AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 21 2018

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INvertebrateIT Open Contest: Discover the Winning Invertebrate-Based Solutions for European Aquaculture at the INvertebrateIT AQUA 2018 Brokerage Event

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The INvertebrateIT project aims to help aquaculture operators mitigate their current dependence on costly, volatile, and often unsustainable fish feeds, to diversify their business and to contribute to a better management of valuable organic waste and/or new algal substrates for invertebrate production. In November 2017, INvertebrateIT announced its Open Contest to find and support projects and companies across the EU Atlantic Basin with the most innovative solutions for invertebrate production for sustainable fish feeds, competitive aquaculture and integrated waste management.

A total of 11 proposals were received, all of which were of a high standard. From this selection, three winners were chosen. To read about them, please visit:

For more information on the INvertebrateIT project, please visit the project website at:


ATLAS Events at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2018

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ATLAS is a four-year research and innovation project that aims to advance our understanding of the deep Atlantic Ocean ecosystems. The project aims to provide essential new knowledge for effective ocean governance and adaptive management strategies that stimulate Blue Growth. It is the largest integrated study of deep Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken and is led by the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK).

This year, ATLAS will be hosting three events at the 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) which will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from 13 – 16 May. The WCMB has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and for discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems.


Kicking off events on 11 May, ATLAS will host a Science Policy Panel meeting in Ottawa, followed by a dedicated one-day symposium on 12 May on the implications of change on sensitive deep-sea ecosystems in Montreal. ATLAS, along with sister projects SponGES and MERCES, will also have a dedicated session at the WCMB on 13 May.

Scientists, practitioners, policy makers and representatives from civil society with expertise and interest in the future of area-based management tools in the North Atlantic are invited to join this special one-day symposium. The deadline for registration for this event is 30 April 2018. For more information and to register please contact Dr Vikki Gunn.

For more information on the WCMB please see

For more information on ATLAS, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @EU_ATLAS

Read the latest issue of the ATLAS newsletter here:


Atlantic Ocean circulation is weakening; are our deep-sea ecosystems at threat?

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The Atlantic Ocean circulation system that helps keep Western and Northern Europe warm is weaker today than it has been for over a thousand years, according to new research carried out within the framework of the EU-funded ATLAS project.

This circulation system, also known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), plays an essential role in regulating the Earth’s climate through its redistribution of heat. The AMOC is also important for carrying nutrients, oxygen and the larvae of marine organisms between different regions of the ocean, and controls the ocean’s ability to absorb and store carbon.

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This new study, conducted by ATLAS partners University College London (UCL, UK) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, provides the first comprehensive ocean-based records to place recent changes in the AMOC in context of centennial climate change. By examining the size of sediment grains deposited by deep-sea currents, where larger grains imply stronger currents and vice versa, scientists have reconstructed past circulation patterns.

According to lead author Dr David Thornalley (UCL, UK), the new findings hint at a gap in current global climate models. He stated “North Atlantic circulation is much more variable than previously thought, and it is important to figure out why previous models underestimate the AMOC decreases we have observed”.

The full article can be read in Nature here.


Sea Change Project's Key Achievements booklet and video are now available

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Sea Change, a European Horizon 2020-funded project, has worked for the past three years to create a fundamental 'Sea Change' in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea. Sea Change used the concept of Ocean Literacy to encourage citizens to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

Sea Change concluded with the final project conference held in Paris, France, on 15 February 2018. An in-depth Key Achievements booklet was designed to illustrate the project's diverse achievements, which is available to download from the project website at:

An insightful Key Achievements video was also produced which delves into the background of Ocean Literacy, how the project came to be, and what has been achieved to date. The video was shared across social media and has achieved over 29,000 views since its creation. It is available on the project's Vimeo channel here:

To coincide with the project's culmination on Valentine's Day 2018, a 'Love the Ocean' campaign was designed to encourage all citizens to 'Love the Ocean' better in their daily lives. The campaign was a great success, reaching over two million people across five social media platforms. The campaign landing page is available at: 

All Sea Change Ocean Literacy resources are free and can be downloaded from the project website:


SEAFOODTOMORROW Project Survey Launched


SEAFOODTOMORROW is a new, H2020-funded European project that aims to develop innovative, sustainable solutions for improving the safety and dietary value of seafood in Europe. In addressing the challenges to meet a growing market need for safe and sustainable seafood, the project will generate new knowledge to develop commercially viable, eco-innovative solutions for improving the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of European seafood production and the processing industry.

One aspect of the project's work will be to develop an e-learning tool to support the improvement of professional skills and competencies of those working in the seafood sector, and for those who are training to enter the Blue Economy.

This e-learning tool will be designed to suit the educational needs of the industry based on those identified as being of highest importance. To identify these needs and support the development of the tool, a questionnaire has been designed and made available in twelve different European languages to invite input from seafood industry producers and professionals across Europe.

If you work in the seafood sector, please complete the survey in your preferred language before 19 April 2018. Your input would be greatly appreciated.



MATES to Close Gap Between Skills Demand and Supply in the Maritime Sector

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While it is evident that skills are a pathway to employability in the maritime sector, there is still a great divide between industry requirements and provisions made by existing education and training systems.

With this in mind, a new European Commission Erasmus+ funded project, MATES, aims at tackling the current skill shortages in the maritime sectors of offshore renewable energy and shipbuilding, and in doing so, will contribute to a more resilient labour market. Read the full press release here.


AQUAEXCEL2020 Tenth Call for Access Now Open


The AQUAEXCEL2020 project's tenth call for access is now open. On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL2020 project will invite proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures.

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The available facilities cover the entire range of aquaculture production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine and cold, temperate and warm water); production scales (small, medium and large industrial); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering and monitoring and management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or two people to the chosen research infrastructure for a period of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures, associated travel and maintenance expenses will be covered by AQUAEXCEL2020. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as is the participation of SMEs.

To learn more about the AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access, please visit: To learn about the project in general, go to:


Student Corner

Research Coordinator role at University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg have a Research Coordinator position currently available. It is essential that applicants have a strong interest in integrated agri-aquaculture systems, with the aim of addressing global food production challenges. Desirable experience for this position includes prior work or training in a relevant scientific or policy-related field (e.g. aquaculture, agriculture, sustainable food production, international development).

Closing date for applications is 30 April 2018.

For more information, please visit:


15 PhD Positions Available through the Inspire4Nature Training Network

A total of 15 PhD positions are currently available through the Inspire4Nature training network. All positions are funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The deadline for all positions is 16 April 2018.

For more details on each position, please visit:


Other News

New EATiP Website Launched

The European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) has recently launched a new website. The website update has many new features, including a news page which features several filter and category options, in order to simplify access for visitors.

To see the new and improved website, please visit: 



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