AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 6 2016

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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.



New desalination project strives to tackle global drinking water challenge

Over the next four years the new European Commission-funded REvivED water pilot project will contribute to addressing the world’s drinking water challenge by establishing electrodialysis as the preferred process for desalination of seawater, in order to provide a source of safe, affordable, and cost-competitive drinking water.

The balance between drinking water demand and water availability has reached a critical level in many regions of the world. Factors such as climate change are causing more frequent and severe droughts which exacerbate these adverse conditions. With seawater making up 97.5% of the world’s water resources, low energy desalination solutions will be crucial in providing sufficient levels of good quality drinking water for a growing global population.

Electrodialysis (ED) refers to movement of ions from one solution to another via a semi permeable membrane, while applying an electric potential. REvivED water, with a budget of €9.8 million, will focus on several different applications:

  • Off-grid brackish water ED desalination in developing countries
  • ED-based tap-water softening in Europe
  • Industrial scale seawater ED desalination
  • Industrial scale seawater desalination based on integration of ED with RED (Reverse ED) to reduce the energy consumption
  • Industrial scale seawater reverse osmosis desalination combined with ED/RED for initial market introduction

Pilot testing will take place in real environments to demonstrate achievements regarding energy consumption, water quality and cost price, among others.

This ambitious project was officially launched on 1 May 2016 and is due to run until April 2020. Representatives from all 10 European partner organisations met at the project kick-off meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 8–9 June 2016 to discuss activities to be undertaken during the project’s lifetime.

The REvivED water website will be coming soon at

For REvivED water project information, please contact: Dr. Natalie Tiggelman, Project Coordinator (,

For press queries or to receive regular project updates, please contact: Alberto Vallejo, AquaTT Project Officer (, or Miriam Balaban, European Desalination Society (EDS) (


REvivED water project partners at the kick-off meeting in Brussels in June 2016.


ECsafeSEAFOOD Final Event: Seafood Safety – New Findings & Innovation Challenges 

The EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project will host a stakeholder event and open science meeting at the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Art in Brussels, Belgium, from 25-26 January 2017. The conference, entitled ‘Seafood Safety: New Findings & Innovation Challenges’ is a unique event that marks the end of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project which has assessed food safety issues related to non-regulated contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluated their impact on public health.

Seafood has been recognised as a high-quality, healthy and safe food type and is one of the most important food commodities consumed worldwide. However, seafood, like other types of food, can also be a source of harmful environmental contaminants with potential to impact on human health. To address these issues, ECsafeSEAFOOD provides scientific evidence to serve as a basis for further development of seafood safety, public health and environmental policies and measures, by seeking to establish a quantitative link between the contamination of the marine environment and that of seafood.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge on seafood safety, identify the key issues associated with seafood safety in Europe and discuss strategies to mitigate these risks, debate seafood safety risks and challenges, and network with food safety experts.

A diverse set of topics will be discussed during Seafood Safety – New Findings & Innovation Challenges, including: consumer concerns and needs; marine toxins in seafood and the environment; toxicity and modelling of seafood contaminants; rapid detection tools for environmental contaminants; quality assurance of seafood monitoring data; the future of seafood safety; communication outreach and education.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, please visit, or contact

Deadline for registration: 15 January 2017 (early bird until 25 November 2016).

Abstract submission deadline: 15 October 2016.

Download the Seafood Safety – New Findings & Innovation Challenges flyer.

For all the latest updates as the event approaches please visit our conference webpage and follow us on Twitter (@ECsafeSEAFOOD). 



Learn about Fish Feed Nutrition with ARRAINA at Aquaculture Europe 2016

The theme of this year’s Aquaculture Europe 2016 (AE2016) is “Food for thought” and means something to think about, something to be seriously considered and something that provides mental stimulation and nourishment. Following on from the successful ARRAINA sessions at both Aquaculture Europe 2014 and 2015 in San Sebastian, Spain, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, respectively, the project's partners will return this year to Edinburgh, Scotland, and highlight the significant and impressive results surrounding the nutritional aspects of aquaculture feed generated by the EC funded project.

The Aquaculture Europe events are all about communication with the sector. AE2016 will feature a special international trade exhibition, where Scottish and international companies will present their latest products and services.

ARRAINA’S key objective aimed to improve the use of sustainable vegetable products in the formulation of cost-efficient, environmentally friendly fish feeds that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality. Examples of ARRAINA outputs to be presented include the results of a study examining 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. The potential presence and prevalence of contaminants in fish fillets for human consumption as a result of exchanging marine ingredients with those from agriculture will also be explored.

If you are planning on attending AE2016, please drop into the ARRAINA session and learn more about the progressive efforts being made in nutrition and quality of Aquaculture feeds. Also, please make sure to call to the AquaTT stand (#19) where you can meet Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, senior project manager, who will gladly talk about the significant advances made by ARRAINA and provide you with relevant project material.

Aquaculture Europe 2016 takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland 20-23 September 2016. For more information, please view the conference brochure.

Found out more about ARRAINA at  



Biggest Ever Assessment of Atlantic Deep-Sea Ecosystems Gets Underway

The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding programme is supporting the largest and most ambitious assessment of deep-sea Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken through the €9 million ATLAS (A trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-sea ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe) project, which kicked-off on 13-15 June 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The launch of ATLAS marks the beginning of an exciting series of expeditions involving at least 25 research cruises and hundreds of scientists from 10 European countries, the USA and Canada, working collaboratively to explore the depths of the Atlantic Ocean over the next four years.

ATLAS Project Coordinator Professor J. Murray Roberts, from Heriot-Watt University, said: “The north Atlantic was the birthplace of deep-sea biology and the cradle of oceanography. It’s the place we should know best, but it’s only over the last 20 years that we’ve uncovered just how varied and vulnerable the Atlantic’s deep-sea habitats really are.”

ATLAS will strive to improve our understanding of the complexity of deep-sea ecosystems and to predict future shifts and vulnerabilities of these ecosystems and their associated species, including those that are new to science. To do this requires a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and an integrated approach to tackling the problem. Alongside traditional approaches, ATLAS scientists will explore modern molecular techniques, such as environmental DNA (eDNA) sequencing, to search water and sediment samples for known and undiscovered deep-sea species.

As well as carrying out pioneering research and discovery, a major goal of ATLAS is to develop a scientific knowledge base that can inform the development of appropriate international policies to ensure deep-sea Atlantic resources are managed effectively. This will contribute to the European Commission’s long-term “Blue Growth” strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. The “blue” economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year for Europe.

ATLAS also intends to carry out outreach activities to raise awareness of the importance and vulnerability of the Atlantic ecosystem and the impact humans are having on the ocean environment. This will contribute to a major international effort for “Ocean Literacy” to make all European citizens aware of the importance of the oceans on everyday life on Earth and what actions they can take to help protect them. Activities will include the development of deep sea education material, a travelling road show and a new interactive exhibition on the ocean at Dynamic Earth, a science centre in Edinburgh which receives over 220,000 visitors per year.

ATLAS is already catching the media and public’s imagination and was covered on BBC One Breakfast TV on 17 June 2016. You can watch this news report here.  

For more information, please visit: Twitter: @atlas_eu

Contact us:

Project coordination: Prof. J. Murray Roberts (;
Communication: Dr. Claudia Junge (


Members of the ATLAS consortium at the project’s kick-off meeting in Edinburgh in June 2016.


On World Oceans Day, AquaTT is Riding the Wave for Change!

On 8 June, World Oceans Day, the AquaTT team, along with millions of ocean enthusiasts around the world, took the Wave for Change challenge and recorded a video of the team doing the wave. Each team member was also photographed with their pledge for ocean action.

To view the video, click here

AquaTT staff celebrating World Oceans Day



AquaTT Attendance at Aquaculture Europe 2016

Aquaculture Europe 2016 (AE2016) will take place on 20-23 September 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Scotland. With the theme ‘Food for Thought’, AE2016 will present the latest science to support further development of the aquaculture sector and will include industry panels to discuss key opportunities and identify areas to encourage further sustainable growth in aquaculture. AE2016 is organised by the European Aquaculture Society with the cooperation and support of Marine Scotland and The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

AquaTT will have a stand at the international trade exhibition, promoting its EU funded projects which focus on the management of natural resources and the role, contribution and importance of aquaculture to society through the provision of high quality, nutritious and healthy food. As AquaTT’s experience and expertise is strongly rooted in the area of knowledge management, we are eagerly looking forward to attending AE2016. As in previous years, AquaTT will also be co-organising (together with Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd) the Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture, awarding the best student poster at AE2016. The award consists of a certificate and a new iPad Mini. AquaTT has booth number 19 at AE2016 and you are all very welcome to come visit us.

For more information on AquaTT:

For more information on AE2016, click here


Student Corner

Win an iPad Mini at Aquaculture Europe 2016! Lindsay Laird 2016 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 iPad mini.

Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the annual EAS conference in Edinburgh, Scotland from 20 - 23 September 2016 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!


Ghent University Blue Growth Summer School

Ghent University is organising a two-week Blue Growth Summer School in GreenBridge, Ostend, Belgium, from 12 - 23 September 2016. The course will combine science, business development modules, interactive and hands-on sessions with excursions and socio-cultural activities. Themes tackled include blue energy, aquaculture, coastal engineering, marine ecosystems and societal benefits, multi-use platforms and marine spatial planning. Target audience are master students with different backgrounds passionate to explore the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society.

Inscription fee: €350 for a single week and €500 for two weeks with a maximum travel allowance set at €250.

Credits: a total of 6 credits can be gained for completion of the entire course.

For more information, click here


GLOBAQUA Course on Stable Isotopes 

This course organised by the Jožef Stefan Institute within the framework of the GLOBAQUA project, will take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 10-13 October 2016. It will introduce the basic principles behind isotopic and chemical tracer modelling. Of all the methods used to model hydrological processes in small watersheds, tracers (isotopic and chemical) have provided the best new insights into the age, origin and pathway of water movement. Course organisers intend to organise sampling at two locations on the Sava River in Slovenia and provide training with sample preparation and the use of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS).

The training course is designed for researchers (master, doctoral and postdoctoral level) and other scientists interested in the use of stable isotopes and other tracers in hydrological studies.

For further enquiries please contact Nives Ogrinc (



Open Call: Science@Sea 2016 Shipboard Training Courses

Science@Sea courses in multidisciplinary marine science will take place from Monday 26 - 29 September in Cork Harbour (Ireland). These intensive two-day CPD courses aboard the RV Celtic Voyager are aimed at postgraduate and graduate students of marine-related sciences, technologies and engineering, as well as researchers, industry professionals and educators.

Science@Sea concentrates on the cross‐disciplinary skills involved in marine sampling and data collection. Participants will gain first-hand experience in the set-up, applications, and deployment and retrieval of a wide range of sampling equipment and instrumentation. Other elements essential to carrying out research surveys at sea are also addressed including safety at sea, research vessel activities and capabilities, and survey design and planning.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22 July and applications can be made online here.

For further enquiries please email or visit the SMART website.



School on Numerical Ecology

A School on Recent Advances in Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data - Theory and Practice will be held in Trieste (Italy) from 24 - 28 October 2016. It is organised by ICTP together with OGS and ISEM. The school aims to provide both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to perform advanced analysis of physical, environmental and ecological data, and to provide a bridge between theory and practice.

A detailed announcement by organisers is available here.  

For more information, visit the school webpage or contact 



DEST Course Philosophy of Biological Systematics

The 3rd edition of this course is co-organised with the Scandinavian Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio) and will be held 10 - 14 October 2016, in Drøbak, Norway. This is an opportunity to critically examine what is required for systematics to function as a part of scientific inquiry, and discover many of the problems with current methods.

For more information, visit the Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) taxonomy training webpage



SOLAS Science and Society Workshop

A free workshop on the topic of "SOLAS Science and Society" will take place from 26 - 27 October 2016 in Brussel, Belgium. The workshop will bring together researchers in the field of ocean-atmosphere interactions and social scientists. During the two-day workshop, the discussion will focus on three separate topics:

  • Valuing carbon and the ocean’s role
  • (In)Forming policy across the air-sea interface
  • The shipping industry and air-sea interactions.

Deadline for application: 15 July 2016.

For more information, visit the SOLAS website.  

For the workshop announcement, click here


First Sven Lovén International Field School for Marine Ecology

This summer school in marine ecology provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in experimental and observational ecology, sampling design and strategies under field and laboratory conditions. Participants will experience the scientific process of ecological field research. The students will learn and practice how to express a research question in terms of qualitative mathematical expressions, develop the appropriate experimental and field sampling designs and execute a small research project from scratch to finish using these skills on a topic of their own choosing. This includes the formulation of a research question, hypothesis, design and perform experiments, collecting and analysing data and communicating their findings in various ways.

The course will take place in Sven Lovén Centre in Sweden on 15-26 August 2016.

The summer school flyer is available here.

Summer school webpage.

Register online, here.



Gdansk Summer School 'Upper Ocean Turbulence'

The Gdansk Summer School will take place 25 July - 12 August 2016 at the Gdansk Institute of Technology, Poland. The purpose of this summer school is to teach a group of up to 20 graduate students and scientists in the art of turbulence theory and turbulence measurements. Lectures will be given by a diverse set of international experts covering a broad spectrum of problems ranging from the application of spectral methods in turbulence data analysis to numerical methods in turbulence research. The last week of the program includes at sea collection and hands-on experience in data analysis. This includes a one day ship expedition in Gdansk Bay to collect near surface turbulence data using the VMP200 turbulence microstructure profiler.

For more information, see the course website.  

Programme syllabus available here.


Other News
Ocean 'Dandruff' a New Tool for Marine Biologists

Scientists are using DNA to identify fish and other marine creatures by scrutinising the DNA flecks they leave in their wake. The new technique - the analysis of genetic material in the environment, dubbed eDNA - promises to help scientists keep better track of rare or endangered marine species.

For more information, click here



Forget Bubble Wrap, the Future of Packaging is Marine Algae

Soon your packages may arrive cushioned in seaweed. Japanese designers Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani and Akira Muraoka known collectively as “AMAM”, won the Lexus Design Award for their project, entitled “AGAR PLASTICITY”, which explores the use of marine algae in packaging. The Lexus Design Award is an international design competition that supports emerging designers working on ideas that improve the planet.

For more information, click here



IEO Interested in Recruiting and Hosting Researchers Under EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie 2016 Individual Fellowship Programme

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (Instituto Español de Oceanografía, IEO) is recruiting researchers under the funding programme Marie Sklodowska - Curie Individual Fellowship (Call MSCA IF 2016). Eleven supervisors from several IEO Oceanographic Centres have expressed their interest in recruiting potential candidates. Proponents who wish to write an MSCA proposal with an IEO supervisor can get in contact with Andrea ( It is highly recommended to get in contact as soon as possible in order to provide enough time to prepare the proposal.

Call deadline: 14 September 2016.

Expressions of interest at IEO.

Call webpage



Trawler Scheme Aiming for Sea Change on Litter

Fishermen are being encouraged to take part in a new voluntary scheme to take litter they encounter while at sea back to port. The initiative, "Fishing for Litter", is being promoted by the seafood development agency Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). BIM Chief Executive Tara McCarthy says the scheme is already working very well and two tonnes of man-made litter has been brought ashore at Clogherhead in Co Louth.

For more information, click here



New Algae Supplement for Aquaculture Launched

A new whole algae DHA has been launched as a sustainable specialty feed ingredient, prioritising the aquaculture market. The product, AlgaPrime™, is a joint effort of TerraVia Inc and Bunge Limited and will be produced at the companies' SB Renewable Oils joint venture facility in Brazil, where full product scale-up was reached in late 2015.

For more information, click here



Underwater 'Ruins' Off Greek Island Created by Bacteria Millions of Years Ago

Greek archaeologists who dove to the site near Alikanas Bay, off the island of Zakynthos, were baffled by the eerie scene they found 2-4 m down. Though the sunken debris looked like paved floors and colonnades, the divers could see no other signs of life: no pottery, coins, or shards of sculpture or art, but is a result of process called concretion, created by microbes.

For more information, click here



Global Salmon Initiative Expands with Three New Associate Members – Biomar, Cargill (Formerly Ewos) and Skretting

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) announced that the three leading industry feed companies, Biomar, Cargill (formerly EWOS) and Skretting have joined the GSI as Associate Members. By formalising their partnership, the GSI salmon farmers and the feed companies have committed to working together to accelerate progress towards ever increasing standards of sustainability for the farmed salmon industry, and to driving progressive innovation in the feed sector.

For more information, click here



Rapidly Increasing Macroalgal Cover Not Related to Herbivorous Fishes on Mesoamerican Reefs

Long-term phase shifts from coral to macroalgal dominated reef systems in the Caribbean have previously been associated with dwindling herbivorous fish populations. However, a recent study suggests that external factors are making environmental conditions more favourable for algae. Consequently, policy makers and local coral reef managers should reassess the focus on herbivorous fish protection and consider complementary measures such as watershed management in order to arrest this trend.

For more information, click here



Aquaculture Set to Make Waves as Industry Value Increases

There was a strong recovery in fish and shellfish farming production in Ireland last year, according to the latest Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) figures. These revealed that the industry increased in value by €34 million in 2015 to a first point of sale figure of almost €150 million. Overall production volumes rose by over 25% to 40,140 tonnes. Irish oysters in Hong Kong and China are actively targeted in a collective manner by Irish producers, with the assistance of BIM.

For more information, click here



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