AquaTT Training News - December 2014

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Seasons Greetings From AquaTT




HEALTHY FUTURES at Forefront of Developing Frameworks to Support the Health Decision-Making Processes in Eastern Africa

Healthy FuturesThe EU FP7-funded HEALTHY FUTURES project aims to improve anticipation of future environmental (including climate) change effects on three water related, vector borne diseases (VBDs) (malaria, Rift Valley fever (RVF) and schistosomiasis) in eastern Africa. Moreover, the project aims to involve stakeholders (representatives of both governmental and non-governmental human and animal health agencies) in developing Decision Support Frameworks (DSFs) that leverage maximum benefits from improved anticipations of the projected health impacts of future projected environmental changes.
Professor David Taylor, Scientific Coordinator of HEALTHY FUTURES, admits that the most challenging aspect of the project has been ensuring that maximum benefits from the research accrue to those most severely impacted by the health effects of environmental changes in eastern Africa. 
Prof Taylor said: “Since the project commenced, HEALTHY FUTURES has strived to enable broad access to scientific findings and model output from the research. This has not always been easy. Engaging with the full range of potential stakeholders, who themselves are often very busy and facing many demands on their attention, in developing scientific evidence- and local knowledge-based DSFs has been a steep learning process for many in the project.” 
The dedication of the HEALTHY FUTURES researchers seems to be paying off, however, following the successful launch of the HEALTHY FUTURES Atlas, a publically accessible, online resource that enables the visualisation of changes in the risks of the three target VBDs in eastern Africa as a result of projected environmental changes. The Atlas allows output from state-of-the-art environmental change and dynamic disease models to be interpreted in the context of an assessment of vulnerability to infections for the first time. The Atlas can be accessed directly here ; or indirectly via the HEALTHY FUTURES website ( ).  
The Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS of the University of Salzburg in Austria played a major role in developing the Atlas. Prof Taylor said: “The Atlas is a fantastic development, which, in addition to helping to inform forward-looking human and animal health-planning in eastern Africa, will hopefully also become an important educational and research resource in the region and beyond. Dr Stefan Kienberger and his team at Z_GIS, together with other HEALTHY FUTURES researchers who have contributed data and ideas to the development of the Atlas, deserve a huge amount of credit for their efforts. I am confident that HEALTHY FUTURES’ stakeholders will look favourably on the Atlas, and incorporate it into their future planning.”
Early signs are promising. Stakeholders and HEALTHY FUTURES researchers have been meeting together over the last two years to ensure that research outputs from the project are translated into action on the ground. At the most recent of these meetings, held in Kenya, the Atlas was positively received by representatives of health agencies (both governmental and non-governmental) active in eastern Africa. 
Healthy futures Newsletter imageCommenting on these promising early signs, Prof Taylor said: “The development of DSFs for the three target VBDs is a crucial part of converting scientific findings from HEALTHY FUTURES into practice. Strong support for the Atlas from our partners in the stakeholder community has been very welcome, and certainly augurs well for coming years. Members of the HEALTHY FUTURES consortium are certainly hopeful that the Atlas, and indeed other state-of-the-art outputs from the project, will be enhanced through additional investment after the current grant from the EC has finished, and therefore will prove of even greater use to health decision-makers in the region in the future.”

The HEALTHY FUTURES project will finish in December 2014. The final project newsletter, detailing the concluding activities of the project, is available to download here  (PDF) and also will also be made available soon via the project’s website:


Fisheries Management - Crucial CFP Issues Discussed
SocioEC.smallThe final SOCIOEC project meeting took place in the Aquarium Tropical Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France from 19-20 November 2014. As the project is nearing its end date in February 2015, this meeting provided an ideal opportunity for the partners to review the results achieved so far and plan for the concluding activities of the project.
The SOCIOEC project has focused on the socioeconomic effects of management measures of the EC’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Since it began in March 2012, the project has explored the development of 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. 
SOCIOEC project coordinator Prof Ralf Dӧring said: “SOCIOEC has made progress in understanding the measures in the new CFP, incentives in existing measures, and regionalisation of fisheries management. The impressively long list of overarching and regionally agreed objectives will bring together the diverse needs of the EU community for a positive change.”
The results obtained from the project have argued for the possibility of the regionalisation of the CFP and SOCIOEC partners have been developing a toolkit which will measure impact. 
A key feature of SOCIOEC has been the direct involvement of partners from the fishing industry and an additional broader range of stakeholders via participation in workshops. Although management measures have yet to be finalised, the results from stakeholders’ workshops show a clear diversity of regulations between countries.
SOCIOEC SWOT Stakeholder Workshop
SOCIOEC recently held a series of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) stakeholder workshops:
  • Western Waters Case Study SWOT Workshop - AZTI, Derio, Spain, 4-5 November 2014
  • Baltic Sea Case Study SWOT Workshop - Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg, Germany, 11 November 2014
  • SWOT Workshop on co- and self-management and regionalisation - Aquarium Tropical Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, 21 November 2014
  • The workshops explored regionalisation and how co- and/or self-management can contribute to the objectives of the CFP. These topics were analysed in relation to economic, social and environmental parameters and in relation to the specific SOCIOEC case study regions.
Troels Jacob Hegland from Aalborg University, Denmark, who coordinated the last SWOT workshop in Paris, said: “The discussions at the event showed a genuine interest in developing co-management as a part of regionalisation under the CFP. Nonetheless, the early experiences with regionalisation under the new CFP (i.e. the process towards the implementation of the landing obligation) have left many of the participants in the process frustrated and with doubts as to whether there is a sufficient ‘spirit of co-management’ throughout the system.”

SOCIOEC Final Symposium: Calling all Fisheries Stakeholders!

The SOCIOEC final symposium will be held in the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and the Arts, Brussels, from 17-19 February 2015. Registration is now open and all participants are welcomed. The symposium will focus on the main research themes of the SOCIOEC project. More information is available HERE.

For more information about the SOCIOEC project, visit:
For press queries, please contact the project communications officer: Christine Shortt, AquaTT (email: , Tel: +353 1 644 9008)



Second Industrial Workshop for MaCuMBA to Take Place in March 2015

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe second Industry Expert Workshop will bring together academic and industrial scientists on 30-31 March 2015 in PharmaMar, Colmenar Viejo, Spain. This workshop (Marine Micr'Omics for Biotech Applications) will be co-organised by three European funded projects-Micro B3, MaCuMBA and PharmaSea.

It aims to further the exchange of current approaches for the discovery of novel microbial strains, bioactives and engineering of marine-derived biocatalysts with the help of bioinformatics tools. Opportunities and challenges for understanding complex genome data and their application to discover new enzymes and bioactive compounds will be discussed.

For more information, click HERE or see



ECsafeSEAFOOD to Discuss Progress at Project Meeting this February

ECSAFESEAFOOD COL LOGOThe EC-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project consortium will hold their fifth coordination meeting in Bilbao, Spain from 11-12 February 2015.

The ECsafeSEAFOOD project is assessing food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination (including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter) and evaluating their impact on public health.

At this meeting, the partnership will carry out detailed planning of all project activities and provide progress updates on all project activities. It will also give the consortium the opportunity to provide details of emerging project results (e.g. the development of new detection systems, results on bioaccessibility of contaminants etc.).

For more information about the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, visit:



AQUAEXCEL to Celebrate Key Achievements at Concluding Project Meeting

Aquaexcel logoThe AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project consortium will have its closing meeting in Castellón, Spain from 4-6 February 2015.

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 final meeting will present a dynamic vision of AQUAEXCEL, sharing the project’s key results and outputs, and demonstrating the tools produced over the course of the project and how to use them.

Delegates from outside the consortium including representatives from the European Commission and EATiP are also expected to attend and engage in discussions about the legacy of the project.

A selection of Transnational Access users will present their results showcasing the excellent research that can be achieved through the collaborative use of European aquaculture Research Infrastructures.

For more information about the AQUAEXCEL project, please visit:



Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 – 9-11 December 2014, Bari, Italy

The main objective of the Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 was to take stock of the progress made by aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region and to address the main governance, economic, social and environmental challenges for its sustainable development. It aimed to renew political commitment among all actors concerned towards sustainable aquaculture development in the region.


The conference offered an important opportunity for experts and stakeholders from different countries to share their experiences, discuss challenges ahead and explore potential synergies and cooperation opportunities.

On 16 December, the final outcomes of the conference were presented to the FAO Departmental Senior Staff Management (DSSM) of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and were strongly appreciated, receiving a full round of applause from all present!

The consolidated report of the conference will be presented at the next meeting of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) committee on Aquaculture (Morocco, February 2015) and subsequently translated into concrete proposals to be submitted at the next GFCM session (Italy, May 2015).

The conference proceedings will be printed as an FAO publication.

The conference website will shortly be updated with the conference materials, outcomes, photos and videos. Please note that the conference conclusions will also be made available for downloading once final editing has been completed. A French language version is also under preparation and is expected to be made available by the end of the year.

For more information, visit:



Student Corner

Eight PhD Opportunities for Researchers Interested in Marine Environmental Science

 These studentships are funded by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) through Doctoral Training Partnerships involving a range of university and academic partners. 


  • Biophysics, physiology and climate change: unravelling the roles of physiological mechanisms in setting biogeographic ranges. 
  • Ecological impacts of a global marine invader in coastal habitats. 
  • Microbial-invertebrate interactions in polluted marine sediment ecosystems. 
  • Life on the move through deep time: the origins of optimal foraging strategies in animals. 
  • Metagenomic approach to determining ecosystem robustness. 

Deadline: Thursday 8 January 2015


  • Exploring the micro-environment around marine algae – impacts on photosynthesis and response to ocean acidification. 

Deadline: Midnight on Wednesday 7 January 2015


  • Why do marine phytoplankton calcify? 
  • The influence of climate change on the structure and function of key marine species. 

Deadline: Noon on Thursday 15 January 2015

For more information, click HERE.



Advanced Course: Advances in Flatfish Production

A new course on advances in flatfish production offers participants an opportunity to be updated on existing and new practices in flatfish production.
The course, which will take place in Zaragoza Spain from 11 to 15 May 2015, is designed for a maximum of 25 professionals with a university degree, and is intended for fish farming professionals, technical advisors and researchers interested in the field.

At the end of the course participants will:

  • Know the current status of flatfish culture and the main bottlenecks affecting its expansion.
  • Understand the science behind the technological progress in management, nutrition and reproduction.
  • Be informed of the recent advances on recirculating systems specifically designed for flatfish.
  • Have acquired practical skills in the use of technologies to control reproduction.
  • Be aware of best feeding practices and formulation for flatfish and its impacts on flesh quality.
  • Be able to apply best practices for disease control, vaccination and fish welfare.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 25 February 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



Oyster Nursery and Hatchery Techniques

This course, designed to assist the expansion of the oyster aquaculture industry, will be held in SAMS, Oban from 12-13 February 2015. It will teach growers and business owners successful nursery and hatchery techniques proven to grow high value end product, and provide government and industry stakeholders with an inside knowledge of critical success factors and current issues affecting the industry.

Application Information: Please apply HERE or by emailing or calling 01631 559000.

For more information, click HERE.



Grant Funding for Attendance of Young Fish Technologists at the 2015 World Seafood Congress

The International Association of Fish Inspectors invites applications for the 2015 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to 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

The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) was established in 1999 to serve the world fish inspection community. IAFI exists to promote the exchange of ideas and information, foster interaction, understanding and professional collaboration among individuals, organisations, and governments, disseminate knowledge about seafood and associated products inspection, and promote advancement of the state-of-the-art in fish inspection research and education. For more information visit

The IAFI Peter Howgate Award is a tribute to Peter Howgate's work and career, and a recognition of his immense and ongoing contribution to the field of fish technology and the people who work in it, both during his 35 years at the UK’s Torry Research Station, and thereafter. The Award was set up by fish technology professionals around the world, with the help of the Seafood HACCP Discussion List community and was adopted by the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) in 2014.



Other News

European Natura 2000 Award: Get the recognition you deserve!

The 2015 call for applications is now open. Share your success story on Natura 2000 and submit your application before 21 January 2015.

The European Commission launched the Natura 2000 Award in 2014. It is designed to celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe.

You can find out all you need to know about applying for this exciting European initiative on this website.



'Confidence in Culture' Discussed at Acuaculture in Motion Event

The FEAP organised the third edition of its annual event 'Aquaculture in motion' on the 1st December in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

EU has the highest standards for food safety, livestock production and welfare, environmental protection and providing a global benchmark. Nonetheless, concerns are raised on many aspects of food production in the EU, including aquaculture. 'Aquaculture in Motion' addressed the topic of 'Confidence in Culture' in the 2014 edition.

For more information, click HERE.



Networking Conferences for Young Scientists: Call for Applications

Early career scientists are invited to submit applications for participation in The Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science.

The aim is to bring together creative multidimensional, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives to address the complex topic. Early Career Scientists will reflect on the changing role of science and the role of science in transforming to a more sustainable world – questioning key assumptions, theories and models underlying the current research.

The Networking Conference will take place at Villa Vigoni, the German-Italian Centre for Cultural and Scientific Exchange at Lake Como in Italy, from 24-30 May 2015.

Closing date for applications: 22 December 2014.

For more information, click HERE.



Training 21st Century Marine Scientists and Engineers for Academic and Non-academic Careers

Scientists and engineers are invited to participate in this Euromarine workshop on 23 February 2015 in Naples, Italy.

Organisers seek representation from marine/maritime industries, the government, NGOs, the business sector and research and technology institutions within and outside of universities in order to engage representatives from life sciences, chemistry, physics, geology, engineering and other related areas.

For more information, click HERE.

The deadline for application is 5 January 2015.



New Pocket Guide to the Latest EU’s Fish and Aquaculture Consumer Labels

From 13 December 2014, the rules for labels accompanying all fishery and aquaculture products for EU consumers have changed.

This handy pocket guide explains what must appear on the new labels and what additional information can be displayed. 



Rising Temperatures and Acidification in the Oceans Spell Danger for Shark Populations

Increasing temperatures and rising ocean acidification could reduce the health and survival of young sharks, new research has shown.

Bamboo shark embryos incubated under ocean temperatures and acidity predicted for 2100 showed survival rates of 80% compared to 100% survival under present-day conditions. Once hatched, survival measured at 30 days was only 44% for those under predicted climate change conditions, again compared to 100% for those experiencing current temperature and acidity.

For more information, click HERE.



The Sixth Offshore Mariculture Conference – Call for Papers Announced

The sixth Offshore Mariculture Conference will take place at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico from 9-12 June 2015.

The conference will examine the prospects and provide practical solutions to issues around farming offshore in Mexico.

For more information, click HERE.


Joint Call for Proposals on Microplactics

The call intends to increase the knowledge about the best analytical methods for identifying microplastics, their distribution in marine systems and their eco-toxicological effects on marine organisms.

More information, click HERE.



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