AquaTT Training News - May 2014

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STAGES Project Final Workshop: How Can Research Effectively Contribute to MSFD Implementation?

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The STAGES project partnership invites you to participate in the final STAGES workshop From Knowledge Generation to Knowledge Application – How can we bridge the gap and ensure efficient management and uptake of research knowledge to support MSFD implementation? The workshop will be held on Thursday 19 June in the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Brussels (KVAB-Academy Palace - Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000) from 09:30-16:30. It will be followed by a drinks reception.

This workshop will bring together key stakeholders to discuss how research can effectively contribute to MSFD implementation. Speakers from the European Commission will set the scene and update participants on the latest developments. Key results and recommendations arising from the STAGES project will be presented and discussed with the participants.

This event is extremely timely given the current status of MSFD implementation and the latest discussions on the establishment of a Marine Competence Centre for GES (MCC4GES) hosted by the Joint Research Centre, a partner in the STAGES project.

Click HERE to view the information flyer for the event. Please note that the venue has a maximum capacity for 60 participants so register early to avoid disappointment.

STAGES is a 24 month FP7 Support Action intended to help support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). For more information on the project please visit  

To register for this event, simply email with the following information:

  • Name:     
  • Organisation:
  • Contact Phone Number:
  • Email Address:
  • Any special dietary requirements:


FREE Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures: AQUAEXCEL 8th Call for Access Open

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The 8th AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 13 June 2014.

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture Research Infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL 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 facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (recirculation, flow‐through, cage, hatchery and pond systems); environments (freshwater and marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmon, trout, sea bass, sea bream, cod, common carp etc.); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring and 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. The use of the facilities (excluding any additional costs) is covered through AQUAEXCEL partner funding and the associated travel and subsistence expenses for the visiting scientist(s) will be paid through the host institution, according to their internal rules for reimbursement.

For more information, visit:


Seventh Issue of MaCuMBA Project Newsletter Now Available

MaCuMBA Newsletter Issue 7The seventh issue of the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project newsletter is now available to download HERE or from the project’s website: 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 Daniel Vaulot, from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) - Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, who is leader of MaCuMBA Work Package 4, Secure novel bio-resources and provide access to genetic and phenotypic information; meet MaCuMBA scientists in the Culture Club; our series of Petri Dish Profiles of other European-funded projects related to the study of marine microorganisms continues with the ULIXES (Unravelling and exploiting Mediterranean sea microbial diversity and ecology for xenobiotics’ and pollutants’ clean up) project; information about the Survival Box for collecting Cyanobacteria developed by MaCuMBA partner Cyano Biotech; details of some of the growing number of scientific publications acknowledging MaCuMBA; and the Under the Microscope section rounds up stories about marine microorganisms  that have been making the news.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news from MaCuMBA by “liking” the project’s Facebook page at:


COMMON SENSE Project Plans the Way Forward for Marine Monitoring

COMMON-SENSE Logo RGBThe EC-funded COMMON SENSE research project is planning on making significant advances in developing integrated and effective data acquisition systems by developing innovative sensors that will contribute to our understanding of how the marine environment functions. Still in its first year, the COMMON SENSE project is also furthering the European knowledge base in relation to the marine monitoring needs of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The COMMON SENSE project recently held its first six month management meeting in Cork, Ireland from 13-14 May 2014. Hosted in the Tyndall National Institute as part of University College Cork, the meeting consisted of open interactive scientific sessions for review and discussion of the progress made so far, and collaboration on important decisions for the way forward in the next year.

Discussions during the meeting revolved around reviews of existing technologies and ocean observing systems as well as newer state of the art technologies. A standardised approach was discussed for the development of sensors for eutrophication; concentrations of heavy metals; microplastic fraction within marine litter; underwater noise; and other parameters such as temperature and pressure. The COMMON SENSE consortium also considered the importance of communication and dissemination internal and external to the project, with a heavy emphasis on prioritising the increased awareness and profile of the project and its results.

Jose Alberto Sáez, Scientific and Technical coordinator of the project, said: “COMMON SENSE will develop a marine monitoring platform consisting of cost effective sensors, designed for high 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.”

COMMON 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.

For further information about COMMON SENSE, please visit the project website:


ECsafeSEAFOOD Partners to Meet in Denmark

ECSAFESEAFOOD COL LOGOThe fourth ECsafeSEAFOOD partner meeting will be held at the North Sea Science Park, Willemoesvej 2, Hirtshals, Denmark, from 18-20 June 2014.
The ECsafeSEAFOOD project aims to assess food safety issues related to contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and to evaluate their impact on public health. The project will directly address several aspects of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and will support the provision of safe seafood to consumers and reduce human health risks.

The fourth meeting will involve a series of workshops which will focus on the detailed planning of activities associated with the following tasks:

  • Dissemination and knowledge transfer (WP7)
  • Determining toxicological impact of the contaminants on public health (WP5)
  • Consumer mitigation strategies to reduce health risks (WP3)
  • Transfer of contaminants and effect of climate change (WP6)
  • Monitoring of Priority contaminants in seafood (WP2)
  • Development of faster screening methods to detect environemntal contaminants in seafood (WP4)

There will also be discussions updating the partnership on activities from all work packages to date.

Throughout the course of the meeting, project partners will assess the planning, challenges and progress of all project work packages in order to optimise the project as a whole.

For more information about the project, visit:


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COCONET Summer Course “GES & MPAs” Good Environmental Status and Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

The COCONET (Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential) summer course 2014 will discuss the rationale of GES, analyse the eleven descriptors, and focus on issues that that are pertinent to the networks of MPAs, while keeping in mind the contribution of clean energy production through Offshore Wind Farms in the attainment of GES. The course will be followed by a one-day workshop on habitat mapping (including demonstration and exercises). The course will be held from 8-13 September 2014 in University Mohammed V Agdal, Morocco. The number of participants is limited and the deadline for applications is 20 June 2004. Click HERE for more information.


Call Open: Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection 2014

The call is now open for the accredited postgraduate and CPD module in Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection (AMBS) 2014. This module has been previously delivered in 2012 and 2013 and features four days of offshore training on the Marine Institute's RV Celtic Voyager and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's RV Celtic Mist.

The module is aimed at those who wish to develop their careers as marine observers and teaches off shore biological sampling and data collection in the key areas of fisheries, marine mammals, seabirds, benthos and oceanography. Off shore practical exercises are supported by laboratory practicals and lectures at GMIT and the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation's laboratory in Kilrush. Instruction is by experienced researchers and marine industry experts and takes place from 29 September-24 October at Galway, Cork and Kilrush, Ireland.

Module descriptors, instructor biographies and application forms can be obtained at the module webpage. Numbers are limited to 20 and places will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

To find out if this module is a good fit for your training requirements please contact


ICES Training Courses

Marine Spatial Planning, Processes and Tools

This course will give participants information and experience on the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) developmental process through serious gaming (MSP–challenge) and spatial tools for defining value and zonation, but will also address the process design, governance issues etc. The course is an introductory course and requires no previous experience of MSP processes, although experience from MSP processes is a benefit. Participants should be scientists, managers or graduate students (MSc and PhD) with some experience from marine management and the issues related to MSP. The course will take place from 27-31 October 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The deadline for applications is 18 September 2014

Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists

Research projects are increasingly interdisciplinary enterprises, with stakeholder processes and engagement with SMEs considered a priority. In this changing professional context, gaining relevant research skills is becoming a necessity. Participants in this course will be better able to work effectively with stakeholders in (cooperative) research projects, and will gain a better appreciation of the strengths of social sciences in fisheries research. The facilitators give guidance on the basics of the methods and give participants the confidence to use them. They will also describe some of the social science theory underpinning these methods, and give background information (such as about the epistemology and ontology of the social sciences) for participants to learn more. It is assumed that participants will have a natural science background; have or will have experience with working in cooperative research projects and working with stakeholders; or are otherwise interested in learning more about social science methods in fisheries science. No knowledge of social science is required. The course will take place from 13 - 16 October 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The deadline for applications is 1 September 2014.

Application of Geostatistics to analyse spatially explicit Survey data in an Ecosystem Approach

The objective of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the use of geostatistical methods to analyse spatially geo-referenced survey data. Students will be guided through the different steps of geostatistical analyses based on case studies. The course is mainly targeted at individuals who are new to geostatistical methods. However, examples of advanced methods are given to benefit researchers already familiar with geostatistical methods who wish to further improve their skills and understanding. The course will take place from 8-12 December 2014 in Fontainebleau, Centre de Geosciences Mines ParisTech, France. The deadline for applications is 27 October 2014.


Other News

Getting Beyond the Surface of Blue Growth Potential

Article by Maria Damanaki. The blue economy is already creating new jobs in Europe but we have only scratched the surface of its potential. We have been thinking about how to build on existing progress and how we can benefit from new research insights to ensure that this blue economy can continue to generate jobs across Europe...

Read more HERE.


Delivering a Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region

The Baltic Sea agenda for sustainable blue growth, adopted by the European Commission on 16 May 2014, provides a blueprint for harnessing the region’s strengths to boost innovation and growth in the maritime area. Sustainability is an integral part of the plan as it can act as a driver for innovation and more jobs, like in the area of clean shipping.

Read more HERE.


Bottom Trawling Causes Deep-sea Biological Desertification

A study led by scientists from the Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy) involving researchers from the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC) and the UAB has determined that fishing trawling causes intensive, long-term biological desertification of the sedimentary seabed ecosystems, diminishing their content in organic carbon and threatening their biodiversity.

Click HERE for more information. 


Gannet Sat Nav Reveals Impact of Fishing Vessels

Fishing vessels have a far bigger ecological footprint than previously thought, according to research which tracked the movement and behaviour of seabirds using GPS devices. A team of scientists led by the University of Exeter discovered that northern gannets change their behaviour in response to the presence of large vessels such as trawlers, suggesting each boat can significantly influence the distribution and foraging patterns of these and other marine predators. Click HERE to read more.


Using Genetics to Measure the Environmental Impact of Salmon Farming

Determining species diversity makes it possible to estimate the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems accurately. The environmental effects of salmon farming have been assessed, until now, by visually identifying the animals living in the marine sediment samples collected at specific distances from farming sites. A team led by Jan Pawlowski, professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, analysed this type of sediment using a technique known as “DNA barcoding” that targets certain micro-organisms. Their research, which has been published in the Molecular Ecology Resources journal, reveals the potential of this new genomic tool for detecting environmental changes as accurately as with traditional methods – but more quickly and at lower cost. Read more HERE.


Melting Arctic Opens New Passages for Invasive Species

For the first time in roughly 2 million years, melting Arctic sea ice is connecting the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans. The newly opened passages leave both coasts and Arctic waters vulnerable to a large wave of invasive species, biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center assert in a commentary recently published in Nature Climate Change. Click HERE to learn more.


Marine Scientists Use JeDI to Create World’s First Global Jellyfish Database

An international study, led by the University of Southampton, has led to the creation of the world’s first global database of jellyfish records to map jellyfish populations in the oceans. Scientific and media debate regarding future trends, and subsequent ecological, biogeochemical and societal impacts, of jellyfish and jellyfish blooms in a changing ocean is hampered by a lack of information about jellyfish biomass and distribution from which to compare.  To address this knowledge gap, scientists used the Jellyfish Database Initiative, or JeDI, to map jellyfish biomass in the upper 200m of the world’s oceans and explore the underlying environmental causes driving the observed patterns of distribution.

Click HERE to read more.


Euro-Argo ERIC: a New European Research Infrastructure for Global Ocean Observations

Euro-Argo is the European contribution to the international Argo array of 3,000 profiling floats measuring temperature and salinity from the surface down to 2,000m throughout the global oceans. This is the first time a European legal entity (European Research Infrastructure Consortium, ERIC) has been established for in-situ observation of the global oceans. This is a major milestone which will optimise, sustain and improve the European contributions to Argo. Euro-Argo was officially created by the European Commission on May 12, 2014. It is also the first ERIC to be set up for environmental sciences. The Euro-Argo inauguration event will be held in Brussels on 17 July 2014. For more information, click HERE.


Hot Off the Press - ICES Annual Report 2013

The ICES 2013 Annual Report looks back at selected science and advisory work from the last year, revisiting the important work carried out by the network and community in the world of the marine.

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:

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

Position: Director Of The Oceanological Observatory in Banyuls sur mer (France)

Postdoc Position: Genome Sequencing Of Deep-sea Marine Fungal Isolates (France)

PhD Position: GEONAM (GEOtraces North Atlantic Modeling) (France)

PhD Position: Genetics And Genomics Of Adaptation Of Rainbow Trout To Plant-based Diets (France)

Position: Marine Assessment & Reporting Manager (United Kingdom)



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