AquaTT Training News - August 2014

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HEALTHY FUTURES Profiled in Major New Documentary on Climate and Health in Africa

Healthy FuturesThe HEALTHY FUTURES (Health, Environmental Change and Adaptive Capacity) project has recently been featured in a video documentary entitled Health and Climate Change in Africa, produced by Africa Turns Green, a charity that showcases the work of African green entrepreneurs who are protecting their environment (

This documentary is the last in a series of four reportages which present climate change and water issues in relation to agriculture, ecosystems, natural hazards, health and technologies. It focuses on the collaborative research projects HEALTHY FUTURES ( and QWeCI (, which are funded through the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.

Both HEALTHY FUTURES and QWeCI focus on major vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Rift Valley Fever and schistosomiasis and are complementary to each other, with QWeCI focusing on western Africa and HEALTHY FUTURES on eastern Africa.

Through the collaboration of European and African researchers, both projects aim to generate greater knowledge on how environmental and socioeconomic factors are impacting on the distribution of the vectors that carry the target diseases. Based on this improved knowledge, the projects are working to develop decision support tools which will enable local health and veterinary services and policy makers to better predict disease outbreaks and therefore improve their adaptive capacity to cope with these target diseases. The documentary is available to view HERE.


Introduce Budding Scientists to Marine Microorganisms with the MaCuMBA Education Supplement

Macumba Education SupplementA special educational publication which aims to introduce students aged 8-12 to the fascinating world of marine microbes has been produced by the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project. The Education Supplement accompanies the eighth issue of the project’s newsletter and is available to download 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.

The four-page Education Supplement includes: fun marine microbe facts; links to online resources and activities relating to marine microbes; a comic strip entitled MaCuMBA Meltdown; and a marine microbe quiz.

In the eighth issue of MaCuMBA Project News: an interview with Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager at AquaTT, Dublin, who is leader of MaCuMBA Work Package 9 (WP9), Dissemination, Knowledge Management and Linkages; MaCuMBA researcher profiles in the Culture Club; get acquainted with the Marine Biotechnology European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) in our series of Petri Dish Profiles of other European-funded projects related to the study of marine microorganisms; 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 HERE.


Fisheries Stakeholders Discuss Maximum Sustainable Yield 

MYFISH SmallThe concept of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for EU fisheries was recently discussed at a series of stakeholder meetings organised by the Myfish project. These meetings were an opportunity for fisheries stakeholders to give feedback on their priorities regarding the required trade-offs and their preferences for different implementation options for MSY management. 

MSY is the maximum yield that can be derived from a renewable resource over a prolonged period of time. The Myfish project is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-funded initiative which aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the MSY concept in European waters. The workplan of Myfish involves intensive consultations with stakeholders to obtain their input into project work and feedback on project results.

The stakeholder meetings were conducted in each of the project’s five case study regions: the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, Western Waters, and Widely Ranging Fish (covering fish stocks which tend to spread across more than one management area). The objective of the events was to bring together key stakeholders to discuss trade-offs and effective ways in which long-term targets can be established for multi-annual multi-species plans. 

The following Myfish case study meetings were organised in collaboration with the Fisheries Advisory Councils: 

  • Widely Ranging Fish/Pelagic Regional Advisory Council (PRAC) meeting: 6 February 2014, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Western Waters/South Western Waters Regional Advisory Council (SWWRAC) meeting: 11 June 2014 in Paris, France 
  • Baltic Sea/Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) meeting: 26 June 2014 in Charlottenlund, Denmark
  • North Sea/North Sea Advisory Council (NSAC) demersal working group meeting: 7 July 2014 in Amsterdam

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the UK National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), who attended the July meeting in Amsterdam, said: “I found the MyFish workshop to be at the cutting edge of thinking about how to achieve MSY within the context of biological, economic, social and political realities. A decision support platform such as that being explored and developed by Myfish should help fisheries managers and fisheries stakeholders in the advisory councils to understand the implications and consequences of their choices.”

The EC’s goal is to achieve MSY in the EU by 2015. However, there is currently a lack of common agreement on the interpretation of the "sustainability" and "yield" components of the MSY concept and on the effects that achieving MSY for one stock may have on other stocks and the broader ecosystem, economic system and social system. The Myfish project will address these ambiguities by evaluating different MSY objectives, conditional on different kinds of constraints (ecosystem, economic, social) and with different kinds of management measures to achieve the objectives.

More information about the Myfish project can be found HERE

For press queries please contact the Project Coordinator, Anna Rindorf (email:


ARRAINA 'Technology for Novel Fish Feeds' Course

ARRAINA logo smallThe ARRAINA project ( , through SPAROS and Wageningen Academy is organising a course on Technology for Novel Fish Feeds.

Do you or one of your colleagues/students need an update on the theoretical and practical aspects of fish feed manufacturing process? Then the Technology for Novel Fish Feeds course might be something for you. During this course, you will take advantage of the wide knowledge basis gathered in the ARRAINA consortium, and gain experience using SPAROS pilot-scale feed technology platform.

Upon completion of the course you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of the state-of-the art and future challenges in formulation and production of novel, sustainable and cost-effective fish feeds, with a focus on the interaction of current formulation trends (plant-rich, alternative feedstuffs, functional additives) and some feed processing constraints.

The topics will be introduced by different experts from INRA, Univ. Porto, NMBU-FôrTeck, CCMAR, FEFAC, SORGAL, CLEXTRAL, BIOMAR and SPAROS.

Interested? Click HERE to find out more.

Course dates: 26-29 October 2014

Early bird Registration: 1 September 2014

Late Registration deadline: 29 September 2014

Contact: Malou Gosselink



Final Call for FREE Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures: AQUAEXCEL 9th Call for Access Now Open

AquaExcel callThe ninth, and final, AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) Call for Access is still open, with a deadline of 12 September 2014. 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, click HERE.


SOCIOEC project working to implement EU Fishery Policies in the Baltic Sea

SocioEC.smallBest practices and management strategies for implementation of new EU fishery policies in the Baltic Sea region were discussed by members of the Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Committee (BSRAC) and partners from two EC-funded projects, Myfish and SOCIOEC, at a recent meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The one-day stakeholder workshop, entitled “How to determine long term targets for Baltic Sea multi annual multi species plans”, was jointly organised by partners of the SOCIOEC and Myfish projects and held on 26 June 2014.

SOCIOEC and Myfish both aim to construct long-term sustainable fisheries management plans and to evaluate different management measures to ensure compliance and sustainability. The Copenhagen event provided an opportunity for debate and discussion with fisheries stakeholders on a number of topics, including the results of modelling the individual behaviour of fishing vessels facing spatial closures (DISPLACE model, presented by Francois Bastardie, from the Technical University of Denmark National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua)) and the possible measures for managing fisheries in their interaction with seals (introduced by Thomas Thøgersen, from the Danish Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO)).

As the SOCIOEC project is nearing its end date in February 2015, this meeting provided an ideal opportunity for the partners to present their results and get valuable feedback from the stakeholders.

SOCIOEC assistant coordinator Leyre Goti said: “The meeting in Copenhagen was a good chance to get first hand opinions of the industry with regards to management and the information that they would need from us scientists in order to improve it.”

The SOCIOEC project aims to focus on the socioeconomic effects of management measures of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The project is developing possible new future measures to be introduced in order to achieve a more profitable and efficient fishing sector that provides sustainable employment, supports society’s aims, and contributes to societal well being.

For more information visit the SOCIOEC webpage



AQUAEXCEL at Aquaculture Europe 2014

Many of Europe’s leading aquaculture researchers will gather in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain on October 14-17, 2014 for the European Aquaculture Society’s annual ‘Aquaculture Europe’ Conference.

As part of the event AQUAEXCEL will host an industry workshop on Friday, 17th October. This workshop will provide a space for collaboration and interaction between the project's partners and an audience primarily drawn from industry. The workshop will focus on presenting achievements and results of the AQUAEXCEL project which can positively contribute to the enhancement of aquaculture in Europe and which are demonstrably beneficial to the aquaculture industry.

Watch this space for further details and an agenda which is shortly to follow.



Student Corner

Are You the Recipient of an FP7 Marie Curie Grant? Compete to Win a MSCA prize!

The European Commission has launched the second edition of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action (MSCA) prizes competition. This year, the contest will have three categories:

  • Promising Research Talent (open to all FP7 ITN researchers)
  • Communicating Science (open to all FP7 researchers)
  • Nurturing Research Talents (open to all FP7 Experienced Researchers)

Applicants must have benefitted or are currently benefitting from an FP7 Marie Curie grant. The application deadline is 21 September 2014. The prize will be delivered during the high-level Italian Presidency conference in Trento on 18 November 2014.

Further information is available HERE.


PhD Opportunity: Genetics and Genomics of Adaptation of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus Mykiss) to Plant-based Diets

The aim of the PhD is to study the genetic and genomic characteristics linked to better utilisation of plant-based diets in Rainbow trout. The work will benefit from original genetic resources obtained during collaborative work between GABI and NuMeA: a selected line for better use of plant-based diet and isogenic lines chosen for their contrasted and reproducible performances when fed a plant-based diet.

Global aquaculture has expanded continuously over the last 30 years (~9 % each year, FAO, 2014) and this expansion will continue because of increasing world population. Aquafeeds still contain fish meal and fish oil originated from fisheries. However, marine resources are limited and will not be able to meet the growing needs of aquaculture. Thus, for economical (high and fluctuating prices), environmental (marine resources preservation) and social (aquaculture image) reasons, substitution of marine ingredients is highly needed. Raw materials of plant origin are the main products used for substitution because of their diversity and their high availability. Many researchers have optimised feed formulation so that, now, substitution of fish meal and fish oil by vegetable meal and oil is possible up to a substitution rate of 80 % (Médale et al., 2013). For higher fish meal substitution, growth and survival are reduced. For higher fish oil substitution, healthy value of the flesh is altered with a lower proportion of w-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids. Biological bottlenecks responsible of these decreased performances when diets are highly substituted are still poorly understood. Thus, a better understanding of adaptation mechanisms to plant-based diets is a major issue to improve aquaculture sustainability.

Please note: the student will share his/her time between two labs, one in Jouy en Josas (near Paris), the other in St Pée sur Nivelle (south west of France).

Funding (obtained): ANR Agreenfish/INRA division Phase/INRA Division Animal Genetics

Beginning of the PhD: autumn 2014

Salary: around 1400 euro, net salary

Deadline: 15 September 2014

For further information click HERE.


Marine Policy Masterclass

19-23 February 2015

This exclusive, fully‐funded residential Marine Policy Masterclass is the first of its kind in the UK. It provides access to senior national and international advisers who will openly share their knowledge and experience of current and emergent political and scientific agendas, the challenges of communicating and handling uncertainty, and how to ensure your research is taken seriously at a policy level.

Applications are now open for just 15 PhD students and/or early career researchers who wish to take part in this intensive programme; designed to fast‐track international collaboration and improve your knowledge and confidence in applying for international funding.

To find out more, click HERE, email or call 01631 559000.


Ecosystem Based Management Training Course at SAMS

24 – 26 February 2015

If you’re interested in constructing and interpreting ecosystem models using the ecological modelling software, Ecopath with Ecosim, this hands-on three-day course provides a solid introduction for you. Led by Dr Sheila Heymans of SAMS, who has worked extensively with Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecological Network Analysis, this course will give you the confidence to construct and interpret models of your own.

To find out more, or book your place, click HERE, email or call 01631 559000.

Other training courses are available, including Marine Invasive Species Identification, Algae Research and Mapping and GIS Training. SAMS also has a number of postgraduate opportunities. To find out more, click HERE.


YOUMARES 5 to be Held in Stralsund, Germany from 10-12 September 2014

YOUMARES is a networking platform for young marine scientist and engineers. Further, YOUMARES wants to link research and commercial applications of marine studies. This year’s general topic is “Opportunities and Solutions – Research for Our Changing Oceans”. Sub-themes will include marine ecology, socio-economy, resource use, rights and access, renewable energy, climate change, etc.

For further information click HERE


Win an iPad Mini at Aquaculture Europe 2014! Lindsay Laird 2014 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

lindsay lairdAt 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 consists of a certificate and an award of an iPad mini, as well as a book prize sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell.

Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the annual EAS conference in San Sebastian, Spain from 14-17 October 2014 are eligible.

The winner will join six 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!

Other News

Herring dispute: EU lifts Measures Against the Faroe Islands

The Commission has repealed the measures adopted against the Faroe Islands in August 2013 following their unsustainable fishery on Atlanto-Scandian herring. The measures imposed were lifted as of 20 August 2014.

The decision comes after it was agreed that the Faroe Islands would cease their unsustainable fishery and would adopt a catch limit for herring in 2014 at 40,000t. This level is considerably lower than the one the Faroes had adopted in 2013 and which, according to the current scientific assessments, does not put in jeopardy the conservation efforts of the coastal States sharing the stock.

For further information click HERE


Mercury – Have Your Say on the EU Implementation of the Minamata Convention

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on issues related to the ratification and implementation by the EU of the Minamata Convention on mercury. The Convention was signed in October 2013. At that time, it was the 1st international environmental agreement concluded in a decade. It is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, and aims to phase out many of its current uses.

The EU signed the Minamata Convention and now intends to become a party. However, while the Minamata Convention largely contains measures similar to or identical to existing EU legislation, certain additional measures will be needed. And certain elements of EU legislation need to be amended accordingly. In particular, gaps have been identified in EU legislation in the following areas:

  • Import restrictions for metallic mercury from non-Parties
  • Export ban for certain products containing mercury
  • Mercury use in products and processes not yet placed on the market
  • Restrictions on certain processes where mercury is used
  • Mercury use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM)

The consultation provides interested citizens, public authorities, businesses and NGOs with a concise and clear understanding of the elements above and asks them for their views. Ideas and comments are welcome on the ratification and subsequent EU implementation of the Convention, restrictions and bans, approval processes, and on dental amalgam, for instance. These inputs will be used in the preparation of a ratification package by the Commission services.

The consultation, as well as background information and supportive documents can be found HERE. It will be online until 14 November 2014.


EWEA OFFSHORE 2015: Call for Abstracts Now Open

Do you have fresh ideas that demonstrate innovation in the offshore wind industry? Do you want to be part of the world's largest offshore wind energy conference and exhibition? Submitting an abstract presents the best opportunity to share your work with your peers in the wind industry. The 2015 conference programme will cover a wide range of topics with a special focus on cost reduction across the supply chain.

Year after year, EWEA OFFSHORE attracts thousands of offshore wind energy professionals from Europe and beyond. EWEA is devoted to supporting companies active in/ looking to develop in the offshore wind industry, by creating opportunities for knowledge sharing and business networking. The 2015 edition will take place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, where the exhibition will cover three halls. 

Abstract submission deadline: 1 October 2014

For more information click HERE.


New Project Seeks Input From Business Community to Addresses Economic and Social Implications of a Changing Ocean

A new EU-funded project called “OCEAN-CERTAIN” has been created to improve our understanding of the biological pump, so that its significance in shaping future climate change is clearer. The project will address how ocean changes will affect the tourism, aquaculture and fisheries sectors and how their responses may in turn affect these processes.

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is working with OCEAN CERTAIN to foster and facilitate ocean business community input. A workshop on “Changing Oceans and Industry Futures: How will changes to ocean properties and processes affect ocean business?” has been organised as part of developing ongoing and expanded exchange between the ocean science and ocean business communities. The event will take place on Sunday, 28 September 2014 in New York.

For more information click HERE.


Deadline Approaching for European Marine Science Educators Association 2014 Conference Registration

The second European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference  is now approaching. The Conference will be a great opportunity for all marine education stakeholders to:

  • share their passion for marine science education
  • take part in the discussion on ocean literacy in Europe
  • energise themselves with new ideas
  • experience marine education in practice
  • network

It will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, 1-3 October  2014. The deadline for registration is 15 September 2014.

For further details or to take a look at the programme please click HERE.


New Fish Vaccine to Protect Tilapia

MSD Animal Health (Merck Animal Health) has introduced a new fish vaccine to help protect tilapia and other fish against the biotype 1 strain of Streptococcus agalactiae.

MSD Animal Health conducted extensive sampling of farms in the world’s most important tilapia-producing regions and found that Streptococcus accounted for 70% of all pathogens collected, making it the most prevalent disease affecting tilapia. Of the two Streptococcus strains that have been identified, S. agalactiae is the most economically damaging, causing widespread mortality and morbidity in larger fish.

In a laboratory test, fish experienced full onset of immunity one week after vaccination with this vaccine and protection was demonstrated to last for at least 12 weeks. In a large- scale field trial in an environment challenged by S. agalactiae biotype 1, the fish vaccine increased survival by 17%, increased biomass by 11.2%, and improved feed conversion efficiency by 9%. Protection was demonstrated for the entire grow-out period. Fish vaccinated with the vaccine are safe for human consumption.

For further information click HERE.


Viral Attack: Defenceless Oysters

Oysters are being wiped out in Europe. But can science save them? In southwest France, oyster farmers say they have good reason to fear for their livelihoods. Scientists at working on the European research project BIVALIFE are trying to identify and neutralise the elusive oyster killers.

Scientists have studied the role played by one virus, three bacteria and one parasite. They’ve learnt how the pathogens affect oysters and they say that protecting such vulnerable animals is far from easy.

Tristan Renault, a veterinary physician and IFREMER Bivalife project coordinator, explained: “A vaccination isn’t possible for shellfish. Bivalves are invertebrate animals. They lack the antibodies that are stimulated through vaccination, as is the case in human beings or land farm animals”.

Several possible solutions are being studied. The most promising, despite being a slower process, is natural selection and crossing-over, researchers say.

“In oyster communities, there can be stronger and fitter individuals. They can defend themselves better against viral infections. So eventually we’ll possibly cross-over the stronger specimens to obtain whole families of more resistant individuals,” Renault said. 

For more information click HERE.


 Mercury Levels at the Ocean Surface Have Tripled Since the Start of the Industrial Era

Mercury levels in the upper ocean have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and human activities are to blame, researchers have reported in a recent Nature paper. 

Researchers collected thousands of water samples during eight research cruises to the north and south Atlantic and Pacific oceans between 2006 and 2011. To determine how mercury levels had changed over time, they compared samples of seawater from depths down to 5 kilometres with water closer to the surface, which had been more recently exposed to mercury pollution from land and air.

Their analysis reveals that human activities — mostly the burning of fossil fuels, but also mining — had boosted the mercury levels in the upper 100 metres of the ocean by a factor of 3.4 since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The total amount of anthropogenic mercury in the world's seas now stands at 290 million moles, with the highest levels in the Arctic and north Atlantic oceans.

For more information click HERE


First Prototype of the Offshore Monitoring Buoy KIC-OTS Launched in Portugal

WavEC Offshore Renewables successfully launched the first prototype of the offshore monitoring buoy being developed under the KIC-OTS program in Algés at the mouth of the river Tagus, Portugal.

The operation was the result of two years of research, design and implementation. This buoy has been designed and equipped to aid in the O&M operations of offshore energy parks aiding to optimise costs while also to providing long term data for environmental impact assessment. The focus is on the acoustic component as apart from a custom, low data hydrophone, the product also has an acoustic modeling component.

The prototype will now enter a full test period of all its systems including sensor data acquisition, power, communication (GPRS and VHF) as well as structural design. Later this year it will be deployed offshore for a long term reliability test.

For more information, please click HERE.

To view video click HERE.


AQUAEXCEL at Aquaculture Europe 2014

Many of Europe’s leading aquaculture researchers will gather in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain on 14-17 October 2014 for the European Aquaculture Society’s annual ‘Aquaculture Europe’ Conference.

As part of the event AQUAEXCEL will host an industry workshop on Friday, 17th October. This workshop will provide a space for collaboration and interaction between the project's partners and an audience primarily drawn from industry. The workshop will focus on presenting achievements and results of the AQUAEXCEL project which can positively contribute to the enhancement of aquaculture in Europe and which are demonstrably beneficial to the aquaculture industry.

Watch this space for further details and an agenda which is shortly to follow.


Tragic Loss of SAMS Director, Professor Laurence Mee

Professor Laurence Mee FRSC, director of the Scottish Marine Institute (SAMS) died suddenly on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

Prof Mee suffered a severe stroke while on business in Inverness from which he did not recover. He was just 63 and to the last moment exuded an ocean of positive and youthful energy.

Prof Mee joined SAMS as Director in 2008 continuing an illustrious career, with previous positions at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, at the Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory in Monaco, as founding coordinator of the Global Environment Facility Black Sea Environment Programme in Istanbul, and later at the University of Plymouth as Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy and Director of the Marine Institute. Since 1998 Prof Mee was a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. As SAMS is a partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands, he was also instrumental in the birth of this new university.

Professor Geoffrey Boulton, SAMS President, said: “As leader of a successful independent multidisciplinary marine institute delivering research, education and commercial work, Laurence remained a productive researcher specialising in coupled social-ecological systems. Actively publishing research articles on the science/policy interface, Laurence acted as environmental advisor to the UK Government, the European Commission and the UN. His enthusiasm for the societal implications of the changing marine environment was unbounded. His planning horizon was far and wide; his future contributions to science and society are a loss to us all.”

An online memorial site has been set up to allow his many friends, colleagues and family members anywhere in the world to share their grief and memories to to celebrate Laurence’s outstanding life and big personality with words and photos.


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PositionPhD Opportunity on Genetics and Genomics Of Adaptation and Robustness Traits in Fish (France)

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PositionPostdoc Position in R&D – Laboratory of Molecular, Cellular and Quantitative Genetics (Czech Republic) 

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