AquaTT Training News - April 2011

Author: AquaTT

Date: 30 Apr 2011


April 2011

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1. Education

2. Announcements

The Announcements supplement is sent out with Training News. Please CLICK HERE to go to the archives. Please CLICK HERE for the AquaTT Calendar which gives you a comprehensive overview of events in the sector.

    3. Other

    5. PiscesTT Jobs

    6. Student corner

    4. Other

    Public Consultations

    "Possible ways forward for Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the EU"
    This consultation is aimed at collecting background information for the Impact Assessment which the Commission launched in December 2010 on options for action on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Zone Management. The commission is interested in hearing what the main challenges, possibilities, or needs are and to receive suggestions on how best to tackle them.
    Submissions can be made at

    "Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding"
    On 9th February 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper which proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. The changes, to be introduced in the next EU budget after 2013, would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Submissions can be made at

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    Poster submissions: Symposium "The future of the 21st Century ocean", 28 June - 1 July 2011, Brest, France

    The general objectives of the symposium are:
    •    to identify the major challenges for marine science of this century,
    •    to foster interactions between managers and users of the RIs, including sponsors, scientists, industry and stakeholders.
    Submission deadline for posters has been extended until 15 May: Full details on the event:

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    Plenty more fish in the sea?

    More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years. According to a study for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ on the status of marine fish in the Mediterranean Sea, almost half of the species of sharks and rays and at least 12 species of bony fish are threatened with extinction due to overfishing, marine habitat degradation and pollution. To read the full article visit

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    Winner of the Peter Howgate Award for Young Fish Technologists, 2011

    Ms. Clara Bah, a researcher at the Department of Food Science, University of Otago in New Zealand  has won the first ever Peter Howgate Award for young fish technologists. The prize of EUR500 will help Clara to attend the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) conference in Rotorua, New Zealand at the end of June 2011, at which she will present her MSc research findings on the bioactivity of fish roes from five commercial New Zealand fish species. More information, including details of how to apply for the 2012 award, is provided at

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    President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PRIYA)

    The SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PRIYA) call is now open, and is accepting Expressions of Interest. PRIYA is SFI's most prestigious award to recruit young researchers currently based around the world to carry out their research in third level institutions in Ireland. For more information please visit

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    Call for abstracts: Third International NACEE Conference of Young Researchers Saint Petersburg, Russia, 12-13 September 2011

    The Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE) are organising the Third NACEE Conference of Young Researchers on September 12-13, 2011 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. For more information and to sumit an abstract please visit

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    Call for abstracts - deadline approaching: 41st West European Fish Technologists Association (WEFTA) Annual Meeting

    The 41st Annual Meeting of the West European Fish Technologists Association (WEFTA) will take place 27-30 September 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Abstract submission deadline: 13 May 2011. Further information available at or email

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    5. PiscesTT Jobs

    Job vacancies, MSc & PhD vacancies and student placements on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM

    PISCES TT jobs is a valuable free tool for employers, employees & students in the aquatic resources. Its service aims to foster an efficient means by which to link job-seekers, students, graduates and others seeking work and placements in the aquaculture, fisheries, and related sciences sectors with companies and organisations seeking qualified employees. Employers can post job vacancies (including permanent, temporary job vacancies, MSc/PhD and student placement positions) facilitating human resource development in the industry.

    At the moment there are 3 new vacancies. If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy please go to or contact Subscribe at for live RSS updates of new job postings.

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    6. Student corner

    EAS-SG teaser April 2011

    This week the EAS SG's topic is Fish Personality:

    Have you ever considered that fish may have ‘‘personalities‘‘? Of course, not in the same sense as people, our personalities are far more complex! But scientific research over the past few years has shown that fish differ in their responses to environmental stimuli, suggesting that ‘‘personalities‘‘ also exist in fish. Generally speaking, as has been establishd in other animal groups, individuals can be divided into two groups. So-called proactive fish tend to be more active and aggressive but find it more difficult to adapt to new situations. Reactive fish, on the other hand, are more passive and shy, but are more flexible in adapting to new situations.     
    If you would like to learn more about ‚‘‘personalities‘‘ in fish, search for ‘coping styles‘ and you will find plenty of scientific articles on the topic.
    You are probably asking yourself what the relevance of this kind of knowledge could be for aquaculture? Well, individuals may perform differently under aquaculture conditions and this may have implications for production and welfare.

    Stefan, Benedikt, Anna, Caroline, Manuel & Guerrino (EAS-Student Group)

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