UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
– 5-6 October 2011: ACZISC Meeting #64, Halifax, NS *NEW DATE*
– 25-26 January 2012: ACZISC Meeting #65, Charlottetown, PEI
– 16-17 May 2012: ACZISC Meeting #66, St. John’s, NL
– 19-20 September 2012: ACZISC Meeting #67, Fredericton, NB For information
on the meetings, email the ACZISC Secretariat at aczisc@dal.ca.

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MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING WORKSHOP SUMMARY A Regional Workshop on Marine
Spatial Planning: A Technical Learning Session, organized by the World
Wildlife Fund and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), was held on
1-2 June 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A summary of the Workshop is
available at
http://assets.wwf.ca/downloads/dfo_wwf_regional_msp_workshop_summary_june201
1.pdf.

MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE BRAS D’OR LAKES
The Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative
(CEPI) released a new management plan called “The Spirit of the Lakes
Speaks” on 8 July 2011 in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia. The plan is a living
document intended to guide decisions and actions with a well-rounded
approach to managing the Bras d’Or Lakes ecosystem that acknowledges both
Aboriginal and contemporary knowledge – http://brasdorcepi.ca.

BAY OF FUNDY SCIENCE WORKSHOP
The 9th biennial Bay of Fundy Science Workshop, jointly sponsored by the Bay
of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) and the Atlantic Coastal Action
Program Saint John (ACAPSJ), will take place on 27-30 September 2011 in
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The theme is “Protecting the Watersheds
and Estuaries of the Bay of Fundy: Issues, Science and Management”. For
information, including the draft Program, access
http://www.bofep.org/workshop2011.htm.

CANADA’S 16TH BIOSPHERE RESERVE
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) has designated the Bras d’Or Lakes in Nova Scotia as Canada’s 16th
Biosphere Reserve. UNESCO’s designation of this site is the result of a
collaborative process that started in 2005 and involved First Nation
representatives, provincial and federal government agencies, academics, and
citizens of the region – http://www.blbra.ca.

OIL SPILL MITIGATION SCIENCE
– A video on oil spill mitigation provides a brief overview of oil spill
countermeasure research conducted by the Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and
Energy Research (COOGER), based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The video focuses on chemical oil dispersants used
in the Gulf of Mexico, and ongoing research on the clean-up of oil spills in
cold and ice-prone waters –
http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=Fr&n=D5B19585-1.
– The publication “Microbes and Oil Spills – FAQ” is the result of a
workshop involving many of the world’s leading microbiologists working in
oil spill mitigation research –
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/publications/microbes/index-eng.html.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON ICZM AND MSP IN EUROPE An Impact Assessment (IA) to
evaluate further EU-policy options on Integrated Coastal Zone Management
(ICZM) was launched in 2010, building upon a 2002 European Parliament and
Council Recommendation on the implementation of ICZM. The IA was done
jointly with the assessment of possible future actions on Maritime Spatial
Planning (MSP). An internet-based public consultation was carried out on the
main challenges and opportunities for ICZM and MSP; the provisional results
are available at
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/iczm/pdf/report_online_consultation.pdf.

SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES GLOBAL RESEARCH NETWORK Following the first World
Small-Scale Fisheries Congress held in Bangkok in October 2010, the “Too Big
To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research” has been
formed. The network has recently initiated an exercise to identify the top
100 research questions that, if answered, would substantially advance the
understanding of small-scale fisheries to address issues in this sector. You
are invited to submit questions at
http://www.envsurvey.com/SSF/cgi-bin/ciwweb.pl?studyname=SSF&ac=10548.

OCEANS AND LAW OF THE SEA
The UN General Assembly has released the report “Oceans and the Law of the
Sea” aimed at facilitating discussions at the 12th meeting of the UN
Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea –
http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/66/70/Add.1.

EBM IN THE WIDER CARIBBEAN
The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) Publication Series has published a
new book titled “Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider
Caribbean”. The book provides a comparative example of the challenges and
information needs required to implement principled ocean governance
generally and marine EBM in particular, at multiple levels –
http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=show_visitor_book&isbn=9789089642424&l=2.

EL NIÑO AND INCREASED SEA LEVELS AND STORM SURGES A new study by NOAA
published in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal, ‘Monthly Weather
Review’, found that from 1961 to 2010, in strong El Niño years, the studied
coastal areas, Boston, Atlantic City, Norfolk, and Charleston, experienced
nearly three times the average number of storm surge events –
http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/MWR-D-10-05043.1.

THE GULF OF MEXICO AT A GLANCE
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report titled “The Gulf
of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance” provides economic and ecological
highlights on the Gulf Coast Region’s coastal communities, economy, and
ecosystems. The report is intended to provide a reference to support
regional decision-making and communications on the importance of healthy
Gulf coastal ecosystems – http://stateofthecoast.noaa.gov/gulfreport.html.

STATE OF THE CLIMATE REPORT
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual “State of the
Climate Report” describes trends in more than 40 climate variables. The
peer-reviewed report found that: the 2010 global average surface temperature
was among the two warmest on record; the average sea surface temperature for
2010 was the 3rd warmest on record; and sea level continued to rise across
the world’s oceans –
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2010.php.

KEY MARINE CONSERVATION SPOTS
A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences identifies the 20 most important regions of the world’s oceans and
lakes for the survival of marine mammal species. The top conservation areas
are the coasts of Baja California, northeastern America, Peru, Argentina,
northwest Africa, South Africa, Japan, Australia and New Zealand –
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/07/26/1101525108.

DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
– Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions has recently published newsletters
for projects in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. ACAS is a three-year
federal-provincial initiative that involves collaboration between Natural
Resources Canada, the four Atlantic Provinces and their partners to improve
climate change adaptation decision-making.
See the NB newsletter at
http://atlanticadaptation.ca/acasa/nb_newsletters and the NS newsletter at
http://atlanticadaptation.ca/acasa/ns_newsletters.

– Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) – Fundy Tidings Newsletter
August 2011 Summer Issue is now available online. The newsletter includes
updates on the BoFEP Bay of Fundy Science Workshop scheduled for 27-30
September 2011 in Saint John, New Brunswick, a call for nominations for the
BoFEP Stewardship Award, and presentations for “Tools for Healthy
Watersheds” workshops held in
2011 and the Mudflat Ecology Working Group Meeting held in May 2011 –
http://www.bofep.org/tidings.htm.

– The Fishermen and Scientists Research Society’s (FSRS) Spring 2011 issue
of ‘Hook, Line and Thinker’ is now available. This issue includes short
reviews of the FSRS 18th Annual Conference and the Collaborative Lobster
Science Workshop as well as conference presentation reports –
http://fsrs.ns.ca.

– The Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN) Bi-Annual Newsletter (Issue 1,
Spring 2011) includes updates from the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for
Energy, the Offshore Energy Environmental Research (OEER) Association, FERN
Subcommittees, and highlights of Bay of Fundy research projects –
http://fern.acadiau.ca/newsletter.html.

– The annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is scheduled for September
2011. For information on organizing a cleanup, and becoming a site
coordinator or a cleanup participant, access
http://shorelinecleanup.ca/en/take-action/get-involved.

– The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has
established a new grant program, the North American Partnership for
Environmental Community Action, to support communities in their efforts to
address environmental problems locally. Preliminary proposals are due on 22
August 2011 and full proposals on 14 October
2011 –
http://www.cec.org/Page.asp?PageID=1224&SiteNodeID=1007&AA_SiteLanguageID=1.

– ‘Marine Ecosystems and Management’ (MEAM) is the quarterly information
service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM). The current edition of
MEAM (August-September 2011) includes articles on Building Sustainable
Financing for EBM over the Long Term and Making Marine Spatial Plans
Adaptable to a Changing Climate – http://www.meam.net.

– ‘MPA (Marine Protected Area) News’ for July/August 2011 is now available.
This issue includes the articles “Marine Mammal Protected
Areas: What Makes Them Special, and How Their Management Can Be Advanced”
and “UN Working Group Recommends Path toward Multilateral Agreement on High
Seas Conservation, including MPAs” –
http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/MPA121.pdf.

– The current issue (June 2011) of ‘Oceanography’, the magazine of the
Oceanography Society, is a special issue on Sea Level –
http://www.tos.org/oceanography/issues/current.html.

– The International Earth system expert workshop on ocean stresses and
impacts was held on 11-13 April 2011 in Oxford, England. The goal of the
workshop was to reflect on ocean stresses and impacts and propose creative
solutions. The workshop summary is available at
http://www.stateoftheocean.org/pdfs/1906_IPSO-LONG.pdf.

– The July 2011 edition (Volume 6, Issue 3) of NOAA’s Coastal Program
Division’s ‘Coastal Management News’ features articles about climate change
efforts in Maryland, Ohio’s new design manual for coastal structures, and
Rhode Island’s Ocean Plan –
http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/czmnewsletter.html.

– The ‘Sandbar’ is a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues
affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts. The July 2011 issue is a special
edition on the One Year Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill –
http://nsglc.olemiss.edu/SandBar%20PDF/sandbar10.3.pdf.

– Presentations from the Northeast Coastal and Ocean Data Partnership Annual
General meeting that took place on 8 June 2011 in Rye, New Hampshire, USA
are available at
http://www.necodp.org/workshops/metadata-workshop/2011-annual-meeting-presen
tations-1.

– The Northeast Regional Ocean Council has launched the Northeast Ocean Data
Portal. The portal contains regional spatial data on human activities,
natural resources, and jurisdictional information for New England’s coasts
and ocean waters – http://northeastoceandata.org.

– The Summer 2011 ‘Coastal Society Bulletin’ features articles on the
Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program, the Blue
Vision Summit, and other Coastal Society news and updates –
http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/pdf/bulletin/Summer2011v4.pdf.

– The Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network is hosting a webinar on the
Decision Guide for Selecting Decision Support Tools for Marine Spatial
Planning. The presentation will be held on 18 August 2011 at 1 pm US EDT –
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/737259696.

– The July 2011 issue of Sound Waves, the monthly newsletter from United
States Geological Society, features articles on sea otters in Alaska, and
rising sea levels in the Florida Everglades –
http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/index.php.

– The Marine Environmental Data and Information Network’s (MEDIN) Metadata
Maestro allows users to create, edit, validate and transform discovery
metadata records to MEDIN, GEMINI and ISO standards.
Metadata Maestro is available for download at
http://www.oceannet.org/marine_data_standards/metadata_maestro.html.

– The Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development
convened a roundtable on 27 July in London to consider the recommendation of
the UN Ad-Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to
the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond
areas of national jurisdiction. The roundtable report is available at
http://www.field.org.uk/news/roundtable-report-%E2%80%9Cnew-rules-oceans%E2%
80%9D.

– Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture
and Marine Ecosystems ‘Fisheries Newsletter’ Number 134 (January-April 2011)
is available online. The newsletter includes articles on a climate change
study on Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, and a review of the 5th Regional
Tuna Data Workshop –
http://www.spc.int/coastfish/en/component/content/article/390-spc-fisheries-
newsletter-134.html.

– Issue no. 3, 2011 of ‘Inside Out’, the newsletter of the International
Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), provides updates on ICES
activities – http://www.ices.dk/products/icesinsideout.asp.

OTHER DEADLINES
– 24 August is the deadline for entering the Canadian Parks and Wilderness
Society (CPAWS) Park Dreams contest –
http://apps.facebook.com/parkdreams/contests/124801?wfrefid=e973b3ade236.

– 30 August is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Subsea Survey IRM
2011, scheduled for 13-15 December 2011 in Houston, Texas, USA –
http://www.subseasurvey.com.

– 1-31 August is the period open for applications to the OceanTeacher
Academy Training Course “Outreach and Communication Tools”, scheduled for
7-11 November 2011 in Oostende, Belgium – http://classroom.oceanteacher.org.

– 1 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd Coral Reef
Management Symposium on Coral Triangle Areas, “Coral Reefs:
Global Threats and Opportunities”, scheduled for 28-30 September 2011 in
Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi – http://www.coral-symposium-cti.com.

– 2 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 19th Annual
Conference of the New Zealand Coastal Society “Life’s a beach:
enjoying coastal resources today and into the future”, scheduled for
6-9 November 2011 in Nelson, New Zealand –
http://www.coastalsociety.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i
d=74&Itemid=71.

– 6 September is the deadline for submitting comments on proposed changes to
the Nova Scotia Environmental Act –
http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/dept/division.pcs.policy.evironment.act.review.asp.

– 9 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Advances in
Hurricane Engineering Conference, scheduled for 24-26 October 2012 in Miami,
Florida, USA – http://www.atc-sei.org.

– 15 September is the deadline for submission research proposals to
Northumberland Strait-Environmental Monitoring Partnership for research to
support development of regional monitoring frameworks and cumulative effects
assessment – http://www.cwn-rce.ca/news-and-events/cwrc-rfp-norst-emp

– 15 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International
Water Association World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy, scheduled for
13-18 May 2012 in Dublin, Ireland – http://www.iwa-wcedublin.org.

– 15 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Global
Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security, scheduled for 21-23 May
2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA – http://www.gcocs.org.

– 16 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Planet Under
Pressure 2012 Conference “New knowledge towards solutions”, scheduled for
26-29 March 2012 in London, England –
http://www.planetunderpressure2012.net.

– 30 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International
Polar Year 2012 Conference “From Knowledge to Action”, scheduled for 22-27
April 2012 in Montréal, Québec, Canada – http://www.ipy2012montreal.ca.

– 30 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International
Open Science Conference: Global Environmental Change – Challenges &
Innovations, scheduled for 21-24 February 2012 in Chennai, India –
http://www.unom.ac.in/downloads/intopensciconf2012india.pdf.

– 1 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 33rd
International Conference on Coastal Engineering, scheduled for 1-6 July 2012
in Santander, Spain – http://www.icce2012.com.

– 7 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to 2012 Ocean Sciences
Meeting, scheduled for 20-24 February 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA –
http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2012.

– 14 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2012
International Conference on Marine Ecosystem “Moving Toward Multi-Scientific
Knowledge for Sustainable Future”, scheduled for
13-15 March 2012 in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia –
http://www.ukm.my/juneng/incomes2012.

– 24 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International
Conference Dynamic Deltas on Safety and Sustainability in Rural Delta
Regions, scheduled for 17-20 April 2012 in Vlissingen, the Netherlands –
http://www.dynamicdeltas.org.

– 31 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2012 Canadian
Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR), the Society of Canadian
Limnologists (SCL) and the Canadian Chapter of the Society of Wetland
Scientists (SWS), scheduled for 5-7 January 2012 in Moncton, New Brunswick,
Canada – http://www.uwindsor.ca/glier/ccffr/2012-call-for-papers.

– 15 November is the deadline for submitting proposals to the Robin Rigby
Trust for collaborative research projects that focus on understanding and
implementing aspects of sustainable development in coastal areas –
http://fgsr.smu.ca/documents/CallforProposals2011-RobinRigbyTrust.pdf.

OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
– For a complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops up to September
2014, access http://coinatlantic.ca and click on Conferences.

– 21-24 August 2011: Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice, San Diego,
California, USA –
http://content.asce.org/conferences/copricoastal2011

– 21-25 August 2011: SER2011, the 4th World Conference on Ecological
Restoration, Mérida, Mexico – http://www.ser2011.org

– 22-23 August 2011: Oceans in Action Workshop, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA –
https://www.mtsociety.org/conferences/techsurge/oceansinaction.aspx

– 22-26 August 2011: 5th International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in
Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand –
http://www.esl.co.jp/Sympo/5th

– 23-27 August 2011: 14th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration,
Stirling, United Kingdom –
http://www.aqua.stir.ac.uk/shellfish2011

– 28-31 August 2011: Environmental Management for Enclosed Coastal Seas
(EMECS) Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, USA –
http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/EMECS9

– 30 August – 2 September 2011: 5th Workshop of the International Coastal
Atlas Network, Oostende, Belgium –
http://marinemetadata.org/events/ican-5

– 30 August – 2 September 2011: 3P Arctic 2011 Conference, Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Canada – http://www.3parctic.com

– 5-8 September 2011: CoastGIS 2011, Oostende, Belgium –
http://www.coastgis.info

– 5-9 September 2011: 6th International Conference on Coastal Structures,
Yokohama, Japan – http://www.jsce.or.jp/committee/ocean/coastalstructures

– 6-8 September 2011: 18th International Seminar on Oil Spill Technology,
Horten, Norway –
http://www.nosca.no/nosca-seminar/2011/2-2011/37-2011

– 6-8 September 2011: 7th IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine
Morphodynamics, Beijing, China –
http://www.irtces.org/isi/WebNews_View-en2.asp?WebNewsID=622

– 6-8 September 2011: 8th International Conference on Urban Watershed
Management, Beijing, China – http://8icuwm.env.tsinghua.edu.cn

– 8-15 September 2011: Young LOICZ Forum (YLF 2011), Yantai, China –
http://www.loicz.org/calender/ylf2011

– 12-15 September 2011: Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
(LOICZ) Open Science Conference 2011, Yantai, China –
http://www.loicz-osc2011.org

– 13-15 September 2011: Adapting to Coastal Change: Local Perspectives, The
Hague, the Netherlands –
http://imcore.eu/TheHagueConference2011

– 15 September 2011: International CLAMER Marine Climate Change Conference,
Brussels, Belgium – http://www.clamer.eu/conference

– 19-23 September 2011: ICES Annual Science Conference 2011, Gdansk, Poland
http://www.ices.dk/iceswork/asc/2011/index.asp

– 21 September 2011: Oceans/Meteorology/Hydrology Water Cycle Summit,
Boulder, Colorado, USA – http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/1109omh

– 26-30 September 2011: World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Aberdeen,
Scotland – http://www.marine-biodiversity.org

– 28-30 September 2011: Coasts and Ports 2011 Conference, Perth, Western
Australia – http://www.coastsandports2011.com.au

– 29-30 September 2011: Coastal Communities Conference “Creating a Blueprint
for our Coast”, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA –
http://www.coastalcommunitiesconference.org/conference

– 2-5 October 2011: 38th Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada – http://www.atw.ca

– 5-7 October 2011: Geomatics Atlantic 2011, St. John’s, Newfoundland,
Canada – http://www.geomaticsatlantic.com

– 18-21 October 2011: Ocean Innovation 2011, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
http://www.oceaninnovation.ca

– 18-21 October 2011: International Symposium: Vulnerability of Coastal
Ecosystems to Global Change and Extreme Events, Biarritz, France –
http://wwz.ifremer.fr/biarritz_2011

– 19-21 October 2011: ASBPA 2011 National Coastal Conference, New Orleans,
Louisiana, USA – http://www.asbpa.org

– 25-27 October 2011: Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada – http://www.salishseaconference.org

– 25-29 October 2011: 10th International Conference on the Mediterranean
Coastal Environment, Rhodes, Greece –
http://www.medcoast.org.tr/MC11/Call_for_Papers_MEDCOAST%2011.pdf

– 26-27 October 2011: 2011 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference, Erie,
Pennsylvania, USA – http://www.solecregistration.ca/en/Default.asp

– 27-29 October 2011: Waterfront Center’s 29th Annual International
Conference “Urban Waterfronts 2011: Thirty Years and Counting”, New York,
NY, USA – http://www.waterfrontcenter.org

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