AquaTT Training News - November 2013

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HEALTHY FUTURES Featured in EU Research and Innovation Magazine

Healthy FuturesThe FP7-funded HEALTHY FUTURES project is featured in a dedicated article in the current issue of Horizon Magazine, the EU's Research and Innovation Magazine. The article called 'Predicting disease outbreaks in East Africa' can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The project aims to construct a disease risk mapping system for three water-related, high-impact vector-borne diseases (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in Africa, taking into account environmental/climatic trends and changes in socio-economic conditions to predict future risk.

For more information on the project, please visit the project website or contact David Taylor (Project Coordinator) or Paul Lowen (Project Officer)


SEAFARE Seville Seminar Highlights the Potential of Wetlands Aquaculture

Seafare IdentityThe SEAFARE (Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Aquaculture for the Atlantic Region of Europe) project held a one-day seminar at Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera (IFAPA)’s headquarters in Seville (Spain) on 30 October 2013 as part of the dissemination activities carried out to present the main outcomes of the project. The seminar, entitled “The potential for wetland aquaculture; balancing economic development and conservation benefits”, focused on the potential benefits of implementing wetland aquaculture in the Gulf of Cadiz region, and attracted more than 50 stakeholders from Spain, Portugal and the United States.

Antonio Concepción, president of the Aquaculture Business Association in Andalucía, said: “There is no doubt wetlands aquaculture is beneficial for the region in terms of economic activity, employment generation, and also environmentally, as it is proven that wetlands aquaculture can contribute to the regeneration of abandoned landscapes. However, we should take into account that production costs are higher than off-shore aquaculture, but the fish produced in wetland systems are of better quality than those produced in offshore aquaculture. These factors make the product more expensive and it is more difficult to find our place in the market. It is not all about wetland aquaculture benefits, we must put an extra effort into the creation of a new brand and find new commercialisation channels.”

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Dr Pedro Cañavate, researcher at IFAPA El Toruño and one of the organisers of the seminar, said: “I hope this seminar will help to make stakeholders from the region aware of the real potential of wetlands aquaculture for the region. This meeting aimed to show stakeholders that we have the optimal conditions to develop wetlands aquaculture, and we also have the know-how to do it. Now it is up to policy makers and industry to take the initiative.”

The SEAFARE project aims to promote the diversification of the aquaculture industry by providing a greater range of species and alternative environmentally-friendly production systems. All the initiatives developed by the project are assessed for their commercial applicability through close collaboration with stakeholders and SMEs. The project involves 14 partners, bringing together applied R&D centres, aquaculture industry organisations and environmental agencies across the Atlantic maritime region to promote the sustainable expansion of European aquaculture.

More details about the seminar are available HERE.

Latest Issue of SEAFARE Project News Now Available

SEAFARE Newsletter Oct 2013The latest news from the SEAFARE project is now available in the November 2013 issue of SEAFARE Project News.

This issue of SEAFARE Project News focuses on aquaculture and wetlands restoration for sustainable exploitation and features interviews with Pedro Cañavate, a scientist working at the Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera (IFAPA) El Toruño; Mark Walton, a research officer from Bangor University, who has been studying the food webs structure and the ecosystem services related to Veta la Palma, a private farm owned by Pesquerías Isla Mayor, S.A (PIMSA), one of the associated partners of the SEAFARE project; and Miguel Medialdea, the manager of the Quality and Environmental Department at Veta la Palma. This issue also features a report from the SEAFARE stakeholder seminar held in Seville (Spain) in October and information about the upcoming seminar on sustainable oyster aquaculture to be held in London (UK) in December 2013.

For more information about the SEAFARE project, please visit


Fifth Issue of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

MaCuMBA Newsletter Issue 5It has been an exciting first year for the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project, which held its first General Assembly in Roscoff, France in September. You can catch up with the latest news from this event and the world of marine microorganisms in the fifth MaCuMBA project newsletter, which is now available to download HERE or from MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.

In this issue of MaCuMBA Project News: an interview with Prof Francisco Rodriguez-Valera from the Universidad Miguel Hernandez (UMH), Spain, who is the leader of MaCuMBA Work Package 6 (WP6),Sequencing, genomic and metagenomic libraries and (meta)genome analyses; a report on the first MaCuMBA General Assembly by MaCuMBA coordinator Lucas Stal; information about the upcoming advanced metagenomics course being organised by the Evolutionary Genomics Group (EGG) of UMH; Prof Brian McNeil from Strathclyde University, Scotland, tells us about the EU-funded SeaBioTech project; an in-brief look at some stories relating to marine microorganisms that have been making the news; and profiles of some of the researchers making MaCuMBA happen.


Taking the COMMON SENSE Approach to Understanding the Marine Environment

COMMON SENSE is a new project that will support the implementation of European Union marine sector policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The project, which was launched in Barcelona, Spain, in November 2013, is funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and has been designed to directly respond to requests for integrated and effective data acquisition systems by developing innovative maritime sensors that will contribute to our understanding of how the marine environment functions.

Common Sense Consortium pictureCOMMON SENSE is coordinated by the Leitat Technological Centre, Spain, and its consortium brings together 15 partners from seven different countries, encompassing a wide range of technical expertise and know-how in the marine monitoring area.

“COMMON SENSE will develop a marine monitoring platform consisting of cost-effective sensors, designed for highly autonomous operation and suitable for large-scale production, and a data management platform to reduce data collection costs while increasing data availability compared to current solutions,”explained Jose Alberto Sáez, Scientific and Technical coordinator for the project.

Under the MSFD, EU Member States are expected to assess the overall status of their respective marine environments and to put in place the necessary measures to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020, using the ecosystem approach. COMMON SENSE will contribute to the achievement of this goal by developing cost-effective sensors that are fully interoperable with existing observing systems and compatible with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).

The project methodology will include a review of existing technologies and ocean observing systems as well as newer state of the art technologies. Current EU legislation will be examined to gain an understanding of the areas where COMMON SENSE can be most beneficial. The core project research will focus on increasing the availability of standardised data on: eutrophication; concentrations of heavy metals; microplastic fraction within marine litter; underwater noise; and other parameters such as temperature and pressure.

The COMMON SENSE consortium comprises six SMEs, five research development institutes, three universities and one foundation. The consortium’s expertise and geographical distribution will enable multidisciplinary marine environmental monitoring of key marine regions, including the Baltic Sea, the north-east Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

A dedicated website for COMMON SENSE ( will go live in February 2014. It will provide project news and progress updates, as well as detailed information on the objectives of the project, its methodologies and expected results.

For further information about COMMON SENSE, please contact Emigdia Morote, COMMON SENSE Coordinator (, Leitat Technological Centre


Maximising Sustainability and Engaging Stakeholders: First Myfish Project Newsletter Now Available

MYFISH SmallRead about the progress the Myfish project is making in its work to support the goals of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in the first issue of Myfish Project News, which is now available to download from the project’s website:

The Myfish project aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters. Its first newsletter provides an overview of the project’s progress so far, including feedback from partners and stakeholders.

Anna Rindorf of DTU Aqua (Denmark) is the project scientific coordinator: “The Myfish project is now entering the second of its three phases: definition of MSY and the models needed to evaluate these, evaluation of the likely ecosystem and economic consequences of aiming for a specific version of MSY and finally, an evaluation of the likely social impact of this decision. Approaching the completion of the first phase, we take this opportunity to report the most significant advances made to date.”

This issue also features previews of case studies undertaken by Myfish partners, AquaMarine Advisers (Sweden) and Innovative Fisheries Management (Aalborg University, Denmark). The case studies review existing and proposed MSY variants, constraints and management measures outside the EU. Stakeholders from Australia, Alaska and the Faroe Islands were interviewed to investigate various aspects of sound governance from which the EU can potentially learn. Detailed accessible summaries of the case studies are also available on the Myfish website.

You can also keep up to date with the progress of Myfish by registering to receive regular updates on the "Influence Myfish!" page on the project website.

If you would like to arrange an interview with the Myfish project team, please contact the Project Coordinator, Anna Rindorf (email:


ARRAINA posterNew ARRAINA Project Poster

A new poster has been produced which provides information about the FP7-funded project ARRAINA. ARRAINA aims to develop sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds with reduced levels of fish meal and fish oil, tailored to the nutritional requirements of five European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles. The project will further advance our knowledge on the long-term effects of these changes in diet by assessing the physiological consequences of these feeds by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. The poster can be downloaded from the project’s website:


New European Project TRAFOON Gets Started

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TRAFOON is a network of 30 European research institutions, technology transfer agencies and SME associations that covers the value chain of four groups of traditional food products based on grains, fish, vegetables and mushrooms, and fruits. It focuses on the preservation, protection and further development of small and medium sized producers of traditional foods in Europe. These producers are nowadays facing the challenges of having to meet many existing European regulations, solving technical issues, and reaching the acquired new knowledge and improved technological solutions related to their products. At the same time, they have the opportunity to become more competitive by marketing the health and nutritional aspects of their products.

The needs of these traditional small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be detected, collected and specifically supported by the project through training workshops, a multi-lingual online information shop containing all transferred innovations, and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for traditional foods, which will be created and communicated with policy decision makers. A European knowledge transfer network will be established with a focus on the target food sectors, linking researchers, mediators, SME associations and single SMEs.

The project partners are offering targeted, needs-based services to strengthen the innovative capability of the SMEs, such as training on intellectual property rights, European food law, use of labels, quality management, marketing, product development strategies and production protocols, safety and environmental performance. The project also aims to stimulate entrepreneurship among food researchers, commercial take-up of food R&D results, and entrepreneurial networking.

The project will have the positive impact on communication between SMEs and research institutions, consumer satisfaction due to improved traditional food supply, and entrepreneurship and competitiveness of SMEs in traditional foods.

Project Duration: 11 /2013 - 10/2016
Coordinator: University of Hohenheim, Germany (Susanne Braun)
Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland


Successful Second FORCE General Assembly Meeting

Force final logoThe FP7 project FORCE (Fishing and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) held its rescheduled Second General Assembly Meeting in Rome, Italy, on 6-7 November 2013.

FORCE is designed to enhance the capacity of the Egyptian National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of thorough and science-based policies for the sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture in Egypt and the whole Mediterranean North African region.

The project is now entering its final stages and preparations have begun for a final project conference to be held in Egypt in early 2014. The conference will showcase the outputs of FORCE to stakeholders from the Mediterranean region and recommendations will be agreed to advance progress in the region. Further information, including dates and venue, will be announced on the project website when they become available. A FORCE project brochure is available to download by clicking HERE.

For more information, please contact Suzan Kholeif (Coordinator) or the Project Management Team



PiscesTT: Job Vacancies, MSc & PhD Vacancies and Student Placements

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Student Corner

Explore the World’s Oceans for Free with the University of Southampton MOOC

The University of Southampton has launched its second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), entitled ‘Exploring our Oceans’. The MOOC, which is being led by ocean explorers from Ocean and Earth Science at the University, will last six weeks, requiring two to three hours of study per week. The course will have recorded lectures, carefully selected readings, planned learning activities and online formative multiple-choice tests. There will also be a discussion forum based around weekly topics to promote lively debate and help build an online community around areas of interest. The MOOC will is now open for registration and starts on 3 February 2014 and formally finishes on 17 March 2014. If you would like to know more or register for the ‘Exploring our Oceans’ MOOCs, please visit:


Other News

Marine Knowledge 2020: From Seabed Mapping to Ocean Forecasting - Outcome of Public Consultation

On 29 August 2012, the European Commission launched a Green Paper consultation on its "Marine Knowledge 2020" initiative. The purpose was to learn more about stakeholders' opinions on options for future governance of the initiative and on the possible involvement of the private sector. The consultation was closed on 15 December 2012. A total of 244 replies were received (29 from civil society, 43 from the private sector, 95 from the public sector and 77 from the research community) from 30 countries, including some from outside the EU whose waters touch those of Member States. All the replies are available HERE, along with a summary report.


Almost 4% of Baltic Sea Species Threatened by Regional Extinction

The first complete threat assessment of Baltic Sea species examines the risk of some populations of species becoming regionally extinct. The recently released assessment, Red List of Baltic Sea species (BSEP No. 140) focuses on macroscopic species living in the sea or being strongly dependent on it. The assessment was carried out using the internationally agreed and globally applied criteria of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The comprehensive report has been produced by about 80 experts from the Baltic Sea countries within the framework of the HELCOM RED LIST project. More information can be found HERE.


Axis 4 in a Nutshell: a Pocket Guide

A new, user-friendly leaflet is now available which summarises the key messages contained in the recently published FARNET Guide n° 7, “Axis 4: a tool in the hands of fisheries communities”. The leaflet explains the main features of Axis 4 and how it can be used to help fishermen, their families and communities. It provides a simple way for FLAGs and other stakeholders to better understand Axis 4, and to be better able to communicate its benefits within their community. The leaflet is available HERE in 14 languages.


Public Consultation on Marine Biotechnology

Marine biotechnology has the potential to help in addressing some of today's greatest challenges, including those relating to health, food supply, environmental sustainability, energy security and others. In the upcoming months, the European Commission will seek to develop an in-depth understanding of the sector and its future trends. Based on the findings, the Commission will determine whether or not further action at the EU level is needed to accelerate the development of the sector. In the context of this initiative, the Commission may develop an impact assessment study, which would explore the potential of the marine biotechnology sector in detail, propose possible options to facilitate the development of the sector and analyse their corresponding social, environmental and economic impacts and inform further policy steps.

For this purpose the Commission is now launching a public consultation. Its aim is to gather information about individual stakeholders and the sector as whole, and to establish a robust understanding of its strengths and weaknesses and the risks and opportunities that further development of the industry could involve. The results of this public consultation can possibly serve as a basis for a future initiative in support of the sector.

Click HERE for more information.


World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline for submission of abstracts for World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 has been extended until 15 December 2013. Instructions for submission of abstracts are available at HERE.


Horizon 2020 Approval by Parliament a Boost for European Research and Innovation

On 21 November, the European Commission welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly €80 billion over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide. It is also one of only very few programmes in the next EU budget to see a strong increase in funding – a nearly 30 % jump in real terms over the current Seventh Framework Programme. EU Member States must now give their final seal of approval ahead of the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, currently set for 11 December 2013. Click HERE for more information.


Call for Papers: Integrated Perspectives on Fish Stock Enhancement

The first Call for Papers is now open for the 2014 Annual Symposium of The Fisheries Society of the British Isles, which will take place at the University of Hull, UK, on 7-11 July 2014. More information about the symposium and the call for abstracts is available on HERE.

In addition to the symposium, the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC) will run a one-day workshop on Stock Enhancement on Monday 7 July 2014 - more details will be available on the symposium website in due course.


Wetland Resources Action Planning Toolkit

The Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) toolkit is a toolkit of research methods and better management practices used in HighARCS (Highland Aquatic Resources Conservation and Sustainable Development), an EU-funded project with field experiences in China, Vietnam and India. It aims to communicate best practices in conserving biodiversity and sustaining ecosystem services to potential users and to promote the wise-use of aquatic resources, improve livelihoods and enhance policy information. For more information, visit:


EU and Seychelles Successfully Sign Fisheries Access Agreement

On 15 November 2013, delegations from the European Union (EU) and the Seychelles successfully initialled a Fishery Access Agreement at a meeting in Victoria, Seychelles, which will allow Seychelles flagged vessels to continue fishing operations in the waters of Mayotte. These waters will become EU waters when Mayotte becomes an outermost region of the EU on 1 January 2014. Read more HERE.



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