AquaTT Training News - October 2014

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Research Infrastructures: Adding Value to European Aquaculture Industry

Aquaexcel logoThe EC-funded AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project hosted a successful workshop entitled "Research Infrastructures: adding value to European aquaculture industry” on Friday 17 October 2014 at the Aquaculture Europe 2014 conference in San Sebastian, Spain.

AQUAEXCEL is an EC FP7-funded project working to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. The project’s focus is on further improving the efficiency of aquaculture production and supporting European research activities in this area.

The workshop focused on presenting the achievements and results of the AQUAEXCEL project as they have strong potential to positively contribute to the enhancement of aquaculture in Europe, and are demonstrably beneficial to the European aquaculture industry.

During the event, researchers from AQUAEXCEL’s joint research and Transnational Access (TNA) components presented their findings to an audience primarily drawn from industry. The AQUAEXCEL TNA programme enabled research groups to utilise the facilities of participating aquaculture Research Infrastructures to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types.

The event was organised by the project’s Dissemination and Knowledge Management partner, AquaTT. The workshop was jointly presented by the project’s coordinator, Marc Vandeputte (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)), and Marieke Reuver (AquaTT).

Marieke Reuver said: “The specific focus of this AQUAEXCEL workshop was on project results of value to the aquaculture industry and SMEs, and how they can exploit these outputs for commercial benefit. At all stages in the AQUAEXCEL project we have consistently generated results which are of high value to the aquaculture industry in Europe. This workshop provided an opportunity for us to showcase this progress. It also provided a forum for researchers and industry representatives to discuss mutual interests as well as future opportunities for collaboration.”

More than 140 people attended the event, which featured dynamic and engaging discussions broadly focusing on the interconnectedness of research and industry, and the opportunities for both to collaborate and play a part in Europe’s quest to produce high quality seafood with reduced environmental impact.

Marc Vandeputte, AQUAEXCEL Project Coordinator, said: “The success of this workshop demonstrates the keen interest on both sides to strengthen ties between top class research and industry.”

Results of value to the aquaculture industry that were presented and discussed during the workshop included descriptions of new aquaculture research tools and methodologies developed through the project, such as: new tools to easily evaluate chronic stress in farmed fish; guidelines on sizing research structures to ensure that results are applicable to industrial scales; and prototype electronic infrastructures (e-infrastructures) which enable interchange of data and remote operation of aquaculture research facilities over the internet.

Research carried out under the AQUAEXCEL TNA programme was also highlighted in a series of three minute presentations by TNA participants. The findings presented were then discussed with a panel of industry experts and the audience. Topics that sparked debate included research relating to fish feed studies examining the substitution of fish oil with alternative ingredients such as hazelnut oil.

For more information about the AQUAEXCEL project, please visit:

AQUAEXCEL AE2014 Workshop Photo


COMMON SENSE Partner Meeting in Sopot, Poland

COMMON-SENSE Logo RGBThe COMMON SENSE project held its 12-month partner meeting in Sopot, Poland, from 14-16 October 2014. The meeting, hosted by the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN), brought the COMMON SENSE consortium together to discuss the progress of the project and to partake in collaborative workshops. 

COMMON SENSE aims to develop innovative, cost-effective sensors that will increase 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.

During the meeting, partners engaged in participatory policy workshops where they collaborated to identify the most significant barriers to implementation of the MSFD descriptors. This was followed by an extensive review meeting where the progress of each of the project’s work package was presented and evaluated in order to ensure good project development, the achievement of project objectives and the successful delivery of project results.

The COMMON SENSE consortium brings together 15 partners from seven different countries, coordinated by the LEITAT Technological Centre, Spain.

For more information about the COMMON SENSE project, visit:

COMMON SENSE Sopot Meeting Group Photo WEB


How Science can Support Traditional Aquaculture in the Czech Republic and Poland

TRAFOON BANNERThe Trafoon project recognises that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the EU traditional food sector are increasingly under pressure due to developing open markets, increasing demand for standardised and price competitive food products by consumers, and the challenges of obeying governmental regulations. This raises the risk of losing many traditional foods as well as traditional processing techniques which are applied by SMEs using regional raw materials.

To support these traditional SMEs, Trafoon is committed to the development of a knowledge transfer network focusing on four different traditional food product sectors: 1) grains, 2) fish, 3) fruits & olive oil, 4) vegetables and mushrooms; and general topics like quality assurance and entrepreneurship. The aim is to link traditional food SMEs with specific needs with the relevant science actors who could have a promising solution, thereby helping to bridge the gap that is often present between scientists and relevant stakeholders.

The project organised a multi-stakeholder workshop related to traditional fish products of the Czech Republic and Poland regions on 7-8 October 2014 in the Mevpis facilities of the faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Water in the University of South Bohemia, Vodňany, Czech Republic. The two-day workshop included presentations, discussions and excursions. Participants included researchers and representatives of fisheries and aquaculture producer organisations from the Polish and Czech Republic regions.

In advance of the workshop and as part of an earlier task of the project, a questionnaire for SMEs was developed by the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) to capture the current and potential future challenges affecting the traditional fish product SMEs. This questionnaire was sent to SMEs in Poland and the Czech Republic. The results were then analysed and incorporated into the workshop structure.

The format of the sessions was designed to provide a logical stream of information to inform the final discussion with the invited experts and finalise the outputs of the workshop. The core purpose of the questionnaire and multi-stakeholder workshop was to determine and validate the needs of the traditional fish producing SMEs in order to better understand how research can support their development.

The outputs of the project will inform training workshops which will be organised by Trafoon in 2015 and 2016 in both Poland and the Czech Republic where fish producing SMEs will be brought together with researchers and scientists who can provide them with the skills and knowledge they require to develop the traditional food production industry.

For more information on the Trafoon project and its fish sub network, please visit


ARRAINA Hosts Sessions on Nutrition at Aquaculture Europe 2014

ARRAINA logo smallThe ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project hosted a session on fish nutrition at the Aquaculture Europe conference (AE2014) in San Sebastián, Spain, from 14-17 October 2014. The ARRAINA team provided stakeholders and interested parties with the opportunity to learn more about the current and expected results of the ARRAINA project.

The overall objectives of ARRAINA are: to develop sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective life cycles, with reduced levels of fish meal and fish oil; to assess the long term physiological consequences by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species; and to provide flexibility in the use of various ingredients in the formulation of feeds which are cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality.

During his address at the opening session, ARRAINA project coordinator Sadasivam Kaushik of INRA said: “90% of aquaculture in the 28 countries of the European Union is made up of five main species including Salmonids, marine fish and cyprinids, all of which have a very high dependence on fish oil and fish meal. Over reliance on these finite resources is deemed questionable, rather than sustainable.”


For more information please visit the ARRAINA website at or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager, Heloise Simonson (


New Resources to Support MSFD Decision Makers

STAGES FINAL COL LOGOA range of new decision support resources designed to inform the development of a science-policy interface to underpin the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) have been developed through the STAGES (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) project.

STAGES was an EC-funded Coordination and Support Action that aimed to improve the scientific knowledge base required to support the implementation of the MSFD and help Member States to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in European Waters by 2020. The project ran from September 2012 to September 2014. The STAGES MSFD Decision Support Resources can be downloaded individually or in a convenient e-package (.zip file format) from the project’s website:

This e-package includes pragmatic and ready-to-use recommendations for the establishment of an effective EU science-policy platform to support the implementation of the MSFD. These recommendations are based on results of extensive stakeholder consultations, surveys and desk top studies, which identified key MSFD-relevant projects of interest and knowledge gaps where further research will be needed to support MSFD implementation.


Marisa Fernández, the project’s coordinator, presented STAGES in a session on GES  at the recent  (9-7 October) EurOCEAN 2014 science-policy conference, together with presentations by the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, DG Environment, Joint Research Centre and the OSPAR Regional Sea Convention. Both DG R&I and DG Environment spoke highly of the work conducted by STAGES. STAGES also had a stand at the event disseminating all project outputs, led by AquaTT with project partners CETMAR, EurOcean, ICES and the European Marine Board all present.

In a plenary session, Maria Betti (Director, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, EC-JRC) launched the MSFD Competence Centre and the first operational phase was explained by Mark Dowell (EC-JRC) in the GES session. AquaTT’s David Murphy presented on ‘Monitoring, managing and transferring marine knowledge for sustainable Blue Growth’ in a session on ‘Bridging the Gap – linking marine science and policy’.

STAGES Partners at EurOcean2014 Conference WEB

New STAGES Video

A new STAGES video is also now available on Vimeo: This video provides a summary of the STAGES project and its key activities and results.

To learn more about the STAGES project, visit:


MaCuMBA Progresses towards Uncovering the Hidden Potential of Marine Microorganisms


The MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project’s second General Assembly was held in Cadiz, Spain from the 22-26 September. 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.

Representatives of the project’s 24 partner organisations attended the assembly at the University of Cadiz. The meeting involved two days of scientific presentations, which summarised the innovative research that is being done in the MaCuMBA project, followed by a two-day sampling workshop.

MaCuMBA 2nd GA Lucas WEBProf Lucas Stal (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)), MaCuMBA project coordinator, said: “These annual General Assembly meetings are a valuable opportunity for the MaCuMBA partners to come together to evaluate the progress we have made so far and plan for the next year of the project. The MaCuMBA consortium continues to make excellent progress towards achieving the aims of the project. So far we have isolated several thousands of microorganisms from a large variety of marine samples, and the development and testing of new equipment to help with the isolation, screening and culture of marine microorganisms is also underway.”   

Examples of the outputs beginning to emerge from the project include a “survival box” for collection of cyanobacteria, micro Petri dishes for in-situ isolation of marine microbes, and a laser-tweezers setup that can be used to isolate single microbes.

During the meeting, it was decided that the next MaCuMBA General Assembly will be held in Iceland, from 21-25 September 2015.

The second industry stakeholder meeting to be held in collaboration with MaCuMBA’s Oceans of Tomorrow sister projects was also discussed. This event will be organised by MicroB3 ( and will take place on 30-31 March 2015 in Madrid, Spain. At this event, MaCuMBA will organise a session on marine microorganisms and will invite both industry and academic partners to present their research.

MaCuMBA Round Table Session at BioMarine 2014

MaCuMBA lead a round-table session at the fifth International BioMarine Business Convention in Cascais, Portugal on 30 October 2014.

BioMarine 2014 is an international conference where CEOs and executives from all areas of the marine sector have the opportunity to meet stakeholders in the marine bioresources sectors and professionals in the marine industry. This is a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectoral knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities. This event was therefore an excellent opportunity for MaCuMBA to build new relationships and promote and transfer the innovative outcomes of the project to key stakeholders.

Lucas Stal (MaCuMBA project coordinator, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)) and Marieke Reuver (MaCuMBA Work Package 9 Leader, AquaTT) coordinated MaCuMBA’s round table session at BioMarine 2014. During the session, target outputs of the MaCuMBA project that have potential industrial relevance were presented and the practical industrial development of these outputs were discussed with participants.

MaCuMBA Represented at EFIB 2014

The MaCuMBA project was also recently represented at the Seventh European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB). This event was held from 30 September-2 October 2014 in the Reims Congress Centre, Reims, France. The event entailed three days of excellent content, networking and discussion. Professor Lucas Stal, MaCuMBA project coordinator, presented MaCuMBA at a pre-conference workshop entitled ‘Building Blue Biotech Capacity in Europe’, on 30 September. This pre-conference workshop was organised by the PHARMASEA project ( and focused on market potential, business opportunities and new product innovations in marine biotechnology.

For more information about the MaCuMBA project, visit:


Final SOCIOEC Project Meeting

SocioEC.smallThe final SOCIOEC project meeting will take place in Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France, from 19-21 November 2014.

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.

The project was launched in March 2012 and is expected to finish in February 2015.

For more information visit the SOCIOEC webpage


AquaTT at Aquaculture Europe 2014

AquaTT would like to thank the organisers of the 2014 Aquaculture Europe Conference, held in San Sebastian, Spain, for running an excellent event this year.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all those who came to meet Marieke and Cliona at the AquaTT stand.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

AquaTT AE2014 Stand WEB


Student Corner

Winner of 2014 Lindsay Laird Award Announced

AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Lindsay Laird Award for the best innovative aquaculture student poster at the 2014 Aquaculture Europe Conference (AE2014) is Marina Machado from Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR), Universidade do Porto, Portugal, with her poster entitled “Dietary Methionine Supplementation but not Tryptophan Improve Cell Mediated Immunity of European Sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax”.

The aim of Marina’s study was to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation of the amino acids methionine (MET) and tryptophan (TRP) on the European sea bass cellular and humoral (immune system) status, in order to develop functional feeds for this species. She receives an iPad mini, sponsored by AquaTT, and a book prize from Wiley-Blackwell.

Lindsay Laird Winner 2014 Marina Machado WEB

In 2008, AquaTT and AMC established an award in honour of Lindsay Laird, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at the University of Aberdeen, for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student at the Aquaculture Europe Conference.

During this year’s competition, more than 100 student posters were evaluated by a team of three judges: Kjell Maroni (Director R&D aquaculture, Norwegian Seafood Research Fund & President of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) Board, 2012-2014), Dr Elena Mente (Associate Professor, University of Thessaly (Greece) and Board member of the EAS), and Marieke Reuver (Programme Manager, AquaTT and Director of AMC). The award was presented to Marina in absentia by Kjell Maroni during the wrap-up session of the AE2014 conference.

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.

To learn more about Lindsay Laird, this award and past winners, visit: or


Peter Howgate Award -  IAFI Grant funding for attendance of young fish technologists at the 2015 World Seafood Congress

The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) has announced the opening of applications for the 2015 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) at the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2015 in Grimsby UK, from 5-10 September 2015. The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee. The deadline for submission of applications is 31 March 2015. More information and an application form is available from

For more information visit


Call Open: EUROFLEETS2 "Oceanography at Sea: An Introduction to Practical Aspects of Oceanography" onboard the RV Dana, 20 May-3 June  2015

This ship-based course for Postgraduate Students of Marine Science will take place from 20 May - 3 June 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

EUROFLEETS2 is a Research Infrastructures project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission aimed at consolidating the construction  of  a  pan-European  distributed  research  fleet  infrastructure  with  common  strategic  vision  and coordinated  access  to  European  marine  research  vessels  and  equipment.

General Course Objectives

Modern ocean science is truly multidisciplinary representing an overlap between biology, chemistry, geology and physics. This 5 ECTS course offers an introduction to practical aspects of oceanographic research at sea, providing students experience with oceanographic sampling and data analysis. The course will be carried out on board R/V Dana during a cruise from Tromsø, Norway to Hirtshals, Denmark.

Applications will be considered from postgraduate (MSc) and doctoral (PhD) students in marine science.

Application deadline: 1 December 2015

For further information, go to or email Colin Stedmon (

To download the application form, click HERE.


Last chance to Apply for 11th Advanced Phytoplankton Course

The course will be held on, Naples, Italy from 4-24 October 2015.

The course is organised by the Stazione Zoologica in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae.

It will cover morphology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of marine phytoplankton species. The aim is to increase and update the expertise of the students in the taxonomy and specific identification of diatoms, dinoflagellates, coccolithophores and other phytoflagellates, with emphasis on light microscopy and integrating molecular data and new approaches to the study of microalgae.

The programme will consist of lectures and practical sessions. During the latter, a diverse collection of preserved and live material will be offered for examination in light microscopy. Selected material will be observed in electron microscopy.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2014

For more information, click HERE.


SETAC Student Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for students to partake in the 25th Annual Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe Meeting, which will be held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, from 3-7 May 2015.

Young Scientist Award

The Young Scientist Awards (YSA) are to honour the best Platform Presentation and the best Poster Presentation at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting:

  • The YSA Best Platform Award is made available by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC).
  • The Best Poster Award is made available by SETAC Europe.

The winners of the Young Scientist Award will be announced at the Closing Ceremony of the Annual Meeting (in Barcelona on Thursday 11 May 2015), in the SETAC newsletter (the Globe and SETAC News) and on the SETAC website after the Annual Meeting. The winners will also receive a free registration to the next SETAC Europe Annual meeting and prize money up to €1,000.

YSA candidates should indicate their interest for the award during the abstract submission. Abstract submission will close on 26 November 2014.

Environmental Education Award

The NOACK-LABORATORIES Environmental Education award honours activities in the dissemination of knowledge on environmental sciences. If you know a possible candidate with an outstanding record of interdisciplinary activities related to the distribution of knowledge on environmental sciences who has made substantial contributions to the education in this field, please submit your nomination (in one document) to Sarah Spanoghe in the SETAC Europe Office and to the attention of Dr Gertie Arts, the chair of the SETAC Europe award committee. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2014.

The award recipient must be based in a geographical area administered by SETAC Europe (i.e. Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa).

The award will be presented on Sunday 3 May 2015 during the opening ceremony at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Barcelona.

Interested in helping at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting?

SETAC Europe is looking for students (preferably from Barcelona) to assist on site during the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting.

Assistance activities include practical assistance in session rooms (microphone, light, computer, projection, etc.), meeting rooms, delegate registrations, IT facilities, presentation upload/download, signposting, photography; during poster sessions and social events.

Candidates should preferably meet the following criteria:

  • An affinity with the field of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • You should be continuously available for 12 hours/day in the period between Saturday 2 and Thursday 7 May (main activities between 7:00 - 19:00, occasionally also in the evening)
  • Fluent English
  • A cooperative and respectable attitude

If you have submitted an abstract and will present at the meeting, this will be taken into account when planning your work schedule. If you have helped (efficiently) in previous SETAC annual meetings, this will also be taken into account positively during the selection procedure.

Applications should be sent before 31 December 2014.

Applicants will be informed 31 January 2015.

For more information, click HERE.


An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms

Applications are currently being accepted for an introductory course on Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms organised by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) which will take place from 10-11 February 2015.

This course is designed for shellfish producers, processors and regulators wishing to minimise product recalls, reduce financial loss and safeguard human health through an improved understanding of the marine environment, especially with regards to toxic algae.  It is also well suited to undergraduate or postgraduate marine or ecological science students wishing to gain experience in this topic.

For more, click HERE.


Other News

Public Consultation for the streamlining of EU funding in the Arctic

In the wake of climate change and increasing human activity in the region, the Arctic faces considerable opportunities and challenges. The European Union is actively cooperating in international fora in fields such as Arctic research, safe shipping and reducing chemical pollutants. As the EU's engagement with partners around the world further develops, the time is right for the EU to look at how it could further strengthen its positive impact on the Arctic's future, notably by acting in a more joined up way in areas and on issues where it has the most impact in terms of its funding capacity.

A public consultation on Streamlining EU funding in the Arctic is now open and will be concluded on 1 January 2015.

For more information and to find out how to submit your contribution, click HERE.


Call for Proposals (MARE/2014/19) - Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the Area of Fisheries Data Collection

A call for proposals relating to the strengthening of regional cooperation in the area of fisheries data collection is now open.

This call for proposals covers work by regions relating to coordination of collection, management and use of data or provision of these data to end users of biological, economic or fisheries data.

The regions covered by this call for proposals are: the Baltic, the North Sea & Eastern Arctic, the North Atlantic, the
Mediterranean & Black Sea and Long-distance fisheries in external waters.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 January 2015, 17:00 Brussels' time.

Click HERE for more information.


Call for Abstracts: SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Barcelona

Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts for platform and poster presentations at the 25th Annual Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe Meeting, which will be held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, from 3-7 May 2015.

Deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 26 November 2014.
For more information, click HERE.


Commission reports on plans to save the European Eel

The European Commission has issued a report on the measures taken by EU countries to ensure the recovery of European eel.

After scientific evaluation of national progress reports, the Commission's report concludes that whilst measures on controlling fisheries have been fully implemented, more needs to be done to manage other human activities and improve river habitats.

Despite a significant increase in the number of baby eels produced since 2011, the population at all stages of adult eels remains very low. The Commission's report, issued to the European Parliament and Council, includes a number of recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the eel regulation and ensure that the situation can improve further.

To learn more, click HERE.


Call for Workshops - Atlantic Stakeholder Platform, 20 January 2015, Porto, Portugal

The European Commission is inviting stakeholders to share their practical knowledge and ideas for projects to implement the Atlantic Action Plan at the Stakeholder Platform conference to be held on 20 January 2015 in Porto, Portugal.

Stakeholders are invited to organise workshops on topics of their choice, reflecting the priorities agreed under the Atlantic Action Plan. Success stories and lessons learned from previous projects are important. A key goal will also be finding potential partners for projects. Workshops (Keynotes, case studies and panel discussions in the workshops) will be accepted on relevance for the Atlantic Action Plan, timeliness and expertise of the speakers.

Deadline for submission is 7 November 2014.

For more information, click HERE.


Rome Declaration: ‘Let there be Blue Growth’

The EurOCEAN 2014 conference brought together marine scientists from a broad range of disciplines with policymakers, industry and NGOs. Highlighting the importance of Blue Growth and of commercially-driven, problem-oriented research, EurOCEAN 2014 equally emphasised that a growing and sustainable maritime economy will also require a much greater knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystem functioning and resilience.

A key output of EurOCEAN 2014 is the development of a common vision on achieving an ecosystem approach to the management of Europe’s marine resources as a fundamental requirement for sustainable Blue Growth. This common vision was delivered on 8 October in the Rome Declaration, a consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants, reflecting that of the European marine science community.

To download the declaration, click HERE.


Call for Abstracts and Sessions: Fish Passage 2015

The registration and call for abstracts for the Fish Passage Conference 2015 (June 22-24, 2015) is officially open.

This conference is the fifth instalment in this conference series, but will be held for the first time in Europe, in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. Hundreds of researchers, educators, practitioners, funders and regulators from across the globe are expected to take part in this exciting international conference.

Visit for more information. Important dates and deadlines can be found HERE. If you have any questions, please send an email to


Commission Proposes Fishing Opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2015

On 28 October, the European Commission published its proposed fishing opportunities for 2015 for the Atlantic and the North Sea.

This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year and it is for the first time based on the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

To read more, click HERE.


Call for Abstracts: 47th International Liège Colloquium - Marine Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Prediction

The 47th Intenational Liège Colloquium will take place from 4-8 May 2015 in the University of Liège, Belgium.

The aim of this colloquium is to bring together scientists in order to identify the most critical scientific improvements to be brought to these modelling and monitoring systems for marine environmental predictions and assessments. The colloquium will give the community an opportunity to express scientific needs and priorities based on experience from years of ocean observations and forecasting.

Contributions from first author of an oral or poster presentation during the colloquium are welcome. A special issue will be published with contributions from the authors of the colloquium. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 24 January 2015.

For more information, click HERE.


PiscesTT Jobs

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Recently added positions:

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Position: Senior Marine Ecologist (Belgium)

Position: Marine Evidence Support Officer (United Kingdom)

Position: Marine Evidence Manager (United Kingdom)

Position: Head Engineer/Senior Engineer In Genomics (Norway)

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Ecopath-Ecospace Modelling For Fisheries Management (Brazil)

Position: Freshwater Ecologist/Senior Freshwater Ecologist (United Kingdom)

Position: Principal Aquatic Consultant/Technical Director (United Kingdom)

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