What is COINAtlantic?
The mission of Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic) is to promote, facilitate and influence information management as well as policies and programs that enhance Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) in Atlantic Canada. The three main priorities of the organization are:
- Encouraging action on the implementation of ICOM as a tool to realize environmental, economic and social sustainability.
- Collaborative sharing of data and information.
- Encouraging the engagement of organizations in the Steering Committee that is reflective of the diversity of the ICOM Community of Practice.
COINAtlantic addresses these priorities by delivering a variety of products such as: workshops; the monthly COINAtlantic Coastal Update Newsletter; the COINAtlantic Website as an ICOM Information Hub; and the development of the COINAtlantic Geospatial Tools to encourage the sharing and accessibility of data and information. COINAtlantic also leads or participates in projects with partner organizations that advance these priorities.
As part of the 25th Anniversary Organizational Celebrations, the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) was officially relaunched under the brand COINAtlantic (Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic). This brand transition signifies the plans and direction that the organization is taking in its efforts regarding resource development, growing our Community of Practice, and strengthening our ability to influence effective Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM). Streamlining the entities within the organization and placing the emphasis on our involvement within a larger network will help provide better service, and an improved delivery of our products.
One of the major components of the brand transition is the implementation of the new COINAtlantic website (2017). The redesign of this resource improves our function as a hub for coastal and ocean resources within Atlantic Canada, as well as increasing access/availability to the data and information that will help Atlantic Canadia effectively manage our coastlines and marine ecosystems.
The Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) was formed in 1992 by the Council of Maritime Premiers. After 25 years advancing Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in Atlantic Canada, it is moving to the brand Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic).
At the Coastal Zone Canada Conference in Halifax in 2014 the ACZISC Secretariat presented “The Past and Potential Future Impact of the ACZISC on Coastal Zone Management in Atlantic Canada” which provides information on its accomplishments for its first 23 years. The following linked PDF is a presentation made at the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference on the accomplishments of the ACZISC: The Past and Potential Future Impact of ACZISC
Learn more about the ACZISC in chapter 15 of the book Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management, titled "Information Matters: The Influence of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in Atlantic Canada".