AquaTT Training News - March 2015

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Training News is a free e-mail news service provided by AquaTT on education, training, news and events in marine science, aquaculture and related sectors. The newsletter currently reaches more than 5,000 international recipients on a monthly basis. Please submit any relevant information for inclusion in next month's edition to Please CLICK HERE to go to the archives of AquaTT Training News and Announcements.


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Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research: Final AQUAEXCEL Newsletter Now Available

Aqua Excel Final NewsletterThe fourth and final newsletter of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is now available to download from AQUAEXCEL was 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 was on further improving the efficiency of aquaculture production and supporting European research activities in this area.

Marc Vandeputte, AQUAEXCEL Project Coordinator, said: "After four years of fruitful collaboration, AQUAEXCEL has fulfilled its strategic objectives through the integration of 17 key partners and 27 top class infrastructures, and has been rewarded by numerous applications from Europe and beyond to access our facilities, resulting in 97 innovative and highly original Transnational Access projects taking place. An enlarged AQUAEXCEL consortium has successfully submitted a new project to the EC and we look forward to continuing this aquaculture challenge towards 2020."

The final issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News includes: concluding remarks from Mark Vandeputte; a summary of the infrastructure mapping, strategic planning and sustainability activities carried out under AQUAEXCEL; details of a new report entitled “Model for sustained research infrastructure collaboration”, which explores future possibilities for sustained and coordinated collaboration of aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe; researchers who have accessed the AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access programme describe their work and experiences using the programme to further their research; and participants from the fourth AQUAEXCEL training course give their feedback. 

For more information about the AQUAEXCEL project, please visit:



ARRAINA Fish Feed Trials Progressing Well

Partners and members of the stakeholder advisory board from the EU funded ARRAINA project met in Faro, Portugal from the 4-6 March 2015 for their third annual meeting. The open interactive scientific workshop sessions held at the meeting provided many productive outcomes.

These sessions were an opportunity for review and discussion of the progress made so far and collaboration on important decisions for the way forward in the next year of the project. Furthermore, stakeholder representatives composing of the European association of feed processors (FEFAC), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the European Federation of Aquaculture Producers (FEAP), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) as well as the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) were present to share and discuss feedback and expectations of stakeholders.

Photo credit Wageningen UniversityLooking at the five main European aquaculture species (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, gilthead seabream, European seabass), the partners of ARRAINA are making progress on defining quantitative nutritional requirements for the target fish species. One of the main objectives is to investigate the long-term effects of alternative feeds on fish metabolism, performance, quality and waste management throughout the whole fish lifecycle (egg to brood stock).

Discussed at the meeting was the development of a series of three technical booklets on the nutrition and feed requirements of European aquaculture which will be produced through the ARRAINA project. The first of the series, “Alternative Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture” is due to be distributed in May 2015 and is specifically aimed at Aquaculture Feed Producers in Europe. It is composed of a database of key ingredients for aquaculture feeds and focuses on the technological criteria of aquaculture feed ingredients and their effects on processing conditions and physical pellet quality.

ARRAINA brings together a multidisciplinary consortium from 22 leading institutes (research, industry and SMEs) based across Europe guided by the ethos of maintaining European aquaculture industry productivity while addressing the issues of nutritional value, food safety and environmental impacts.

The project factsheet can be downloaded here as a PDF and for more information, please visit the project website or contact the ARRAINA Coordinator Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager Heloise Simonson (



AquaTT Turns Back the Clock for Masters Students in Galway

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AquaTT recently ran a special workshop for the Masters course on Coastal and Maritime Environments at the Geography Department of the National University of Galway (NUIG), Ireland. The workshop focused on the case study of early aquaculture development in the Irish coastal zone in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s – a time when emigration of Irish people in search of jobs abroad had reached a staggering 70,000 per annum.

The workshop began by outlining the background to the conflict that arose when rapid aquaculture expansion, which was promoted by the Irish government to create jobs in remote coastal environments and to build export revenue for the country, was opposed by sports angling and environmental groups.

During the workshop, participants were briefed on the situation as it was some thirty years ago. They were then asked to role play as representatives of the fish farming industry, the government, sports anglers, environmental groups, local communities and the media in a simulated TV debate. The result of the discussion suggested that aquaculture developments which had strong community support were more likely to succeed than those that were perceived to be owned and operated by companies from outside the local area. The exercise also demonstrated how ‘grass-roots’ communication and the creation of meaningful two-way dialogue play a vital role in the acceptance of any development by local coastal communities.

For more information on the Coastal and Maritime Environments Masters course, click HERE



Evaluation of the Social and Economic Impacts of the Common Fisheries Policy Poses Serious Challenge

SocioEC.smallExperts in the field of European fisheries management discussed the latest developments in policy and research related to the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) at the final symposium of the EC-funded SOCIOEC (Socio-Economic Effects of Management Measures of the future CFP) project, which took place in the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and the Arts, Brussels, from 17-18 February 2015.

The SOCIOEC project, which officially ended on 28 February 2015, focused on providing a comprehensive analysis of current and emerging management measures relating to the CFP. The project also explored the potential for developing new measures to achieve a more profitable future fishing sector in Europe that provides sustainable employment and contributes to societal well-being for European citizens.

SOCIOEC project coordinator Dr Ralf Dӧring, who chaired the event, said: “The symposium provided an ideal opportunity for stakeholders and partners to discuss both the main findings of the project and the relevant issues that threaten the sustainable development of fisheries and society as a whole in Europe.”
The opening introductory session of the symposium set the scene and provided background information on how the SOCIOEC project came about, with keynote presentations from Dr Dӧring, Dr Nikos Zampoukas (the SOCIOEC DG Research & Innovation scientific officer) and Dr Christian Tritten (a member of the SOCIOEC reference advisory board from DG Mare).

SOCIOEC final symposium

The first thematic session presented the contribution of the project towards achieving a more integrative impact assessment, addressing the challenging topics of incentives and governance constraints. The keynote presentation was given by Dr Birgit de Vos (Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), Netherlands), which was followed by presentations on EU case studies where these concepts have been implemented.

The second thematic session focused on the need for improvements in social, economic and integrative impact assessment methodologies. Loretta Malvarosa (NISEA, Italy) gave a keynote on impact assessment, and Dr Gunnar Haraldsson (Institute of Economic Studies (IoES), University of Iceland) provided a keynote on non-EU SOCIOEC case studies in Iceland, New Zealand and Australia. Additional presentations from invited experts focused on management measures and methodology proposals.

Leyre Goti, SOCIOEC assistant coordinator, said: “The evaluation of the social and economic impacts of the fisheries policy presents challenges in terms of relevance, expertise and resources, but it is unavoidable if we really want to grasp the social and economic scope of the policy and make it work”.

The final session of the symposium centred on the most important new management measure of the 2014 CFP reform, the landing obligation. Dominic Rihan, from DG Mare, gave a keynote on the implementation of the landing obligation, followed by presentations illustrating the social and economic impacts of the landing obligation as observed by the SOCIOEC partners.

Dr Dӧring said: “The SOCIOEC consortium has brought economists and biologists together to investigate and tackle many issues relating to implementation of the new fisheries policy. The results of the project will be relevant to the development of proposed new measures and incentives that not only counteract the problems of overfishing and compliance but also address the economic and social sustainability of the fishing industry.”

Discussions from the symposium will be captured in an event report that will shortly be available on the project website.

For more information about the SOCIOEC project, please visit:

For press queries or to receive an electronic copy of the event report, please contact the project’s communications officer: Christine Shortt, AquaTT (email:, Tel: +353 1 644 9008).



Myfish General Assembly Discuss Fisheries Management Progress

The fourth General Assembly for the Myfish project took place in Parc Bic, Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 24-27 March 2015.

The Myfish project - Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns - aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters.

Photo source: Ana Morillas (COB-IEO)

The meeting opened with a welcome from the Myfish coordinator Anna Rindorf. The opening day discussions centred around the progress and conclusions from the decision support tables and the development and support of multiannual plans. Day two saw the focus shift to finding the most economical pathway towards maximum sustainable yield and also the responses of fishers to long term management plans. During the final day of the symposium, the consequences of variation and trends on MSY variants was discussed. This was followed by an update on project dissemination and project results.

Please visit for more information.



Myfish Final Symposium “Targets and limits for long term fisheries management”, 27- 30 October 2015, Athens, Greece

MYFISH SmallThe EU-funded Myfish project is organising its final symposium "Targets and limits for long term fisheries management" which will take place in Athens, Greece from 27- 30 October 2015.

The Myfish project - Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns - 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 document and develop the best quality scientific approaches to 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.

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MaCuMBA Progress Reviewed at Steering Committee Meeting

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe MaCuMBA Steering Committee meeting was held in Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Sant Juan d’Alicante, Spain from 26-27 February 2015.

MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.

At this meeting Lucas Stal (project coordinator), Work Package leaders and project committee members critically reviewed the progress that has been made by the project so far. Upcoming tasks and the main events due to take place in the last year and a half were also discussed.

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Important upcoming events include the joint industry stakeholder meeting taking place in Madrid from 30-31 March 2015, the MaCuMBA Summer school which will be held from 13 –24 July 2015 in Texel, Netherlands and the next General Assembly which is planned for September 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The MaCuMBA partners look forward to more exciting results as the project’s work continues in 2015. More information about MaCuMBA, including partner profiles, news updates, newsletters, and a project video can be found at



Student Corner 

Marine Institute-IOC Phytoplankton Intercomparison Test 2015

From April - June 2015 the Marine Institute (Ireland) in collaboration with the IOC Science and Communication Centre for Harmful Algae (Denmark) will conduct a proficiency test under the NMBAQC-BEQUALM umbrella on marine phytoplankton abundance and composition amongst laboratories. The intercomparison and proficiency test is open for participation for all relevant laboratories globally.
This test will be broken down into two main areas and each participant will be asked to return results for each.

The two areas are:

  • Identification – in the form of a “Taxonomic Quiz”. This test will be set up on a distant learning web platform called ‘Ocean teacher’. Participants will need to log on with a username and password and answer the questions online.
  • Enumeration and identification – a number of preserved seawater samples spiked with phytoplankton cultured material or/and natural field samples will be sent to each laboratory. The number and type of samples has not been decided yet and will be adapted to be relevant to the participants.

Deadline for registration: Friday 27 March 2015

Samples to be sent to analysts: Friday 29 May 2015

Deadline for submission of results to lead laboratory: Friday 26 June 2015

For more information, click HERE.



DEVOTES-EuroMarine Summer School

The FP7 DEVOTES project will hold a summer school entitled “Integrative assessment of marine systems: the ecosystem approach in practice” at the aquarium of Donostia in San Sebastian, Spain from 9-11 June 2015.

The attendees (PhD students, post-docs and researchers willing to discover new tools on integrative assessment) will acquire new knowledge on recent trends in marine research, related to management of our oceans. This course will explore the potential and recent advances in the integrative assessment of marine systems (based upon strong new monitoring tools, such as genomics), including the various ecosystem components (from plankton to marine mammals), at different scales (from water bodies to regional seas), in management applications (e.g. related to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Water Framework Directive (WFD), etc.). The main objective of the school is to give an overview on the integrative assessment to ocean and coastal management using an ecosystem approach view.

Registration is now open.

For more information, click HERE.



Research Methods Field Course

This research methods field course provides plenty of hands-on experience researching the marine environment on board a research vessel and in the lab. It will run from 7 - 14 April 2015 at The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban, Scotland. 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 includes the collection of data from the marine environment, followed by analysis and dissemination, utilising instruments and sampling devices used in physical, geological, biological, chemical and biogeochemical research. It is suitable for marine biology, oceanography or science graduates who want to develop a better understanding of research methods and the challenges of conducting research in the marine environment. In particular, the course will provide supplementary skills and training required for future careers in marine environmental consultancy.

For more information, click HERE



Intensive Course in Methods in Litter Decomposition

The Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) & the IMAR- Institute of Marine Research, have announced the “Intensive course in Methods in Litter Decomposition”.

Litter decomposition is an important functional process in freshwaters, estuaries and soil. The aim of the course is to introduce some techniques currently used in litter decomposition studies. The target audience are MSc and PhD students as well as Post-Docs initiating research in detritus processing research area.

To view the programme, click HERE

For more information, click HERE



Training Through Research Surveys 2015 Call Now Open

Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) provides exciting opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students and researchers of marine science and technologies to gain seagoing experience on a range of dedicated surveys on board the RV Celtic Explorer. This programme is designed to provide mentored training for emerging marine scientists on surveys taking place off the western seaboard of Ireland and ranging as far as Newfoundland.

In 2015 berths are available on the following dedicated research surveys:

  • CE15003 Ocean Climate & Geology Sections: 25 February - 5 March
  • CE15005 Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey: 22 March - 11 April
  • CE15007 Transatlantic Added Value 2015: 21 April - 4 May
  • CE15010 Northwest Herring Acoustic Survey: 24 June - 14 July
  • CE15009 QuERCi - Quantifying Environmental Controls on cold-water coral reef growth: 9 - 23 June
  • CE15004 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey: 2 - 22 October

TTRS survey information and application procedures are available HERE.



Introduction to River Flood Modelling

The Introduction to River Flood Modelling course be held from 20 April - 8 May 2015  at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, Netherlands. The course introduces the participants to the state-of-the-art concepts and practices of flood modelling for management. The course covers modelling used for planning and design as well as for forecasting floods so that mitigating measures can be taken in time.

The course will introduce the basic concepts of flood risk management and the latest tools and techniques available in managing flood risk. 

For more information, click HERE



Marine Science, Technology and Management (Do*Mar) Phd Programme

The Campus do Mar International Campus of Excellence offers the Marine Science, Technology and Management (DO*MAR) PhD program this academic year 2014-2015 with the aim of offering internationally acclaimed excellence in marine training.

The DO*MAR programme covers the study of the oceans in a multidisciplinary manner and incorporates the different knowledge fields.

It is cross-border in nature and participants include 6 universities from Spain and Portugal, the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO).

Internationally renowned specialists will participate in this DO*MAR PhD program and will deliver lectures and seminars, to provide quality training that will stimulate research with international impact and provide industry with the best tools to compete at global level.

For more information, click HERE.



Course: Marine Renewables and the Environment

The course "Marine Renewables and the Enviroment" will be held from 27 April - 8 May 2015 at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS), Oban, Scotland.

The aim of this course is to introduce the diversity and complexity of marine life potentially interacting with marine renewable devices. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of shelf sea processes; benthic and littoral habitats and pelagic marine vertebrates.

For more information, click HERE.



Applications Now Open for New MSc in “Coastal and Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy and Practice”, NUI Galway

This MSc programme, theoretically informed and with a strong field-based and applied focus, is offered in direct response to newly emerging discourses on the long term health of coastal and marine environments. It seeks to challenge and facilitate students to engage with but go beyond established scientific conceptual and theoretical perspectives, engage new ways of understanding the complexities of our evolving physical coastal and marine environments, and develop critical insights that can support policy and practice in sustaining these increasingly vulnerable environments.

For more information, click HERE


Other News

Fish Farm Parasite Drug Threatens Wildlife

A drug used to treat parasite infections at fish farms can contaminate the surrounding environment and threaten local wildlife, a new study shows. Following a week-long treatment at a Norwegian salmon farm, the authors found concentrations of an anti-sea-lice drug that were high enough to kill some crabs, shrimps and lobsters. However, they suggest the drug is not likely to pose a risk to humans.

For more information, click HERE



Marine Virtual Research Environment

The LifeWatch project aims to develop a marine virtual European biodiversity laboratory by 2017. This biodiversity infrastructure will consist of observation stations, databases, web services and modelling tools. Several European countries (Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Greece and Belgium) have committed themselves to developing the central and regional LifeWatch components.

For more information, click HERE.



Shipping Oil Pollution: New Hazard Mapping Method Developed

A new method for mapping the spread of oil released by ships is presented in a recent study, where it is applied to the Adriatic and Ionian Seas of the Mediterranean. The method pulls together a range of data, including information on shipping routes, oil particle behaviour, currents and climate. In this case study, it reveals pollution hotspots in the south-western Adriatic Sea and north-eastern Ionian Sea.

For more information, click HERE



Industry Summer School: Food Law Academy

Compliance with European Union food law and regulations is a delicate issue. Food quality and food safety may be at stake. Are you searching for a vision on food law both from a legal and from a food science perspective? If so, this summer school is for you!

For more information, click HERE



Sustainability and Environmental Priorities to drive the European Economy

A recent WWF report - “From crisis to opportunity: Five steps to sustainable European economies” - outlines how resource efficiency alone could generate over 300 billion euros per year for the EU economy.

To access the report in full, click HERE



Broaden your Scientific Horizons at an ICES Training Course in 2015

This year’s International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) training programme includes some new courses, some old courses that have returned due to high demand, and some annually recurring favourites.

2015’s offerings range from the visualization of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data and stock assessment methodology through to advice for stakeholders, NGOs and policy-makers and lifting the lid on social science methods for natural scientists.

For more information, click HERE.



Booking Rush for AquacultureUK 2016

Scotland’s premier aquaculture event - AquacultureUK 2016 - may be over a year away, but when bookings for trade stands opened in March 2015, organisers were delighted to welcome a stampede, selling more than a third of the stand space in the first week alone.

The event will be held from 25-26 May 2016 in Aviemore, Scotland, UK.

For more information, click HERE



Arctic Ice Melt Affects Seabird Feeding Behaviour

Virtually sea ice-free summers since 2005 have forced an important Arctic seabird species to change its foraging grounds and prey, new research shows. The body mass of the little auk — the most abundant seabird in the Atlantic Arctic — has shrunk by 4% in the past 20 years in one of its Russian breeding grounds, the study found. This change may be caused by its new foraging behaviour.

For more information, click HERE.



European Council Adopts Measures to Help Sea Bass Recovery

For recreational fishing, which accounts for 25% of sea bass mortality, the council’s decision will mean the introduction of a limit of three fish per day per angler. 

See the EC's new “Protecting sea bass” infographic HERE.



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PositionResearch Assistant Position - ERC Starting Grant SEXSEA (France)

Position:  Scholarships In Applied Oceanography (Malta)

Position: PhD Student Positions In Molecular And Cell Biology (Spain)

Position: Marine Consents Advisor (United Kingdom)

Position: Early Stage Researcher - Economic And Social Value Of Conservation Of Endangered Migratory Fishes (Germany)

Position: Research Officer In Agricultural Freshwater Ecosystems (Ireland)

Position: Researcher In Chromatography And Mass Spectrometry (Spain)



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