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Influence of environmental factors on eelgrass bed density and biomass across three bays in Atlantic Canada - MSc thesis- Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts, MSc student of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, studied the influence of environmental factors on eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) bed density and biomass across three bays in Atlantic Canada.

Eelgrass beds within three Atlantic bays, Tabusintac (NB), Malpeque (PEI), and Humber Arm (NL) were studied using Seagrassnet and Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) data. Data included above and below ground biomass, shoot density, percent cover, and canopy height. Physical features of each bay, such as temperature, salinity, and sediment type were also considered to assess of the effect of the environmental conditions of each bay on eelgrass beds.

This study provides a potentially useful methodology for analyzing SeagrassNet data, to better understand the impacts and factors that influence the condition of eelgrass beds that are being monitored in the area.

Click here to read Timothy Roberts' thesis.

Mayday, mayday, mayday ... the conservation of the St. Lawrence leaves the radar
Jerome Spaggiari, conservation coordinator for SNAP Québec.
All scientific studies remind us that healthy oceans are degraded. The Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence is no exception, however several recent government decisions we had made optimistic about the possible future development of a network of marine protected areas - AMP.
Dialogue between stakeholders in the framework of the Action Plan Saint-Laurent, occurs by several mechanisms including the Forum St. Lawrence. The first Forum had identified the conservation of ecological environment was a priority and proposed to address this issue at the second Forum scheduled on November 6 and 7.
Convinced that the Action Plan Saint-Laurent is a privileged way of achieving the government's goals of protecting 10% of their marine territory by 2020 (and even 2015 for Quebec), we placed great hope in this meeting. We thought it was a unique opportunity to publicly promote several interesting projects such as studying for an MPA to the Magdalen Islands or systematic conservation planning (currently working in collaboration with UQAR) whose importance is capital when the strategic Environmental Assessment on the development of hydrocarbon basins Anticosti, Madeleine and Baie des Chaleurs (NSS2) prepares to deliver its conclusions.
What was not our disappointment that the organizers chose to restrict the discussion to the study of four conservation projects, individual copies, but too localized to help us build an integrated (between actors but also geographically) of habitat diversity ecological importance of this unique ecosystem. The organizers chose to focus on the natural terrestrial and coastal while the St. Lawrence generally evokes aquatic environments. And finally, while the concerted implementation of a network of marine protected areas is widely recognized as an effective and priority was officially no place was reserved for this topic
However, participants took the liberty of mentioning the marine dimension of the river, the need to plan uses spatially across the territory, the need for action to implement a network of marine protected areas or yet the chronic underfunding of community organizations etc.. We hope that the proceedings of the forum will reflect the richness of the contributions of the participants. We also hope that in order to continue these discussions and their solutions, the Consultative Committee on Marine Protected Areas under the Action Plan St. Lawrence will soon be effectively created and set to work.
A few days later, we fortunately have contributed to the conference time just on the health of oceans organized by Quebec Ocean. Besides excellent scientific conferences and a stimulating panel discussion entitled Science, Oceans and society, Quebec Ocean offered the public an evening with the rower Mylène Paquette, comedian-Boucar Diouf oceanographer and professor of oceanography Fortier. The organization, which brings together nearly 200 scientists, issued a statement which recalls the important role of marine protected areas in improving the resilience of our oceans and the need to work on a collaborative project for the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence in particular in the context of pressing the exploitation of its natural resources.

Conservation Council launches membership blitz!

Welcome to membership month at CCNB! CCNB is a membership-based organization that has been at the forefront of environmental action since 1969. CCNB's campaigns to protect our air, land and water are run by a small, dedicated staff. As a registered charity, we depend on our members and people like you to give us the independence we need to speak out on behalf of the environment.

New members, members renewing their membership and donors will be entered into a weekly draw to win a prize of fair trade and local products.

To become a member or donor:

1. Fill out this online form.

2. Call 506 458-8747 or 1-866-367-7070 or email for a membership form.
Membership fees are: $15 (Student/Senior/Low Income); $30 (Individual); $40 (Family); $55 (Association).

You can also donate to CCNB's sister organization, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, which is a registered charity that issues tax receipts. CanadaHelps and Visa have a special holiday offer where they will provide $10 to the charity for each new monthly donation on CanadaHelps.
Each week during our Membership Month, we will feature a different area of priority and action for CCNB to update you on our work. In our first week of membership month, we will feature our Forest Conservation program.
CCNB works to promote environmental management community of the Acadian forest.
Collaboration with First Nations
New Brunswick was a place of old forests, mighty rivers and the indigenous Wabanaki Confederacy before colonization. Today, New Brunswick no longer has any large intact naturally undisturbed forests outside our parks, and we continue to douse our lands with chemicals to stop the natural regrowth of trees to grow tree farms.
Forest Conservation Program staff have participated with both the New Brunswick Assembly of First Nation Chiefs in New Brunswick and the traditional Wabanaki Confederacy in gatherings to share our concerns and perspectives. We were invited by St. Mary’s First Nation in an advisory capacity to attend a briefing they provided government officials on forest conservation issues. The relationship between First Nations and the provincial and federal governments is guided by Peace and Friendship Treaties, as land was never ceded to the Crown.

Lifting the Veil on the State of the Forest

CCNB researched, mapped and published satellite imagery of the state of our forest cover, revealing the extent of clearcutting and lack of large intact tracts of forest. We also acquired and distributed mapping of the extent of herbicide usage on New Brunswick’s public lands.

Working with Forest Communities

Residents of the rural municipality of Upper Miramichi have made a living in the woods for over two centuries but few do so today with the closure of mills and the loss of markets for private woodlot owners to cheaper wood allocated to industry from our public forest. Today, Upper Miramichi residents aspire to be home to New Brunswick’s first community forest. CCNB has been working with the community to help make this dream a reality. We mapped the public forest within the municipal boundaries allowing residents to identify opportunities found in their forest such as fiddlehead, mushroom and maple syrup production, and eco-tourism. A priority was placed on public engagement with a presentation by Jennifer Gunter of the B.C. Community Forestry Association, film screenings, the distribution of an informative pamphlet and survey to all 980 households of Upper Miramichi, the production of videos, our 7 Wonders of Upper Miramichi Community Challenge and the summer Forest Festival. Next step: planning a vision for a community forest in Upper Miramichi.

For more information, visit:
For further information, please contact us at:
CCNB Action
180 St. John St.,
Fredericton, NB
E3B 4A9
Tel: 506 458-8747
Fax: 506 458-1047

Thank you for your support! 

Motheroak Permaculture’s 

Designing for Resilience workshop with Alex Denicola
is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday Nov. 24-25
I realize there might be conflicts, but this is my first choice. On the other hand, if enough people want it the following weekend, Dec. 1-2, we can do that instead.
Given the time of year and space considerations, the weekend is limited to 10 people, so please sign up soon. If you'd prefer to arrive on Friday evening, that's ok too (bring your own breakfast please). If arrival is between say, 7-9:30 p.m. We are also encouraging folks to bring along a rough sketch of your home or land area. A relatively accurate scale is helpful, along with outbuildings, garden areas, livestock pens, contours/watersheds etc. for Sunday's design activities.
Cost for the weekend is $95, or $80 meals included if you attended our tour workshop in July.
Call Alex at 792-7041 for more info. I could give one person a modest discount for helping out with kitchen etc. Let me know, thanks.

As part of its special talk series, the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group is happy to invite you to the following presentation:
Concerns relating to a fair food system: focus on local production
With guest speaker Sister Cormier, of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur congregation
Join us on Tuesday evening November 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., in the
Salle de conférence de l'école communautaire entrepreneuriale Blanche-Bourgeois de Cocagne (local 204). School entrance from Route 535, Cocagne, NB.
 If school is closed that day, the talk will be canceled.
The presentation will be in French.
Everyone is welcome. Please share this invitation.  Thank you
Info : 506-576-8247 or
Jocelyne Gauvin, Coordinatrice/coordinator Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group Inc.
C.P. 1035, Cocagne NB E4R 1N6

The Power of Collaboration: Reaching our Goals
New Brunswick Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative Workshop

November 22nd, 2012 - 9am - 4:30pm
New Maryland Centre, 754 New Maryland Highway, New Maryland

Join the NB Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative as we learn, network and explore solutions to the complex issue of children’s environmental health. We are tackling this and achieving successes that cannot be achieved by one agency alone, through the mobilization of the resources of many sectors.
“Shared responsibility and shared results through collaborative relationships”
  • Hon. Hugh Flemming, Minister of Health (invited)
  • Dr. Eilish Cleary, Recommendations Concerning Shale Gas
  • Spray Their Smarts Away: Pesticide Exposure in Children - Links to IQ and Hyperactivity, Maryse Bouchard, Université de Montréal
  • Troubling Science; High Stakes Risks :  Early Environmental Exposures and Chronic Disease - Obesity and Diabetes, Kathleen Cooper, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Panel Discussion: A Child's Right to Health and a Healthy Environment
  • Christian Whalen, Office of the Child and Youth Advocate
  • Robert Peterson, Ecojustice (by Skype)
  • Moderator: Bonnie Hamilton-Bogart, Results Planning Ltd.
  • Web of Action: Evaluation Results “Significant steps toward solving challenging and complex issues in children’s environmental health”
  • The Power of Teamwork - The Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative Teams have been reaching new heights. This workshop will strengthen these successes by providing an opportunity to work together face-to-face and welcome newcomers to join in on the ongoing effort.

Book Launch:  Zones côtières et changement climatique : le défi de la gestion intégrée
As part of the Coastal Communities Challenges Community-University Research Alliance (CCC-CURA) project the book Zones côtières et changement climatique: le défi de la gestion intégrée will be launched Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9 am in room B-30 015,in the Rémi Rossignol building of the Université de Moncton, in Moncton, New Brunswick. Teachers of three campuses of the Université de Moncton participate in this event.
BookThe approach to integrated coastal zone management has emerged in opposition to the single-sector approach to resource management in order to overcome the many stresses placed on ecosystems by human activities. More than 700 projects in integrated coastal management have been held to date in different countries. Despite this, the degradation of coastal environments has not been curbed. It continues even at an alarming rate. It is therefore urgent to find management approaches that offer viable solutions.
This launch is co-chaired by Lisa Roy, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Céline Surette, Director of the Master of Environmental Studies.
 Participants will be able to purchase the book on site or at the Acadian Bookstore at a cost of $ 28.

For more information contact Professor Omer Chouinard, (omer.chouinard(@), (506) 858-4761

You can also visit the publishing house to purchase the book.

More information on the CCC-CURA and the Coalition-SGSL's role can be found on this website.

Radio show on coastal zone management
In the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick, a radio show "Welcome to the coastal zone" began on September 13, 2011 in order to educate and inform the public of environmental and social issues, particularly in coastal areas, according to the concept of sustainable development. If you are in Northern New Brunswick we invite you to tune in to 97.1 FM, every Tuesday morning at 8:30am. If you are outside the region, you can visit the Internet and listen to the live show online. This is an initiative of Elise Mayrand, professor and researcher in biology and integrated management of coastal areas at the University of Moncton, Shippagan Campus (UMCS), and Anne Doiron, undergraduate student in the Integrated Management of the Coastal Zone bachelor program at UMCS. A total of 14 shows will be aired before Christmas, and programming will continue after the holidays. Mrs. Mayrand is a partner of the Community-University Research Alliance - Challenges of Coastal Communities (CURA-CCC). Mrs. Mayrand gave us an explanation of how this initiative started.

Here is the schedule and topics for future reviews:

Research to Support Development of Regional Monitoring Frameworks to Support Cumulative Effects Assessment Northumberland Strait-Environmental Monitoring Partnership (NorStrait-EMP)
The Coalition-SGSL is proud to be a partner in the NorStrait-EMP. We are happy to announce that the Canadian Water Network is requesting research proposals, to be funded for a maximum of three years (2012-2015), that will develop and produce as their project output a recommended sampling strategy to improve cumulative effects assessment in the estuaries of Northumberland Strait region within one or more of the following three categories:
The impact of nutrients, sediments and contaminants from land-based activities on :
1. Fish and fisheries in the estuaries and bays of Northumberland Strait region
2. Invertebrates, and fisheries and aquaculture in the estuaries and bays of Northumberland Strait region
3. Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), with a specific focus on eelgrass (Zostera marina) and sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca), in the estuaries and bays of Northumberland Strait region.
 The deadline for submission is September 15, 2011.

Community Monitoring the focus of the Coalition-SGSL’s AGM
The Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability’s Annual General Meeting of the Membership will include a focus on presenting and discussing community monitoring programs in the region. The event is hosted by the Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative in beautiful Chéticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on June 11 and 12 2010. It will bring together members from across the region to share the experiences of the past year and light the way forward for the coming year.
On the agenda is a look at results from seven years of community aquatic monitoring as well as a panel presentation on coastal erosion monitoring. Participants that currently are members of volunteer groups will also have extra time to discuss where to focus their collaborative efforts in the present and future, and how to include climate change adaptation as a mainstay of their group effort. Those not already in groups will have the opportunity to join or discuss potential themes for new groups.
Everyone is invited to attend!. For registration, accommodation and program information visit the AGM section of the Coalition-SGSL’s website or email

The Coalition-SGSL’s new office!
On April 20, 2010, the Coalition-SGSL moved to its new premises in the pavilion Irène Léger of the Université de Moncton, Campus de Shippagan. We are happy to begin a new relationship with the Shippagan Campus.
Pictures of our new head office!

Our new address is:
Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability
047B PIL, Université de Moncton, Campus de Shippagan
218, boul. J.-D.-Gauthier
Shippagan, N.-B.  E8S 1P6

The Coalition-SGSL involved in five year coastal communities and research alliance.
Moncton, April 7 2010 — The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has discerned a one million dollar grant to Mr. Steve Plante, professor of regional development at the Université du Québec à Rimouski, and partners. This grant was obtained through an application to the Communities — Universities Research Alliance (CURA) to address major Canadian environmental issues grant of SSHRC. This CURA - Challenges of coastal communities of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence at a time of climate change will “permit us to undertake a dynamic research program over the course of five years that will consider the realities of partners and researchers involved in this adventure” sais Mr. Plante. The direction of this project is assumed by Professor Steve Plante of l’UQAR and Ms. Chantal Gagnon of the Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability. Ms. Gagnon sees this CURA as « an excellent opportunity for recognition of the expertise present in organisations concerned about water management and coastal risks through the development of tools that will accompany communities needing to adapt”. This dual leadership assumed by a university member and a community member ensures a greater territorial anchoring of the work to be undertaken.

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