AquaTT Training News - March 2014

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Survival Box Developed for Collecting Cyanobacteria

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project held its third Steering Committee meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, from 13-14 February 2014. MaCuMBA is a four-year EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.

It was agreed at the meeting that microorganisms collected by MaCuMBA partners will be screened for useful biocompounds and will be used to test new cultivation methods and technologies. MaCuMBA partner Cyano Biotech will be using samples provided by other partners to test new robotic equipment it is developing. To help partners collect these samples, Cyano Biotech have developed a “survival box”, which contains everything that is needed for collecting cyanobacteria.

Prof Lucas Stal, MaCuMBA project coordinator, said: “The survival box will be a very useful tool for the MaCuMBA partners. Partners going on expeditions to interesting locations will take the box with them to collect new samples. I hope to use it during expeditions to the Red Sea in May and to the tropical Atlantic Ocean on the research vessel Pelagia in September.”

It was also decided at the meeting that all strains of microorganisms collected during MaCuMBA should be made available online as soon as possible. Algae and cyanobacteria collected during the project will be stored in the Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC) and all other organisms will be kept in the Leibniz-Institut Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ)).

During the meeting, the Steering Committee considered plans for the 2014 MaCuMBA General Assembly, which will be held in Cadiz, Spain, from 22-23 September. The committee also discussed the planned industry stakeholder meeting, which will take place in November 2014 in Madrid, Spain. This event will be jointly organised with the Micro B3 ( and PharmaSea ( projects. 

For more information about MaCuMBA, visit: You can also now keep up to date with the latest news from the project by “liking” its new Facebook page at


Safe Seafood Project Enters Second Year

ECSAFESEAFOOD COL LOGOAvailability of safe and high-quality food is a growing public concern and research plays an important role in ensuring consumer confidence in this sector. The challenge for the ECsafeSEAFOOD project is to assess food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and to evaluate their impact on public health. The progress made by the project in its first year was reviewed during its third coordination meeting in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain, from 12-13 February 2014.

ECsafeSEAFOOD is an interdisciplinary project and the meeting brought together members of the project’s consortium which incorporates expertise in a range of food science disciplines, including: ecotoxicology; biochemistry; nutrition; risk assessment; seafood quality; and consumer behaviour and perceptions.

Dr Antonio Marques, ECsafeSEAFOOD project coordinator, said: “There are a lot of scientists behind the ECsafeSEAFOOD project and the coordination meetings are a good opportunity to bring all the project participants together and to unite the efforts being made to achieve the project’s objectives. These two-day meetings are extremely productive and allow the project participants to discuss results in more depth and plan future actions.”

ECsafeSEAFOOD Mar 2014 Press release photo

The ECsafeSEAFOOD partners have been working together to identify the main methodologies available to analyse priority contaminants, the effects they may have on seafood, and their potential risks for human consumption. Each of these methodologies requires a specific sampling protocol, and careful coordination is needed to ensure that the correct samples required for the each of the different methods are supplied to the partners in charge of the analyses. The analyses must also be carried out in the correct order to ensure that they can complement each other.

Other recent work carried out as part of ECsafeSEAFOOD includes a consumer survey, designed to help the partnership to understand consumer preferences and concerns with regard to seafood safety. The survey responses have enabled the partners to choose which relevant priority environmental contaminants to study further during the project.

Dr Isabelle Sioen (Ghent University, Belgium), ECsafeSEAFOOD project partner, said: “We have collected nearly 3,000 survey responses from Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Apart from helping us to decide the priority contaminants to be studied, the results of the survey will also contribute to defining what kind of information should be disseminated to the general public in order to reduce public health risks from seafood consumption.”

The next challenge for the ECsafeSEAFOOD project is to define how to monitor the selected priority contaminants and to select the specific seafood species that will be examined under the scope of the project.
For more information about the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, visit:


ECsafeSEAFOOD Project Video Now Available

ECsafeSEAFOOD videoA short video has been produced which provides an introduction to the ECsafeSEAFOOD project.

ECsafeSEAFOOD is a four year EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-Funded project which aims to assess food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and to evaluate their impact on public health.

The video, which aims to raise awareness of the project, can be viewed via or by visiting the ECsafeSEAFOOD project website:


Myfish Partners Share Results

MYFISH SmallThe third Myfish project meeting took place in Nantes (France) from 18-21 March 2013 and was hosted by Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea). The meeting focused on sharing results achieved in the different regional case studies investigated in the project (Baltic Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; North Sea; Western Waters; Widely Ranging Fish) and on identifying the challenges to be addressed in the next two years of the project.

Since the project’s commencement in 2012, Myfish partners have put major effort into going beyond the scientific approach to fishery management. Through an enhanced scientist–stakeholder dialogue, Myfish aims to include qualitative experience from stakeholders in the regional fisheries models. This process started with stakeholder consultation meetings held in Vigo in April 2012 where various stakeholders from different EU regions were asked to identify Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) variants and preferred management measures. Since then, regional Decision Support Tables (DSTs) have been developed to allow stakeholders to better identify trade-off in fishery management.

Myfish is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project involving 31 partners from 12 EU countries. Myfish aims to define an operational framework for the implementation of the MSY concept in European waters. This should lead to recommendations for fisheries management plans in the project's five regional case study areas, taking into account the environmental, economic and social constraints that are embedded within the different European and national contexts.

For more information about Myfish, visit:


2Fish Project Holds Final Events

2Fish smallThe 2Fish project will hold its final conference at the Congress Palace of Bellaria Igea Marina, Italy, on 3 April 2014. The project’s final partner meeting will also be held in Rimini on 2 April.

The objective of the 2Fish project was to develop innovative training modules for training of service professionals connected to fisheries and within fishery vocational education and training. Each module is between one and two weeks long, and has been developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training providers in close collaboration with enterprises. Where possible, the new modules will be integrated into the educational programmes of 2Fish vocational education and training schools. The course outlines are available from the project website for download and re-use by other European fishery vocational education and training schools.

For more information about 2Fish, visit:


Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2014

aquatnet logoAqua-tnet, the Erasmus network in the field of Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management, are pleased announce the upcoming final Aqua-tnet Annual Meeting in St. Julian’s, Malta on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June 2014.

The keynote speaker at the Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2014 will be Professor Luc François from Gent University who is an expert in the internationalisation of higher education and the EU Bologna-Process etc. He will speak on the past, present and future of European higher education. 

A two-day hands-on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workshop aimed at teachers will also be held from 24-25 June 2014, in combination with the final Annual Event.

For more information about Aqua-tnet, visit:


Analysing Strategic Management Measures for Fisheries

SocioEC.smallThe SOCIOEC (Socio Economic Effects of Management Measures of the Future Common Fisheries Policy) project held a meeting from 6-7 March 2014 in Rome, Italy. SOCIOEC is working on solutions for future fisheries management that can be implemented at a regional level. The aim of this meeting was to define how the social and economic effects and impact on commercial fish stock of the management measures identified within the project  will be evaluated.

SOCIOEC is an interdisciplinary project bringing fisheries economists, social scientists and biologists together with industry partners and other key stakeholders and the meeting also provided an opportunity for the partners to present and discuss their progress and expected outputs as the project nears its expected endpoint in February 2015.

Dr Ralf Döring, the SOCIOEC project coordinator, said: “We are facing a busy period between now and the end of the project. Partners have been doing excellent work analysing the different management measures applied in each of the specific case study areas considered in the project. They have been examining how these governance methods can be changed to facilitate self- and co-management of the different fisheries. The next step will be to evaluate the impacts of the proposed management measures in terms of their ability to achieve the general and specific ecological objectives of the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other EU directives.”

Dr Loretta Malvarosa, who will lead the impact assessment of the different management measures, said: “We will analyse the effectiveness, efficiency and coherence of the different management measures. As part of this assessment we will consider their potential socioeconomic impact, taking into account different uncertainties and external factors such as, for example, changes in oil or fish market prices.”

The SOCIOEC project has analysed several fisheries in six different case study areas: the Baltic Sea case study has focused on the small scale fisheries in Natura 2000 sites; the North Sea case study focuses on flatfish, nephrops and cod fisheries; the Pelagic case study focuses on European Pelagic Fisheries and the migration of stocks in relation to the relative stability key and negotiations within EU countries as well as non-EU countries based on different migration scenarios; the western waters case study focuses on different fisheries in the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel, and ICES sub areas VI and VII; the Mediterranean case study focuses on the Black Sea Turkish anchovy fisheries, the Aegean trawl fishery, the demersal Tyrrhenian fishery and the Italian clam fishery in the Adriatic Sea; and finally, the Non-EU case study focuses on Icelandic fisheries.

For more information visit the SOCIOEC webpage


Student Corner

SPAROS Young Researcher Grant for Scientific Dissemination: Aquaculture Europe 2014

Innovation and the generation of scientific knowledge are key elements for shaping a successful growth of the Portuguese society. SPAROS Lda is a start-up company devoted to the development of new products and processes for fish feeding and nutrition.

SPAROS is committed to the advancement of the Portuguese scientific research on the area of Fish Nutrition and recognises the importance of attending meetings and conferences. In order to provide more opportunities for young researchers, SPAROS is offering two grants to cover registration and travel expenses associated with the participation in scientific meetings.

For 2014, SPAROS will award two travel grants for attending Aquaculture Europe 2014.

For information about eligibility for application please click HERE. Deadline for submission: 15 June 2014


Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme Seeking Applications

Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to USAID's global hunger and food security initiative, FEED THE FUTURE, for the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP). The deadline for application is 15 May 2014. The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa. All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. The Borlaug LEAP fellowship programme supports engaging a mentor at a US University and at a CGIAR centre to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential. Funds are available for one year and cannot exceed US$20,000. For more information on eligibility criteria and to download the application, please visit:


YOUMARES Award 2014

In 2014 the German Society for Marine Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung - DGM) present the fourth YOUMARES Award which is addressed to students of all disciplines of marine research  as well as high school seniors. On the occasion of the YOUMARES 5 Conference “Opportunities and Solutions - Research for our changing oceans” applications are solicited which address the following problems: Population growth and increasing demand for food, metals and energy drives technological developments.

The award consists of a travelling trophy, gratuitous conference participation, and material prizes (including a dive course on the beautiful island Elba) of a value of about €1,000. The three best papers will be published in the printed newsletter of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM-Mitteilungen) and on the DGM-website. The awards ceremony will take place during the YOUMARES 5 conference in September 2014 in Stralsund.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please click HERE.


2014 JERICO Summer School Announcement

The FP7 project JERICO will organise its second summer school from 14-20 June 2014 (Saturday - Friday) in The Hague and Delft, the Netherlands.

The preliminary title of this summer school is "From data to decisions". The organisers aim to cover the entire marine and coastal information cycle from data gathering via data management, data dissemination, data analysis, data assimilation to data-based policy decisions.

The target group is 30 early career scientists plus scientifically oriented early career marine spatial planners (MSP). Students are expected to arrange for their own funding for travel and lodging. The JERICO team is currently agreeing on selection criteria for participation, which will include a support letter from a senior scientist you work with, your CV and a letter explaining what you expect/want to learn from the JERICO community, and what specific expertise you can offer to the JERICO community.

For more information please click HERE.


POGO Student Opportunities

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) is a forum created in 1999 by directors and leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography. Of particular focus is the implementation of an international and integrated global ocean observing system. POGO is a partnership of institutions involved in oceanographic observations, scientific research, operational services, education and training. POGO has 40 member institutions from 20 different countries, and works closely with other international and regional programmes and organisations.

POGO AMT Fellowships: This is a special fellowship for on-board training on an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Cruise. One berth has been reserved on the next AMT cruise (AMT-24) for the selected candidate. The programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.

Total period of Fellowship: 12 August-28 November 2014

Application Deadline: 16 April 2014

Click HERE for more information about the fellowship and how to apply.

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence: The Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) provides world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography, since 2008. Now hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany’s foremost polar and marine research institution, the NF-POGO CofE at AWI is currently running the first part of the training programme 2014 on Helgoland. The next training programme will start on 15 October 2014. The programme will run for 10 months from the start date.

Application Deadline: 15 May 2014

Click HERE for more information about the course and how to apply.


EMBRC 10th Summer Course on Marine Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics

The 10th edition of the Marine Ecological and Evolutionnary Genetics (MEEG) Summer Course is sponsored by EMBRC-France, the French node of the European Marine Bioresources Center ( The course will be held in the Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, from 25 May–7 June 2014. Knowledge on marine genomics is crucial for understanding the marine environment and for an efficient use of its resources. The course will give insight into population, environmental, comparative and functional genomics through lectures, case studies and computer labs. The course is aimed towards advanced PhD students (at least in their second year) and junior postdocs with a solid knowledge in marine ecological and environmental genomics, phylogenetics and/or population genetics.

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2014. For more information about the course and how to apply, click HERE.


Other News

Commission Presents New European Strategy to Promote Coastal and Maritime Tourism

On 20 February 2014, the European Commission presented a new strategy to support coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. Recognising the sector's potential for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy outlines 14 EU actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector's position as a key driver of Europe's blue economy. These concrete actions are accompanied by a break-down of the tasks that Member States, Regions and industry stakeholders can undertake to complement the EU actions. Read more HERE.


HOPE for Our Seas and Oceans

In 2008, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was adopted with the aim of protecting and managing our seas and oceans in a sustainable way. The Directive sets an ambitious objective: to achieve and maintain the good environmental status of European seas and oceans by 2020. The Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) Conference, on 3-4 March 2014 in Brussels, brought together those working with the European marine environment, providing an opportunity to discuss progress made since the adoption of the MSFD, the problems that still remain and the solutions for improved coherence and better marine governance. At the close of the HOPE conference, the "Declaration of HOPE" output document was issued.


#iSeafood Competition

As well as raising awareness about the issues surrounding sustainable fishing, the INSEPARABLE campaign celebrates the richness and variety of the fish available to us across Europe.

The campaign launched its #iSeafood competition in February. The aim of the competition is to share what kind of seafood you and your friends and family are eating at home, in your office canteen, or holiday!

Taking part is easy:

  1. Head over to the INSEPARABLE campaign’s Facebook page and upload your photo directly
  2. Alternatively upload your photo directly on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #iSeafood
  3. Share, like, and vote! Get your friends, family and colleagues to vote for your photo on Facebook

Prizes include a limited edition INSEPARABLE fish apron as well as other fish related goodies.


EU Takes Concrete Action Against Illegal Fishing

Following a Commission proposal, the Council of Ministers has decided to list Belize, Cambodia and Guinea-Conakry as countries acting insufficiently against illegal fishing. After several warnings, measures will now come into effect against the three countries to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing. This means that imports into the EU of any fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries will now be banned, whilst EU vessels will not be allowed to fish in these countries' waters. It is the first time that measures of this type have been adopted at EU level. Click HERE for more information.


Public Test of Data Portal for German Marine Research

The Data Portal for German Marine Research aims to offer an integrative "one-stop-shop" framework for coherent discovery, visualisation, download and dissemination of marine research data (vessels, observatories, alert systems, etc.). The content originates from distinct data and publication repositories offered by several German marine research institutions ranging from cruise-related metadata to reports, publications, data (archived and near real time) and data products.

To help improve services and content of the prototype, please use the data portal according to your requirements and leave your suggestions via the feedback form.

The Data Portal for German Marine Research is a product of the Marine Network for Integrated Data Access (MaNIDA) funded cooperatively by the Helmholtz Association together with the partner institutes. If you want to know more about MaNIDA, please click HERE.


Call for Abstracts: 1st International Marine Science Communication Conference, 8-9 September 2014, Poto, Portugal

The 1st International Marine Science Communication Conference (IMSCC 2014)  is an interdisciplinary and international marine science communication meeting jointly organised by the CIIMAR (Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto); the European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP) and Ciência Viva (National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture).

IMSCC 2014 intends to bring in the state-of-the-art in Marine Science Communication and to highlight new tools and practices in this field, in order to support scientists and marine science communicators in developing their communication skills to set up a more efficient dialogue with journalists, decision-makers, and the general public. Experts of international renown from various spheres have been invited to give their points of view on these issues − which are crucial to support the development of Marine Science Communication within the society.

Abstract submission is now open. Information about themes and instructions for submission of abstracts are available HERE. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 May 2014.


EurOcean Marine Research Infrastructures Database (EurOcean_RID) - Now Available

The EurOcean_RID aims to offer a comprehensive list of all existing infrastructures in Europe which are dedicated to the broad range of marine science activities. This new database was developed by EurOcean with the support of JPI Oceans, FP7 SEAS-ERA and "CSA Oceans", in order to foster all forms of open access and joint actions involving marine research infrastructures.

The EurOcean_RID provides the first level of knowledge and characteristics for each facility, as well as the links and contact to access the further details provided by the operator. Search criteria plus an interactive map allows any targeted search of information for every type of request.

The Marine Research Infrastructures Database launched is managed by EurOcean and currently contains information on 785 infrastructures.


Safer Seas for a Sustainable Future for Europe

The European Commission and the European External Action Service have this month adopted a Joint Communication in which they present a vision of the EU's maritime security interests and threats, and propose the areas in which cooperation between various maritime players can be enhanced.

The purpose of the new strategy is to identify the maritime interests of the EU: prevention of conflicts, protection of critical infrastructure, effective control of external borders, protection of the global trade support chain, prevention of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

Read more HERE.


Aquaculture Digital Photography Competition - World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit digital photographic work on the theme of Aquaculture and, in particular, the tag line of ‘Create, Nurture, Grow’.

Submissions will be accepted from 5 April – 1 May 2014. Click HERE for more information.


 PiscesTT Jobs

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

Recently added positions:

PhD Position: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic)

PhD Studentship in Marine Science: Assessing Ecosystem Resilience With Stable-isotope Data (United Kingdom)

Research Chair: Aquaculture Development Under An Ecosystem Approach, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Position: Executive Director Of EurOcean (Portugal)

Professor (with Special Responsibilities): Fisheries Management (Denmark)



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