AquaTT Training News - December 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.



Seasons Greetings From AquaTT

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ECsafeSEAFOOD Policy Workshop: New Date Announced

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe EU FP7-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project is holding its policy workshop in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday 21 January 2016.

ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to assess safety issues mainly 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.

Workshop flyer p1 Final1The 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.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by the postponing of the original policy workshop scheduled to take place in November due to the exceptional security events in Brussels.

Workshop format:

The workshop will consist of presentations and break out sessions, thereby enabling fruitful discussions and exchanges. Participation will be limited to ensure optimal networking and exchange between participants.

Expected output of the workshop:

  • Gain insight into the steps and actions ECsafeSEAFOOD should take to allow ECsafeSEAFOOD’s results to be used for the implementation of the MSFD and any other relevant policy
  • Strengthen the role of science in supporting safe seafood policy and establish robust communication channels between science and relevant policy makers

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Marta Iglesias – DG RTD, Marine Resources Unit
  • Georg Hanke and Victoria Tornero – Joint Research Centre (JRC)
  • António Marques – Instituto Portugues do Mar e Atmosfera (IPMA), ECsafeSEAFOOD coordinator
  • Isabelle Sioen/Silke Jacobs – University of Ghent
  • Johan Robbens – The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research
  • Alice Tediosi – Aeiforia
  • Lolita Vilavert – Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Venue: OPERA Research, Delegation of the Lombardia Region (3rd floor), Place du Champs de Mars, 2 - 1050 Brussels, Belgium
To register, please contact Alice Tediosi (

Deadline for registration is 15 January 2016.

For more information, click HERE.



ECsafeSEAFOOD Special Issue Of Environmental Research - Out Now!

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe peer reviewed journal Environmental Research published a special ECsafeSEAFOOD issue of the journal last month. Environmental Research is committed to rapidly disseminating studies on the impact of environmental agents on human health, and this special issue reports on the scientific contributions the ECsafeSEAFOOD project consortium has been making to the assessment of levels of contaminants of emerging concern in seafood using multidisciplinary approaches.

ECsafeSEAFOOD is an EU-funded project that aims to assess and evaluate food safety issues related to contaminants of emerging concern present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination. These contaminants are substances that are toxic, persistent and liable to bio-accumulate; and other substances which give rise to an equivalent level of concern.

This Special Issue highlights the relevance of creating databases to gather crucial and useful information for improving contaminant diagnostics and seafood risk assessment. Such information will be of interest to food safety authorities and food diagnostic firms, as well as the seafood and aquaculture industries. A European database on emerging contaminants created in the project is intended to provide data and objective information to inform policy makers in elaborating their guidelines, and to help funding authorities in identifying deficits in seafood contaminant research. Special emphasis has been put on setting up a detailed monitoring scheme to determine the prevalence of selected contaminants (e.g. cyclicimines, ciguatoxins, perfluoroalkyl substances, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting compounds, methylmercury, inorganic arsenic, microplastics, musk fragrances and UV-filters) in seafood from contaminated coastal areas in Europe and America so that collected data can be evaluated and interpreted at national and European level. Detailed data on contaminant concentrations in food and the environment are interpreted. Some articles address specific countries or provide a comparative analysis between different geographical areas. Taken as a whole, the results clearly identify contaminants of emerging concern and provide the necessary support to propose future monitoring schemes and legislation.

To access the special issue, click HERE.

For an overview of all of the publications produced within the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, click HERE.



MaCuMBA Project Final Event: Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe MaCuMBA project will host a joint industry conference and open science meeting in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016. The conference, entitled ‘The Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ will focus on the biotechnical applications of marine microbes.

MaCuMBA focuses on increasing the rate of isolation of marine microorganisms using novel high throughput techniques for improved isolation efficiency and cultivation of marine microorganisms and screening for bioactive compounds and biotechnological applications.

The effective transfer of novel research discoveries in the field of marine biotechnology can greatly improve Europe’s capacity to generate new commercial opportunities. This exciting event represents MaCuMBA’s contribution to exploring how the European marine biotech industry could benefit from the latest research results in the area. It will be a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities.

Target outputs of the MaCuMBA project that have potential industrial relevance will be presented and practical commercial development and applications of these outputs will be discussed.

‘The Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ should not be missed. The programme will feature: 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.
For more information about this event and to pre-register, please visit, or contact

For all the latest updates as the event approaches please visit our conference webpage. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.



First Sea Change Newsletter Now Available

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourAre you interested in Ocean Literacy? Do you want to know how you can protect our ocean? If so, make sure you don’t miss the first issue of the Sea Change newsletter which is now available to download from the project’s website:

Newsletter 1Sea Change is a three-year EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

The first issue of Sea Change Project News includes: an introduction to the Sea Change project; an interview with Sea Change project coordinator Jon Parr on the importance of creating a more Ocean Literate society and how the project intends to tackle the issue; an introduction to the concept of Ocean Literacy; Ocean Literacy in the news; some top tips for protecting the ocean; recent Sea Change events; and dates for your Ocean Literacy Diary.

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Understanding ARRAINA - Key Resources Now Available

ARRAINA logo smallThe activities and results of the ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project have been summarised in two new publicly available resources, namely, a project introductory video and a Key Achievements booklet.

The ARRAINA project is working towards the development of sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles, with reduced levels of fish meal and fish oil. It is also assessing the long term physiological consequences by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. It will therefore provide flexibility in the use of various ingredients in the formulation of feeds which are cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality.

The ARRAINA project is committed to stimulating the active involvement of SMEs in related RTD activities. The nine participating SMEs are fully dedicated to the development of aquaculture in the EU with keen interest in the results of the project. Their contribution to the elaboration of the project results will enable this knowledge to be more easily implemented and transferred to the industrial sector in a convincing manner.

As part of this approach, ARRAINA has developed tools which can be used to clearly explain what has been developed by the project so far. The ARRAINA Key Achievements booklet 2015 showcases examples of ARRAINA’s key outputs and provides detailed summaries of each, as well as introducing the project, its core functions, and its progress to date. The aim of this booklet is to communicate to the public how ARRAINA’s work is benefiting society as a whole including the research community and industry, as well as helping to achieve significant value creation in Europe.

Key AchievementsAn example of a key output generated by ARRAINA and described in the Key Achievements booklet is the optimised diets for improved survival, bone and body development of marine fish larvae. This study aimed to examine the effect of three protein sources: fish meal, squid meal and a mixture of vegetable protein concentrates, on gilthead sea bream larvae performance and digestive function. Another example of a novel output from ARRAINA focused on the human health aspect of adjusting ingredients in feed for farmed fish. ARRAINA examined the potential presence and prevalence of contaminants in fish fillets for human consumption as a result of exchanging marine ingredients with those from agriculture. Fortunately, the results so far are positive, showing no contamination from plant based ingredients in final products. The Key Achievements booklet highlights many more important and stimulating results from the ARRAINA project, of benefit and interest to many different stakeholders.

For a broader overview of the goals and objectives of the project, a simple and concise video was developed. This video highlights the challenges facing the European aquaculture sector in terms of sustainable sources of ingredients for fish feed, as well as the significant opportunity to expand in recognition of the projected future demand for fish for human consumption.

The ARRAINA Key Achievements booklet and video can both be downloaded from the promotional materials section of the project website.

To learn more about these two information resources, or about the ARRAINA project in general, please don’t hesitate to contact Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT (, task leader for dissemination & communication in ARRAINA.

For more information please visit the ARRAINA website at or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager, Heloise Simonson (



Sea for Society: Improving Human-Ocean Dynamics by Building a “Blue Society

SEAFORSOCIETY logoEU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the “Sea for Society” project and the "Blue Society" concept, which envisions a new governance model that aims to make the ocean an integral part of society. A set of recommendations have been established to further promote and implement a Blue Society, and stakeholders showed their support by signing the Blue Society Stakeholder’s Commitment advocating the transition towards a Blue Society.

Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP gathered policy-makers, the scientific community, youth and other stakeholders on 18 November to present the outcome of the Sea for Society project, along with a set of recommendations to enrich the concept of a Blue Society putting the ocean at the heart of decision-making moving forward. Sea for Society is an EU-funded three year mobilisation and mutual learning action plan, engaging citizens and stakeholders across Europe on societal issues related to the ocean.

The meeting highlighted the importance of our ocean as it provides a multitude of services including oxygen, food and raw materials, as well as being an important climate regulator. Manuel Cira (Nausicaá) explained that the project included consultations throughout Europe engaging over 500 stakeholders and young citizens in mobilisation activities which have reached 200,000 people. A Blue Society Expert Group was also established, which has analysed the outcomes of the consultation phase and developed recommendations for improved ocean governance and research. Francois Simard, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme, explained that “common responsibility, common heritage is the guiding principle of a blue society” providing the backdrop for the Blue Society goals.

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The need to increase education and outreach was underlined by all participants as awareness and more basic knowledge about the ocean is needed among the general public, industry and decision-makers. Participants called for the need to include Ocean Literacy in school curricula as well as the need to effectively communicate research results to decision-makers and promote behavioural changes.

Partnerships and collaboration were underlined as essential in order to achieve a new global ocean governance system. Puri Canals from MedPAN highlighted that they have been successful in identifying the gaps hindering organisations from working together and how to overcome them by “building trust and working in a systemic manner”. Participants called for more effective enforcement as well as integrated policies; they encouraged the creation or reinforcement of adapted mechanisms and dedicated agencies, to foster marine research and innovation and a better maritime governance, at regional, national and European level.

It was pointed out that the EU should be at the forefront of creating a Blue Society and must put more emphasis on the contribution of natural capital, economic deterrents and cross-sectoral collaboration across policy sectors. The Sea for Society project also involved youth groups in its activities, which took part in the discussion through a representative, who underlined that youth groups “want a system of governance which respects the imperative needs of human society and our planet, a system which encompasses the Blue Society”. The presence of the youth in the project was widely acknowledged and esteemed by the other speakers.

The need to recognise the role of the ocean at COP21 was stressed as it is not given its due importance. Francis Vallat, European Network of Maritime Clusters, emphasised that “politicians and scientists must acknowledge at a global level the ocean's pivotal role as the most important climate regulator in the world”.

The meeting was concluded by the signing of the Blue Society Stakeholder’s Commitment, which was signed by organisations from across Europe supporting the vision of a Blue Society and the need to continue to work in dialogue and partnership to improve human-ocean dynamics globally.

For more information, see, or contact Paolo Mattana (EBCD), Secretariat of the Intergroup, 



Communications Officer Vacancy with AquaTT

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Position: Communications Officer
Type: Full-time 18 month contract (initial 6 month probation), available immediately
Location: AquaTT’s Dublin city centre office

With 23 years of experience, AquaTT has proven itself as an expert at managing European scientific projects, with a strategic focus on knowledge management and transfer, communication, dissemination and training. Over the past five years AquaTT has demonstrated a track record in successfully pursuing, acquiring and managing a significant amount of grants (27 European Commission (EC)-funded projects across the 7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, Interreg and Lifelong Learning Programmes), enabling it to build a knowledge-based organisation with key networks among national and European stakeholders. As a result, AquaTT has become one of the most successful organisations in Ireland in securing EC funding.

Across its vast network, AquaTT collaborates with more than 250 institutions in more than 40 countries. Research domains in which it currently operates include: Marine, Environment, Water, Health, Climate Change, Energy and Food. Through numerous projects, AquaTT works with Europe’s top researchers for the entirety of each project’s life cycle, from project conception right through to delivery, to ensure positive societal impact.

AquaTT has built an experienced and multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds and now we have an opening for an individual that is passionate about science and able to communicate its merits to different audiences. The successful candidate will have excellent writing skills, strong website management and social media experience, and will be able to generate new innovative ideas and content.

The Communications Officer will assist in the development and implementation of AquaTT’s internal and external communications strategies and delivery of roles in EC-funded scientific projects. The Communications Officer will play an integral role in disseminating the results and significance of EC funded scientific projects to a diverse range of audiences and partners. This will include maintaining key communication channels as well as generating and editing content across all of AquaTT's activities.

For more information, click HERE.



Student Corner

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

ARRAINA logo smallARRAINA 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), from 13-15 January 2016.

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
  • Utilisation of effective indicators to predict fish performance, fish welfare and health fillet quality and environmental impacts
  • Micronutrients relevance
  • Broodstock nutrition and larval development

Target group:

The course is directed toward professionals from the industry and students from research institutions and universities related to fish farming and feed production. To view the agenda and further details, please click here.

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 Ms Geertje Schlaman (
CIHEAM (Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes)) 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. Once registered, you will receive details about location, payment, programme and participants list. The host organisation will assist in organising accommodation for all participants. Please contact Ms Natalia Carqué (

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

For more information on ARRAINA, see:



Registration is Open for Mares Conference 2016 Training Workshops

The registration for the Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation 2016 training workshops is now open at:

The Mares Conference 2016 will commence with two days of MARES Consortium/EuroMarine Network training workshops on 1-2 February 2016.
The courses are aimed at students, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and researchers. Workshops include:

Effective Outreach Workshops:
• Presentation skills
• Media skills for researchers
• Advantages of Open Science to research career
• Dos and don’ts in manuscript submission and review: An editor’s perspective

Research Tools Workshops:
• Are You Ready for R
• Non Statistics in R
• Scientific Illustration
• Dredging and the Environment

For more information, see:



FREE IMarEST Student Membership

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) are now offering FREE membership for all students for the duration of their studies.
The benefits of student membership include access to:

  • Marine Technical Notes
  • The Marine Professional Magazine
  • Awards, scholarships and intern programmes
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • NEXUS – an online working environment for members only
  • Use of post nominal ‘SIMarEST’
  • The Virtual Library-access to thousands of academic journals, trade magazines, market reports, news, eBooks.
  • e-Marine-bimonthly industry newsletter
  • 25% off selected books
  • Regular networking opportunities through your local branch

For more information and details of how to join, see:


Other News

WATCH: European AquaSpace Project Introduction

This video introduces the European AquaSpace project, with interviews from the kick-off meeting in Oban this year. The central goal of the AquaSpace project is to provide increased space for high water quality for aquaculture by adopting the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture (EAA) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to deliver food security and increased employment opportunities through economic growth.

For more information on the AquaSpace Project, see:



Ministers Agree on Fishing Catch Limits for 2016

EU ministers have reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2016 in the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, following discussions at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 14 and 15 December. 

For more information, click HERE



World's Largest Commercial Tidal Power Installation

Dutch designers and producers have installed five tidal turbines in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (Oosterschelde barrier) to generate clean energy. This installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.

For more information, click HERE



The Ocean is Contaminated by Trillions More Pieces of Plastic Than Previously Thought

Somewhere between 15 trillion and 51 trillion pieces of plastic litters the ocean, a new study has found. That’s three to 10 times more plastic than scientists had previously estimated.

For more information, click HERE.


 PiscesTT Jobs

pisces-logo-blue Sept 2007If 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: Communications Officer (18 Month Contract) (Ireland) 

Position: Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Marine Numerical Ecology (United Kingdom)



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