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NEWFOUNDLAND COASTAL STRATEGY: The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has released a Coastal and Oceans Management Strategy and Policy Framework. Three over-arching strategic approaches to integrated coastal and ocean management are recommended in the strategy and will be guiding principles in moving forward: coordination of all stakeholders; decisions based on information and research; and education and awareness of all stakeholders. The press release and strategy are available at:

– 5-6 October 2011: ACZISC Meeting #64, Halifax, NS *REVISED 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, Halifax, NS
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The State of the Scotian Shelf Report is comprised of a context document and a series of theme or issue papers. “The Scotian Shelf in Context” provides an overview of the Scotian Shelf, situated off Nova Scotia, and an introduction to the natural and socio-economic environment. Three theme papers are currently available: At Risk Species; Trophic Structure; and Ocean Noise. Other theme papers will be developed incrementally during 2011 and 2012 –

On World Oceans Day, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced three Areas of Interest (AOIs) for potential designation as Marine Protected Areas under Canada’s Oceans Act. The AOIs are: St. Anns Bank in Eastern Nova Scotia, and American Bank and Shediac Valley in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence –

“Science-based Guidelines for Marine Protected Areas and MPA Networks in Canada” is a report commissioned by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and authored by 14 marine scientists. The report calls for Canada to strictly protect at least 30% of its oceans in “no-take reserves” under new guidelines for marine protected areas that would make industrial activities off limits within their boundaries –

The United Nations Environment Programme has launched a new training resource: “Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-based Management – An Introductory Guide”. The Guide outlines EBM principles and thinking, and provides an overview of core elements and pathways to getting started. It seeks to assist countries and communities to take steps towards making marine and coastal ecosystem-based management operational – from strategic planning to on-site implementation–

A preliminary assessment of the environmental, economic, and social value of Ocean Observation Systems (OOS) was carried out in conjunction with an inventory of OOS in Canada by the Ocean Science and Technology Partnership. The main objective was to identify actual cases of added value from existing OOS –

The report titled “National Assessment of Shoreline Change: Historical Shoreline Change along the New England and Mid-Atlantic Coasts” has been published by the US Geological Survey. The report summarizes the methods of analysis, interprets the results, provides explanations regarding long-term and short-term trends and rates of change, and describes how different coastal communities are responding to coastal erosion –

Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8 following the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, the UN General Assembly decided that beginning in 2009, June 8 would be designated as “World Oceans Day”.

– The UN Secretary-General’s message for World Oceans Day 2011 included a statement that “All activities and policies related to oceans and the marine environment need to acknowledge and incorporate the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social
and economic” –

– The subject of a World Oceans Day 2011 message from the Global Ocean Forum is “Let us commit ourselves to achieving a significant ocean outcome at Rio+20” –

– The May 2011 issue of the Island Studies Journal, published by the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, includes an article on “Participatory Action Research for Dealing with Disasters on Islands” –

– The Nova Scotia Community Counts website presents socio-economic and other data that illustrate the unique nature of each community in the province. A new feature has been added to the website which allows users to explore socio-economic data by watershed – click on ‘Map
Centre’ at

– The Atlantic version of “Our Communities, Our Successes” Spring 2011 newsletter, published by Canada’s Rural Partnership includes an article on the New for 2011 Community Profile Feature of the Community Information Database –

– “Shaping Our Future: 2010 Rural Policy Forum Report” based on the forum held 24-26 November 2010, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada is available at:

– “Voices for our Coast” is a video that features over 40 Nova Scotians from various sectors who are speaking about the management and protection of the Nova Scotia coast. The video was produced by the Ecology Action Centre in collaboration with the Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia –

– Volume 1 (January – April 2011) of the Oceans and Coasts Network (OCN)- Canada Policy Briefs includes two articles: “Aquaculture-Traditional Fishery Interactions in Southwest New
Brunswick: Implications for Future Research”, and “Overcapacity Issues in the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery” –

– “Applying Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning as a Tool to Site Offshore Renewable Energy & other Future Uses: A Workshop to Learn Ocean Planning Tools and Techniques” was held on 23-25 May 2011 in Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA. Workshop material, including presentations, is available at

– The US National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and the Great Lakes prioritizes nine objectives to address some of the most pressing challenges facing these resources. The National Ocean Council is overseeing the development of strategic action plans for each of the nine objectives. As a first step the Council has released nine strategic action plan outlines for public review –

– The Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy campaign has launched an interactive map to spotlight six ocean sites in the South Pacific and the North Atlantic where the Global Ocean Legacy has played or is playing a role in establishing marine reserves – interactive-map-85899360479.

– Marine reserves protecting one of the last great populations of a Caribbean reef fish, the Nassau grouper, are about to expire in the Cayman Islands. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s “Grouper Moon Project” has developed a YouTube video to educate about the
benefits of these protections. –

– “The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans Ecosystems, Threatened Resources, Marine Conservation” is a new book by Don Hinrichsen. The Atlas accounts how urbanization, climate change, offshore oil drilling, shipping routes, global tourism, and maritime conflict have had a profound impact on the world’s oceans and coasts. This volume addresses the ecological, environmental, and economic importance of marine phenomena such as coral reefs, eroding shorelines, hurricanes,
and fish populations –

– Removing sediment from harbour beds to allow ships to enter can significantly accelerate coastal erosion. A new study highlights this damage and identifies a compensation strategy used in an Italian harbour to mitigate coastal erosion as a good example of effective Integrated Coastal Zone Management –

– An article published in Conservation Biology describes how fish respond to marine protected areas (MPAs). It suggests that seascape structure – primarily depth and bottom complexity – has a larger influence on changes in the abundance of fish than differences in protection status –

– The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has announced that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity for 22 May 2012 will be “Marine and Coastal Biodiversity” –

– The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) has launched a new short film entitled: “Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public” –

– The US Department of Commerce and NOAA have released national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The goal is to meet the growing demand for healthy seafood, create jobs in coastal communities, and restore vital ecosystems –

— 30 July is the deadline for submitting applications for candidates to the LOICZ-Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone project Scientific Steering Committee. Mandates will begin in January 2012 –

– 12 August is the deadline to comment on two proposed wilderness areas in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia: the Kelly River Wilderness Area and the Raven Head Wilderness Area along Chignecto Bay –

– 15 August is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 4th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts, scheduled for 8-11 October 2012 in Hanoi Vietnam –

– 1 September is the deadline for submitting presentation titles to the 6th GEBCO Bathymetric Science Day, scheduled for 4 October 2011 in La Jolla, California, USA –

– 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 –

– 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 –

– 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

– 6-9 July 2011: People and the Sea VI: Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainable Coasts and Seas, Amsterdam, The Netherlands –

– 6-16 July 2011: Genuine Progress Institute: Sustainable Economics Intensive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada –

– 13-14 July 2011: National Business Forum on Marine Spatial Planning in the US, Washington, DC, USA –

– 17-21 July 2011: Coastal Zone 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA –

– 18-22 July 2011: 6th International Conference on Environmental Future, Newcastle, United Kingdom –

– 24-29 July 2011: 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada –

– 24-29 July 2011: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada –

– 25-30 July 2011: 5th European Coastal Lagoon Symposium (EUROLAG), Aveiro, Portugal –

– 21-24 August 2011: Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice, San Diego, California, USA –

– 21-25 August 2011: SER2011, the 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Mérida, Mexico –

– 22-26 August 2011: 5th International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand –

– 28-31 August 2011: Environmental Management for Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, USA –

– 30 August to 2 September 2011: ICAN 5: Coastal Atlases as Engines for Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning, 5th workshop of the International Coastal Atlas Network, Oostende, Belgium –

– 5-8 September 2011: CoastGIS 2011, Oostende, Belgium –

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