AquaTT Training News - September 2011

Author: AquaTT

Date: 30 Sep 2011


September 2011

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1. Education and Events

For information on all educational opportunities (courses, workshops, etc), as well as general events (conferences, meetings, etc) please refer to the AquaTT Announcement newsletter which is sent out with Training News. A comprehensive overview of all events is given in the AquaTT Calendar.

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    2. Collaboration

    3. Other

    4. PiscesTT Jobs

    5. Student corner


    2. Collaboration

    INTRANEMMA - Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture

    The INTRANEMMA project partners have recently carried out a survey across Turkey, Greece and Spain and further in-depth interviews are currently being carried out with key stakeholders. The aim is to identify priority vocational skill needs in the Mediterranean mariculture industry and in response to develop and pilot innovative sector led programmes specifically for the Mediterranean region. In doing so, INTRANEMMA will improve vocational skills and help to ensure the sustainability of sea bass and sea bream aquaculture.

    The project website will be launched soon but for further information on the INTRANEMMA project you are invited to visit the AQUARK stand (project manager) or the AquaTT stand (project partner) at the upcoming Aquaculture Europe conference in Rhodes, Greece (18th – 21st October 2011).

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    Incubating Young Researchers into Aqua Entrepreneurs!

    Young entrepreneurs will be competing at the upcoming Aquaculture Europe conference (AE 2011) in Rhodes, Greece (18th – 19th October 2011) for the Aquaculture Talent Hatchery (ATH) Award.

    Four teams from the UK, Greece, Spain and Ireland have been participating in the Aquaculture Talent Hatchery (ATH) challenge over the past number of weeks. The Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Mentorship programme seeks to provide early career researchers with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage the development of an entrepreneurial mindset. With support from their assigned mentors, participants have been working in teams and competing against other international teams in developing a business plan. The teams will make a final presentation to a panel of ATH mentors and industry representatives at AE2011 where the teams will showcase their final business plan. The presentations will take place at on the 19th as the final section (17:30-18:45) of the Fish Farmers Day and you are all invited to come along and show your support. The award will be presented to the winning team at 18.00 on the 20th in the AQUARK and AQUATT stand (booth 78) in the trade show.

    The ATH trainers and students would like to take this opportunity to thank the ATH mentors for their support; Mr. Gustavo Larrazábal A. (Grupo Tinamenor - Spain), Prof. Patrick Smith (Tethys Aquaculture Ltd - UK), Mr. John Stefanis (Selonda Group - Greece) and Dr. Gerry Mouzakitis (Gourmet Marine Ltd - Ireland).

    Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Mentorship is one of seven courses aimed at aquaculture researchers funded under the Vocational Aqualabs project which is coordinated by Ankara University, Turkey. For more information on the Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Mentorship programme visit and the Vocational Aqualabs project

    You are also invited to visit the AQUARK stand (ATH trainer, Vocational Aqualabs partner) and the AquaTT stand (Vocational Aqualabs project co-manager) at the upcoming Aquaculture Europe conference in Rhodes, Greece (18th – 21st October 2011).

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    The first challenge: Building a Mediterranean Aquaculture Multi-Stakeholder Platform, 19th October 2011, EA2011, Rhodes, Greece

    AQUAMED is a strategic project that aims to develop a cross-functional strategy for aquaculture research in the Mediterranean region. Its objectives are to contribute to the strengthening of the links between the main research institutes and key stakeholders in the whole Mediterranean region and to promote innovation. In doing so, the project will address the main issues for the development of sustainable aquaculture in the region. It will also strengthen the EU-Mediterranean partnership in developing common projects and create a plan to tackle the future challenges of the Mediterranean aquaculture.

    To achieve this goal, AQUAMED will create a multi-stakeholder platform (MSHP) to discuss and share research directions and activities and to develop an implementation plan aimed at the sustainable development of MED aquaculture. The platform will rationalise research programming in order to (1) avoid duplication and fragmentation of research efforts, (2) stimulate long-term cooperation and coordination across policy makers and the aquaculture industry and RTD performers in the region and (3) develop a shared vision of the needs for further research among the stakeholders.

    The AQUAMED project will have its 3rd partner meeting in Rhodes (Greece) on the 17th and 18th of October 2011. After this meeting the AQUAMED project will be presented at the EAS Conference 2011 in Rhodes (Greece) in the framework of the EU-FORUM. This presentation will take place on Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 16.50 in the NAFISKA A (170) room.

    The first meeting of the MSHP will be held on the 19th of October 2011 just after the EU-FORUM (place and exact time to be determined in the coming weeks). The main objective of this first meeting is to allow leading stakeholders to influence and contribute to the establishment of the structure and operational concept of the MSHP. The basic skeleton of the platform is expected to be created based on the results of this meeting.

    The AQUAMED partnership would appreciate the attendance of all Mediterranean stakeholders who are interested in contributing to the design and implementation of this Mediterranean Multi-stakeholder Platform for the Aquaculture Sector.

    If you would like to participate in the MSHP meeting or for more information, please contact Georgios RIGOS (, Noam MOZES (, Myriam CALLIER ( or Jean-Paul BLANCHETON, (

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    Aqua-RET 2: Environmental Assessment Course piloted in Madeira Island, Portugal

    An Environmental Assessment course for marine energy projects was recently piloted by the Aqua-RET 2 consortium in Madeira Island, Portugal on 14th September 2011. Participants included project developers, regulators, environmental consultees and others involved and interested in the marine renewable sector.

    An interactive group session gave the forty participants an opportunity to work in groups to devise a general Environmental Impact Assessment plan followed by a discussion of the results.
    The Environmental Assessment Course is one of a series of new face-2-face courses being developed by the Aqua-RET consortium. Other Aqua-RET2 courses under development; Marine Operations and Technical Evaluation will be piloted in the UK, Greece and Ireland during November 2011. If you or your colleagues are interested in attending please contact Olivia Daly (Project Officer) For more information and to access the various e-learning resources developed by the project which are free to download and use visit




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    SEAFARE partner meeting, 19th October 2011, Rhodes, Greece

    The SEAFARE project, a European Union Atlantic Area Transnational Programme focusing on sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture for the Atlantic region of Europe, will hold its 4th partner meeting during AE2011 in Rhodes, Greece on the 19th October 2011. This meeting will focus on the achievements obtained by the different working groups. In addition, an open information meeting will be held straight after the partnership meeting, inviting all AE2011 visitors to familiarise themselves with the project.

    If you would like to participate in the SEAFARE open meeting or for more information, please contact project coordinator Mr Dan Lee, on +44 1248 388603 or email

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    Come visit AquaTT at AE2011 and get a free innovative gift

    Aquaculture Europe 2011 will be the most innovative event of European aquaculture to date, bringing together research institutions, academia and the industry. Sessions will address vital questions affecting the development of Mediterranean aquaculture over the next decade, with reviews of the importance of aquaculture in EU food production; the sustainability of aquaculture feeds and the implementation of selective breeding strategies in aquaculture. The conference will include an international tradeshow, where you can visit AquaTT @ booth 78. Come and get to know us (better) and get a free innovative gift!

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    3. Other

    EASinfo August 2011

    "First assessment report on the European Market Observatory for fisheries and aquaculture products (EUMOFA)", "EURocean bring conference outputs together in one site", "Positive feedback for the Aqua Nor Forum 2011"...and much more... To download the July/August issue of the EAS Newsletter click here (PDF).

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    Aquaculture Asia Magazine Vol. XVI, No. 3 July-September 2011

    "Scaling up better management practices: Empowering small scale farmers", "Animal welfare (for farmed fish)…is Asia-Pacific ready?", "Aquaculture field schools as an extension methodology" and much more... To download a free issue visit

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    Scientists create map of corals and their stress factors

    An international team of scientists has succeeded in creating a map of the planet's corals and their stress factors. To read the full article visit

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    Report shows deep-sea fishing is unsustainable

    The deep sea, the planet's biggest ecosystem, is in trouble, an international research team says, underlining the need to stop commercial fishing in such waters and focus on productive waters instead... Read more from this article at

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    Common guidelines to help maturing staging of fish

    An international team of scientists led by the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua) has put the spotlight on the maturing staging of fish and what we can do to ensure standardisation... Read more from this article at

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    Scientists find tuna and billfish species at risk

      Several species of tuna and billfish are in jeopardy, new international research shows... Read more from this article at

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      Young researchers given funding boost from European Research Council

      As part of the ERC Starting Grant competition, just over EUR 670 million will be awarded to some 480 researchers, with individual grants worth up to EUR 2 million... Read more from this article at

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      4. 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 12 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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      5. Student corner

      Science@Sea Ship Based Training for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students 2011

      The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) recently opened the 2011 application call for Science@Sea research vessel-based training courses aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students of marine-related sciences. The two-day training courses will be held between November 23rd and December 3rd 2011 in waters off Cork and will offer students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience onboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager.

      Application forms can be found on the Marine Institute website at or by mailing Completed applications should be received no later than Friday 14th October 2011.
      For the full press release click here (Word doc.)

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      Lindsay Laird Innovation in Aquaculture Award 2011

      In 2008, AQUATT along with AMC Ltd set up the Lindsay Laird award for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student. This event takes place at the annual EAS International Conference, this year to be held in Rhodes. Areas of research are deliberately set very wide, in order to maximise opportunities for participation: environmental impact in aquaculture, new candidate species, hatcheries/early life history, stock production, fish diseases, new technologies and genetics/genomics.  So far, three hard-working students have benefited.

      To hear the 2009 winner – Goncalo Santos – speak about his experience and why winning the Award is such an honour, visit AQUATT is now on the search for the 2011 entries for this prestigious award. So let's break the record for entries for 2011. See you in Rhodes!

      The Lindsay Laird Award consists of a certificate and an award of a laptop (to the value of EUR 500) of the winner's choice. Springer also sponsors this award by making a donation of aquaculture publications up to a value of EUR 200. Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the EAS annual conference in Rhodes will be eligible for the inauguration of the award. Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the EAS annual conference in Rhodes are eligible. Subject areas:

      • environmental impact in aquaculture
      • new species
      • hatcheries/early life history
      • stock production
      • fish diseases
      • new technologies
      • genetics/genomics

      The jury will be composed of an AQUATT representative, an academic representative (University of Crete) and a representative from the industrial sector (to be nominated later). The award will be presented by the EAS President.

      For more information, please contact

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      EAS-SG: Student activities during AE2011

      The EAS Student activities during the upcoming Aquaculture Europe conference 2011 have been announced at The conference takes place from October 18-21, 2011 in Rhodes, Greece.

      EAS-SG are pleased to offer a dedicated program for all our students and young members.
      If you would like to take part in any of the mentioned activities please email them directly at These activities are free of charge (or at a nominal cost) for all registered EAS-SG members and students. Field trips have only a limited capacity and registration is open from now on and will be handled by a first come, first serve basis.

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