AquaTT Training News - August 2015

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To search for MSc programmes, MSc and PhD courses, and other training opportunities (short courses, online courses, work placements, etc.) in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management, please visit the Aqua-tnet Education Gate. This interactive web portal is the one-stop-shop for education in your field. For information on all educational opportunities (courses, workshops, etc.), as well as general events (conferences, meetings, etc.) please refer to the AquaTT Announcement newsletter which is sent out with Training News. A comprehensive overview of all events is given in the AquaTT Calendar.



Key Events Helping to Map the Marine Microorganism Seascape

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOAs the EU-funded MaCuMBA project enters its final and concluding year, it is gearing up to host a number of key events. MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) is a four-year EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-funded project focusing on uncovering the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.

“All members of the project are excited by the progress we have made. Now, as we look toward the end of the project, it’s time to really ramp up our activities in order to ensure that all of our stakeholders benefit from MaCuMBA’s work. These include students, research institutes, industry, policy makers, and society in general. We are on the cusp of achieving our ambitious objectives and we plan to maximise the potential of our planned events for the remainder of the project,” explains Prof Lucas Stal, MaCuMBA project coordinator.

The MaCuMBA summer school on the sampling, isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms kicked-off this retinue of MaCuMBA events. Twenty students attended the summer school in Texel, the Netherlands from 13-24 July 2015. During this two-week course, students interacted with experts in the field and obtained first-hand experience through a series of lectures and hands-on practical work, facilitated by leading microbiologists. For more information, see the latest MaCuMBA newsletter.

Macumba Summer School

The second event, which will take place later this year, is the MaCuMBA third general assembly. This will be hosted by project partner Matís (Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D) in the Marine Research Institute in Reykjavik, Iceland. Project partners from all 22 institutes will attend this three-day event comprising scientific presentations and project workshops. The participants will also have the opportunity to sample the beautiful shores of Iceland in search of new bioactive marine compounds during a two-day sampling workshop.

The final keynote event is the MaCuMBA symposium taking place next June. It will focus on the biotechnical application of marine microbes and will involve a joint industry conference and open science meeting. The conference - ‘The Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation’ - will bring the industrial and scientific worlds together. It will take place in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016. This event should not be missed as it will feature attractions including: an interactive industry exhibition featuring MaCuMBA ‘hardware’; round table discussions (on the cultivation of microorganisms, the potential of marine microbiology for industry, the future of synthetic microbiology and the global effects of legislation on marine biodiscovery); moderated panel discussions; one-to-one meetings; and excellent networking opportunities. Further details about this exciting event will be released in the coming weeks.

Please visit for regular updates.



Issue 12 of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

Macumba newsletterIssue 12 of MaCuMBA Project News features an article by Thomas Vanagt, from MaCuMBA partner eCOAST Marine Research, outlining important information scientists should know about the Nagoya Protocol, an international agreement which aims to ensure that the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources are shared in a fair and equitable way.

“While marine scientific research largely contributes to improving our knowledge of the marine environment and biodiversity contained therein, it is also a regulated activity requiring full compliance with international rules and standards. These rules and standards are all too often unknown to scientists involved in collecting biological samples in the marine environment.” explains Vanagt.

The newsletter, which can be downloaded from the MaCuMBA project website at, also features feedback from students who took part in the two-week MaCuMBA Summer School on ‘Sampling, Isolation & Cultivation of Marine Microorganisms’.

MaCuMBA Project Coordinator, Prof Lucas Stal (NIOZ), said: “The success of the Summer School was primarily thanks to the contributions of the expert lecturers, many of whom were from our MaCuMBA consortium, which helped tremendously to keep the fee for the students as low as possible. The feedback from both the students and the lecturers has been overwhelmingly positive.”

To view the latest MaCuMBA newsletter, click HERE. For more information about MaCuMBA, please visit: or contact Marieke Reuver, email:



Mapping Fishers' Training Needs in Greece, Turkey and Malta

SeaofSkills logo1 resizedWithin the framework of the Erasmus+ programme, the three-year project SeaofSkills - Taming the Sea of Fishers’ Knowledge, Skills and Competences aims to improve the quality and attractiveness of the Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET) provided to fishers by developing education and training material based on identified needs. The project is coordinated by the ‘Maria Tsakos’ Foundation – International Center of Maritime Research and Tradition in Greece.

To meet the project’s aim, the SeaofSkills consortium has developed a Needs Identification and Analysis Mechanism. This sets out the framework within which the University of the Aegean, Ege University (Faculty of Fisheries) and the University of Malta have collected primary data through face-to-face interviews with fishers in targeted areas and telephone interviews with industry experts in May and August this year. The data provides valuable insight in terms of fishers’ knowledge, skills and competences requirements in Greece, Turkey and Malta. Experts in the fisheries and CVET sector from AquaTT, Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Chios Chamber of Commerce and RISE Research and Innovation Strategy Experts have collaborated on the development of the Needs Identification and Analysis Mechanism and will also work together on the analysis of the survey findings.

The results of the analysis will be used to develop education and training material for fishers which will be piloted in the three targeted areas and supported by an e-learning platform. The upskilling and reskilling of fishers is expected to have a positive impact for all stakeholders involved. The project website has recently been launched at



Myfish Final Symposium: “Targets and Limits for Long Term Fisheries Management”

MYFISH SmallThe EU-funded Myfish project is organising its final symposium "Targets and limits for long term fisheries management" which will take place in Athens, Greece from 27- 30 October 2015.

The Myfish project (Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns) aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters.

The goal of the symposium is to document and develop the best quality scientific approaches to management advice and implementation under potentially conflicting objectives.

The event will involve a mixture of scientific oral and poster presentations and interactive sessions focusing on implementation of targets and limits in practical fisheries management. It will bring together scientific experts from across the world and from a variety of disciplines, with stakeholders and managers to enable communication between suppliers and recipients of scientific management advice.

The preliminary programme for the symposium is now available HERE.

Please visit for more information.



Trafoon Training workshop on Innovation in Traditional Food Production Technologies

TRAFOON BANNERThe TRAFOON project held a training workshop for the aquaculture sector of the Czech Republic from 1- 2 September 2015. The workshop, organised by the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia (FFPW) in Vodnany in the Czech Republic, was titled "Potential of Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) for Czech Fisheries production".

The workshop was targeted at fish producers, farmers and processors, who generally use traditional methods of production and processing. The aim of the workshop was to present, through invited speakers, information on a specific topic of innovative Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS), deemed as important for the functioning and development of the industry while maintaining its traditional essence. Presentations provided both an introduction to the discussion and led to deeper discussions among participants.

Overall, to support traditional food SMEs, TRAFOON will organise 25 Training Workshops in 12 European countries on five food categories (Vegetables & Mushrooms, Fish, Grain, Olives and Sweet Fruits) during 2015. Target groups for the workshops will mainly be SMEs but also food industry, SME associations and food researchers. These training workshops will improve communication and transfer of innovations between research and food SMEs. Each training workshop will address the requirements/gaps/shortfalls of SMEs which were identified during the first year of the TRAFOON project and will include training on technical innovations which are specific to the traditional foods category, as well as generic topics on food processing, food packaging, food safety, food quality and stabilisation of processing protocols, marketing, legal issues, European food law, intellectual property rights, certification and labelling.

To support Fish producers in both the Czech Republic and Poland, a total of five workshops are planned, two in Poland and three in the Czech Republic. For further information on these workshops as they become available, please visit the workshops section of the TRAFOON website: Alternatively please contact the work package Leader for Fish, Tomáš Policar ( or facilitator for the fish work package, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (



AquaTT Attendance at Aquaculture Europe 2015

Aquaculture Europe 2015 (AE2015) will take place on 20-23 October 2015 at the De Doelen Congress Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With the theme ‘Aquaculture, Nature and Society’, there will be a strong focus on the role and contribution of aquaculture to the management of natural resources and its importance in society through the provision of high quality, nutritious and healthy food.

As in previous years, AquaTT will have a stand at the international trade exhibition and AquaTT manager David Murphy will chair the ‘Knowledge Management, Transfer and Extension Networks’ session taking place on the morning of Thursday 22 October 2015. As AquaTT’s experience and expertise is strongly rooted in the area of knowledge management, we are eagerly looking forward to attending AE2015. AquaTT has booth number 2.3 at AE2015 and you are all very welcome to come visit us (David Murphy, Marieke Reuver and Cliona Ní Cheallacháin).

For more information on AquaTT:


Student Corner

SEA-on-a-CHIP Summer School

The SEA-on-a-CHIP Summer School will be held from 21-25 September 2015 in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Tarragona, Spain. The course will be in collaboration with the ECsafeSEAFOOD and Integra-Coast projects. The five day intensive programme includes lectures and practical sessions on all aspects regarding the development of biosensors for monitoring of sea contaminants.

For more information, click HERE



Shore Thing Training Day: Culzean Castle, Scotland

Are you interested in running citizen science surveys on your local rocky seashore?
Join the Marine Biological Association for a FREE, one day training event and learn how to run Shore Thing surveys for yourself on 7 October 2015.

The day will include classroom and seashore-based training and all participants will be provided with the resources they need to undertake their own surveys. 

The Shore Thing project involves communities and schools in rocky shore surveys to collect vital scientific information about non-native species and those which help us monitor the effects of climate change. It is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and led by the Marine Biological Association. Records are made available to the wider community via the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).

To find out more about the project, visit



Specialised Marine Ornamental Finfish Aquaculture Internship in the USA

Virginia Tech - Virginia Seafood AREC in Hampton, Virginia, USA have an opening, beginning October 2015, for a 6-12 month Internship focusing on marine finfish ornamental production. This internship is part of an industrially applied conservation aquaculture programme. This is a no-cost internship opportunity. For international students, the individual will be responsible for associated financial documentation as required under the J-1 Student VISA programme. The core of this internship will be development and spawning of marine ornamental finfish, and subsequent larviculture. In addition to these activities, intern-specific research projects can also be conducted as space and resources permit.

Interested in applying? Contact Dr. Michael H. Schwarz (



EcoAqua Summer School

Registration is now open for the EcoAqua Summer School which will take place from 26-29 October 2015 in University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain. The four-day event will facilitate discussion and exchange of information between European Research Area members, especially the ones from overseas regions and overseas countries and territories on current aquaculture issues dealing with marine spatial planning, ecosystem interactions and aquaculture development in coastal areas.

For more information, click HERE



The Challenge of Science Leadership Course

The Challenge of Science Leadership (CSL) Training Course will be held from 4-6 November 2015 at the Scottish Marine Institute, Oban. The course is based on the recognition that many scientists are being invited into leadership roles without much previous training or support for them; have very limited time available for training in this area; and need practical tools which they can use in the workplace to help them achieve change.

The three-day CSL course has been custom made for scientists, academics and professionals working in the environment and sustainability sectors. It comprises of highly interactive sessions with a wide range of activities and experiences.

For more information, click HERE



Win an iPad Mini at Aquaculture Europe 2015! Lindsay Laird 2015 Innovation in Aquaculture Award

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in honour of Lindsay Laird for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student to the annual Aquaculture Europe conference, which concerns research in any one of the following areas:

  • Environmental Impacts in aquaculture
  • New species
  • Hatcheries/early life history
  • Stock production
  • Fish diseases
  • New technologies
  • Genetics/genomics

At the time of her early death from cancer in 2001, Lindsay Laird was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at Aberdeen University. From the beginning of her career, Lindsay worked with the expanding Scottish aquaculture industry on different aspects of salmon farming. In 1998, she became the first Chairman of the Organic Fish Producers’ association. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society from 1994 to 2000, when she was obliged to retire for health reasons. Lindsay also carried out research and gave lectures in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, and Borneo, where a new species of moth (Dasychera lairdi) was named after her.

The award includes a certificate and an award of an iPad mini.

Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the annual EAS conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 20-23 October 2015 are eligible.

The winner will join seven previous winners from Germany, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, and Malta.

Click here to learn more about the Lindsay Laird award and previous winners.

We are looking forward to a bumper crop of entries at this year’s event!


Other News

Potential Contribution of Insect Protein for Feed in Europe

A new report endorsed by leading authorities sets out the current position in Europe on the use of insects as an additional source of protein for livestock and fish. 

For more information, click HERE.



Study Says 90% of Seabirds Have Ingested Plastic

Researchers reached their conclusion after evaluating 186 seabird species across the globe. The areas where plastic pollution has had the greatest impact include southern parts of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

For more information, click HERE



RISC-KIT project is gearing up for its 2nd End-Users' Day

RISC-KIT is an EU project that aims to reduce risk and increase resilience in coastal zones. The project’s 2nd End-Users’ day will provide an opportunity for local end-users and researchers to exchange knowledge and ideas on the products and knowledge that are being developed in RISC-KIT.

For more information, click HERE



Management Plan 2015 for Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Published

This plan translates the priority initiatives and the strategic objectives of the Commission into concrete operations.

To view the document, click HERE



Floating Litter in the Black Sea: Abundance and Composition

A recent study provides the first account of the abundance and types of litter floating in the north-western part of the Black Sea. This information will help to develop effective solutions for marine litter in the region and therefore to achieve the EU objective of 'Good Environmental Status' by 2020.

For more information, click HERE.


 PiscesTT Jobs

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Position: PhD Studentship – Development Of An Ex Vivo Model To Assess Dietary Induced Inflammation In Fish (United Kingdom)

Position: Marine Renewables Ornithologist (United Kingdom)



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