Volume 8, No. 1
Promoting Cooperation to Maintain and Enhance
Environmental Quality in the Gulf of Maine
Spring 2004
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Symposium 2004, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development, The Council of State Governments and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be held at the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island on May 3 to 7. Three key themes will be explored: monitoring the condition of aquatic resources; monitoring approaches that help states and tribes integrate monitoring and assessment efforts needed under the Clean Water Act; and monitoring to establish aquatic life uses focusing on improvements to the Water Quality Standards. Contact: Brian D. Melzian, U.S. EPA Atlantic Ecology Division (401) 782-3188 or Melzian.Brian@epa.gov.

Massachusetts Bays Symposium sponsored by the Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP) will be held May 6 and 7. To complement the symposium, the MBP is developing a “State of the Bays” report on the conditions of Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. Efforts are underway to protect and restore these resources, and develop goals to guide future work. For more information, see the conference web page at http://mass.gov/envir/massbays/conference.htm.

Ocean Zoning: Can it Work in the Northwest Atlantic? will be held at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from May 10 to 11 to explore the concept and effectiveness of ocean zoning as a tool for integrated ocean management. The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn from ocean zoning experiences internationally and to consider its application to the Northwest Atlantic region, including waters off Atlantic Canada and New England. The list of invited speakers includes Richard Kenchington (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park) and Bill Causey (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary). For more information visit www.oceanzoning.ca, or contact the Workshop Secretariat at 902-429-1335 or oceanzon@dal.ca.


Coastal Zone Canada 2004 is scheduled for June 27 to 30 in St. John's, Newfoundland. CZC 2004 will focus on the increasingly complex challenges associated with understanding, maintaining, managing and governing coastal ecosystems. The overall theme is All Within One Ocean: Co-operation in Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Management in recognition of the increasingly diverse uses of the coasts and oceans. CZC 2004 will be the 6th in a series organized under the auspices of the Coastal Zone Canada Association. Registration and accommodation information is at http://www.czca-azcc.org/.

The Changing Bay of Fundy—Beyond 400 Years will be held September 29 to October 2 at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia. It coincides with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of French colonists in the Bay. It is the 6th Bay of Fundy Workshop organized by the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership. The workshop invites research papers, reviews, viewpoints, posters and demonstrations dealing with such topics as: Coastal and watershed issues affecting communities; The changing geology and geography of the Bay of Fundy; Economics and use of natural resources, past and present; Wildlife biology and conservation; and Restoration of coastal habitats. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 2. For more visit www.bofep.org or contact workshop@bofep.org.