AquaTT Training News - April 2008

Author: AquaTT

Date: 03 May 2008


April 2008

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Histopathology Workshop, 19 – 23 May 2008, Weymouth (UK)

The Histopathology Workshop workshop will place significant emphasis on "hands-on" practical training and the diagnosis of diseases and pathological changes. It will cover many aspects of disease and pathology in fish and shellfish depending on interest including: Salmonids, Cyprinids, Mariculture spp. and wild marine fish pathology, Molluscs and Crustacea.

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(Shell)Fish Immunology Workshop 10th anniversary, 22 – 27 June 2008, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

The objective of the present workshop is to provide participants with advanced knowledge, both theoretical and practical, on the immune system of fish and shellfish. Emphasis will be placed on innate and acquired, cellular immunity, but also on immune modulation and future developments in fish immunology.

For more information: or

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Marine Survey and Identification Course, August 13th - 18th September 2008, Isle of Wight (UK)

Do you need to learn more about professional survey methods? Are you hoping to improve your species identification skills? Do you wish to participate in real research?

If you have answered YES to all the above then visit the following link for more information, programme and booking form:

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Full time Aquaculture Course, September 2008 – February 2009, BIM, Ireland

This full time course operates from the BIM Regional Fisheries Centre, Castletownbere, Co. Cork in Ireland and includes modules on finfish, shellfish  and seaweed on growing, hatchery production of fish and seafood hygiene management. This course will help you find work in an existing aquaculture business, offer progression to further training at third level or assist you in setting up your own aqua business.

For more information:

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Summer School on Advances in Mediterranean Aquaculture, 1 - 15 September 2008, Alghero (Italy)

Aims of this course are to update advanced students, post doc and stakeholders already sharing an advanced background on fish biology and intensive aquaculture, about newly acquired technologies, practical model’s approach to the environmental impact forecast, on the animal welfare focused husbandry protocols. Relevance will be given to the new molecular approach for the assessment of fish welfare and physio-pathological conditions, for a global quality focused production. New feeds and vaccine progresses, beside to innovative marketing strategies and “on farm” practices will be part of the teaching program as well.

Registration for the “Summer School” will open on May 1st 2008. Further information will be available on the PCR website:

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International Master in Fisheries economics and management, Barcelona (Spain)

The objective of the Master is to provide high level specialisation in issues related to the economics and management of the fishing activity. The Master is developed over two academic years on a full-time basis [120 credits, following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)], and is structured in two parts.

For more information:

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Multi-disciplinary 12-month Masters Courses on topical issues: Environment, Marine Resources and Climate Change, from September 2008, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK)

Based on the successful model of a well-established MSc Course, a suite of new multi-disciplinary 12-month Masters Courses is now available at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from September 2008.

For more information please visit:

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MBA in International Seafood Management, 2008 – 2009, Grimsby Institute (United Kingdom)

The Grimsby Institute (United Kingdom) is launching a new MBA program in International Seafood Management this fall. To meet the needs of busy managers, the Executive International Seafood Management MBA is offered through a combination of block release short (classroom) courses and distance learning.

Additional details at:

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AQUA-TNET represented at WAS2008 in Korea (19 - 23 May 2008)

AQUA-TNET, the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management, will give a presentation at the World Aquaculture Conference 2008 in Busan (Korea). Work Package coordinator John Bostock from the University of Stirling (UK) will present during the session Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer, on Tuesday, May 20, at 12:10 PM.

For more information:

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Aqua-RET 3rd partner meeting

Aqua-RET (Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies) held its third successful partner meeting in March, in Athens. The consortium are busy compiling material for the development of 5 modules based on aquatic renewable energy technologies. The website will include an e-learning section incorporating newly designed Aqua-RET animations and graphics and a resource section where users will be able to download lots of useful material such as manuals, posters and graphics. For more information contact

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AquaTT appointed as Co-Facilitator of EATP’s Knowledge Management Thematic Area

The Board of Directors of the EATP (European Aquaculture Technology Platform), after receiving about 50 proposals, has appointed all Chairs and Facilitators for the 7 Thematic Areas. David Murphy, Manager of AquaTT, has been appointed facilitator of the Knowledge Management Thematic Area, together with Karl Almås, President of SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture. Chair of this group will be Luc Grisec, Director of AAH R&D, Intervet.

Other Thematic Areas within the EATP are 1). Product quality & human safety and health; 2). Technology and systems; 3). Managing the biological life cycle; 4). Sustainable feed production; 5). Integration with the environment; 6). Aquatic animal health and welfare

EATP’s chairman, Gustavo Larrazábal, said in this connection: “In my view this is a strong and balanced group of very competent people and I am looking forward to cooperate with them in upholding the European aquaculture sector as the most competitive an innovative in the world, producing good products for the consumers, and creating wealth and jobs in our costal zones.”

For more information:

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PROFET POLICY – Mediterranean Fisheries Workshop, 12 – 13 June 2008, Marseille (France)

The five PROFET POLICY workshops organized around Europe in 2007 were a great success, and we are now pleased to invite you to the next one, focusing on Mediterranean Fisheries. The programme and registration form of the workshop is available online: 

Please do not hesitate to contact the FEAP Secretariat with any questions (  

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PROFET POLICY – North Sea Fisheries Workshop, 23 – 24 June 2008, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Following after the Mediterranean Fisheries workshop in Marseille, the next PROFET POLICY workshop will be focusing on North Sea Fisheries. The programme and registration form of the workshop is available online:

Please do not hesitate to contact the FEAP Secretariat with any questions (   

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Final CONSENSUS Conference: Towards sustainable fish farming (press release)

“Over a hundred and twenty stakeholders from 19 countries met in Oostende, Belgium on April 24 – 25, to review a series of sustainability indicators drawn up for fish and shellfish farming in Europe over the past three years by the CONSENSUS project – a multi-stakeholder platform for sustainable aquaculture in Europe. CONSENSUS is an EU Sixth Framework initiative, driven by major European stakeholders representing consumer interests, aquaculture producers, aquatic feed suppliers, environmental, animal health and welfare groups as well as from various levels of legislative bodies in both the EU and Member States”

Please CLICK HERE for the full press release (28 April 2008). For further information please contact: Mr. Alistair Lane, Phone: + 32 59 323859, E-mail:  

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Please check the NEW AquaTT Calendar

Please check for a comprehensive overview of all Marine Sector related events, including details.

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Free online Education Glossary 

Do you sometimes have trouble understanding education terminology? Do you know what the Bologna and Copenhagen Processes are? Diploma Supplement? The difference between ECTS and ECVET? The WAVE (Working in Aquaculture Validation of Experience) project compiled a glossary of the most common terms, using as far as possible official documents as sources of the definitions. The WAVE glossary can be accessed in 10 different EU languages from:

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FishFiles Lite - Technical information in Food & Fisheries Policy & Development 

FishFiles Lite is a free newsletter summarising key developments in EU fisheries and fish trade policy and legislation. To upgrade to FishFiles Professional to receive full access to the information summarised in this newsletter and other features, go to:

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Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences 

The Pan-American electronic peer-reviewed scientific Journal of Aquatic Sciences ( is an electronic, open access, free of charge, peer-reviewed journal run by a network of independent researchers (university professors and students, public institutions researchers and managers, etc.).

Further information on:

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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 sector. 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) and job-seekers can post CVs, thus facilitating human resource development in the industry.

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

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Student Corner 

We welcome submissions from current students interested in presenting their views and experiences on the industry and education in Europe. The newsletter reaches more than 4000 recipients on a monthly basis and will serve as a good forum to get your ideas out to the Maritime Sector. An email stating your background and the potential title of your article should be sent to for review.

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AquaTT, through its extensive network, realised that essential information on upcoming changes in the European education area were not being effectively disseminated to all parties. Thus, AquaTT devised a free news service "TRAINING NEWS" to specifically address this in terms of the needs of the aquaculture industry. The newsletter is intended to keep you informed of developments in education, training and related areas. The current newsletter audience includes: lecturers, professors, researchers, trainers, students, producers, policy makers, companies and national/ international associations.

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