Training News - November 2004

Author: AquaTT

Date: 07 Oct 2005


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- Aquaculture Educational Posters - The PISCES Series

2. Collaboration 
- Women of the North Sea to Speak with One Voice
- Women in Fisheries and Aquaculture Conference
- EU Encourages Russian Participation in FP6
- EU Supports First Latin American Research Network

5. Student Corner
- The Importance of Student/ Researcher Exchange within the Aquaculture Sector of Finland  (Article by Marja Niemi, University of Kuopio, FINLAND)


Aquaculture Educational Posters - The PISCES Series

A series of educational posters comprising 9 exciting titles on aquaculture has been produced under the framework of the PISCES project. PISCES, found at, is a now well established forum for aquaculture education and training, spearheaded by AquaTT and partners, under the auspices of the Leonardo da Vinci programme.

This first series consists of life-cycle and special interest topic titles posing broad appeal for students from second level upwards, and for those wishing to gain an understanding of the stages and technical methods currently being used within the aquaculture sector. The life-cycle posters graphically represent the various stages of the wild life cycle of the species through text, graphs, distribution maps and cyclically linked photographs. Each stage of the life cycle is linked to its stage in commercial aquaculture.

PISCES partner, La Tene Maps, with pledged support from individuals, development agencies, academic institutions and companies, was responsible for the ultimate design, compilation and production of the series.

The funded titles of 2004, currently available in English but with provision for translation are “Farming Atlantic Salmon�, “Farming Turbot�, “Farming European Perch�, “Life-cycle of Seahorse�, “Life-cycle of Sea Bass & Sea Bream�, “Waste Management in Aquaculture�, “Local Area Management Systems in Aquaculture�, “Traceability� and “Recirculation Systems in Aquaculture�.

Print runs are now complete with 5000 of each title and planning underway for a follow on series. A dissemination strategy is now in operation with all titles available in B2 size (500mm by 700mm) from AquaTT direct, the dissemination sponsors and for download from the PISCES forum in pdf format. The posters will have presence and free distribution at all workshops, conferences and exhibitions attended by AquaTT and poster sponsors.

Special thanks is extended to the 2004 dissemination sponsors: Bord Iascaigh Mhara/Irish Sea Fisheries Board, Taighde Mhara Teo (Ireland), TIC Teo (Ireland), Skretting, Biomar, Coppens International, Schering Plough, AquaMedic, Tropical Marine Centre and Project Seahorse.

To date an exceptionally high level of interest has been expressed for further development of the series with requests for specific titles within the existing series to be translated into Hungarian and Korean among other languages. Requests for the current titles has seen the posters sent as far a field as the U.S, Canada, South America and China for use in school, university and vocational training programmes, and to complement companies’ support information and resources. Thus, planning is now underway to devise a second series with the first titles in this being made available for the AquaNor Trade Show in Trondheim, Norway in August 2005.

At this stage, a list of potential topic titles is being aired for initial feedback. AquaTT in conjunction with La Tene Maps aims to produce at minimum, a series of six posters. The list is non-exhaustive and represents the documented needs and suggestions from sponsors of the first series. Initial interest in suggesting a title or supporting a named title through content and/or financial contribution can be expressed to Mr. John Coleman of La Tene Maps (contact details below). The intention is to devise a list of topics, flagged by the industry, and then to work to produce these as comprehensive poster titles through 2005 and 2006. Suggestions may include for example the update and/or reprinting of an existing poster in a different language.

AquaTT, a non-profit service provider, invites industry members to nominate posters and to contribute financially to the content development, printing and distribution of their select title. AquaTT would be looking for a minimum contribution of €1500 per poster sponsored. In turn the sponsor will benefit from direct link association with the specific poster and the series in its entirety. The innovative series will cover many subjects which have never been broached in such manner, format and detail to such a wide scope audience. Sponsorship is evidenced and acknowledged through print of company logo, website and contact details on the posters. Sponsors receive bulk copies of the posters for their own use and distribution. On any given poster there is room for 6 sponsor logos in total, however, exclusive sponsorship of a poster can be arranged.

Potential Posters for 2005:
Life Cycle of Cod
Life Cycle of Pike/Perch
Life Cycle of Sturgeon
Life Cycle of Trout
Life Cycle of the European Eel
Life Cycle of Tilapia
Life Cycle of Trout
Life Cycle of Halibut
Life Cycle of the Mussel
Life Cycle of the Oyster
Life Cycle of the Prawn
Life Cycle of the Abalone
Life Cycle of the Lobster
Life Cycle of the Scallop
Renewable Energy Systems in Aquaculture
Quality Labels in Aquaculture
Organic Aquaculture
Depuration Systems
Salmonid/Finfish Disease Diagnostic Chart/ Disease Identification Chart
Shellfish Disease Diagnostic Chart/ Disease Identification Chart

The posters are successfully researched designed and produced by La Tene Maps whose chief executive John Coleman is also the Treasurer and a Director of AquaTT. Further information on these new posters can be had from him in the first instance at:

John Coleman, Chief Executive, La Tene Maps, Tel: +353-12847914

For information on the current series, please contact:
Caoimhe Boylan, Project Executive, AquaTT, Tel: +353-16449008

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Women of the North Sea to Speak with One Voice

Women from many of the North Sea states including Norway, the Netherlands and Scotland met in Brussels on 20th October 2004 with colleagues from the Baltic, to formalise the North Sea Women’s Network (NSWN). One of its main roles is to act as a voice on behalf of coastal communities in fishing-dependent areas, and to ensure the socio-economic consequences of fishing restrictions and decisions are heard and considered at national and EU political level.

The Network has developed from an EU funded workshop in Peterhead in June 2004, which was organised jointly by Seafood Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council and explored the changing role of women in fishing communities. In looking at the future role and representation of women, the need for a North Sea Women’s Network was identified.

A constitution was agreed and the network welcomed the offer of a seat on the new North Sea Regional Advisory Council (RAC), which had its first meeting in Edinburgh on 4th November 2004. The network will be co-ordinated by Ms. Nicki Holmyard.

An executive committee with two representatives from each country is being formed to develop the fledgling Network. Membership is open to all women in the North Sea States with an interest in helping their fishing community, seeking improved living and working conditions, and developing new training and business opportunities. Links will also be forged with existing women’s networks, and it is envisaged that the NSWN will facilitate a wide exchange of views and experience between communities.

In order to speak effectively on behalf of North Sea communities, the NSWN first intends to carry out a wide-ranging socio-economic study that will gather data at grass roots level in every fishing-dependent community. The socio-economic importance of the industry in fishing communities is often under-estimated, and over-looked when management decisions are made. It will also look locally at guidance and training opportunities, career development for young people, and employment and business opportunities, with the aim of encouraging retention of and return of young people to fishing communities.

For further details, please contact: Ms.Nicki Holmyard, NSWN Co-ordinator (
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Women in Fisheries and Aquaculture Conference aktea conference

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, was the setting for an international gathering of some 200 women in November, who examined the past, present and future roles of women in aquaculture and fisheries. It was organised by the University of Brest CEDEM, with partners from Spain and Norway.

Speakers and delegates from five continents enjoyed an intense three-day conference and workshop, which covered subjects as diverse as the negative effects of globalisation, aquaculture and fisheries, tourism projects, and the empowerment that networking affords to women throughout the world.

A pre-conference tour took in the coastal town of Cambados, on the Ria de Arousa, where some 230 Mariscadoras – female shellfish cultivators - work the intertidal regions, cultivating an assortment of clams and cockles, including Tapes decussatus and semidecussatus, Venerupis pullastra and Cardium edule.

Galicia has a long tradition of women working in the shellfish industry, but it is only in recent years that they have joined together to form professional organisations, in order to gain recognition for their work and to implement sustainable methods of cultivation. Each woman works as allowed by the tides, for 15 half days each month, cultivating and harvesting the clams, which are depurated locally and sold at auction.

A new project this year saw 19 Mariscadoras volunteer to undertake a 100-hour training programme, to become tourism guides. They formed an association, ‘Guimatur’ to advertise and manage their services, and proudly wear a uniform and identification badge. Charging just 3 Euros for an historical guided tour of the town’s seafront area and a visit to the shellfish gathering area, the guides have been in great demand since their service began in August.

Some of the women have also opted for language training, to cater for the increasing number of English and French visitors to Galicia, and others are taking instruction in the art of offering ‘B&B’ in their homes. According to María de los Angeles Trigo Casai, the training programme has transformed her life. “It has made me more proud of what I do and given it real value,� she explained. “The groups of tourists to whom we show our work are very interested in how we cultivate and sell the clams, and it makes them appreciate how hard we work to provide this food.� The project has attracted considerable media interest in Spain, and clam sales have also benefited from increased attention to the industry.

Delegates learned how negative cultural practices in many countries affect the roles women can play in industry, and how micro finance was proving a valuable lifeline to women in third world countries who are able to set up for the first time, small scale aquaculture or fishing enterprises.

The outcomes of AquaTT’s recent workshop in France on women in aquaculture, was presented at a poster session, and received considerable interest. In particular, women were keen to identify specific training needs – and language was a strong contender here – and to further opportunities for networking.

A strong sense of camaraderie in adversity united women from South America, Africa and Asia, with those from Europe, North America and Canada and the conference ended with a call for the setting up of European and global networks to facilitate increased communication and mutual assistance between women working in aquaculture and fisheries.

Author: Ms. Nicki Holmyard

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EU Encourages Russian Participation in FP6

A recently launched EU-funded project aims to foster collaboration between the EU and Russia within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

The project, called 'RUSERA' (supporting the Russian participation in EU research and technological development (RTD) programmes) targets a major gap, namely the lack of research cooperation
between the more promising and advanced Russian regions and the EU's research organisations.

At present, research cooperation between Russia and the EU is concentrated around the main economic centres of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In order to foster collaboration and increase the numbers of collaborative success stories involving the EU and the rest of Russia within FP6, the RUSERA project will establish a network of Regional Information Nodes (RIN) in 37 of the most advanced Russian regions.

The EU is providing close to 120,000 euro to the project, which is funded under the INCO (international cooperation)
section of the 'Integrating and strengthening European research' programme of FP6. The RUSERA project will organise and hold information days on FP6 in the 37 regions and create a web-based database on all Russian research organisations that might be relevant to the INCO programme. Training courses to improve the RINs' necessary skills will be organised with experts from the EU. Furthermore, RUSERA will establish at least 37 potential EU-Russian consortia. It is hoped that this, in turn, will lead to the submission of not less than 13 successful proposals in FP6 projects.

The network of Regional Information Nodes will be based on the existing network of the regional offices of the Russian Association for Engineering Education (AEER) . This association has offices in all the Russian regions and is supported by the local authorities in each region. This will ensure the continuation of the RIN network after the project ends in April 2005. All the RIN offices will cooperate and liaise with the Russian and the EU-National Contact Point (NCP) offices.

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EU Supports First Latin American Research Network

The first pan-Latin American network for research and education was officially launched in Brazil on 23 November. Known as RedCLARA, the network will receive support from the EU, and will be connected to GÉANT, the pan-European high-speed communications network for research.

Connection to GÉANT will allow the 600 university research institutions in Latin America to intensify their cooperation with more than 3,500 institutions in Europe, as well as many more around the world.

The launch of RedCLARA took place at the third Latin American and Caribbean-EU ministerial forum on the information society. The meeting also saw a commitment from the delegations to tackling the social dimension of the information society by creating an 'Alliance for social cohesion through digital inclusion'.

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Conference on Biodiversity: Science and Governance - Paris, 25th to 28th January 2005
An international conference on biodiversity: science and governance will be held in Paris, France, from 25 to 28 January 2005.

The conference is aimed at informing politicians and decision-makers about biodiversity issues ahead of 2010. It will highlight the link between biodiversity and sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and the Millennium Development Goals.

The conference will focus on:
- changes in biodiversity, assessment tools and methodologies;
- social impact of change, particularly concerning the exploitation of, and trade in, renewable resources, agriculture, fisheries, forestry;
- biodiversity governance in the context of the 2010 target and the Millennium Development Goals, with an emphasis on legal, economic and political aspects.

The conference is also an attempt to raise public awareness of scientific and social issues connected to biodiversity.

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Workshop on International Cross-Comparisons as a Research Strategy - Slovakia, 14th January 2005

The European research project WOMENG 'Creating cultures of success for women engineers' is organising a workshop on 'International' cross-comparisons as a research strategy', to take place in Kosice, Slovakia, on 14 January 2005.

The main topics to be addressed include:
- specific difficulties in the field, translation problems;
- ensuring comparability without losing local specificity: the construction of common classifications and indicators;
- tools for analysis of qualitative data in comparisons;
- comparison as a research strategy;
- Is gender a category as any other? How is it socially constructed in the different European countries? What does it imply for comparative research?

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EU FP6 4th Call for Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Launched

The EU's FP6 4th Call for Fisheries and Aquaculture Research has been launched. Details of the topics, 13 in all, to be supported by collaborative research (STREPS, CAs and SSA) under the 4th call for the EU Policy Oriented Research Programme are now live at the following web address: The deadline for submission of proposals is 1st February 2005.


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New FP6 Guidance Notes on Competitive Calls for Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence

New guidance notes for participants in FP6 are now available through CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service) , the EU's official information service on science and research. The new guidelines cover the issuing of calls for new contractors to join existing Integrated Projects (IPs) or Networks of Excellence (NoEs) .

The EU's Sixth Framework Programme for research and development (FP6) includes new instruments for research funding: IPs and NoEs. During their initial negotiation with the Commission, Integrated Projects or Network of Excellence may reserve a portion of the project budget for specific tasks to be carried out by a new contractor or contractors, who will join the consortium at a later date.

These new contractors must be selected by means of competitive calls, and one set of new guidance notes aim to assist the coordinator in preparing and launching the calls. Further notes are available on answering calls for proposals by means of the electronic submission system, EPSS.

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New Guidance Notes for Project Reporting in FP6, including events in Marie Curie Actions

Two new sets of guidance notes for participants in the EU's Sixth Framework Programme for research and development (FP6) are now available through CORDIS (the Community Research and Development Information Service), the EU's official information service on science and research. The new guidelines cover project reporting in general, as well as the reporting of conferences or seminars carried out as part of the Marie Curie programme for human resources and mobility.

The 'Project reporting in FP6' guidance notes provide instructions to assist the project consortium in preparing the reports and deliverables that are submitted by the project coordinator. They also describe the procedures for their submission to the Commission and contain brief explanations of the review procedure.

These general guidance notes apply to Integrated Projects, Networks of Excellence, Specific Targeted Research or Innovation Projects, Coordination Actions, Specific Support Actions, Co-operative Research Projects and Collective Research Projects.

The second set of reporting guidance notes are more specific, providing instructions to assist coordinators in preparing reports and deliverables for Marie Curie conferences and training courses
(SCF/LCF) . They also describe the procedure for their submission to the Commission.

Marie Curie actions rely on continuous monitoring as well as a final project assessment. The guidance notes include details for the fully electronic submission of project reports and deliverables.

These Marie Curie notes are meant as guidance, and do not supersede the rules and conditions laid out in Council and Parliament Decisions relevant to the Sixth Framework Programme, the relevant specific programme, the rules for participation, the financial regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities and its implementing rules or the contract and its annexes.

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Post your Student placement and MSc/ PhD vacancies on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM

piscesttjobs.comPISCES TT Jobs, an exciting and valuable free online service provided by AquaTT UETP Ltd. to employers and potential employees in aquaculture and related science sectors. Using a secure and innovative site format, employers and job searchers can post job vacancies and CVs, respectively, thus facilitating human resource development in the industry.

Upon registration, companies can post and instantaneously edit job vacancies, including permanent, temporary, MSc/PhD and student placement positions. Companies will only receive CVs of those applicants who are qualified for the position requirements. To ensure privacy and lessen the hassle of unsolicited calls and queries, company/organisation contact details will not be published online.

Prospective employees can use the online registration facility to obtain a username and password, post and edit their employee profile, upload a CV and apply online for positions.

If you are interested in posting a job vacancy or registering for the service, please contact

AquaTT, the European Network for Education and Training, is providing the site as an additional service to compliment their flagship project, PISCES TT, found on the web at and host to a comprehensive education database, occupational profiles, virtual tours, a discussion forum, and marine sciences activities for children.

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Student Corner Marja

Importance of Student/ Researcher Exchange within the Aquaculture Sector of Finland
(Article by Marja Niemi, University of Kuopio, FINLAND)

Aquaculture in Finland is based on farming fish and freshwater crayfish for production as well as for stocking. According to the Finnish Fish Farmers’ Association, the proportion of global aquaculture production attributed to Finland is 0.1 %, while 80 % of the total is attributed to Asia. The Fish farming sector is more or less based on farming rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) as a food fish here in Finland (about 15 million kg / year) (Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute). We also farm fish for stocking and for continued farming. The most common fish species for stocking are whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus), salmon (Salmo salar) and trout (Salmo trutta) (Finnish fish Farmers’ Association). Over 100 million fish or crayfish juveniles are being stocked in water systems yearly (GFRI). Most of the farms, farming fish for stocking are situated inland and those who farm fish for production are situated in coastal areas (e.g. brackish water: about 80 % of the rainbow trout production) (Finnish fish Farmers’ Association). The value of farmed fish for production in Finland is around 35 million euros (GFRI).

You can study the fish industry in four universities in Finland: Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Turku. I am studying at the University of Kuopio myself. My main subject is applied zoology that is more than just fish biology and aquaculture. I went to study marine biology and aquaculture in Scotland at one point in my studies and there I got deeper and deeper into the world of aquaculture. While I was studying in Scotland my eyes opened to see that the rainbow trout and fish in general aren’t the only species that can be farmed, my thinking of aquaculture broadened. After Scotland I came back to Finland but the idea of learning more abroad stuck in my head. After that I was very lucky to be able to attend different events regarding aquaculture, e.g. Lake Tanganyika Research Project (in Africa), workshops organised by AquaTT and to the seminars of all the visitors here in Kuopio. It took the realisation that it is not so hard to leave current routines and to go abroad and also to different events here in Finland. It also added the opportunities to choose what to do (it makes it also harder, more things that you can do thus the quality of choosing got higher).

Thinking of the aquaculture education or education at the universities in general, we are living in a break point. Most of the European countries are going to attend to the Bologna process and we are going to have more integrated studying programmes. Nobody really knows what’s going to happen. I really hope that it will ease the student exchange and bring also multicultural events for the students and also for the researchers. I am strongly thinking that it would be very important to everyone to see what is going on outside their country borders. It will not only teach about different kinds of aquaculture but to give some new ideas that can be used when farming other or the same species. We don’t have to make the same mistakes that have already been made somewhere else and we don’t have to discover the same things that have already been discovered. It is not only important for us, non-native English speaking students / researchers to go to study new issues about aquaculture (and to learn the language), but also for those who are native English speakers to step outside and see also what is going on elsewhere. It would also enhance opportunities for us to go abroad, it is an exchange program and it should work in two-ways. Unfortunately we Finnish students have rights to have our teaching in Finnish so most of our lectures are kept in Finnish. Anyhow, I see no reason for anyone not to come here and get good teaching because everyone speaks English. I gave some basic information in the beginning of this story, based on that I would say that we can offer strong know-how about Fennoscandinavian aquaculture and about biotechnology among other things when improving the farming methods. We are the country with a thousand lakes and we also have a very special brackish water area, the Baltic Sea. Other countries have their own specialities.

I really hope that it will get easier for everyone everywhere to travel and learn about different countries and get networked. And that there will be more and more different kinds of workshops / events, free for anyone interested to attend. I also hope that the decision-makers will open their eyes to the significance of networking and student / researcher exchange when deciding where to put their money. After all, aquaculture is a growing industry that needs to be advanced. And the more you learn and see in different places the more you can give to its promotion on the whole.

If you would like to write an article for the student corner please contact Caoimhe at

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AquaTT through its extensive network has realised that essential information on upcoming changes is not being effectively disseminated to all parties. Thus, AquaTT is producing this free news service "TRAINING NEWS" specifically for the Aquaculture industry. The newsletter is intended to keep you informed of developments in Education & Training and related areas. Support material will be available on the new European Education Forum website . All old Training News will be archived on the piscestt site.

The main target audience for this newsletter is teachers, trainers and students in the aquaculture area but will also be of interest to policy makers, companies and associations.

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