AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 2 2016

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24 January 2020
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Bridging the Gap Between Food Safety Research and Policy

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoInternational experts provided valuable insights on how to bridge food safety information gaps and improve communication between decision makers and consumers at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 21 January 2016.

The workshop, entitled “Science supporting policy for the safety of European seafood”, was held as part of the EU FP7-funded project ECsafeSEAFOOD, which 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.

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Results from the project will inform policy makers about the need for and requirements of seafood regulatory and monitoring programmes for these contaminants of emerging concern. The consultation workshop gave insight into steps that ECsafeSEAFOOD can take to ensure its results contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), specifically in relation to addressing the issues of contaminants in fish and seafood for human consumption and marine litter.

ECsafeSEAFOOD coordinator Dr António Marques from Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) said: “The workshop was extremely productive, as the audience was deeply involved in the development of policy for food safety and very interested in the project results. Meeting the different policy makers in person will certainly foster closer bonds between policy makers and project researchers, which are critical to ensure the successful accomplishment of the project objectives and to ensure that consumers have a higher confidence in seafood consumption.”

Policy makers advised on how relevant projects and initiatives could collaborate and link up to provide coherent information on seafood safety issues. They also made suggestions on how to optimise ECsafeSEAFOOD outreach tools and communication strategies to ensure uptake and exploitation of the valuable seafood safety information coming from the project. One such resource is an interactive online tool which consumers will be able to use to assess the benefits and risks associated with their seafood consumption.

Assessment of the ECsafeSEAFOOD online tool’s functionality was also a key focus of the seventh ECsafeSEAFOOD general assembly which took place in Porto, Portugal, from 3-4 February 2016. The meeting was attended by members of the ECsafeSEAFOOD consortium, comprising 17 partner organisations from nine countries, and by experts from the international advisory committees. The advisory committee experts reviewed the project’s progress and provided advice on how to improve the project and overcome any issues.

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Dr Marques said: “The meeting involved constructive discussions to optimise resources available in the final year of the project. Participation by members of the external industrial and scientific advisory committees was extremely positive and strongly enriched the discussion with the integration of external visions.”

Plans are underway for the organisation of a final project conference which will bring policy makers, seafood industry representatives and consumer organisations together to discuss strategies to optimise seafood safety. Details of the event will be released at in the coming months. The next consortium meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland, in June 2016.



COLUMBUS Insights - Knowledge Transfer to Impact

EAB logoFrom 1-3 March 2016, 60 participants representing 38 organisations and 11 countries converged in Brussels, Belgium for the EU H2020 COLUMBUS project’s first External Advisory Board Meeting, first Annual Conference and third Partner Meeting. 

Representing the EC’s most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date, COLUMBUS intends to capitalise on the EC’s much larger expenditure on marine and maritime research; by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end users, policy, industry, science and wider society.

COLUMBUS PosterComing together for the first time, the External Advisory Board spent a productive afternoon in lively discussion about how their vocational responsibilities, expertise and experience might best be utilised to contribute to COLUMBUS achieving its objectives, and imprint legacy on Blue Growth and Knowledge Transfer methodologies.

Opened by Dr Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Ms Sigi Gruber (Head of Marine Unit for DG Research and Innovation), COLUMBUS’ first Annual Conference was equally vibrant. All those in attendance, including representatives from each partner organisation, explored external Knowledge Transfer initiatives to draw lessons within the marine and maritime sector which could inform and improve COLUMBUS’ five-step knowledge transfer methodology. The afternoon’s enthusiastic and participatory expert panel discussions looked at the increasingly important areas of defining impact from EU funded research and how to achieve it through Knowledge Transfer.

On the final day of meetings, the COLUMBUS consortium met for a partner meeting, to review the first twelve months of the project and to plan for the next year. With nine full-time Knowledge Fellows in place and having already collected over 500 Knowledge Outputs, COLUMBUS is well on its way towards ensuring measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the time frame of the project.

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please visit or contact its Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: or tel: 0035316449008)



Revealing the Secrets of Marine Microbes: Exciting Results from the MaCuMBA Project

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOHuge successes in the isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms have been made by the EU-funded MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project, which aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. 

MaCuMBA coordinator Prof Lucas Stal (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)), said: “MaCuMBA aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats by applying innovative methods and using automated high-throughput procedures. As the project enters its final year, a variety of exciting and novel results are consistently emerging, including the discovery of new taxa and species.”

For example, MaCuMBA researchers from the University of Western Brittany (UBO) in Brest, France, have isolated 11 new genera of alpha- and gammaproteobacteria and six other genera using anaerobic cultivation techniques. These novel strains are potentially highly significant, as proteobacteria as a class contain many strains which are of medical, ecological, and scientific importance. Almost 200 new species of fungi have also been isolated from the deep sub-seafloor by UBO.

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“Historically, marine fungi have been a neglected group amongst microbiological researchers and these intriguing new discoveries will significantly contribute to existing knowledge of these fascinating microorganisms,” explained Prof Stal.

MaCuMBA researchers at the University of Warwick (UW) have discovered that while the marine cyanobacterium (bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis) Synechococcus sp. entered the death phase after five to six weeks in pure culture, when it was co-cultivated with the marine heterotrophic bacterium (bacteria which require organic compounds for nourishment) Rugeria sp., cells of both genera remained in stationary phase (with equal growth and death rates) and viable up to six months.

Prof Stal said: “The MaCuMBA consortium has abandoned the old paradigm in microbiology that microorganisms can only be studied in pure single strain cultures. In nature, organisms do not live alone, but in close association with other species, with which they cooperate or compete by communicating, and exchange growth factors.”

Many of the microorganisms isolated and cultivated through MaCuMBA are exhibiting properties with potential positive human health impacts, and could be useful in the treatment of a variety of conditions. Transfer to industry partners continues in earnest in this final year in order to allow for high throughput screening of strains and scale up; which are the first steps toward clinical trials and potential medical applications.

The latest results of the project were presented at MaCuMBA’s third General Assembly, which was held in Reykjavík, Iceland, from the 21-25 September 2015. Representatives of the project’s 22 partner organisations attended the Assembly at the Icelandic Marine Research Institute. The meeting involved scientific presentations, workshops and two days of sampling in the Icelandic waters, facilitated by project partner Matís.

The key outcomes of MaCuMBA will be presented at its Final International Industry event entitled ‘The Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation’, which will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 27-30 June 2016. This conference will bring the industrial and scientific worlds together, with a strong focus on the biotechnical application of marine microbes. Registration for this exciting event is available here

For more information about MaCuMBA, please visit: For the latest news from MaCuMBA you can also follow the project on Twitter ( and like its Facebook page (



Marine Microbiome Open Science Conference Programme Now Online

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGODetails of the programme for the Open Science Conference portion of ‘The Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ have just been announced and are available online here. The Conference will take place in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016.

The programme will feature exciting sessions hosted by experts in their respective fields on diverse topics such as: The diversity of the oceanic microbiome, novel (meta)genomic approaches in marine microbiology, marine systems microbial ecology, and novel cultivation approaches of marine microbes.

Programme BoxThis exciting event represents MaCuMBA’s contribution to exploring how the European marine biotech industry could benefit from the latest research results in the area. MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) is an EU-funded project which aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. The event will be a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities.

‘The Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ should not be missed and registration is now open. For more information about this event contact

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

For more information on the MaCuMBA project, see:



Think Big, Think Ocean Ideas Contest Now Open

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourHave you got a creative, innovative idea for how to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the ocean? If so, you should enter the Sea Change project’s Think Big, Think Ocean ideas contest.

Sea Change is an EU funded project which aims to bring about a fundamental change in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by developing “Ocean Literacy” (an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean) in Europe to foster responsible behaviour towards the seas and ocean and their resources.

To increase Ocean Literacy in Europe, the Sea Change project is looking for innovative concepts for events, campaigns or any other activities that could help to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the ocean. To enter, simply make a video to illustrate your creative, innovative idea and submit it online at Your idea will be in with a chance of becoming a reality and you could also win one of seven unique experiences, including ‘behind the scenes’ days at aquaria and science centres across Europe, or an exciting chance to experience a day in the life of a marine scientist. The winning entry will also be in with a chance to win a GoPro Hero Silver camera. The closing date for entries is 31 March 2016. The winning entries will be chosen based on public vote as well as the innovation, feasibility and potential impact of the idea.

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Dr Jan Seys, head of communication at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and lead organiser of the competition, said: “In order to make a leap forward in terms of increasing the public’s ocean awareness, we need input from citizens, young and old. Only with their innovative ideas on how to shape the world in a more ocean friendly way, we will be able to bridge the gap between what people know and appreciate about the ocean and what experts think they should know and feel responsible for.”

Inspiration for ideas can be found everywhere. The ocean and seas play an important role in our everyday life. Every second breath you take connects you with the ocean because half of the world’s oxygen comes from the sea. The sea connects people, goods and ideas around the world. It is a place for relaxation, recreation and employment. The ocean also regulates our climate by transferring heat across the globe. It is a source of freshwater, food and medicine. 

For more information on the Think Big, Think Ocean video contest, see #ThinkOcean, follow the project on Twitter (, like the project on Facebook ( or see:

For more information on the Sea Change project, visit:

For queries related to the Think Big, Think Ocean contest, please contact: Mieke Sterken ( or Jan Seys (



Sea Change Launch Marine Coding Challenge for Young People

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourCoder Dojo enthusiasts are invited to design a game as part of the European project Sea Change which aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea.

The exciting challenge for members of Coder Dojos in Galway City and County, aged between 7 and 18 years was launched on Saturday 27 February at NUI Galway, Ireland. The CoderDojo ‘Future Ocean’ Challenge will also be launched in Lund, Sweden on 14 March 2016.

Entrants from individuals or teams with up to a maximum of four members are invited to submit games on the theme of Ocean Literacy, creating a deeper understanding of how our health depends on the health of our seas and ocean. The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts and judged on ‘best concept’ and ‘ease of use’.

Poster imageTeams and individuals who enter the competition will be able to call on the services of a ‘game designer’ as a mentor and sounding board to help them develop their games. The winning project will be included in an eBook about cold-water corals that will be presented as a teaching resource to secondary schools, and the winners will also receive a cash prize of €500. The best junior project will receive €300.

Dr Veronica McCauley from the School of Education at NUI Galway and organiser of the event said: “Coding is now an optional subject on the Junior Cycle Curriculum and junior coding languages such as ‘Scratch’ offer tremendous opportunities for children to be creative while learning the basics of coding. The challenge here is to use the fun and popularity of designing and playing technology games while enjoying digital stories to raise awareness of marine issues, and to ensure healthy oceans and seas in the future, for ourselves, for the animals that live in them, and ultimately for the planet.”

At the event launch, Dr Anthony Grehan from Earth and Ocean Sciences at the School of Natural Sciences in NUI Galway, provided ideas for project development and give a talk about why we need to protect cold-water coral reefs. Dr Grehan was joined by Dr Amy Lusher who recently completed her PhD at GMIT, who provided an update about her work on the hunt for micro-plastics in the oceans, and Gavin Duffy, Director of Galway based RealSIM Ltd., who spoke about the company’s work on the Titanic Belfast Ocean Exploration project, and current work on the East Coast and Cork Harbour, which aims to apply innovative 3D technologies to marine environmental exploration. All presentations given at the launch event will be made available on the Sea Change website.

For registration and competition details, click HERE

Registration for the competition closes on Saturday 9 April and is open to Coder Dojos in Galway City and County (Ireland) and in Lund (Sweden).

For further information, contact Dr Veronica McCauley, School of Education at NUI Galway on or

For  Sea Change press queries, please contact the project Communications Officer: Tanja Calis, AquaTT (email: Tel: +353 1 644 9008)



Myfish – Working Towards Successful European Fisheries Management

Myfish ICES Symposium LogoBest quality scientific approaches to fisheries management advice and implementation under potentially conflicting objectives were the main topic of the final Myfish symposium held in Athens (Greece) from 27-31 October 2015.

The event, held under the auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), brought together experts from across the world to discuss targets and limits for successful long term fisheries management. 

Effective and successful fisheries management that guarantees sustainable fisheries in the long term is of global interest. Europe’s tool for managing fisheries is the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which is based on the principle of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY). MSY refers to the largest average catch that can be captured from a fish stock under existing environmental conditions. Currently, challenges remain for successful fisheries management based on the MSY concept, especially when the underlying biological situations are complex, such as in multi-species fisheries. The ICES/Myfish symposium offered an excellent opportunity for fisheries stakeholders to exchange experiences and generate new high-level ideas to bring this important area forward.

Myfish is an EU Seventh Framework Programme project, which involves 31 partners from 12 EU countries working around the concept of MSY for fisheries management. The project, running from March 2012 until February 2016, concentrates on the five main areas for European fisheries: the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, western waters (Celtic Sea, Irish Sea, Bay of Biscay and Iberian Sea) and widely ranging fish (encompassing the pan-regional Regional Advisory Councils (RACs), Pelagic RAC, long distance RAC, and regional fisheries management organisations). The results of the project include highly informative “Decision Support Tables”, which are user-friendly guides to help fisheries stakeholders with making decisions on how much fish can be caught considering economic, ecosystem and social aspects.

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The ICES/Myfish symposium brought together more than 70 high-level experts from 12 European countries, Canada, the USA, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. While each of those countries uses a specific legal framework for fisheries management, lessons can be learned by comparing management systems used around the globe. At the symposium, successful case studies from the different geographical areas were presented and discussed to assess possible future implementation in European fisheries management.

In addition to presentations and discussions of Myfish’s results so far, several interactive round tables were organised, which literally brought the different fisheries stakeholders together around the table to discuss important questions. The symposium participants all agreed that for successful fisheries management, all stakeholders should be included in the discussions from the very beginning.

More information about and results from the Myfish project can be found on the project website ( Myfish concluded with a policy information meeting on 25 February 2016 in Brussels (Belgium), where project outputs were communicated to relevant European policy makers.

For more information about the ICES/Myfish symposium, please visit: 

For press queries please contact the Myfish project coordinator Anna Rindorf (email:



First AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access Now Open: Fully EC-Funded Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures

AQUAEXCEL2020 COLThe first AQUAEXCEL2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 11 March 2016.

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. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

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

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project.

For more information, visit: 



 Find out about COMMON SENSE at Oceanology International 2016

COMMON SENSE Logo RGBThe COMMON SENSE project, which is developing prototypes for innovative marine sensing technologies, will be presented at Oceanology International, the world’s leading marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference which is taking place from 15-17 March 2016 in Excel, London, England.

COMMON SENSE is an EU-funded FP7 project which directly responds to the need for integrated and effective data acquisition systems by developing innovative sensors that will contribute to our understanding of how the marine environment functions. These in situ next generation marine monitoring sensors will increase the availability of standardised data on eutrophication, concentrations of heavy metals, microplastics, underwater noise and other parameters.

Highly anticipated among the sensors in development is a fully functioning unit of the innovative Microplastics Sensor which will be available in early 2017. Currently two components of the sensor (the Microplastics Analyser and MISS System) are in advanced stages of testing and validation. These will be demonstrated at the Oceans of Tomorrow’ event hosted by the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) where key information regarding their design and functionality will be presented. The COMMON SENSE partners will also take part in workshops and poster presentations as part of the conference .

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Members of the COMMON SENSE team will be available to meet and greet visitors throughout the event at stand A315. They will also have interactive demonstrations featuring their state of the art sensors including a Mini-Seawater Sampling System. If you are visiting the exhibition, the team invites you to call by and learn more about the exciting work of the COMMON SENSE project and the future of marine monitoring.

For more information, see:

For the latest news from COMMON SENSE you can also follow the project on Twitter (



SeaofSkills Consortium Discuss Development of New Fishers’ Training Resources

SeaofSkills logo1 resizedThe partners of the EU-funded SeaofSkills project converged in Malta for its Second Transnational Project Meeting from 24-25 February 2016.

The SeaofSkills project is working on developing education and training material for small-scale fishers. The aim is to reinforce the quality and attractiveness of fishers’ training, while addressing existing needs and requirements within the fisheries and the vocational education and training sectors.

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The objective of this meeting was to review the progress achieved so far and present the upcoming project activities and commitments. The SeaofSkills consortium discussed important project activities such as the development of new fishers’ training material based on identified needs in three partner countries: Greece, Turkey and Malta. In addition, the project was presented to representatives of the Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights who stressed the importance of projects like SeaofSkills.

For further information about SeaofSkills, please visit


Student Corner

International Summer School 2016 - Fisheries and Protection of Waters

The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (FFPW USB) are holding an International Summer School 2016 which will be held in the Czech Republic from 27 June – 22 July 2016.

The four-week summer school includes many excursions and lectures, but mostly work on a small research projects under the guidance of experienced researchers in well-equipped faculty laboratories. The FFPW USB provides free full board accommodation to all participants.

Deadline for registratons: 31 March 2016

For more information (exact dates, registration, contacts, etc.), click HERE



Summer School - Aquatic & Social Ecology: Theory and Practice

The summer school on Aquatic & Social Ecology: Theory and Practice will take place from 9 - 22 July 2016 on the Samothraki Island, Greece.

The course is designed for Masters and PhD students who will learn and apply aquatic ecology and social ecology approaches in a local setting while supporting current research and building synergy with the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve process. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a real-life project and utilise their scientific training to support the process further, namely the creation of a management plan with a set of activities towards sustainability, and a science plan for further research on the island that would also meet local interests.

For more information, click HERE



Course: Fisheries Governance for Food Security

Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation will hold a course on Fisheries Governance for Food Security in the Netherlands from 17 October – 4 November 2016.

The three-week course is designed for people with an academic degree (BSc or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to fisheries management and governance and at least three years of relevant professional experience. Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • know the potential of fisheries for food and nutrition security and challenges undermining this
  • understand fisheries governance concepts and explore ways to strengthen them
  • understand the importance of stakeholder engagement in governance

Deadline for application: 5 September 2016

For more information, click HERE.  



(Zebra)Fish Immunology Workshop

This fish workshop will be held from 24-28 April 2016 at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. 

The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with advanced knowledge, both theoretical and practical, on the immune system of (zebra)fish. The workshop will facilitate discussions on the latest insights in the evolution of the immune system and, in particular, the use of zebrafish as animal model.

The workshop welcomes academic and company researchers as well as management staff in the aquaculture industry.

For more information, click HERE



DEVOTES-EuroMarine Summer School

The DEVOTES - EuroMarine summer school will be held from 6-9 June 2016 (coinciding with the week of the Oceans’ Day on 8 June), at Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain). 

The theme for this summer school is marine ecosystem services and the links between their assessment, mapping and the need for a socio-ecological framework to address the important management issues related to the governance of the oceans. 

For more information, click HERE



Call for the Kostas Nittis Medal Now Open

In 2015, EuroGOOS established the Kostas Nittis Medal in the memory of EuroGOOS Secretary General and strategic leader Dr. Kostas Nittis (1964-2014). The Kostas Nittis Medal is accompanied by a €3,000 grant and awarded to a young marine professional with the aim to support the participation of young researchers and marine professionals in relevant conferences and events.

The call is open to marine researchers or professionals according to the following criteria:

  • Candidate must be younger than 35 years old
  • Candidate will have made a significant contribution to operational oceanography (technology, research, software, product/service) 
  • Candidate nominations must come from the current EuroGOOS members
  • Deadline for nominations: 15 March 2016

For more information, click HERE.



Summer Course: Marine Ecological & Environmental Genomics

The 12th summer course on Marine Ecological & Environmental Genomics will take place at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, France from 13-24  June 2016.

The course, which consists of lectures, tutorials and computer-based exercises, aims to highlight the crucial role of marine genomics for the understanding of the marine environment and for a sustainable use of its resources. It will give insight into population, environmental, biodiversity, comparative, evolutionary and functional genomics through lectures, case studies and computer labs. Advanced PhD students and junior post-docs are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for application is 31 March 2016.

More information and the application form are available HERE


Other News

Plankton as a Biological Sensor for Climate Change

By studying the impact of climate change on some of the ocean's smallest organisms, EU-funded researchers have identified trends that could have profound implications for the health of marine ecosystems and the global environment.

For more information, click HERE



Coastal Climate Change: Volunteers Needed

Marine experts are hoping to train up over 3,000 citizen scientists across the UK in order to help measure the ecological impacts of this winter’s severe storms.

For more information, click HERE



Outcome of EuroMarine 2015 Call

Out of 34 proposals submitted to EuroMarine 2015 requesting funding for foresight workshops, working group meetings, capacity building and training activities, and miscellaneous activities, 18 were funded (53% success rate). Funding will directly benefit Member Organisations that manage, co-organise or have a key participant involved in the activities in 15 countries.

For more information, click HERE.



We Have Been Hugely Underestimating ‪Overfishing‬‬‬‬ of the ‪Ocean‬‬‬‬

The state of the world’s fish stocks may be in worse shape than official reports indicate, according to new data. To help alleviate the negative consequences of this trend, the researchers suggest a need for improved monitoring of all fisheries, including often neglected small-scale fisheries, and illegal and other problematic fisheries, as well as discarded bycatch.

For more information, click HERE



Testing the Waters – New Fisheries Management Method Under Spotlight

Will a credit system be able to influence fishers’ behaviour and make them avoid fishing in vulnerable areas?

To find out more, click HERE



New Sensors Promise Better Picture of World Ocean Health

Marine scientists are developing new sensors they plan to deploy in a global monitoring system to better observe changes occurring in the world’s oceans. The goal is to have the new global monitoring system in place by 2030.

For more information, click HERE.



EurOcean Mário Ruivo Prize - Deadline Approaching!

The Professor Mário Ruivo Prize will be awarded to a team of young people, aged 11-16 years old, for an original project on the theme: “Your Ocean, Your Future”.

The contest invites school-age children from throughout Europe to present a proposal for a study, experiment or project that supports the Blue Society Principles

Registration deadline: 31 March 2016

For more information, click HERE.



Health Management in Aquaculture

Learn about new concepts in aquatic disease prevention and curative techniques and sustainable strategies to handle aquatic health issues, in industry and research.

Join this international intensive three-month programme (from September - December 2016) which will include a combination of lectures, case studies, peer-to-peer teaching, wet lab experience and study visits!

For more information, click HERE.



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