AquaTT Training News - September 2006

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Date: 12 Sep 2006

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September 2006

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New Staff Arrival Message
Dear colleagues,

Dear all, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all. My name is Marieke Reuver, and in July 2006 I joined the AquaTT team in the capacity of Project Officer. I graduated from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, where I obtained a Master of Science in Animal Sciences, specialised in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Before starting working at AquaTT I worked for the Aquaculture and Fisheries group of Wageningen University and the Animal Health and Production Division of FAO in Rome, Italy. One of my responsibilities in AquaTT is to provide you with the AquaTT newsletter, with the latest news, upcoming events, and announcements for the fisheries, aquaculture and marine science sectors. I am looking forward to hearing from and working with you. Please do not hesitate to contact me at

Marieke Reuver



1. Education
- Fish Health Medicine Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Land-based and Environmental Specialised Diploma, a specialised diploma designed by Aquaculture employers for 14-19 year olds throughout England
- Ph.D. course “Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as foodâ€? – Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 20th – 24th November 2006

2. Collaboration
- ENCORA. European Network for Coastal Research Co-ordination Action - a European funded initiative acting as a "network of networks", linking national coastal networks across Europe.

3. Announcement
- New AquaTT project: AQUA-RET [Computer learning for] Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies, October 2006 - September 2008
- 8th International Conference - Littoral 2006: Coastal Innovations and Initiatives, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland, September 18th – 20th, 2006
- International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management – Bochum, Germany, September 26th – 28th, 2006
- Conference “Carrying Capacity - What's it all about?â€? – Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland, September 28th, 2006
- Conference Offshore Mariculture – Corinthia San Gorg Hotel, Malta – October 11th – 13th, 2006
- ASSG International Conference 2006: The interaction between science and regulation and management in the shellfish sector, McTavish’s, George Street, Oban, UK – October 26th – 27th, 2006
- International Symposium on “Sustainable Fisheries Development for Food and Health Securityâ€? – Mangalore, India, December 20th – 21st, 2006

4. Other/Vacancies
- Researcher’s Mobility Office Ireland
- European portal for Research Job Opportunities
- Post your student placement, MSc/ PhD positions and temporary/permanent vacancies in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM


Fish Health Medicine Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States of America

The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers two training programs, targeted at veterinarians wanting to provide services to the fish farming industry. The Basic Fish Health Medicine Program consists of 5 online modules (4.5 continuing education hours) covering topics such as Water Quality, Risk Management, Fish Health Inspections, and Veterinary Health Assessments. The Complete Fish Health Medicine Certificate Program has the same 5 online modules but also includes a day spent on a fish farm with a fish health expert practicing what you’ve learned (a total of 9 continuing education hours).

Source: Myron J. Kebus, M.S., DVM at

For further information visit:

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Land-based and Environmental Specialised Diploma: Aquaculture employers views sought

From September 2009, a qualification designed by Aquaculture employers will be available to 14 to 19 year olds throughout England. The Land-based and Environmental Specialised Diploma offers employers a rare opportunity to influence the content and structure of a national qualification. It will ensure that young people have the essential knowledge, capabilities and personal skills that employers need, giving them a fast track into their chosen career.

The development of the Land-based and Environmental Specialised Diploma is being led by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council. A consultation is now underway and Lantra is urging employers working in the Aquaculture to have their say. To get involved, all you have to do is visit the new Land-based and Environmental Diploma website – – and complete a short questionnaire. You can also sign up for the latest news on developments and be kept informed on new areas of consultation.


For further information visit: 

For further information and to pass on your views please call 0845 707 8007 or e-mail 

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Ph.D. course “Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as foodâ€? – Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 20 - 24 November 2006

Eating quality of the end product is an issue of increased importance in aquaculture. Research in this area often requires measurement of the different constituents of the fish. In this context we here announce a Ph.D. course in “Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as foodâ€?. The aim of the Ph.D. course “Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as foodâ€? is to provide insight into the state of the art of advanced laboratory techniques and methods that are recommended for analysis of fish muscle composition and for following post mortem changes in fish. The course is arranged by DIFRES and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and it comprises 5 days of exercises.

For further information see: (as pdf:$00000110_Announcement2006.pdf)

or contact
Alice Jensen
Danish Institute for Fisheries Research
Dept. of Seafood Research
DTU, Building 221
DK-2800 Lyngby
Tel: +45 4525 2581; Fax: +45 4588 4774

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European Network for Coastal Research Co-ordination Action - is a European funded initiative that essentially acts as a "network of networks", linking national coastal networks across Europe. You can look for partners, to share knowledge and experience on scientific, practical and political issues, which are relevant to your organisation. Additionally, you may participate in thematic networks and use thematic email lists to exchange information with your colleagues. Please let us know if you are interested in obtaining information on any of the following themes: coastal and marine spatial planning; ICZM participation and implementation, pollution prevention and mitigation; social and economic aspects of ICZM; geomorphologic change and climate impacts; assessment of biodiversity change; effect of development and use on eco-morphology and coastal habitats; sustainable coastal engineering techniques; assessment of field observation techniques; and capacity building, education and training.
For further information visit or contact

New AquaTT project: AQUA-RET [Computer learning for] Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies
October 2006 - September 2008
AQUA-RET is a pan-European project recently selected for funding under the Leonardo Da Vinci programme. The objective of AQUA-RET is to provide an online e-learning resource promoting and clarifying the technological and practical considerations when planning and selecting sites for renewable energy generation. It seeks to provide online e-learning tools in combination with more traditional products such as posters. This will provide planners and energy advisors with a vocational training resource.
Product users, including community governments, regulators, conservation and heritage advisors, land and seabed owners, professionals providing advice and services, will have an opportunity to learn, in straightforward steps with integrated self-assessment, how renewable energy technologies work, where and how they fit into the landscape and how they benefit the economy and environment.
Five e-learning modules will use the latest in multimedia based applications and virtual simulation tools. The online modules will also be available on CD-ROM, designed to work as an off-line working tool for those with limited to no internet access. A series of complimentary educational posters based on aquatic renewable energy technologies, will have a role in promoting and disseminating the project.
For further information contact:

8th International Conference - Littoral 2006: Coastal Innovations and Initiatives
September 18th - 20th 2006
Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland
For full programme and further details please visit

International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management
September 26th - 28th, 2006
Bochum, Germany
For further information please visit or contact the symposium organisers via telephone +49 3641 35 33 221 or e-mail

Conference “Carrying Capacity - What's it all about?â€?
September 28th, 2006 (9.30am - 4.30pm)
Atlantic Coast Hotel Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
This one day conference is an introduction to the subject and assumes that participants have no prior knowledge about carrying capacity, which may be defined as the ability to maintain animal and plant life within a discrete area in such a way that the ecosystem remains in equilibrium. Applied to aquaculture, it is about the ability of a particular area to support shellfish and/or finfish production in a sustainable way.
Participation is open to anyone who is interested in the coastal zone and wants to find out more about single bay management or an ecosystem approach to bay management. Target audiences include users of the marine, such as fishermen, aquaculturists, and those involved in environmental & water monitoring, and coastal zone modelling & planning.
The conference is particularly relevant, in light of the State now planning carrying capacity studies for most of the major bays in the country. Similar studies are currently underway in five bays in Northern Ireland and several bays have had carrying capacity studies completed in Scotland. In Ireland, there is a carrying capacity study underway in Clew Bay.
The agenda contains three major sessions:
1. What's it all about?
2. Examples of carrying capacity studies
3. Where to from here?

Conference Registration:
• Call Aqua TT to reserve your space: +353 1 644 9008 or email
• Please register for the event by Friday, 22nd September 2006
• Registration fee of €30 (includes tea/coffee & light lunch) should be posted to Aqua TT, PO Box 8989, Dublin 2, Ireland; invoices can be provided on request at time of registration; cheques payable to Aqua TT or on site.

Source: AquaTT
For further information contact: or visit the AquaTT website,

Conference Offshore Mariculture
October 11th – 13th, 2006
Corinthia San Gorg Hotel, Malta
An international two-day conference and technical visits day, to explore the feasibility of farming the oceans beyond the territorial seas.
Offshore fish farming is a major growth area to fill the gap in European consumption left by dwindling wild fish catches. It has considerable potential benefits. It moves the site of production to clean areas away from lochs and fjords into large, deeper volumes of moving water. However the use of these farming structures has many areas needing development, consideration and, in some cases, international agreement: the technology itself (design, techniques, differences from inshore), logistics, communications, environment (including hydrography), social, legal and economic (including spin-offs). Mariculture 2006 will give an international review of developments in this new industry and relate them to the conditions experienced in European waters.
The three-day event - two conference days and a fish farms visit day – will be held in Malta because of its progress in this area. Malta has a long history of mariculture activities involving an international expert, Professor Carmelo Agius, who is supporting the event and arranging the fish farms visits.
For further information visit
ASSG International Conference 2006: The interaction between science and regulation and management in the shellfish sector
October 26th – 27th, 2006
McTavish’s, George Street, Oban, UK
The concept behind these two days of presentations and debate is to hear the views from representatives of the scientific, regulatory and policy ‘communities’, both in the UK and overseas, on the role of science in the decision making process and control of the shellfish sector.
Does science inform policy? Do Regulations reflect the latest research outcomes? Do government Departments commission the right research, and do they listen to the results? Are scientists investigating solutions to industry problems or pursuing their own professional interests?
Areas of discussion include biotoxins, microbiology, wider hygiene and food safety issues, with a distinct Western Hemisphere feel, shellfish resource management, transfer of alien/exotic species in terms of the European aquaculture dimension and inadvertent introductions via ballast water.
In addition, there will be wider ranging Keynote Addresses, with presentations describing the development and current status of the shellfish sector in South Africa and Chile respectively, as well as illuminating the relationship of science and regulation/legislation in those southern hemisphere nations.
A selection of high level speakers will thus be addressing some of the key issues facing the Scottish – indeed the UK and European – industry, bringing a combination of expertise and alternative experiences to bear on one of the critical areas of the sector: the impact of science on how the industry’s activities are controlled.
For further information: 

International Symposium on “Sustainable Fisheries Development for Food and Health Securityâ€?
December 20 – December 21, 2006
Mangalore, India
Delicate balance in the management of aquatic resources, environment and ecology, quality control and safety of the sea foods are of utmost concern in the sustainable fisheries development. Enforcement of regulations such as HACCP by European Union, FDA (USA) and other international organizations in the sea food processing and exports paved way for up gradation of the processing plants and allowed very limited use of permitted antibiotics and drugs. In view of declining wild stocks of commercial species, code of conduct for responsible fisheries has been advocated by FAO and other international organizations.
India has witnessed a dramatic change in fisheries in the post independence era transforming from traditional activity to the present level of scientifically advanced enterprise contributing significantly to meet the demand for food. There has been an eight fold increase (from 0.82 mmt to 6.4 mmt) in fish production in the last five decades. However, in the recent years the dwindling stocks of valuable species in the seas and oceans is causing concerns to fishermen and the enterprises depending on it. Occurrence of diseases and health management in aquaculture systems and associated environmental issues are seriously hampering the development of the aquaculture industry. The merits and demerits of introduction of exotic species are much debated, while developing plans for sustainable fisheries development in the country. Realizing the importance of fisheries development, an assessment and discussions on the present status and developing strategies and programs for the future sustainable fisheries development assume greater importance. The College of Fisheries, Mangalore in association with the Alumni Association of the College of Fisheries has scheduled to organize this important international symposium at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India.
Objectives of this international symposium are to assess the status of fisheries development in the last decade, to plan for judicious management of fisheries resources to meet the demands for requirements of food and health security, and to develop guidelines and action plans to achieve goals for sustainable fisheries development for food and health security.
A trade show named “Mathsyothsava – 2006â€? will be organized parallel to the technical sessions. Industries related to fisheries and aquaculture, equipment distributors and enterprising farmers participate in the trade show and exhibit their products and processes.

For further information visit:



Researcher’s Mobility Office Ireland:
Researcher’s Mobility Office Ireland is a new portal which offers up-to-date information and assistance to researchers undertaking research positions either in Ireland or abroad. It operates a help desk and portal which provides a one stop shop for researchers seeking to advance their careers and personal development by moving to or from Ireland. Advice is given to mobile researchers and their families on administrative, working and cultural matters such as visa entry, residence and work permits, schooling, language courses and practical information in order to guide them before and upon their arrival in Ireland.
The portal offers access to the pan-European Researcher's Mobility Portal – which includes information on research fellowships, grants and job opportunities throughout Europe and provides links to the European network of mobility centres and portals.

European portal for Research Job Opportunities:
This is one of the most popular resources for researchers and organisations in Europe wishing to identify suitable candidates. This site includes information on research fellowships, grants and job opportunities throughout Europe and provides links to the European network of mobility centres and portals.

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Post your student placement, MSc/ PhD positions and temporary/permanent vacancies in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM

AquaTT's human resource service PISCES TT Jobs (, which has more than 600 registered candidates with comprehensive CVs, has recently been revamped with innovative features such as e-mail alerts for all registered candidates when a new vacancy is posted.

Upon registration, employers can post and instantaneously edit job vacancies, including permanent, temporary, MSc/PhD and student placement positions. Companies and farms 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. Companies can also post positions on the website with their contact details if they wish to handle the applications and queries.

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

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