Coastal Update, the digital newsletter of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) Secretariat, is now available online. And it continues to be distributed via email to 5,500 people worldwide. The current issue plus previous issues of the e-newsletter since 1997 are available on the new ACZISC COINAtlantic website.

The following are descriptions of some of the stories you’ll find in the latest edition of Coastal Update:

CALL FOR PAPERS: COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2012
The Coastal Zone Canada Association will hold the 10th biennial International Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) Conference on 9-14 June 2012 in Rimouski, Québec. The conference theme is ‘Time for Action!’ CZC 2012 will review the progress made in recent decades, examine promising approaches for addressing new challenges and explore a dynamic, proactive and participatory vision of oceans and integrated coastal zone management. 23 December 2011 is the deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals for sessions – http://www.czc2012-zcc2012.org.

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN CANADA
The latest Report of the Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development includes an audit of environmental science at Environment Canada, as well as a study of federal environmental monitoring systems that shows how scientific analysis supports key decisions. It also includes a study of the principles of sustainable fisheries that increases understanding of how scientific information can help to improve the management of fisheries – http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_cesd_201112_e_36027.html.

SEA ICE TRENDS IN CANADA
This article examines trends in the average area covered by sea ice during the summer in Canada’s north over a 43 year period (1968 to 2010). Trends of total (all) and multi-year (older than one year) sea ice are reported. Time series data were analysed for nine sea ice regions and three shipping route regions for total ice cover and five sea ice regions and two shipping route regions for multi-year ice cover – http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/16-002-x/2011004/part-partie3-eng.htm.

STATE OF THE SCOTIAN SHELF
The State of the Scotian Shelf Report is comprised of a context document and a series of theme or issue papers. Two new theme papers have recently been made available: “Marine Habitats and Communities”, and “Waste and Debris”. Additional theme papers will be developed incrementally during 2011 and 2012 – http://coinatlantic.ca/index.php/state-of-the-scotian-shelf.

GULF OF MAINE ACTION PLAN
The 2012-2017 Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Action Plan is now available. The plan presents the goals, outcomes and activities that the Gulf of Maine Council will pursue in its ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine, Bay of Fundy and their watersheds to allow for sustainable resource use – http://www.gulfofmaine.org/new-site/action-plan-2012-2017.

GULF OF MAINE HABITAT RESTORATION GRANTS
The Gulf of Maine Council is seeking proposals for coastal habitat restoration projects within the Gulf of Maine watershed. In partnership with NOAA, the Gulf of Maine Council provides grants to further the goal of habitat restoration and to support a strategic approach to marine, coastal, and riverine habitat restoration. The period for submitting online applications is 1-29 February 2012 – http://restoration.gulfofmaine.org.

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