AquaTT Training News - September 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.



AquaTT Attendance at Aquaculture Europe 2015

AquaTT Logo RGBAquaculture Europe 2015 (AE2015) is taking 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. These are the main thematic areas that will be addressed during the plenary sessions. 

AquaTT will have a stand at the international trade exhibition and AquaTT manager David Murphy chaired 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: 



ARRAINA Course - Long Term Effects of Diets Low in Fish Oil and Fish Meal

ARRAINA will hold an informative course on the long term effects of diets low in fish meal and fish oil on the lifecycle of key species, hosted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), on 13-15 January 2016.

Arraina CourseThe ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project aims to define quantitative nutritional requirements for the five main European aquaculture species (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, gilthead sea bream and European sea bass).

This course will focus on the most recent advances on the effects of long term feeding with low fish meal and fish oil diets over the life cycle of key aquaculture species of commercial importance. The course will review the existing knowledge in this area and will include the most recent advances produced by the ARRAINA project. The participants will also benefit from the modern aquaculture facilities of ULPGC when undertaking practical lessons.

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Growth performance of fish who have been fed low fishmeal and fish oil diets over a long term
  • Physiological and metabolic consequences of feeding low fishmeal and fish oil diets over a long term
  • Utilisation of effective indicators to predict fish performance, fish welfare and health fillet quality and environmental impacts
  • Micronutrient relevance
  • Broodstock nutrition and larval development

Target group: 

The course is directed to professionals from the fish farming and feed production industry and students from research institutions and universities studying related topics.

The course fee for PhD candidates is €595 and €1,485 for participants from industry. The price includes tuition, course materials, coffee/tea, lunches, drinks and a closing dinner on Friday.

Mobility Grants:

ARRAINA will offer up to 20 grants of €500 each. Applicants should contact Geertje Schlaman ( before 30 October 2015. 

CIHEAM will offer up to four grants of travel and lodging to non-EU participants from Mediterranean countries. Requests should be sent to Prof Marisol Izquierdo, contact details below.

Registration: You are invited to request your registration (before 15 November 2015). After this date you will receive details about location, payment, programme and participants list. The host organisation will assist in organising accommodation for all participants. Please contact Natalia Carqué (

Further information: Prof Reda Saleh ( or Prof. Marisol Izquierdo (

To view the agenda and further details, please click HERE.



Science Supporting Policy for the Safety of European Seafood 


The EU FP7-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project is holding its policy workshop in Brussels, Belgium on 24 November 2015. ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to assess safety issues related to non-regulated contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluate their impact on public health. Results from the project can inform policy makers about the need for and requirements of seafood regulatory and monitoring programmes for these contaminants of emerging concern.

The aim of this workshop is to gain better insights into actions and steps that ECsafeSEAFOOD can take considering the project results on non-regulated contaminants of emerging concern for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) – Descriptor 9 (contaminants in fish and seafood for human consumption) and Descriptor 10 (marine litter).

This event is targeted towards EC and other policy and decision makers involved in MSFD.

To register, please contact Alice Tediosi ( by 6 November 2015.

For more information, click HERE.



EU Access and Benefit Sharing Regulation Training Workshops


Partners from the MaCuMBA project, a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies, will be involved in the delivery of workshops on EU Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation in the coming weeks.

The workshops are aimed at experienced researchers conducting R&D on genetic resources, who wish to increase their knowledge of this new legislation and how it will practically impact their work.

The workshops will take place in a number of locations in Europe and you can register for them here.

For more information on the MaCuMBA project, visit: 



MaCuMBA Partners Develop Free Online Bioinformatic Tool

Ribocon, partners of the EU-funded FP7 project MaCuMBA, have developed a resource called “JSpeciesWS Online Service”. This is a freely available online service accessible here.

The MaCuMBA project aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. This new resource was built within MaCuMBA for the comparison of genome sequences for advanced species differentiation. JSpeciesWS is free for academic and non-academic users and results can be used without any restrictions.

The service is created and maintained by the Ribocon GmbH. For questions/feedback contact

For more information on the MaCuMBA project, visit:  



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 Myfish Symposium is now available HERE

Follow the symposium on Twitter: @myfishproject



AquaTT at the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) Conference 2015

With its growing expertise in the field of ocean education - through such European projects as Planet Aqua, Sea for Society and Sea Change - AquaTT was well qualified to attend the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference, hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Ocean Research and the Cretaquarium last month. This was the third official EMSEA event, since the kick off meeting in Plymouth in 2013 and drew experts from all over Europe, and the National Marine Educators Association in the USA. 

Of particular interest to AquaTT were the sessions on how to embed Ocean Literacy into the school curriculum, teaching Ocean Literacy in schools and a particularly innovative practical session on using the beach as a classroom.

EMSEA group photo

The next EMSEA annual conference will be hosted by Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland from 4-7 October 2016.

For more information on EMSEA, see: 



TRAFOON Second Annual Conference

TRAFOON BANNERThe TRAFOON project recognises that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the EU traditional food sector are increasingly under pressure due to developing open markets, increasing demand for standardised and price competitive food products by consumers, and the challenges of obeying governmental regulations. This raises the risk of losing many traditional foods as well as traditional processing techniques which are applied by SMEs using regional raw materials.

To support these traditional SMEs, the TRAFOON project was started in November 2013 with the objective to establish a knowledge transfer network with a focus on food products made of grains, fish, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. The TRAFOON network will interlink researchers, knowledge transfer agents and SME associations in 14 European countries to foster sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector of traditional foods for the benefit of the regions of Europe and the European consumer.

After two years, the partners of TRAFOON will converge in Athens for its Second Annual Meeting where the activities and actions of the project will be reviewed and discussed. The meeting will run alongside the 29th EFFoST conference titled “Innovations in Attractive and Sustainable Food for Health”. TRAFOON will co-host a session with its sister project TRADEIT on “Innovation and sustainability for traditional food small‐scale producers”. 

TRAFOON will focus on four different traditional food product sectors: 1) grains, 2) fish, 3) fruits & olive oil, 4) vegetables and mushrooms; and general topics such as quality assurance and entrepreneurship. The aim is to link traditional food SMEs that have specific needs with the relevant science actors who could have a promising solution, thereby helping to bridge the gap that is often present between scientists and relevant stakeholders.

Within the project, needs of SMEs have been investigated all over Europe. These needs have been matched with available innovations. More than 35 training workshops for SMEs and for food researchers will be carried out in 14 European countries.

For more information on the TRAFOON project and its fish sub network, please visit  



The COLUMBUS Knowledge Fellowship 

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COLUMBUS is a €4 million EU-funded H2020 Blue Growth project designed to ensure that outputs arising from publicly-funded marine research projects have positive societal benefit. To do this, COLUMBUS has established a “Knowledge Fellowship”, a network of nine full-time Knowledge Fellows whose role will be to carry out Knowledge Transfer. Working together as a team and active network, this combined critical mass will provide a multiplier effect to help achieve measurable impacts and to develop a blueprint for future activities in this field of work, ultimately contributing to the development of a thriving and sustainable “blue” economy. 

COLUMBUS Fellows Internal Training

On 6-7 October 2015, COLUMBUS’ Knowledge Fellows along with relevant partners, came together in Co. Meath, Ireland to begin their intensive training in Knowledge Transfer. The two-day training course was provided by AquaTT, the Strategic and Operational Leader of the project. AquaTT designed and wrote COLUMBUS based on their past experiences and insights into Knowledge Transfer. The Knowledge Fellows completed activity-based sessions, with progressive learning and understanding as the course objective. These exercises allowed each participant to realise the value in investing time and effort into developing a strategic and successful user-focused Knowledge Transfer Plan.

Each Knowledge Fellow is now tasked with the significant mission of collecting Knowledge Outputs from past and current EU-funded marine projects. By doing so, high potential solutions might be identified and applied that could overcome major challenges and help progress the marine and maritime sectors in Europe.  

Please visit the COLUMBUS website to find more details on the methodology and expected impacts of the COLUMBUS project, If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please contact the Project Manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin ( 


Student Corner

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 and a book prize sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell and 5m Publishing.

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!



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



Marine GIS Stakeholder Workshop

OceanWise is hosting its 2015 Marine GIS Stakeholder Workshop on Tuesday 17 November at the School for Economic Science, London.

This free to attend event presents a great opportunity to share knowledge and exchange ideas and network with fellow stakeholders. You will learn about the latest trends in UK data management and how these will no doubt change the way we manage, share and publish data in the future. 

This event promises to be a stimulating day of discussion, debate and networking. If you are interested in attending please e-mail to reserve your place or register online at


Other News

Call for Experts: Oceans Governance           

The Hague Institute is currently soliciting applications from academics, experts and practitioners who wish to participate in its Global Governance Reform Initiative project which focuses on the global governance of oceans. The aim of this initiative is to analyse the deficiencies of the current international system and propose policies for improving global governance in select domains. 

For more information, click HERE



Raising the Profile of the Ocean at COP21

The Oceans 2015 Initiative has produced a policy brief to try to raise the profile of the ocean at COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference) and beyond. The English version is available now and the French, Spanish and Chinese versions will be available in the next few weeks. 

To view the brief, click HERE.  



Back from the Depths of Whittard Submarine Canyon

A team of 28 scientists and engineers led by European Research Council grantee Dr Veerle Huvenne has just returned from a successful five-week expedition on board the RRS James Cook. They used tailored marine equipment to provide some of the first detailed acoustic maps of the fauna inhabiting the vertical cliffs of the Whittard Submarine Canyon. In this interview, Dr Huvenne shares her impressions on an extraordinary scientific journey. 



EU Helps Developing Countries to Ensure Sustainable Fisheries and Food Security

In the frame of the European Year of Development 2015, October is dedicated to Food Security issues. See the short animated video about the co-operation of the EU with developing countries in fisheries for the sustainable management of seafood resources that enhances food security and offers opportunities for trade and growth HERE

For more information on the European Year of Development 2015, click HERE



New Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the UN Summit - Water & Marine

The UN Summit provided a platform for the world’s leaders to outline their views. To view the water and marine sustainable development goals, click HERE



New Zealand Announce Huge Marine Sanctuary

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, recently announced that his nation plans to create a South Pacific marine sanctuary the size of France, saying it would protect one of the world’s pristine ocean environments. The sanctuary will prevent fishing and mineral exploitation in an area where marine scientists regularly discover new marine species.

For more information, click HERE



Marine Species Populations Halve in Size Since 1970

A new report from WWF and ZSL shows a decline of 49 per cent in the size of marine populations between 1970 and 2012. As well as being disastrous for ecosystems, these findings spell trouble for all nations, especially people in the developing world who depend heavily on the ocean’s resources.

For more information, click HERE.



NASA Zeroes in on Ocean Rise

NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches (8 centimeters) since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches (25 centimeters) due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future. 

For more information, click HERE.  


 PiscesTT Jobs

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If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy in the marine sector and related areas, please visit the PiscesTT website or contact Click HERE to subscribe to live RSS updates of new job postings.

Position: Researcher Position In Numerical Ocean Modelling (Norway) 

Position: Finfish Manager (United Kingdom) 



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