AquaTT Training News - May 2015

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Towards a ‘Blue Society’ – EU Project Encourages New Ways of Living in Harmony with the Sea

BlueSociety Logo webDid you know that half the oxygen in the air – enough for every second breath we take – comes from microscopic plants in the sea? Did you know that life on Earth began in the sea and that, without the sheltering effect of the atmosphere created by the ocean, all life would cease?

Are you also aware that the sea is under threat? Carbon dioxide gas released into the atmosphere from human activities is absorbed back into seawater, increasing its acidity and threatening the delicate microscopic animals and plants that live there. ‘Greenhouse gases’ produced by human activities are increasing the temperature of the ocean, melting the ice caps, diverting ocean currents and creating severe storms that threaten the coastline. Human sewage and industrial waste poisons the oceans and tiny particles of plastic - which can be ingested by marine animals - have been found in even the deepest abysses of the sea.

Sea for Society is a three-year EU FP7 funded project which is addressing the European public’s lack of knowledge about the sea to pave the way for a ‘Blue Society’ in which humankind lives in sustainable harmony with the ocean.

Lead by the Nausicaá aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, the project has 20 partners from 10 European countries including public aquaria, universities, research bodies and marine educators. The Irish national co-ordinators are AquaTT with NUI Galway and the Marine Institute as partners.

Sea for Society gathered as much knowledge as possible on the relationship between humankind and the ocean under six headings - the Sea as: a Place to Live, a Source of Food, a Means of Transport, a Source of Energy, a benefit to Human Health and a place for Leisure and Tourism. This information was then used to guide a comprehensive public consultation across Europe to identify barriers to sustainable development of the sea. The most powerful barrier – which affects all barriers below it – is that of ‘Attitudes and Awareness’ regarding the sustainable development of the ocean.

With this essential insight in mind, Sea for Society is now engaging decision makers, industry and the general public across Europe in an imaginative ‘mobilisation campaign’ to raise awareness of the delicate nature of ocean ecosystems and to encourage each European citizen to do ‘just one thing’ to protect the seas we ourselves depend upon for life itself.

IMG 1237The AquaTT team mobilised to make Irish citizens aware of the importance of preserving the ocean at the Dublin Port Riverfest 2015 event which took place from 30 May - 1 June 2015

In Ireland, a booklet about the sea containing facts, figures, cartoons and quizzes is being distributed at key events across the country. The first of these – the Dublin Port Riverfest 2015, where a special ‘Sea for Society’ stand was set up – has already taken place and was a great success. Further public events are planned for World Oceans Day in Galway – where the Marine Institute will open its flagship marine research vessel to the public – and in Belfast, where the W5 interactive science museum have already run a ‘Blue Cafe’ and will run other interactive events for children. Back in Dublin, ‘Blue Talks’ will be held at the Science Gallery and teacher training courses on how to fold ocean awareness into the primary school curricula will take place in Dublin and Galway.

Similar ‘mobilisations’ are planned in all Sea for Society partner countries along with an impactful video presentation in all partner languages.

Take the Blue Society quiz and commit to preserving the ocean HERE.

You can learn more about the Sea for Society Project and about the creation of a ‘Blue Society’ on



Bringing About a Sea Change to Protect Our Oceans and Our Health

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Sea Change, a new €3.5 million EU Horizon 2020-funded project, will address the challenge of raising European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between the ocean and human health. 

Europe cannot achieve sustainable exploitation of marine resources and maintain a healthy ocean unless its citizens understand the full extent of the medical, economic, social, political and environmental importance of the sea to Europe and how their behaviour can have an impact on marine ecosystems. By developing “Ocean Literacy” (an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean) in Europe, Sea Change aims to foster responsible behaviour of citizens towards the seas and ocean and their resources.

Sea Change will run for three years and involves 17 partners from nine countries across Europe. From 12-14 May 2015, the project’s partners met in Plymouth to kick off the project and discuss strategies for bringing about a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea.

Sea Change will move to bring about real actions using behavioural and social change methodologies. Building upon the latest social research on citizen and stakeholder attitudes, perceptions and values, the Sea Change partnership will design and implement mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens.

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Sea Change Coordinator Jon Parr, from the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, said: “This kick off meeting felt like the start of a new and exciting chapter in how we, as European citizens, view our seas and their importance in our daily lives. I hope it is a Sea Change moment! We have quite an ambitious programme ahead of us and it was encouraging to see that all of the Sea Change partners were ready to rise to the challenges, including linking into the other relevant initiatives around us.”

On the second day of the kick off meeting, collaborative workshops were held with Sea Change’s sister Horizon 2020 project ResponSEAble, which was also holding a coinciding kick off meeting in Plymouth. ResponSEAble aims to support the emergence of an effective and dynamic European ocean knowledge system that contributes to raising awareness on our (individual and collective, direct and indirect) responsibility and interest in a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Collaboration between these two projects ensures that efforts made in each project complement and support the other. During the workshops, the Sea Change and ResponSEAble partners made dedicated efforts to ensure optimal and collaborative communication, efficient collection, review and structuring of the available knowledge, the establishment of a shared framework of the concept of “Ocean Literacy”, and strategic engagement with decision makers.

Overall, the meeting was a success, with the partnership eager to begin work on establishing strong outreach campaigns to be used within the project. The Sea Change International Advisory Group is meeting in Lisbon in June as part of “Blue Week” and will be participating in a transatlantic Ocean Literacy workshop where a number of European, US and Canadian experts will give their advice on the project and the way ahead.

The Sea Change website will be coming soon at If you would like to know more about the Sea Change project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please contact its Communication Officer, Tanja Calis (email: or tel: 0035316449008)



Marine and Maritime Knowledge Transfer – Exploring Blue Growth with COLUMBUS

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The COLUMBUS project, a flagship European Union-funded Blue Growth initiative, has successfully kicked-off and now moves into the first stages of managing knowledge and carrying-out Knowledge Transfer of marine research outputs to measurably increase their uptake and application by different end-users, such as industry, policy makers, and society in general.

On 21 - 22 April 2015, over 40 participants representing 26 partner organisations and 13 countries converged in Dublin, Ireland for the kick-off meeting of the project, which was hosted by AquaTT, the Strategic and Operational Leader for the project. COLUMBUS represents the most substantial investment by the EC in Knowledge Transfer to date. The EC has provided €4m funding for the three-year project, which is designed to ensure that outputs arising from publicly-funded marine research projects have positive societal benefit.

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“COLUMBUS is very much at the forefront of the Blue Growth agenda, as its overarching objective is to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EC-funded science and technology research can be transferred effectively to advance the governance of the marine and maritime sectors while improving competitiveness of European companies and unlocking the potential of the oceans to create future jobs and economic growth in Europe,” explains Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, COLUMBUS Project Manager.

“COLUMBUS is an ambitious project with the potential to deliver game-changing results. To be successful, the partnership will need to cooperate and collaborate. The kick-off meeting was a success, with the partnership ready and willing to begin work immediately, particularly in setting the foundations for strong and robust methodologies and processes to be used within the project,” Ní Cheallacháin adds.

COLUMBUS will establish a “Knowledge Fellowship”, a network of nine full-time Knowledge Transfer Fellows whose role will be to carry out Knowledge Transfer using a methodology based on the needs prioritised early in the project. Working together as a team and active network, this combined critical mass will provide a multiplier effect to help achieve measurable impacts and to develop a blueprint for future activities in this field of work, ultimately contributing to the development of a thriving and sustainable marine and maritime economy. These fellows will work across nine nodes, each with a specific focus area: Aquaculture; Fisheries; Monitoring & Observation; Marine Biological Resources; Maritime Transport & Logistics; Marine Physical Resources; Maritime Tourism; Marine Governance & Management; and Marine Environment & Futures.

The COLUMBUS website will be coming soon at



Myfish Final Symposium: “Targets and Limits for Long Term Fisheries Management”

Myfish symposium front coverThe 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 has been extended until 1 July 2015.

Please visit for more information.



Safe Seafood Project Continues to Make Progress

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project will hold its sixth coordination meeting in Ghent, Belgium from 23-24 June 2015. ECsafeSEAFOOD is making significant advances towards improving seafood safety in Europe by 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 contaminants for which there is currently no regulation (including pharmaceutical compounds and metabolites, endocrine disrupting compounds, pinnatoxins and spirolides). This project will provide a basis for new regulation if these compounds are deemed to be a health risk.

The project is also optimising bioaccessibility and bioavailability tools for assessing the toxicological impact of contaminants. 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, see 



ECsafeSEAFOOD Stakeholders Inform on Optimal Strategies for Communicating Health Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption

The first ECsafeSEAFOOD stakeholder workshop was held within the seventh international festival of good, clean & fair fish, at the Slow Fish 2015 event from 14-17 May 2015 in Genoa, Italy.

ECsafeSEAFOOD is an EU-funded project which is assessing food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluating their impact on public health.

During the event, academics, researchers, small-scale fishers, representatives of public bodies and enthusiasts met to discuss sustainable fishing and production, responsible fish consumption and the health of marine and freshwater ecosystems. This year's event gave special attention to the problems of pollution.

This event gave ECsafeSEAFOOD partners the opportunity to meet with relevant stakeholders in the field of environment, fishermen associations, consumers, and researchers and disseminate the project. The consultations helped the project to determine the optimal strategies to involve producers/processors in the project, and to communicate to the public and relevant stakeholders in order to effectively reduce public health risks from seafood consumption.

For more information, see



9th European Conference on Marine Natural Products

The 9th European Marine Natural Products Conference (ECMNP 2015) will be held at the Technical Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland from 30 August – 2 September 2015. This appealing combination of an excellent friendly city location and the best scientific research will guarantee a memorable conference.

This is expected to be the ‘must attend’ conference in 2015 for young researchers in the field of marine natural products not only from Europe but around the world. Senior experts and rising stars of the future will present their work in a mixture of plenary and poster sessions. The main objective of this conference is to stimulate engagement of young scientists in the research area as well as to make their involvement a priority in the field.

Besides the traditional topics of isolation & structure elucidation, synthesis and biological activity of marine natural products, this conference will also include topics on marine polymers and biomaterials from marine sources as well as new methods of dereplication involving metabolomics and innovative perspectives in marine industrial biotechnology. This will bring together a diverse mixture of scientists from many disciplines, which will ensure a very stimulating conference.

For more information visit



TRAFOON Polish Training Workshop on Innovation in Traditional Food Production Technologies

Trafoon fishThe TRAFOON project will hold the first of two training workshops for the Polish aquaculture sector from 9-10 June 2015 in Ustroń, Poland. The workshop is titled "Innovation in Traditional Fish Production Technology" and is organised by the Institute of Ichthyobiology and Aquaculture at Gołysz and the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, in cooperation with FLAG "Żabi Kraj" and the local branch of PTRyb Ustroń.

The workshop is targeted at fish producers, farmers and processors in Poland, who generally use traditional methods of production and processing. The aim of the workshop is to present information on selected topics of innovative technologies which are important for the functioning and development of the industry while maintaining its traditional essence. Presentations will provide both an introduction to the discussion and lead to deeper discussions among the participants.

To support traditional food SMEs, TRAFOON will organise 25 Training Workshops for SMEs in 12 European countries on five food categories (vegetables & mushrooms, fish, grain, olives and sweet fruits) during 2015. Target groups for the workshops will mainly be SMEs but also food industry representatives, SME associations and food researchers. These training workshops will improve communication and transfer of innovation between research and food SMEs. Each training workshop will address the requirements/gaps/shortfalls of SMEs which were identified during the first year of the TRAFOON project and will include training on technical innovations which are specific to the traditional foods category, as well as on generic topics such as food processing, food packaging, food safety, food quality and stabilisation of processing protocols, marketing, legal issues, European food law, IPR, certification and labelling.

To support fish producers in both the Czech Republic and Poland, a total of five workshops are planned, two in Poland and three in the Czech Republic. For further information on these workshops as they become available and to receive an application form for the upcoming workshop in Poland, please visit the workshops section of the TRAFOON website: Alternatively please contact Tomáš Policar ( or Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (



New Publication: Technical Guide to Aquaculture Feed Ingredients

Arraina booklet

A new resource for aquaculture feed producers, entitled Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture, has been published by the EU-funded ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project.

The booklet has been designed to allow feed producers to understand at a glance the different properties of specific feed ingredients for aquaculture. It provides a database of aquaculture feed ingredients covering their nutrient composition, functional properties and effects on feed processing conditions and the physical quality of extruded pellets.

Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture is the first of three technical booklets which will illustrate the developments arising from the ARRAINA project and facilitate access to its research. The aim is to make these booklets widely available in order to raise awareness of the science based knowledge supporting the development of high-quality, safe and environmentally sustainable aquaculture feeds.

This booklet is specifically aimed at aquaculture feed producers, but also targets other industrial sectors (e.g. fish farmers, feed additives companies, retailers) and individuals interested in gaining further knowledge on the raw materials that are currently used in the feeds of farmed fish.

Two further technical booklets will be produced within the timeframe of the project. The second of the series will focus on the nutrient requirements of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, carp, sea bass and sea bream. The third booklet will showcase a new integrative tool to predict the effects of alternative aquaculture feeds on fish farmed with known levels of contaminants in relation to food safety.

By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaboration with SMEs, ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increasing the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level.

The Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture ARRAINA technical booklet is available to download from the ARRAINA website, and can also be requested from the dissemination task leader Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT ( The website ( also provides further information on all other aspects of the ARRAINA project including specific research methods and available results.

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



Prototype Ocean Monitoring Sensors Show Revolutionary Potential

The EU-funded COMMON SENSE project is successfully developing prototypes for innovative, next generation sensing technologies that will support the protection of the marine environment in Europe. Progress on the development of these sensors, which will contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by enabling effective monitoring of our marine waters, was presented at the project’s recent partner meeting held in Terrassa, Spain, from 22-23 April 2015.

The meeting, hosted by the project’s coordinating institute, LEITAT Technological Center, brought the COMMON SENSE consortium together to discuss the progress of the project and to decide on future actions as the project approaches its halfway point.

Members of the COMMON SENSE consortium at the projects partner meeting in April 2015 in Terrassa Spain

The advances made in the development of the sensors include interesting results such as those arising from testing by project partner CSIC’s Centre of Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials (NANOMOL) group of a prototype thermometer for highly sensitive detection of temperature changes. Performance tests carried out with the first prototype have shown that the sensitivity of the developed thermometer is two orders of magnitude higher than that of the commercially used platinum thermometer.

Another interesting development, courtesy of project partner DropSens, is the development of screen-printed technology that can be used to fabricate miniaturised, inexpensive sensors to detect heavy metals. These sensors show fast responses, require low maintenance, and can be used for onsite measurements. They are currently undergoing validation and optimisation with CSIC’s Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites (NAPCOM) group.

Sensors being developed by the COMMON SENSE project will increase the availability of standardised data on: eutrophication; concentrations of heavy metals; micro plastic fraction within marine litter; underwater noise; and other parameters such as temperature, pH and pressure. These cost-effective sensors directly respond to current marine monitoring challenges and will be a key tool for EU Member States in meeting their MSFD requirements and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES).

Sergio Martinez, COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator, said: “As we approach the midpoint of the project it is timely to reflect on the progress of COMMON SENSE and how we as a partnership can ensure the project goals are successfully achieved. It was gratifying to see the developments presented at this meeting and the energy and enthusiasm of the participants to meet COMMON SENSE targets. The next 22 months promise to be intense, given the challenge posed by developing and deploying sensors in real environments. Of course, the difficulties during this phase, which are always to be expected when conducting research in marine environments, will be complemented by excitement. Hopefully COMMON SENSE will contribute to a new, revolutionary way of monitoring our oceans.”
During the meeting, partners reviewed and evaluated the progress of each of the project’s activities. The partners also discussed how to maximise effective collaboration and knowledge sharing with other EU-funded projects with a similar focus on marine environmental monitoring, in particular with the SCHeMA, NeXOS and SenseOCEAN projects. For further information about COMMON SENSE, please contact COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator Sergio Martinez ( or visit the project website at:



COMMON SENSE Represented at OCEANS ’15 MTS/IEEE in Genova


The COMMON SENSE Project was represented this week at the Oceans'15 MTS/IEEE International Conference in Genova, Italy. The MTS/IEEE Oceans series of Conferences promotes awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technologies. The conference showcased new knowledge which demonstrates that technological innovation is a key element in the sustainable use of ocean resources, provision of ecosystem services, as well as long term economic growth.

COMMON SENSE was presented on Wednesday 20 May at the "Oceanographic Instrumentation and Sensors-2" session with a presentation entitled "New cost-effective, interoperable sensors tested on existing ocean observing platforms in application of European directives". Partners presented on the innovative, next generation sensing technologies which COMMON SENSE is developing and explained how these will support the effective implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by enabling effective monitoring of our waters and so contribute to the protection of the marine environment in Europe.

Further information and the full conference programme is available here.



Aqua-tnet Special Issue Advances in Teaching and Learning in Aquaculture Now Available

The Aqua-tnet special issue of The Aquaculture International journal entitled "Advances in teaching and Learning in Aquaculture" has now been published by Springer International and may be accessed here

Set up in 1996 as a tightly-knit collaboration of university departments and research institutes, Aqua-tnet’s work in educational reforms led to a steady expansion and by 2005 it had become the largest multidisciplinary European Education Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management. The network was most recently funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, running from 2011-2014. 

To access the Aqua-tnet video, click here.

For more informtion, see: 


Student Corner

Floating Summer School 2015: Applications Now Open

This summer, the North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT) summer school will bring students across the Atlantic from north to south to get a thorough insight in the fundamental principles of biological oceanography. The aim is to train talented young students (graduate level) on board a research vessel and enable them to start a promising career in marine sciences. This exciting cruise will bring together participants from Europe and South Africa, through a joint cooperation between the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO).

For more information, click HERE.



Algaculture for Biotechnology Course

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. The course will be held from 27-28 October 2015 at Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Scotland.

For more information, click HERE



Introduction to Molecular Methods for Algae Research

This course, which will be held from 29-30 October 2015 at the Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Scotland, will introduce you to a variety of molecular methods including DNA extraction, clean-up, DNA sequencing, gene expression and bioinformatic analysis.

The molecular methods course comprises a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions (lab and IT based). The course is ideally suited to PhD students, laboratory workers and researchers wanting to start applying molecular methods in their algal research.

For more information about this event, click HERE



Postgraduate course in Tropical Marine Ecosystems of East Africa

This three week postgraduate course will take place in Mozambique from January - February 2016. The course is jointly hosted by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Marine Sciences of the University of Gothenburg. It gives an overview of tropical marine ecology through lectures, group work and practical field experience at Ilha da Inhaca, Mozambique. During the field course the participants will investigate several aquatic systems such as mangal, coral reefs, seagrass beds, mud- and sandflats and beaches. Through field investigations, group projects and discussions knowledge about taxonomy and ecology of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, as well as human interactions and conservation issues specific to these systems in east Africa will be taught.

Application deadline: 30 June 2015.

For more details, click HERE. 



Course: Fisheries Governance for Food Security

In this course, which is organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation, participants will learn about fisheries governance and the relation to fisheries management. It will provide new insights on challenges that fisheries governance face, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and explore ways to strengthen fisheries governance. The course provides a framework in which participants will acquire insights and skills to bring stakeholders in the fisheries system and help them understand each other's perspectives, manage their conflicts and learn together. The programme is interactive and participants will practice a range of participatory tools and methodologies in a real-life case. They will be challenged to apply the concepts learned by presenting an action plan for their own professional situation.

For more information, click HERE



IPBES Call for Nominations - Young Fellows Pilot Programme

IPBES (the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services) calls for nominations (by their institutions) of fellows for the IPBES young fellows pilot programme. Fellows may participate in: 1) the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services or 2) the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration.

For more information, click HERE.



Wildlife Observer Short Courses 2015

The Wildlife Observer Wales (WOW) courses have been running since 2007 and are a partnership between Pembrokeshire College’s Coastal and Marine Environment Research Unit and Seatrust.

The courses aim to provide participants with nationally recognised qualifications. They train students to identify and record local species as well as give background to biology and field study methods. The courses use the Pembrokeshire coast and islands as well as well as classroom sessions to teach and practice these skills. Bespoke courses can be arranged. Courses in 2015 include:

Wildlife Observer Training: Whale, Dolphin and Porpoise

2 days, £50, 10-11 June 2015

Wildlife Guide
2 days, £50, 12-13 June 2015

WOW Seals
2 day course, £tbc, 19-20 September 2015

WOW Cetaceans
3 days, £tbc, 28-30 October 2015

For more information, click HERE



Good Practice Stakeholder Participation Training with a focus on the environment

This course will help you:

  • Recognise the benefits and challenges of involving stakeholders in decisions about the environment
  • Understand the principles and concepts of stakeholder participation
  • Learn and practice practical facilitation skills
  • Learn how to design a participation process

Course Dates: 7 - 9 July 2015 (arrive evening of 6 July 2015)
Location: Wye, Ashford, UK
For more information and to apply please click HERE.  


Other News

‘Dead Zones’ Found in Atlantic Open Waters

A team of German and Canadian researchers have recently discovered areas with extremely low levels of oxygen in the tropical north Atlantic, several hundred kilometres off the coast of west Africa. The levels measured in these ‘dead zones’, inhabitable for most marine animals, are the lowest ever recorded in Atlantic open waters.

For more information, click HERE



Oceans Firmly on the G7 Agenda this Year

The recently launched G7 academies' statement on the future of the oceans concerned marine pollution by heavy metals and plastic waste. The statement was drawn up by the seven national academies under the aegis of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and presented to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Particularly pressing issues in the statement included the acidification and warming of the ocean due to climate change, and over-fertilisation from nitrogen used in agriculture.

For more information, click HERE



Norwegian Company Building the World’s First Industrial Plant for Copepods

The plant will produce copepods – a fish-fry feed for the production of ballan wrasse, tuna, halibut and other marine species. 

For more information, click HERE



Oceans 2015 Reports: Climate Change Impacts on the Ocean

The Oceans 2015 Initiative has published two reports. These reports summarise the key findings of the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report (AR5) and bring in newer literature to assess the impacts of ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation, and sea level rise, linking ocean physics and chemistry to biological processes and ecosystem functions (Part I), and ecosystem services and ocean-related human activities (Part II).

For the Oceans 2015 Initiative, Part I, click HERE.
For the Oceans 2015 Initiative, Part II, click HERE



GESAMP Microplastics Report Published

A new report entitled "Sources, fates and effects of micro-plastics in the marine environment - a global assessment" has been published by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body that advises the United Nations (UN) system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection.

Further information regarding the background to the report is available here

The full report is available to download here



TargetFish Project to Develop Fish Vaccines for European Fish Farms

TargetFish is a large collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. TargetFish brings together leading European research groups that are experts on the fish immune system and enterprises from the Biotech and Veterinary sectors that aim to commercialise fish vaccines for European fish farming. By developing a targeted vaccination strategy, TargetFish will prevent important fish diseases in European aquaculture industry. TargetFish sends out a monthly newsletter with short updates on progress. Those interested can subscribe to the newsletter by sending an email to

For more information, see



Getting a Handle on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Roughly 3,000 pharmaceutical products are used in human healthcare. Since a patient's body does not fully metabolise some of them, they are excreted and can end up in the environment, where they can impact aquatic life, and potentially human beings. The PHARMAS project investigated how much concern is warranted about anticancer drugs and antibiotics.

For more information, click HERE.



World Oceans Day - 8 June 2015

The theme for this year is healthy oceans, healthy planet. Explore the website to learn how you can hold an event for World Oceans Day, or take action for the ocean on your own.
For more information, visit



JPI Oceans Publishes its First Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of JPI Oceans is published and was presented at the First JPI Oceans conference on 7 May 2015 in Brussels. The document presents ten Strategic Areas, developed and agreed by JPI Oceans (with the support of the FP7 CSA Oceans project), as priorities for marine and maritime research in Europe. As it moves into an implementation phase, the Member Countries of JPI Oceans will create actions within these ten areas to align the European marine and maritime landscape.

To download, click HERE



Industry Oriented Activities within ISGA 2015

Within the framework of the International Symposium on Genetics in Aquaculture (ISGA 2015), which will be held in Santiago de Compostela from 21-27 June, a set of activities aimed at promoting the participation of industry will take place. This will include an exhibition area, a round table on technology transfer and a brokerage activity which aims to identify, boost and strengthen opportunities of technological cooperation. To facilitate this activity, organisations are invited to send their interests through the forms available at the ISGA 2015 website.


 PiscesTT Jobs

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Position: Senior Marine Ecologist (Belgium)

Position: 5 Doctoral Student Positions Open At Aurora DP (Finland)

Position: Director at the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (United Kingdom)

Position: Biotech Policy Expert (Belgium)

Position: Executive Director at Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) (Portugal)

Position: Marine Assessment Scientist – 2 Posts (United Kingdom)

Position: Inshore Habitats Monitoring Officer (United Kingdom)



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