Who We Are

The mission of COINAtlantic is to promote, facilitate and influence information management as well as policies and programs that enhance integrated coastal and ocean management in Atlantic Canada. The three main priorities of the organization are:

  • Encouraging action on the implementation of Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) as a tool to realize environmental, economic and social sustainability.
  • Collaborative sharing of data and information.
  • Encouraging the engagement of organizations in the Steering Committee that is reflective of the diversity of the ICOM Community of Practice.

COINAtlantic addresses these priorities by delivering products such as regular meetings and occasional workshops, the monthly Coastal Update e-newsletter, the ICOM information hub, and the development of Coastal and Ocean Information Network (COIN) Atlantic tools to encourage the sharing and accessibility of data and information. The organization also leads or participates in projects with other organizations that advance these priorities including the OBIS project, which involves working with partner organizations to increase the availability of biological data relevant to ecosystems.

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In part of celebrating our 25th Anniversary as an organization, The Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) will officially be launched under the brand COINAtlantic (Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic). This brand transition will help signify the plans and direction that the organization is taking as efforts continue regarding resource development, growing our Community of Practice, and strengthening our ability to influence effective Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM). Streamlining the entities within the organization and placing the emphasis on our involvement within a larger network will help provide better service, and an improved delivery of our products.


One of the major components of the brand transition is the implementation of our brand new website. The redesign of this resource will improve our function as a hub for coastal and ocean resources within Atlantic Canada, as well as increasing access/availability to the data and information that will help Atlantic Canadian effectively manage our coastlines and marine ecosystems.    


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The Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) was formed in 1992 by the Council of Maritime Premiers. After 25 years advancing Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in Atlantic Canada, it is moving to the brand Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic).


Read more on the Brand Transition above.


At the Coastal Zone Canada Conference in Halifax in 2014 the ACZISC Secretariat presented “The Past and Potential Future Impact of the ACZISC on Coastal Zone Management in Atlantic Canada” which provides information on its accomplishments for its first 23 years.



The attached is a pdf and ppt of the presentation we made to Coastal Zone Canada 2014 on the accomplishments of the ACZISC 

 The Past and Potential Future Impact of ACZISC





Chapter 15. Information Matters: The Influence of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in Atlantic Canada

Andrew G. Sherin and Alexi Baccardax Westcott

Citation Information

Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management

Edited by Bertrum H. MacDonald, Suzuette S. Soomai, Elizabeth M. De Santo, and Peter G. Wells

CRC Press 2016

Pages 351–366

Print ISBN: 978-1-4987-3170-6

eBook ISBN: 978-1-4987-3171-3

DOI: 10.1201/b21483-19


Learn more about COINAtlantic workshops near you!

Here you will find a list of past conferences, meetings and workshops that have resources like presentations, proceeding and reports available. 

37th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

1989 Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise

2010 International California and the World Ocean Conference

2010 PacMARA Marine Ecosystem-based Management Gaps Workshop

2011 SANDS User Conference

2013 Green Crab Summit

2014 ESRI Ocean GIS Forum

International Conference on Coastal Engineering

33rd Conference on Coastal Engineering (2012)

3rd Annual New England Marine Renewable Energy Center Technical Conference

Presentations and Publications of the 4th Workshop on Remote Sensing of the Coastal Zone Coasts and Climate Conflicts

5th US National Conference for Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Outreach (2009)

6th International Conference on Science and Management of Protected Areas (2007)

A Climate of Change: Climate Change and New England Fisheries Observations, Impacts, and Adaptation Strategies

Atlantic Canada Coastal & Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS) Meetings

Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership Science Workshops

Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table Steering Committee Workshop Report – November 2013

Climate Change: Getting Ready

Coastal and Marine Geographic Information Systems

Coastal CURA People in Places Conference June 2011

CoastGIS 2013

CoastGIS 2013, the 11th Symposium for GIS and Computer Mapping for Coastal Zone Management

Collaborative Geospatial Information and Tools for California Coastal and Ocean Managers (2009)

Deltas in Times of Climate Change 2010

Doha Climate Change Conference 2012

East Asian Seas Congress 2009

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show 2012

Geneva Climate Change Conference 2015

Global Marine Renewable Energy Conferences

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth

High Seas, Our Future

ICAN 4 Workshop Program and Documents, Trieste, Italy 2009

ICAN 5 Workshop Program and Documents, Oostende, Belgium, 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2011

International Coastal Atlas Network Workshop 6: Expanding Participation in Coastal Web Atlas Development and Use

International Coastal Symposium 2009

International Submerged Lands Management Conferences

International Earth system expert workshop on ocean stresses and impacts

International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems (IMDIS) Conference 2010

Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States 2013


LOICZ Open Science Conference 2011

Marine Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) Workshop for Canada’s Pacific Coast and Ocean (2010)

National Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Workshop

Northeast Coastal and Ocean Data Partnership 2011 Annual General Meeting

Northeast Regional Ocean Council Marine Spatial Planning Working Session (2009)

Oceans Past III: Stories from the Sea 2010 Conference

OEER/FORCE Tidal Energy Workshop 2010

Regional Conference: Spatial Data Serving People: Land Governance and the Environment - Building the Capacity

Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the World Ocean Assessment 2012

Regional Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning: A Technical Learning Session

Report of the Joint HZG/LOICZ/ICES Workshop: Mapping Cultural Dimensions of Marine Ecosystem Services (WKCES)

Report of the Workshop to Review and Advise on Seabird Bycatch

Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium

SCOR/IODE/MBLWHOI Library Workshop on Data Publications, 4th Session

Smart Fishing Vessels Workshop 2013

State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2011

Stepping Up Conference

The Bonn Climate Change Conference 2013

The Climate Summit 2014:Catalyzing Action

The Climate Summit of the Americas 2015

The Great Marsh Symposium 2013

The Healthy Oceans

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Marine Science Symposia Proceedings

The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) has held in Washington 2013

Transforming Coastal Economies: Challenges in Coastal Regeneration Conference 2011

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a summary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Geneva Climate Change Conference held 8-13 February 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Warsaw Climate Change Conference

West Coast Coastal Atlas Workshops

Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

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