that aquaculture that integrates economic prosperity, social well-being and environmental sustainability is one that is low impact and high value.

An ocean of opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada

“An ocean of opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada” is a report published in July 2015 by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. The report describes ongoing Canadian aquaculture research and development, and the environmental health and impacts of aquaculture.

Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine

This fact sheet published in 2010 by the EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) looks at aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy.

Aquaculture in Canada 2012: A Report on Aquaculture Sustainability

The first report of the Aquaculture Sustainability Reporting Initiative that documents the current information on the sustainability of aquaculture in Canada. Key sustainability issues for Canada’s aquaculture sector are reflected and organized into six themes: Ecosystem Health, Animal Health and Welfare, Safe and Healthy Products, Resource Use, Social Responsibility, and Economic Viability.

Aquaculture Industry and Governance in Canada (Volume 1)

In july 2015 The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans published the report: Aquaculture Industry and Governance in Canada: Volume 1. This report details the federal and provincial regulatory framework of the aquaculture industry in Canada and the aquaculture industry profile of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Aquaculture Industry and Governance in Norway and Scotland

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans published “Aquaculture Industry and Governance in Norway and Scotland” in July 2015. The report delves into the aquaculture industry profile of Norway and Scotland and compares the aquaculture industry of both countries.

Aquaculture Maps from FAO

This global interactive map on aquaculture production is produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Details provided include: cultured species, technology used, culture systems, environments, farm characteristics, production, quantities and values, seed input quantity and characteristics, and main issues (credit, diseases, environmental impact, etc.)

Aquaculture Reform in Nova Scotia: Overview of the Regulatory Framework and Considerations for Regulatory Reform

East Coast Environmental Law report by Lisa Mitchell. The report highlights the need for regulation of the aquaculture industry to ensure that it operates sustainably, especially where the government supports industry growth.

Aquaculture Strategy: Creating Sustainable Wealth in Rural and Coastal Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Government strategy for aquaculture development in the province. The strategy identifies and builds on four key pillars: farming responsibly, aquaculture engagement, regulatory safeguards, and jobs and the economy. It also includes a review of the feasibility of closed containment in Nova Scotia.

Arctic Report Card: Update For 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Arctic Report Card: Update for 2013 is now available. The report indicates: there were fewer snow and ice extremes than in 2012; and many regions and components of the Arctic environment were closer to their long-term averages, but the effects of a persistent warming trend that began over 30 years ago remain clearly evident.

Are Deep-Sea Fisheries Sustainable?

In the 2011 article entitled 'Sustainability of deep-sea fisheries' published online in the journal Marine Policy, the authors, including marine ecologists, fisheries biologists, economists, mathematicians and international policy experts, argue that, with rare exceptions, deep-sea fisheries are unsustainable.

Assessing Impacts of Converting Oyster Leases from Bottom to Suspended Culture in Foxley/Trout River, PEI

A DFO Science article about oyster culturists in Prince Edward Island experiments with converting their bottom leases to suspended leases.

Assessment of Tidal and Wave Energy Conversion Technologies in Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada hosted a National Science Advisory Process meeting on 21-22 April 2009 to determine the current state of knowledge on the environmental impacts of tidal and wave energy conversion technologies and their application in the Canadian context based on published reports. The objectives of the meeting included identifying potential mitigation measures and determining the feasibility of developing a relevant Canadian Statement of Practice.

Atlantic Coast Fisheries Data Collection Standards

Published in 2012 by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperation Statistics Program (ACCSP).

Auditor General Report: June 2015

The Nova Scotia Auditor General Report was published in June 2015. This report resulted in the implementation of new Environment Management regulations by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture for December 2016.

Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future

The report from the Blue Economy Initiative “Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future” is based on interviews with 17 water-related professionals in Canada who share their views on what a water sustainable city might look like. Within the “Four Areas for Action Summary” the report suggests that sustainable cities “have infrastructure that maintains the natural environment and minimizes the impact of activities on native ecosystems” and “information is shared, integrated, and audience-speci?c”

Canadian-UK Collaboration for Tidal Sensor Technologies

The Hydro International article “Canadian-UK Collaboration for Tidal Sensor Technologies” details a Canadian and British researchers collaboration on two projects in developing new sensing technologies for tidal energy applications aiming to reduce risk and uncertainties associated with the deployment and operation of in-stream tidal devices

Changing Tides: Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters

The report “Changing Tides: Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters” by the Conference Board of Canada. The report discusses the trends surrounding economic development in Northern marine waters as well as the associated risks and benefits for the stakeholders involved, including industry, public sector organizations, Northern communities, and the surrounding environment.

Changing Tides: Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters

The report “Changing Tides: Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters” by the Conference Board of Canada. The report discusses the trends surrounding economic development in Northern marine waters as well as the associated risks and benefits for the stakeholders involved, including industry, public sector organizations, Northern communities, and the surrounding environment.

Changes to Nova Scotia laws for Aquaculture and Marine Renewable Energy

The Province of Nova Scotia introduced a Marine Renewable Energy Act to govern the development of marine renewable energy resources including waves, tidal range, in-stream tidal, ocean currents, and offshore wind in designated areas of the Nova Scotia offshore.

Coastal Zones: Achieving Sustainable Management

The European Commission Science for Environment Policy Thematic Issue “Coastal zones: achieving sustainable management” includes a number of articles on the subject. Examples are: “Users value Marine Spatial Planning in pilot project”, “New web-based tool supports Integrated Coastal Zone Management”, and “Balanced Scorecard tool could support Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Commercial Fisheries Spatial Characterization

The Northeast Regional Ocean Council commissioned the Island Institute, the Coastal Resources Center, and George Lapointe Consulting to undertake a project that describes how New England’s commercial fishing industries, including party/charter businesses, utilize the region’s ocean space. The “Final Report to the Northeast Regional Ocean Council: Commercial Fisheries Spatial Characterization” is now available.

Contaminants in the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy

This fact sheet published in 2014 by the EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) summarizes data from the Gulf of Maine for three key indicators - chemical contaminants in mussels, sediment contaminants & toxicity, and shellfish beds approved for harvesting.

Cost of Adaptation - Sea Dikes and Alternative Strategies

A report released by the British Columbia Government that estimates the cost of dike improvements over the next 90 to 100 years could cost $9.5 billion. This cost estimate includes design, project management, land acquisition, environmental mitigation, impacts on utilities and pump stations and earthquake-resistant construction methods.

Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities

This report by American Rivers describes the importance of small streams and provides the context for why many of today’s urban streams are buried. It also identifies and analyzes the benefits of stream daylighting, including water quality improvements, flood mitigation, and community and economic revitalization.

Deep-Sea Benthic Footprint of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout

Article reports that deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spill.

Deepwater Horizon: Lessons for Offshore Drilling Safety

This 2011 report titled “Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout: Lessons for Offshore Drilling Safety” examines the causes of the blowout and provides a series of recommendations, for both the oil and gas industry and government regulators. The lessons and recommendations are intended to reduce the likelihood and impact of any future losses of well control during offshore drilling.

Economic and Community Benefits from Stream Barrier Removal Projects in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration has released the report “Economic and Community Benefits from Stream Barrier Removal Projects in Massachusetts” which presents the findings of a study that analyzed the costs of six stream barrier removal projects.

Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030

Released by the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI). The report details the highest impact energy technologies with a set of implementation strategies, applying the latest scientific and technological thinking.

Erosion and Sediment Control Field Guide

Released by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, the guide is a 65-page, waterproof, pocket guide for those involved in planning, executing, and monitoring construction projects. The guide provides best management practices that can be used to control runoff and erosion and prevent sedimentation at construction sites.

Feasibility of Land Based Closed-Containment Atlantic Salmon Operations in Nova Scotia

The report “Feasibility of Land Based Closed-Containment Atlantic Salmon Operations in Nova Scotia” by Gardner Pinfold for the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture says growing Atlantic salmon in land-based, closed-containment is technically feasible, but its commercial viability remains to be proven.

FEMA: Residential Coastal Construction

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the 2012 two volume fourth edition of the Coastal Construction Manual, titled "Principles and Practices of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas".

Green Economy in a Blue World

The report argues that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic paradigm.

High Seas

An Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations issue brief “A new chapter for the high seas?” The article details a decision to negotiate an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

How Much Are Ecosystems Really Worth?

“How Much Are Ecosystems Really Worth?” is the first in a series of blog posts from the World Resources Institute on the subject of Valuing Ecosystems which will explore challenges and solutions to better incorporate the value of ecosystems into decision-making.

Investment in Sustainable Fisheries

A new report from Environmental Defense Fund, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, and in collaboration with the 50 in10 initiative, titled “Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition” outlines a framework for developing fisheries transition projects which achieve sustainability by attracting and leveraging global finance. The report is intended to inform and inspire fishermen, project developers and other oceans stakeholders, this report looks to empower fishing communities by meeting the financial needs of transitioning to sustainable fisheries.

Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

Restore America’s Estuaries has released the report “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities” providing a national (USA) assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines for shoreline protection and provides clear recommendations and strategies to move forward.

Mapping Inshore Lobster Landings and Fishing Effort on a Maritimes Region Modified Grid System

This DFO technical report describes an analysis of Maritimes Region lobster logbook data reported at a grid level. Spatial differences in fishing pressure, landings and catch per unit effort are indicated; potential mapping applications are outlined, and the limitations of and potential for improvements to the grid reporting system are discussed.

Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services in the Sargasso Sea

A report “Assessing the Economic Contribution of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services in the Sargasso Sea” has been published by Duke University's Nicholas Institute. Dr. Linwood Pendleton of Duke led the team of Florence Krowicki, Pierre Strosser, and Jessie Hallett-Murdoch. The report finds that economic expenditures and revenues directly or potentially linked to the Sargasso Sea total anywhere between tens to hundreds of million dollars a year. Sponsored by WWF Netherlands and the Sargasso Sea Commission Secretariat, the report highlights the value of the Sargasso Sea as a global resource.

Marine Transportation In the Canadian Arctic

A report recently prepared for Transport Canada entitled “Exploring Plausible Futures for Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic: A Scenarios’ Based Approach” identifies and evaluate possible alternative ‘futures’ for marine transportation in the Canadian Arctic, using a scenarios approach. The scenario based approach is used as an alternative emerging methodology that is directed at developing a limited number of plausible, challenging and contrasting scenarios for consideration and debate by industry and policy leaders.

Marine Lobster Panel

The “Report of the Maritime Lobster Panel” by the independent panel including: Gilles Thériault, John Hanlon, and Lewis Creed has been released. The report considers factors affecting lobster prices in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and provides strategic marketing advice and action to stabilize, and then increase, prices.

Municipal Climate Adaptation around the Bay of Fundy: Status and Needs

This Gulf of Maine Council Climate Network study provides insights into how municipalities are working toward climate preparedness. This study summarizes adaptation measures that municipalities have taken to date, actions they are planning, and resources they need to move forward.

New England Seaweed Culture Handbook: Nursery Culture

The Connecticut Sea Grant has released “New England Seaweed Culture Handbook: Nursery Culture” which is a 92 page handbook for growing four species of economically and ecologically valuable native seaweeds. The handbook presents protocols for implementation of the technology to culture, maintain, and produce seaweeds beginning in a laboratory, with information on how to scale up for commercial production.

New England Seaweed Culture Handbook: Nursery Culture

The Connecticut Sea Grant has released “New England Seaweed Culture Handbook: Nursery Culture” which is a 92 page handbook for growing four species of economically and ecologically valuable native seaweeds. The handbook presents protocols for implementation of the technology to culture, maintain, and produce seaweeds beginning in a laboratory, with information on how to scale up for commercial production.

Newfoundland and Labrador Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy 2014

The Provincial Government of NL has released “Newfoundland and Labrador Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy 2014”. The strategy addresses sustainability by committing to the implementation of a provincial fish health management plan, as well as encouraging enhancements to existing regional management plans.

Nova Scotia Environmental Monitoring Program for Finfish Aquaculture: An Update 2006-2011

A report prepared for the Atlantic Coalition for Aquaculture Reform updates a Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture report circa 2006. The report is based on environmental monitoring data obtained from the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and covers the period between 2006 and 2011. The analysis indicates that open pen finfish farms are having a negative impact on the environment.

Out of Control: Nova Scotia’s Experience with Fracking for Shale Gas

A report by the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC) attempts to make sense of what happened with Triangle Petroleum's shale gas project in Hants County, Nova Scotia, reporting on what happened, and how decisions were made.

Prince Edward Island Seafood Guide

The guide is aimed at regional, national and international buyers. It provides comprehensive information on species harvested, products processed, the location of seafood plants and contact information.

Protecting Canada: Is it in our nature? How Canada can achieve its international commitment to protect our land and freshwater

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society report “Protecting Canada: Is it in our nature? How Canada can achieve its international commitment to protect our land and freshwater” assesses whether our governments are on track to meet their collective international commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and fresh water by 2020, and to improve the quality of our protected areas. Canada currently has 10% of its landscape protected, versus the global average of over 15%.

Re-routing Nova Scotia’s Food Conundrum

The article “Re-routing Nova Scotia’s Food Conundrum” by Justin Cantafio explores the issues around a lack of a regional distribution network for seafood in Nova Scotia. The article is part the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre.

Road Map for Aquaculture Investment in Nova Scotia

Report for the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture by Stantec. Results of the study reveal that in Nova Scotia there is wide variability in climatic and oceanographic conditions around the coast. This phenomenon provides the province with an excellent opportunity to develop a diverse aquaculture sector, with good potential for producers of many different commercial species to develop new sites. Results of the study indicate that there is excellent potential for aquaculture development for at least one of the studied species in every region of the province, and several regions of the province have biophysical conditions that are well-suited to the development of multiple species.

Scientific Support Provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada during the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Operations Boosts Canada's Oil Spill Preparedness

Research findings from the Deepwater Horizon spill and the use of chemical oil dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico are discussed in this 2012 article.

Sea Level Rise Plan

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management has released “Sea Level Rise: Understanding and Applying Trends and Future Scenarios for Analysis and Planning” a new guidance document to help coastal communities and others plan for and address potential sea level rise effects on residential and commercial development, infrastructure and critical facilities, and natural resources and ecosystems

Securing our Fishing Future with Social Finance

The article “Securing our Fishing Future with Social Finance” reports on a new a report released by the Ecology Action Centre’s Marine Issues Committee, titled “Social Impact Investing for Sustainable Fishing Communities”. The document aims to offer viable options to help protect Atlantic Canada’s owner-operator fisheries. The article is part the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries Blog called “Small Scales” produced by the Ecology Action Centre.

Shellfish, Nitrogen, and the Health of Our Coastal Waters

The Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension have released a four-page bulletin that summarizes the potential for shellfish to be used to mitigate the effects of excess nutrients in coastal waters. This document discusses the potential and the challenges to using shellfish production as part of a nutrient reduction plan.

Shifting Development Away From Vulnerable Areas

The Columbia Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University School of Law has released “Managed Coastal Retreat: A Legal Handbook on Shifting Development away from Vulnerable Areas”. The report discusses how US state and local governments could learn how to exploit legal strategies to discourage or prevent development along risky coastlines instead of investing in fortification measures.

Shipping Pathways of Effects

A Department of Fisheries and Ocean report “Shipping Pathways of Effects: An Overview” provides advice on the potential impacts of shipping on Canadian aquatic ecosystems including oceans and large lakes and rivers. The Pathways of Effects components in this report are general and the linkages illustrated may not be universally applicable. In this report, ‘shipping’ is considered to include all vessels, regardless of type and size.

Small Scale, Big Value: Creating a Value Chain to Support Atlantic Canada’s Sustainable Fisheries

A workshop report that includes the results of discussions that led to broad agreement on several recommendations, which have been compiled and released in the report. The main findings include recommendations around: markets, new relationships, building links, values-based branding, and sharing stories.

Sources to Seafood: Mercury Pollution in the Marine Environment

The Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC) have published 11 and papers and synthesized them in this report. The report considers the factors affecting mercury cycling in ocean systems; discusses the related policy and low level effects on human health; and offers fish consumption advice.

State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010

The aim of this 2010 report is to provide readers with an accurate and useful view of the fisheries and aquaculture sector, the future of the sector and the tools available to manage responsible fisheries and aquaculture.

State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

The report underscores fisheries' and aquaculture's contribution to global food security and economic growth, but warns that they are threatened by poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, and the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.

Sustainable Aquaculture

The European Commission Science for Environment Policy Future Brief (issue 11 – June 2015) “Sustainable Aquaculture” presents an overview of research into aquaculture’s impacts, and considers how it could develop in harmony with environmental goals.

Sustainable Coastal Tourism: An integrated planning and management approach

The purpose of this UNEP handbook is to explain how the tourism sector can coordinate effectively in the overall development of coastal zones and contribute to the long-term sustainability of these areas. It provides an introduction to the key tools to be used in different stages of the planning process and identifies the stakeholders that are critical in the successful delivery of the various stages of the process.

The Aquaculture Genomics Laboratory, in the Faculty of Agriculture

The Aquaculture Genomics Laboratory, in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University, focuses on using innovative molecular biotechnology to drive scientific discoveries and to respond to industry challenges in the shellfish aquaculture industry. The article “Aquaculture Genomics Laboratory detects new invasive species"

The Commercial Fisheries of the United States and Canada, 2012 Edition

This volume includes an overview of North America's commercial fisheries covering almost all species indexed and referenced to the latest scientific and market name conventions.

The Future Of Fisheries and Aquaculture

The World Bank has released the report “Fish to 2030: prospects for fisheries and aquaculture”. The report addresses: health of global capture fisheries; the role of aquaculture in filling the global fish supply; and implications of changes in the global fish markets on fish consumption.

 The Gulf of Maine Council's EcoSystem Indicator Partnership

The Gulf of Maine Council's EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) has released the fact sheet on contaminants in the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy. The fact sheet summarizes data from the Gulf of Maine for three key indicators - chemical contaminants in mussels, sediment contaminants & toxicity, and shellfish beds approved for harvesting - http://www.gulfofmaine.org/2/esip-fact-sheets. The April ESIP Monthly Journal includes an announcement that ESIP is releasing an updated Monitoring Map web tool.

The Influence of State Weakness and State Failure on Marine Piracy

Marine Affairs Policy Forum paper exploring the influence of state weakness and failure on maritime piracy operations. The article is based on a report from the Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project

The International Institute for Environment and Development

The International Institute for Environment and Development has released a briefing on fisheries and the post-2015 agenda.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Report

Newfoundland and Labrador’s seafood industry saw a rise in both commercial capture fisheries landings and aquaculture production volume. In 2013, total seafood production was valued at approximately $1.1 billion, representing growth of 8% in comparison to 2012.

The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy: Time for Action to Create Jobs, Reduce Pollution, Protect Wildlife, and Secure America’s Energy Future

Released by the US National Wildlife Federation and more than 45 partner organizations, the publication reports on opportunities for offshore wind along the US Atlantic coast.

 The Value of High-Seas Ecosystems

The Global Ocean Commission has released the report “The High Seas and Us: Understanding the Value of High-Seas Ecosystems”. There is growing evidence that the ecosystem services provided by the high seas are of high social and economic value. The evidence also is clear that poor management of human activities on the high seas has eroded the natural wealth and productivity of high-seas ecosystems with negative economic and social consequences. The report examines 15 important ecosystem services provided by the high seas.

Tracking the Ecosystem Interactions of Shellfish Aquaculture

This DFO Science discusses studies of ecological interactions at aquaculture sites in Canada and Europe.

Urban Planning for City Leaders

The guide, launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, includes ten how to chapters designed to offer advice and guide decisions on topics such as building resilience and reducing climate risks, creating partnerships and measuring impacts. Each chapter features city specific case studies.

Valuing our Fisheries: Breaking the Commodity Curse

A report written by the Ecology Action Centre’s that analyses the ways that Nova Scotia’s seafood industry could maximize value and employment in the fisheries sector. The report demonstrates how higher wharf prices could be generated by tapping into non-commodity markets that value quality, sustainability and genuine connections with food producers.

Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)insurance Industry

This report released by the Geneva Association addresses ocean warming and its implications for the insurance industry.

Why Two Old Ferries went to India: A Critical Review of the Canadian Ship-Recycling Legal Regime

The Dalhousie Marine Affairs Program Technical Report #9 by Sarah Shiels. The ship recycling industry dangerous working conditions and environmentally harmful practices, named “shipbreaking”.

World Ocean Report 3

The third issue of the World Ocean Review (WOR 3) titled “Marine Resources - Opportunities and Risks”. WOR 3 is devoted to marine resources; metals and energy, and their utilization. The report gives the facts about the extraction of known oil and gas deposits below the ocean floor and examines the impacts upon flora and fauna. The review further explores in detail the opportunities and risks presented and posed by extracting mineral resources from the seabed: manganese nodules, cobalt crusts and massive sulphides .

World Ocean Review 2: The Future of Fish - The Fisheries of the Future”

This report focuses on the future of fish and their exploitation and provides a comprehensive overview of the significance of fish as part of the marine ecosystem. It examines fish as a food source and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of fishermen and puts forward possible solutions in the form of long-term and sustainable management plans. Another chapter is devoted to the prospects for aquaculture - which is already the fastest-growing food sector in the world.

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