AquaTT Training News - November 2011

Author: AquaTT

Date: 29 Nov 2011


November 2011

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1. Education and Events

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    2. Collaboration

    3. Other

    4. PiscesTT Jobs

    5. Student corner


    2. Collaboration

    Aquainnova – The Future of Mediterranean Aquaculture in Europe

    The workshop on “The Future of Mediterranean Aquaculture in Europe” was held on 16 – 17th November in Madrid and was the third workshop in the Aquainnova series supporting the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP). Through the input of its members the EATIP has developed documents on the Vision for European Aquaculture in 2030 and supporting Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

    The aim of this workshop and previous workshops (on Freshwater Aquaculture and Marine Cold Water Aquaculture) was to provide additional sector relevant input to assist in the finalisation and build consensus on the Vision document and to develop the SRIAs. Attendance at the 1.5 day workshop was a mix of fish farmers and aquaculture associations, government representatives, research institutions, and research funding agencies. The workshop served as the opportunity for the Mediterranean Aquaculture stakeholders to exchange views and opinions on how they foresee the development of this sector in the next 20 years and what future research and innovation are required to support its progress.

    The Aquainnova strategy of utilising professional facilitators in workshops was employed once again to maximise participation and ensure representation of all participants. The facilitation of the workshop makes for a more interesting and productive meeting. Participants discussed research priorities by theme - Product quality, consumer safety and health, Technology and Systems, Managing the Biological Lifecycle Sustainable Feed Production, Integration with the environment, Knowledge Management, Aquatic, Animal Health & Welfare, and Socio-economics and Management. Research priorities were ranked and the best tools needed to achieve these goals discussed.

    The final Aquainnova stakeholder workshop will be held in Bordeaux from 15-16 February 2012 and will address the needs of the Shellfish Aquaculture sector. Once all stakeholders have had their input in to the documents a concluding Aqauinnova workshop will finalise the vision and set the priority actions needed to achieve the conclusions and recommendations.

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    Vocational Aqualabs: Generic skills courses piloted in Aberdeen, U.K.

    Two courses (“Scientific Writing” and “Introduction to Statistical Analysis of Aquaculture Data”) were recently piloted by the one of Vocational Aqualabs partners in Aberdeen, U.K. on 15th and 16th November 2011. These initial trials were carried out with a small group of postgraduate and final year undergraduate students. The trial was very successful and the “Scientific Writing” course will now be trialled on a larger group of undergraduate students, specifically those registered for a course in “Animal Population Ecology” who will write one of their coursework assessments in the form of a scientific paper.

    The interest and feedback obtained from students has validated that generic skills training is invaluable. For more information on the project read the factsheet (PDF - English) or (PDF - Turkish) or visit the website at

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    Vocational Aqualabs project close 30th November 2011

    With a focus on generic skills for aquaculture researchers the Vocational Aqualabs project has been running over the past two years and has recently come to its end on the 30th November 2011.

    The consortium held its final partner meeting on the 23rd October 2011 in Bodrum, Turkey where partners discussed the pilot courses and the sustainability of the project. The courses include Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Research Funding Procurement, Networking – key for a successful career, Experimental Design, Data and Statistical Management and Scientific Writing. The courses were piloted throughout 2011 and the interest received has validated the need for the courses. The Co-ordinator, Ankara University, and Management Co-ordinator, AquaTT, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the partners for their hardwork over the past two years and all of the participants, experts and trainers who were involved in the pilot courses.

    The Vocational Aqualabs consortium consists of 6 partners; Ankara University, Turkey (Co-ordinator), AquaTT, Ireland, The University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, AQUARK, Greece, Stirling University, United Kingdom and INNOVAMAR, Spain. For further information on the project’s activities and deliverables visit or contact Hijran Yavuzcan (Project Coordinator) at or Olivia Daly (Project Officer) at



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    FORCE kick-off meeting a success


    The recently launched FORCE (Fisheries and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) FP7 project held its first meeting in Alexandria, Egypt, 23 – 24 November. The consortium consisting of 4 partners, 2 from Italy and 1 each from Egypt and Ireland, spent two days in Alexandria discussing and preparing activities for the next 30 months.

    The project is designed to enhance the capacity of the Egyptian National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, NIOF, to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of sound and science-based policies for the sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture in Egypt, as well as in the whole Mediterranean North African region. NIOF is the coordinating partner of FORCE, with Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy), The Fishing Technology Unit, National Research Council, Institute of Marine Sciences (Italy) and AquaTT (Ireland) making up the consortium. For more information on the project please contact Prof. Suzan Kholeif (Coordinator)

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    Free course: Technical Evaluation for Marine Energy Projects, Athens, Greece, 15th-16th December 2011

    A free course on Technical Evaluation for Marine Energy Projects will take place in Athens, Greece, 15th-16th December 2011. For more information on the course contact course organiser Charalampos Malamatenios at

    This course is part of a series of new face-2-face courses being developed by the Aqua-RET consortium. For more information on the Aqua-RET 2 project visit

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    David Taylor talks on health impacts of climate change at UN conference in Durban, South Africa

    HEALTHY FUTURES coordinator, David Taylor, reports from the UN Climate Change conference (COP-17) held in Durban, South Africa where he who gave two successful HEALTHY FUTURES related presentations at events organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research. David Taylor commented that “What has surprised me is the extent to which climate change is now a geo-political rather than scientific issue”. For further reading of David Taylor’s comments and information on HEALTHY FUTURES please click here.

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    INTRANEMMA 2nd partner meeting, Madrid, Spain, 24th-25th January 2011

    The INTRANEMMA project aims 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, aimed towards improving vocational skills and ensuring sustainability in sea bass and sea bream aquaculture. The project partners have carried out surveys across Turkey, Greece and Spain and further in-depth interviews with key stakeholders to identify bottle-necks in Mediterranean aquaculture. The 2nd partner meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on the 24th-25th January 2011. The project is funded through the EU Lifelong Learning Programme - Leonardo da Vinci (Transfer of innovation) and is coordinated by Federation of Greek Maricultures, Greece. For more information on the project visit

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    SEAFARE partner meeting, 16th December 2011, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain

    The SEAFARE project, a European Union Atlantic Area Transnational Programme focussing on sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture for the Atlantic region of Europe, will hold its 4th partner meeting during AE2011 in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain on the 16th December 2011. This meeting will focus on the achievements obtained by the different working groups.

    If you would like more information about the SEAFARE project, please contact project coordinator Mr Dan Lee, on +44 1248 388603 or email

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    3. Other

    Bjorn Myrseth receives the 2011 FEAP Award for Excellence in aquaculture

    The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) presented its annual award for excellence in European aquaculture to Bjørn Myrseth in recognition of his past and continuing contributions to aquaculture in Europe.

    Supported by MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) since its inception in 2005, the FEAP makes an annual award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to excellence in European aquaculture. In 2011, Bjørn Myrseth was recognized for his drive and career-long influence on fish farming in Europe.

    The award was presented during the FEAP Presidents’ Meeting, held in Rhodes on 17-18 October 2011, and was decided by a jury composed of the previous recipients of the Award, following nomination by a FEAP Member Association. To read the full article click here.

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    EAS Honorary Life Membership

    At the final wrap up and closing session of the Aquaculture Europe 2011 event organised by the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) in Rhodes, Greece, Dr. Pascal Divanach, Director of the Institute of Aquaculture and member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR), was presented with an Honorary Life Membership of EAS. Honorary Life Membership is the highest EAS award and is given to those persons that have had a marked impact on the development of European aquaculture.

    Since 1981, EAS has bestowed this award on only 9 persons, including G. Ravagnan (Italy, since 1981), Dr. E. Monten (Sweden, since 1987 †), Dr. Bernard Chevassus-au-Louis (France, since 1989), Dr. Eric Edwards (UK, since 1991), Peter Hjul (UK, since 1993 †), Prof. Trygve Gjedrem (Norway, since 1995), Mr. J. Bally (Martinique, since 1997), Dr. Colin Nash (USA, since 2000) and Mr. Courtney Hough (Belgium, since 2010).

    The award was presented by the EAS 2010-2012 President Yves Harache, who expressed his own personal pleasure in the nomination, that had been approved by the EAS Board of Directors during AE2011, and fittingly presented to Dr. Divanach on his ‘home soil’. To read the full article click here (Word doc.).

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    EASinfo November 2011

    This edition features Summary reports of the EAS events held in 2011 plus lots more. To view click here (PDF).

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    New FAO aquaculture publications

    The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO is pleased to announce the publication of  seven technical documents on aquaculture which are  of global relevance, namely 

    • the Global Synthesis of aquaculture development status and trends,  and
    • six Regional Reviews of aquaculture development, status and trends.

    To access the publications visit

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    Marine and land species on the move in the face of climate change

    An international team of scientists has found that organisms either adapt or move to track changes in environments, in both space and time, in order to fight climate change. Presented in the journal Science, the study, focused on ocean warming, shows how climate change is adjusting the average annual and seasonal temperatures on land and water, and is potentially affecting the coastal ecology of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom.

    Investigating the travelling speed and direction of marine and land life trying to ensure they maintain their preferred temperatures, the study shows how fish will swim many kilometres while other bio-organisms are prone to stay in place. To read fthe full article visit

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    Eat fish young and keep wheezing at bay: study

      New research from Sweden shows how children who consumed fish before nine months of age have a lower risk of suffering from pre-school wheeze. This may change, however, if they were treated with broad spectrum antibiotics in the first week of life or if their mother ingested paracetamol while pregnant. To read the full article visit

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      FARNET Newsletter 2011-11

      This view November's edition visit

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      EurOcean: New InfoBase on the European Large Exchangeable Equipments

      The strategy, which "identifies challenges and opportunities in the region and takes stock of existing initiatives that can support growth and job creation", will be implemented in 2013 through an Action Plan. The development of the Action Plan will be facilitated by the Commission through a series of consultation events - the "Atlantic Forum". For more information visit

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      Launch of SEAS-ERA Discussion Document – A draft Marine Research Plan for the European Atlantic Sea Basin

      This Discussion Document, prepared by the SEAS-ERA Atlantic Partnership, is an input to the preparation of a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for the European Atlantic Sea Basin and will form the basis of a stakeholder consultation process to be implemented between January and June 2012. For more information visit

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      Cruise Participation Opportunity - EURO-BASIN

      The EC funded large integrated research project EURO-BASIN ( is looking for potential collaborating research teams to study nutrient cycling and microzooplankton grazing during the North Atlantic Spring Bloom. For more information visit

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      ASSEMBLE 6th call for on-site access is now open

      ASSEMBLE is an EU FP7 research infrastructure project comprising a network of 9 marine research stations. This network offers on-site access (through periodic calls) and remote access (through applications that can be submitted all year round) for European research groups to conduct marine research projects. ASSEMBLE sixth call for on-site visits is now open. For more information visit

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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 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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      5. Student corner

      Professor Mário Ruivo Prize - ´Seas and Us - Links between Ocean and Daily Life Activities Movie Contest´

      Make a Movie, do a documentary, interview people or simply tell us a story, the OCEAN is the limit! If you want to come on board of this great adventure sign yourself up and your friends to the Professor Mário Ruivo Prize Movie Contest. The 'Professor Mário Ruivo Prize' will award an original Movie, made by students on the theme: Seas and Us - Links between Ocean and Daily Life Activities. For that you and your friends must be students between 12 and 21 years and produce a Movie on the Theme. Entry forms must be fully completed, signed, and, together with a standard DVD, posted to EurOcean no later than 25th March 2012. For more information visit

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