AquaTT Training News - January 2015

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Third AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements Booklet Now Available

AQUAEXCEL Booklet 3A new publication, entitled "AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements 2014", summarises the latest activities and results of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project.

AQUAEXCEL is an EC FP7-funded project which aims 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 AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements 2014 booklet is the third in a series of four booklets outlining the recent accomplishments of the project for a non-expert audience.

Key outputs of the project are highlighted in the booklet. These include: details of a new online bioinformatic tool, entitled Fish and Chips, that contains all the public gene expression data related to fish species in various physiological conditions; the development of new tagging tools and procedures for individual identification of sea bass and gilthead sea bream larvae and juveniles; and the identification of new genomic information through gene expression analysis to potentially characterise markers for welfare and health status in salmon, trout and sea bream. The booklet also includes a report from the successful “Research Infrastructures: adding value to European aquaculture industry” workshop hosted by AQUAEXCEL at the Aquaculture Europe 2014 conference in San Sebastian, Spain.

Over the course of the project, AQUAEXCEL regularly invited proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilised the facilities of the participating aquaculture Research Infrastructures. Results of research carried out under this so-called Transnational Access programme are also highlighted in the booklet.

All publications in the AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements series are available to download from



New Report on Aquaculture Research Infrastructure Collaboration

Aquaexcel logoThe EC FP7-funded project AQUAEXCEL has analysed and recommended some future possibilities for a sustained and coordinated collaboration of aquaculture Research Infrastructures in Europe in a new report entitled “Model for sustained research infrastructure collaboration”.

The AQUAEXCEL project aims 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.

In order to arrive at a recommendation, five different organisation models were evaluated vis-a-vis their appropriateness as a first step towards an integrated European aquaculture Research Infrastructure using SWOT methodology.

This report was completed within Work Package 2: Infrastructure mapping, strategic planning and sustainability; and builds upon existing initiatives completed within that work package. These include the AQUAEXCEL online Research Infrastructure map, a report on regulatory collaboration frameworks for research infrastructures, and other research and actions which aim to enable a stronger integration between key European aquaculture Research Infrastructures.

The report will be of interest to existing aquaculture Research Infrastructures of international value in the European Research Area, and the stakeholders, both public and private, that depend on them for their research, training and testing activities. The full report can be viewed and downloaded HERE



AQUAEXCEL to Celebrate Key Achievements at Concluding Project Meeting

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


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 



SeaofSkills Kick-off Meeting

SeaofSkills (Taming the Sea of Fishermen's Knowledge, Skills and Competences) is a three-year Erasmus+ project that aims to improve the quality and attractiveness of the Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET) provided to fishermen/women by developing training course curriculum based on identified needs.

This joint venture of nine partner institutions from five European countries (Greece, Ireland, Malta, Spain and Turkey) is led by the Maria Tsakos Foundation. The project officially started in September 2014 and held its kick-off meeting on 16 December 2014 in Athens, Greece.


For further information about SeaofSkills, please click HERE



2Fish Selected as One of the Best 2010-2011 Leonardo Da Vinci Projects

2fish logoThe 2Fish (Inclusion of secondary service professions within fishery to the formal VET system) project has been selected as one of the best 2010-2011 Leonardo Da Vinci projects. You can view the 2Fish profile on the ADAM portal (the projects and products portal for the Leonardo da Vinci programme) here.

The 2Fish project aimed to develop innovative teaching and training modules for the Fishing VET schools across Europe which would allow them to train secondary service professionals associated with the fishing industry. The project produced course templates for six innovative training modules on topics relating to seafood product development, traceability of fishery products, quality management in seafood production, fishery tourism, fundraising, and business law. Each module was developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training (VET) providers in close collaboration with fisheries related enterprises.

More information about 2Fish is available from:



SOCIOEC Final Symposium to Take Place this February

SocioECThe final SOCIOEC symposium entitled "Socio-Economic Impacts of Management Measures of the new Common Fisheries Policy" will be held in the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and the Arts, Brussels from 17 - 18 February 2015. 

SOCIOEC is an interdisciplinary project which aims to focus on the socioeconomic effects of management measures of the Common Fisheries Policy. 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 symposium will adopt a participatory approach. Policy experts and fisheries researchers will provide scene-setting presentations on hot topics. This will be followed by a combination of open discussion, expert panels, facilitated debates and breakout sessions to ensure all participants get an opportunity to engage and contribute. The hot topics up for discussion include; assessment of the new Common Fisheries Policy and the social and economic impact of new management measures, regionalisation of fisheries management and impacts of the Landing Obligation.

It is hoped that the event will ensure lively engagement and discussion between all stakeholders. All discussions will be captured and an event report will be produced and widely distributed to relevant stakeholders in addition to distribution to EC policy and decision makers.

Registration is open and all participants are welcomed.

For more information, please click HERE.



ECsafeSEAFOOD to Discuss Progress at Coordination Meeting this February

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

Significant progress towards improving seafood safety in Europe is being made by the ECsafeSEAFOOD project. The project is assessing food safety issues related to non-regulated 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. 

Progress has already been made by the project in the development of new screening, detection and extraction methods for priority contaminants (including pharmaceutical compounds and metabolites, endocrine disrupting compounds, pinnatoxins and spirolides). The optimisation of bioaccessibility and bioavailability tools for assessing the toxicological impact of contaminants is almost complete. ECsafeSEAFOOD has also created a unique database of information on the levels of contaminants in seafood species and their effects on consumers’ health.

To better understand consumer preferences and concerns with regard to seafood safety, a survey was conducted among nearly 3,000 people in Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The survey results will contribute to determining what information should be communicated to the public in order to effectively reduce public health risks from seafood consumption.

An online consumer tool which provides details of the benefits and risks of consuming different species of seafood is currently in development. This will enable consumers, health professionals and seafood producers to utilise some of the results of ECsafeSEAFOOD directly.

The advances made so far will be presented at the upcoming ECsafeSEAFOOD coordination meeting.

For more information, click HERE.



MaCuMBA Second Industry meeting


The second industrial workshop for MaCuMBA will take place on 30-31 March 2015 in PharmaMar, Colmenar Viejo, Spain.

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. This industry expert workshop (Marine Micr'Omics for Biotech Applications) will be co-organised by three European funded projects-Micro B3, MaCuMBA and PharmaSea.

At this event, MaCuMBA will bring together both industry and academic partners to present their research on marine microorganisms. 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 details, click HERE



MaCuMBA Summer School

MaCuMBA Summer School screengrabThe MaCuMBA consortium is pleased to announce that the project will host a Summer School on sampling, isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms from 13 - 24 July 2015 in Texel, The Netherlands.

During this two-week course, participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in the field and obtain first-hand experience of isolation and cultivation design along with various other techniques.

Technicians, PhD students and Postdoctoral scientists working within the MaCuMBA project along with external applicants are invited to apply.

Registration deadline is 16 March 2015.

For more information, click HERE.



Myfish Final Symposium: Targets and limits for long term fisheries management

MYFISH SmallThe final Myfish symposium “Targets and limits for long term fisheries management” will take place in Athens from 27- 30 October 2015.

The Myfish project aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters.

The goal of the symposium is to develop the best quality scientific approaches to fisheries management advice and implementation under potentially conflicting objectives.

The event will involve a mixture of scientific oral and poster presentations and interactive sessions focusing on implementation of targets and limits in practical fisheries management. It will bring together scientific experts from across the world and from a variety of disciplines, with stakeholders and managers to enable communication between suppliers and recipients of scientific management advice.

The deadline for abstract submission is 1 June 2015.

Please visit for more information.



ARRAINA Mobility Calls Coming Soon

ARRAINA logo smallMobility will soon take place within the multidisciplinary transnational partnership ARRAINA in order to help improve the research capacity across Europe. The exchange will be primarily targeted at junior professionals and young scientists (including PhD students) working in an ARRAINA related field in one of the new member and associated states of the enlarged EU, allowing them for example to participate in one of the ARRAINA conferences, workshops or courses. 

The ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project aims to define quantitative nutritional requirements for the five main European aquaculture species (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, gilthead sea bream, and European sea bass). ARRAINA is also investigating the long-term effects of alternative feeds on fish metabolism, performance, quality and waste management throughout the whole fish lifecycle (egg to brood stock). 

The mobility programme envisages short training sessions in which junior scientists undertake 2-6 week placements in partner institutions in order to work in an ARRAINA research team. In advance of each placement (mobility grant) a call will be launched to select the best candidates on the basis of excellence. Once the candidate is selected, a placement exchange plan will be devised identifying competences and learning outcomes to be achieved during the placement and these will be assessed by the participant and host at the end of the experience.

The first mobility call will be announced in spring 2014.

For more information, please visit the project website Please make sure to check the this website for opening dates and application instructions.



Workshop on Current Challenges and Perspectives of Carp Feeding

The ARRAINA Workshop on the Current Challenges and Perspectives of Carp Feeding will be held on the 26 March 2015 in Szarvas, Hungary. The event will be hosted by the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NARIC HAKI). 

The main target audience of the workshop is fish farmers of Hungary and its neighbouring countries, but participation of other stakeholders (researchers, policy-makers, etc.) is also welcome. Mobility grants will be available for young scientists and farmers. Participation to the workshop is free. The language of the workshop is Hungarian and English, interpretation will be provided.

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions to present the project’s outputs and overviews on the current issues and challenges in carp feeding. There will be sessions on broodstock nutrition, egg enrichment, larvae feeding and grow out of common carp, followed by discussions to provide a representative view of the research needs of the sector.

Detailed program, as well as technical and logistical details will follow at a later date.

For further information and registration, please contact Emese Békefi ( or Zsuzsanna Sándor (, or visit the project website:



Student Corner

Students Wanted for Work Experience Programme

The Marine Institute in Ireland is inviting students to apply for a number of work experience placements in many exciting areas for this summer 2015.

The bursaries are worth €2,200 each for an eight week placement based in various locations including the Marine Institute Oranmore, Co. Galway, Newport, Co. Mayo and Harcourt Street, Dublin and ports around the country.

The Marine Institute's Bursary Programme provides valuable practical experience for students, in areas of research such Marine Fisheries, Salmon Management, Aquaculture, Environment, Communications, Oceanography, Maritime Development and Bio-discovery.

The Programme is strictly limited to undergraduates who have completed two years study in a relevant discipline.

Deadline for application is 13 February 2015

For more information, click HERE.



Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Summer School

The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (FFPW USB) are holding an International Summer School for university students in the Czech Republic from 29 June to 24 July 2015.

The Summer School is a four-week course within which you are involved in a small research project, working in very well-equipped laboratories under the guidance of experienced researchers of the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, University of South Bohemia.  Laboratory work will be supplemented by many excursions to fish farms and visits to other interesting places. Professional, perfectly prepared lectures of leading Czech and foreign researchers represent another part of the Summer School´s program.

For more information, click HERE



EUROFLEETS Training Call Open

An oceanographic ship-based training course for postgraduate and graduate students of marine sciences will be held in Split, Croatia from 16-17 June 2015.

The course offers an introduction to practical aspects of multidisciplinary oceanographic research at sea, education of students in oceanographic sampling and data analysis related to marine physics, chemistry, biology and fisheries. The course will be carried out on board R/V BIOS DVA and will include a field campaign in the open and coastal central and south Adriatic Sea.

Application deadline is 8 February 2015.

For more information, click HERE



New ERASMUS+ Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society

If you want the opportunity to be taught by a team of international experts, the chance to study in three fantastic locations throughout Europe and to gain the skills required to address an issue of global importance - food security - then this Joint Master Degree is for you!

This international degree combines three centres of aquaculture excellence, in Scotland, Crete and France. You’ll study in all three countries and also undertake a six-month industry placement. Over 10 funded scholarships are available. The course will start in September 2015.

The application deadline is 20 February 2015.

For further information click HERE



Collecting & Identifying Seaweeds Course

This popular three day course comprising a mix of lab and field work will be held at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth from 18 - 20 March 2015.

Numbers will be limited to enable the tutors to cater for individual needs of interested amateurs, professional biologists requiring further training or refreshers, students (graduate and post graduate), artists, and those working with the Water Framework Directive.

For details, click HERE.



New Marine Courses from HR Wallingford

HR Wallingford, a civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation have announced a new programme of courses for 2015.

The 2015 programme offers a wide range of one and two day courses. The course material is regularly updated to include the latest practice, techniques, methods, technologies and polices in water and marine hydraulics, engineering and environmental management. Courses are led by experts, many of whom are international authorities in their field and act as visiting professors and lecturers to Universities in the UK and beyond.

Full details of all courses can be found HERE.



MSc. in Marine Spatial Planning at Ulster University: Applications now open for 2015

The Ulster University MSc in Marine Spatial Planning explores current debates about the appropriate governance and regulation of marine resources and the coastal zone interface. It examines the role of forward planning and management of the marine resource as the basis of informed decision making involving a diverse range of stakeholders.

The modules encourage implementing a balance of environmental, economic and sustainable considerations in order to facilitate sustainable use and development of the marine resource.

This will be a great opportunity to engage with current marine planning issues. Delivered by distance learning mode, the course comprises four taught modules to PGDip level and a research project to complete the MSc. 

For further information, click HERE



Marine Biology Distance Learning Course: Delve Deeper

Open to all over the age of 18, Newcastle University is once again running its six month introductory course in Marine Biology. Commencing 1 March 2015, no previous knowledge of science or marine biology is required to enrol.

The course is aimed at enthusiasts who wish to extend their understanding of the marine world, and their experience of diving, surfing or sea-angling through more formal study. Learning is done from the comfort of your own home through online materials, with an additional one-week long residential course at Newcastle University in May.

For further information, please click HERE.



Research Methods Field Course

With increasing restrictions in field-work opportunities on many university courses, students often lack the field-work skills required to undertake successful research and fulfil the needs of potential employers. This course provides plenty of hands-on experience researching the marine environment on board a research vessel and in the lab. A familiarity with environmental research and sampling methods will help increase the reliability of your data, your value as an employee and/or researcher and your understanding of this critical scientific skill.

The course will be held from 7-14 April 2015 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban.

For more information, click HERE



Algaculture for Biotechnology Course

The course will be held from 27-29 October 2015 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban.

Debatably the most diverse group of organisms on earth and responsible for the oxygen in every second breath you take; algae are still relatively untapped in terms of biotechnology. If you’re currently working in algaculture, biotechnology or biofuels, or you require an understanding of the incredible potential of algae and phytoplankton, this two-day course provides a solid introduction for you.

For more information, click HERE.


Other News


European Commission Acts to Protect Sea Bass Stock

The European Commission has announced measures to avert the collapse of the declining sea bass stock. Immediately effective emergency measures will place a ban on targeting the fish stock by trawling while it is reproducing, during the spawning season, which runs until the end of April. This will be complemented by further measures to ensure that all those who fish sea bass make a balanced and fair contribution to saving the stock.

For more information, click HERE.



“Farmed in the EU” School Project - Learning about European Aquaculture

The recently launched “Farmed in the EU” school project brings schools and aquaculture professionals together to help students learn about the sector and its impact on the local community and beyond.

The project will bring students closer to fish farming and finding out how it affects their local community. They will explore its role in food production and in preserving the environment. They will also discover the different business and career opportunities aquaculture offers.

For more information, click HERE.



Public’s Biggest Marine Concerns: Pollution and Overfishing

A pan-European survey has revealed the public’s awareness, concerns and priorities about human impacts on the oceans. The results show high levels of concern about marine pollution in particular, and that, generally, respondents were most concerned about the issues they felt most informed about. The study could help policymakers develop marine strategies that are more responsive to public preferences, its authors say.

For more information, click HERE



Deeper Seafloor Habitats Most at Risk from Bottom Trawling

Bottom trawling - dragging nets along the sea floor - reduces biodiversity most severely in deeper, species-rich habitats, a study suggests. The research has shown that this type of trawling had less effect on species richness in shallow areas with coarse sediments. These results suggest that efforts should be made to reduce trawling in these kinds of sensitive habitats.

For more information, click HERE



Novel Technology Transforms Sewage into Drinking Water

The OmniProcessor, a new kind of low-cost waste treatment plant, can convert up to 14 tons of sewage into potable water and electricity each day using an innovative blend of steam power and water filtration.

For more information, click HERE



Balancing Seafood Benefits with Risks of Methylmercury Contamination

Limiting consumption of fish species with a high methylmercury content is the most effective way to achieve the health benefits of fish whilst minimising the risks posed by excessive exposure to methylmercury. This is the main conclusion of a statement published by EFSA on the risks and benefits of seafood.

For more information, click HERE



Coastal Zones: Achieving Sustainable Management

A recent report on achieving sustainable management of coastal zones (Thematic Issue 46) presents key research that demonstrate tools and experiences for achieving more sustainable coastal management.

Given the recognised importance of coastal zones and the ecosystem services they provide to humans, sustainable management of these resources is essential.

For more information, click HERE



“Fisheries and Tourism: Creating Benefits for the Community” Guide Now Available

The latest European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET) guide, “Fisheries and Tourism: Creating benefits for the community”, is aimed at Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) that would like to strengthen fisheries-related tourism in their area.

The guide provides valuable advice, illustrated with examples, on how to develop and support quality tourism projects, and how to promote fisheries areas and their specific tourism assets. It is available in seven languages (English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish and Spanish).

To download this guide, click HERE



New App Promotes Responsible Marine Tourism

Fishtagram is a new app developed by the Gran Canaria FLAG and the company Singular Factory. This is a dual purpose app: it facilitates photo sharing, allowing tourists, divers, anglers, fishermen and others to share pictures of their experiences; but it also provides important information on fish species, including their conservation status and legal protection, if relevant.

For more information, click HERE.



Joint Call for Proposals on Microplastics

The call which has a reserved budget of over €6 million 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.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 March 2015.

For more information, click HERE



World Ocean Assessment Review Period open

The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review. All members of the community (including the international community) with interests in the report content are encouraged to participate in the review process.

The aim of the WOA is to provide a sound, scientific basis for decisions at the global level on the world’s oceans and seas, and a framework for national and regional assessments and management decisions.

The chapters are available for public comment until 6 February 2015.

For more information, click HERE.



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