AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 12 2017

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26 May 2017
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Education

Collaboration

Student Corner

PiscesTT

Education

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Collaboration

Science Inspiration Leads to Innovation for Blue Growth 

EuroMarine LogoMore than 120 stakeholders, comprising marine scientists, industry members, policymakers, and students, convened at the European Parliament on 8 February 2017 to contribute to the EuroMarine event “Blue Science for Blue Growth, EuroMarine: connecting ideas and people”. EuroMarine, a marine science network with 73 member institutions from 23 countries, intended to create a forum on the importance of marine science, and how its members are collaborating to advance marine science with innovative and responsive ideas.

MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos opened the session with a rousing call to action, “The balance between encouraging economic growth in the ocean and nurturing the health of ocean ecosystems will be a complex mission. Without good science, blue growth can turn on wrong pathways."

A short introductory film followed (http://www.euromarinenetwork.eu/BSBG) on the significance of the ocean in our lives and how EuroMarine works to enhance our knowledge on the marine world, both to increase our capacity to use the oceans wisely, and to contribute to its protection.

EuroMarine chairs Catherine Boyen (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) and Philippe Cury (L'Institut de recherche pour le développement, IRD) introduced the network and its role in assisting scientists to collaborate, innovate and advocate for marine science. Its successes can be seen through the remarkable work of over 800 scientists who participated in over 37 EuroMarine supported events in the last two years alone.

Four EuroMarine activities were presented, highlighting the potential to achieve big results with incentive funding. The talks covered the wide marine spectrum, from pathogens to chemical ecology of marine interactions, marine trophodynamic models and even ecosystem based solutions for resilient urban harbours. These showcased the EuroMarine vision, its achievements and perspectives, while simultaneously presenting an engaging narrative on marine issues.

In the discussion that followed on innovation for global challenges and the role of marine science, moderator Jean-Marc Châtaigner (IRD Managing Director) emphasised the value of interactions and interdisciplinarity to face global challenges, and the need to progress toward a forum which empowers scientific communities worldwide.

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Photo shows MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos introducing the event to the audience. Panellists from left to right: Simone Libralato (OGS), Michael Steinke (University of Essex), Frédérique le Roux (CNRS UPMC), Patrizio Mariani (DTU Aqua), MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos, Philippe Cury (IRD), Catherine Boyen (CNRS), and Laura Airoldi (University of Bologna), 8 February 2017, European Parliament, Brussels.

As co-moderator of the discussion on the added value of EuroMarine to the European marine landscape, MEP José Inácio Faria noted the need for concerted collective action to secure the valuable resources of the Oceans. The Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board, Niall McDonough, as well as Kathrine Angell-Hansen, JPI Oceans Director, and Iliaria Nardello, EMBRC Executive Director, each presented their visions of how these different initiatives can work together to complement each other in the complex European Marine landscape, stressing the need for the different approaches but also unified action. Sigi Gruber, Head of marine unit, DG research, provided some positive insights into how EuroMarine, as a group of core researchers, can provide responsive science to topical issues and meet the needs for capacity building in marine sciences.

Proving to be a resounding success, the event turned out to be a thought-provoking and illuminating dialogue on our oceans, and introduced the work and aims of EuroMarine to a wider audience. Reporting on the success of the meeting, Catherine Boyen said “EuroMarine is a unique initiative bringing together the best European expertise in marine sciences. We now have to capitalize on these promising achievements, to make more progress for the future of our blue planet.”

The video can also be found online at: https://vimeo.com/203426012.

The full list of talks and presentations will be made available on: www.euromarinenetwork.eu/BSBG.

For more information on EuroMarine and its work, please see: www.euromarinenetwork.eu.

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Super Additive Leading the Way to More Sustainable Aquaculture Feed 

Lab at Torre la SalFish farmers are always looking for sustainable feed that can make fish strong and healthy. A new study led by the CSIC in Spain concludes that marine feed ingredients in aquaculture can potentially be replaced by plant ingredients without detrimental effects, when appropriate feed additives are added.

Lab at Torre la SalThe team of researchers of the Nutrigenomics and Pathology Groups of the Institute of Aquaculture Torre de la Sal (IATS-CSIC), in collaboration with scientific (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Centro de Ciências do Mar) and industrial (BIOMAR, NOREL) partners, found that butyrate supplementation helps to preserve intestinal function in gilthead sea bream that are fed plant-based diets. The research was conducted within the European Union funded projects AQUAEXCEL, AQUAEXCEL2020 and ARRAINA.

Plant-based fish food is seen as more sustainable than that containing other marine products, such as fish meal. Research shows that some farmed fish species can survive without any or with a very limited supply (< 7%) of marine feed ingredients but they can then suffer from decreased efficiency to digest food and increased susceptibility to diseases and stress.

Sodium butyrate is one of the most promising feed additives to be used in aquaculture to prevent these adverse effects. It is a salt of short-chain fatty acid produced by bacterial fermentation of undigested carbohydrates.

Two Transnational Access (TNA) studies, which allow scientists to use research infrastructures in different locations, were conducted to define the most effective butyrate dose for gilthead sea bream based on growth performance and measures of intestinal function, architecture and permeability.

Fish given the butyrate supplement showed fewer intestinal problems normally associated with a plant-based diet. This finding was supported by several different approaches by the research team.

AQUAEXCEL2020 logo“For example, looking at 80 intestinal genetic markers we could show changes in the expression of genes involved in antioxidant defence, epithelial permeability and mucus production when fish were fed with plant-based diets alone. Most of these were returned to normal when adding sodium butyrate to the diet,” said senior author, Dr Jaume Pérez-Sánchez (CSIC).

Sea bream at the Institute of Aquaculture Torre la Sal IATS CSIC c Jaume Perez SanchezCo-author of the publication, Dr Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla (CSIC) said the Transnational Access programme was vital in completing the studies: “It would have not been possible to finalise this research and publish the current paper without the programme. Thanks to the two TNA projects we collaborated with two European research groups with complementary expertise to ours.”

Dr Pérez-Sanchez said the facilities the team had access to were an excellent asset: “One of the most difficult steps was to maintain the fish for such a long feeding trial - up to 38 months- without having any technical problems, or mortalities in the experimental fish, thanks to the good conditions of IATS installations. We achieved a record for key performance indicators at the end of the trial.”. The research was published in the scientific journal PlosOne, dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0166564.

The current TNA programme is part of the AQUAEXCEL2020 project, a continuation of AQUAEXCEL, enabling access to top facilities of participating aquaculture research infrastructures (More information under: www.aquaexcel2020.eu).

The team’s next steps will be to investigate if the benefits of the butyrate supplement can also be found in the protein and bacteria composition found in the digestive system: “It is a big challenge to understand how these functional features are modified by genetic and epigenetic factors and an important step towards establishing gilthead sea bream as a powerful model for the development of sustainable and heathy fish feeds,” says Dr Pérez-Sanchez.

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ARRAINA features on Euronews 

The future of feed products for aquaculture was featured on worldwide news channel Euronews in March. The report followed developments in the ARRAINA project to reduce the amount of fishmeal and oil in fish feed to make fish farming more sustainable, and includes interviews with project partners INRA and Biomar.

See more of the work towards a plant-based diet for fish in the ARRAINA video and on the ARRAINA website.

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COLUMBUS Embarks on Final Year of Knowledge Transfer Voyage 

The European Union-funded project COLUMBUS seeks to efficiently manage knowledge and carry out Knowledge Transfer resulting in measurable uptake and application towards sustainable Blue Growth.

Representing the European Commission’s most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date, COLUMBUS intends to capitalise on the EC’s much larger expenditure on marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end users in policy, industry, science and wider society. With COLUMBUS entering its final year, a 5th Partner Meeting was held in Lisbon, Portugal from the 23 to the 24 of February 2017, so that 34 consortium members from 25 organisations could review their collective progress and discuss legacy strategies to foster lasting and impactful change.

COLUMBUS 5th partner meetingThe conference’s positive tone was set when the consortium’s full-time Knowledge Transfer fellows presented fascinating case studies of COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer which highlighted the broad scope of disciplines covered by the project. The attendees were given examples such as a mechanised tool for evaluating the freshness of fish, an 8MW wind turbine with publicly-accessible data for use as a reference in research and development, and a computer-based toolset that helps authorities maintain the environmental integrity of vulnerable ports. The case studies underscored the potential of COLUMBUS to demonstrably contribute to a Blue Economy by extracting and transferring knowledge from previous EC-funded projects.

Another key focus of the meeting was legacy, and how the final year of COLUMBUS might most efficiently affect future Knowledge Transfer methodologies and Blue Growth. As part of its outreach strategy, COLUMBUS partners are seeking to make the project’s methodologies and approach more readily understood by external parties. To that end, the meeting also debuted a simple yet thorough video illustrating the COLUMBUS methodology, which has been made available at: https://vimeo.com/203077016.

With over eleven hundred potentially valuable and relevant pieces of knowledge identified, and an ambitious number of case studies planned, COLUMBUS continues to progress towards measurable and lasting value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please visit www.columbusproject.eu or contact its Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: cliona@aquatt.ie or tel: +35316449008).

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The ECsafeSEAFOOD International Stakeholder Event and Open Science Conference – A wealth of potential 

ECsafeSEAFOOD group photoThe worlds of science, policy and industry gathered in Brussels, Belgium, from 25-26 January 2017 to discuss potential impacts of non-regulated contaminants in seafood at the ‘Seafood Safety: New Findings & Innovation Challenges’ conference.

Hosted by the EC FP7-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project, an international stakeholder event and open science meeting brought together experts from across the globe to discuss how new research into seafood safety can help boost consumer confidence and address public concern about safe and high-quality food. The event was the culmination of the four-year ECsafeSEAFOOD project, which focused on seafood consumer needs and concerns, marine toxins in seafood and the environment, toxicity of seafood contaminants, evaluation of seafood monitoring data, and rapid detection tools for environmental contaminants.

This unique event was held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts (KVAB), Brussels, Belgium and brought together 94 attendees from around the world. The latest developments in the evolving field of seafood safety were examined through a variety of activities both formal and informal. Moderated panel discussions and a plenary programme with keynote speakers shared time with a theatrical “Science Slam” and other informal networking opportunities.

A dedicated half-day International Stakeholder Event addressed national and international policy makers in the fields of food safety, environment and public health, food safety authorities, the seafood industry and consumer organisations. There were presentations and discussions of novel research results and applications followed by interactive round tables allowing researchers to engage in detailed conversations about important questions relevant to their line of work, including potential end users and practical applications, ideas for transfer activities, possible barriers to transfer and eventual impact.

ECSafeSEAFOOD roundtableECsafeSEAFOOD project coordinator, Dr António Marques said: “The brainstorming session with seafood safety experts and stakeholders gave participants the opportunity to discuss the relevance of key ECsafeSEAFOOD results for the field of seafood safety. Each group provided strategies to ensure wide societal application of the outcomes. The session also served as a platform to strengthen the links between science, policy, industry regulators and industrial organisations.”

Among the important results for consumers are the development of FISHCHOICE, an interactive online tool that consumers can use to weigh up the benefits and risks associated with the seafood they eat, and a set of seafood safety guides for consumers, industry and policy makers, which are due to be published in March 2017.

Following the Stakeholder Event, a one-and-a-half-day Open Science Conference presented the latest scientific data on ECsafeSEAFOOD topics to a broad audience. Most attendees participated in both events, taking advantage of the excellent opportunity for industry and science stakeholders to exchange experiences and generate new ideas to drive forward research vital to keeping seafood demonstrably safe. Some key scientific results discussed include the development of new contaminant detection methods as well as insight into the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in seafood, the effect of cooking on contaminant levels and the effect of microplastics on contaminant levels in fish.

Dr Marques said: “The ECsafeSEAFOOD final conference was a huge success. All attendees actively engaged in and enjoyed the conference, with participant feedback deeming it an enriching event. This event provided a platform for research and industry representatives to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities.”

For more information about ECsafeSEAFOOD and its final conference, please visit: www.ecsafeseafood.eu, or contact Tanja Calis, email: tanja@aquatt.ie. For all the latest updates from the project please follow ECsafeSEAFOOD on Twitter (@ECsafeSEAFOOD) and like the project conference page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECsafeSEAFOODConference).

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New Online Tool Allows Consumers to Assess the Health Benefits and Risks of Seafood 

FishChoice, a new online tool to help consumers and professionals efficiently and effectively balance the benefits and risks of eating seafood, has been launched by the EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project at www.fishchoice.eu.

Seafood plays an important role in a balanced diet. It is a nutrient-rich food that is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals and contains a unique type of fat – namely omega-3 fatty acids, which have considerable health benefits. Like any other food type, seafood can also be a source of harmful contaminants with the potential to impact human health negatively.

fishchoiceThe ECsafeSEAFOOD project ran from February 2013 until January 2017 and assessed food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination. One of the most important objectives of the project was to assess the health risks associated with the intake of chemical contaminants, such as inorganic arsenic and methylmercury, through the consumption of seafood. In this framework, a new interactive tool called FishChoice was designed, developed and validated. FishChoice provides users with the means to minimise their exposure to chemical pollutants from eating seafood, whilst helping them ensure important nutrients, such as fatty acids, are still consumed.

FishChoice is a digital tool which assists users by taking both the benefits and risks into consideration when choosing seafood. Two versions of the tool have been designed, one for everyday users and one for professionals working in the field of nutrition and health. Both versions are freely available at the website www.fishchoice.eu. The tool allows the user to create a weekly menu by selecting among 24 of the most consumed seafood species in Europe. The benefits and risks for each choice are then calculated by comparison with threshold values. What makes this program particularly unique is the inclusion of specific information for pregnant women and nursing mothers, whose increased health risk from consuming certain species such as tuna, was incorporated into the system. FishChoice is currently available in five languages (English, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish), and others will be added shortly.

FishChoice has been designed and developed by researchers of Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV, Spain) and Ghent University (Belgium), under the coordination of the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA, Portugal).

FishChoice: www.fishchoice.eu
ECsafeSEAFOOD FP7 project: www.ecsafeseafood.eu
Scientific publication: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691517300509

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COMMON SENSE Resources for European Marine Monitoring

The COMMON SENSE project has successfully finished after over three years of in-depth research and continuing development of marine sensors. The EU funded project started in November 2013 and ran until February 2017 with a focus on developing specific sensors in direct response to current marine monitoring challenges and the requirement of EU Member States in meeting their Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requirements and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) of their marine territories.

The COMMON SENSE project was a great success, with significant progress made to improve marine sensors and contribute towards increasing the availability of standardised data on: eutrophication; concentrations of heavy metals; micro plastic fraction within marine litter; underwater noise; and other parameters such as temperature, pH, pCO2 and pressure.

The progress achieved by the project partners is impressive, with the majority of the sensors moving from a technology readiness level (TRL) of 2-3 up to 6-7, with one sensor now at TRL 8 – the Mini Sea Sampling System. While commercialisation of these sensors is beyond the scope of the project as it has finished, interested stakeholders are welcomed and encouraged to engage with COMMON SENSE partners to ensure the sensors are brought to market. In many cases, partners have committed to continuing the work in COMMON SENSE in order to do so.

To optimise the exploitation potential of the COMMON SENSE project’s generated knowledge, the partners incorporated an in-depth communication, dissemination and knowledge transfer strategy from the very beginning of the project. Several different resources are available to stakeholders which will allow them to understand exactly what the knowledge is, and how it could be applicable to them. From an industrial point of view, sensor profiles were developed as technical briefs, outlining the technical specifications and highlights of each sensor. These are available to download from the COMMON SENSE website’s media section. Also, the project carried out a feasibility analysis and have outlined manufacturing procedures for each sensor, providing in-depth information on how the sensors can be reproduced and brought to market.

sensor profilesThe COMMON SENSE outreach in general was enthusiastically taken on board by all partners from an early stage, in recognition of the need to raise awareness of progress and results of the project on an ongoing basis. To this end, regular factsheets were developed, published and widely disseminated. As well as an introductory factsheet developed at the start of the project to introduce stakeholders to the COMMON SENSE project, its objectives, methodology and expected impacts, three other factsheets provided information on important aspects of the project, such as: how COMMON SENSE sensors will contribute to improving marine monitoring and marine data management including an infographic which shows the project development timeline alongside a timeline for MSFD implementation; introductory detail on each of the innovative sensors under development by COMMON SENSE including the description of how the sensors could work together on one platform through the smart sensor unit and common sensor platform whose goal was to collect data from multiple sensors; detail on the deployment and testing activities carried out by partners to ensure developed sensors were fit for purpose and to identify areas which required further modification. Significant effort was expended in these activities, with all sensors being tested a multiple of times at different locations and using different platforms.

A project video was also created, which quickly explains the project and its relevance to marine monitoring policies across Europe, using a mixture of real footage and animations. The video is available to view online at https://vimeo.com/201643243 or through the COMMON SENSE website. The COMMON SENSE project closed with a final partner meeting and demonstration event in Barcelona at the end of January 2017. The Coordinator, Sergio Martinez of Leitat, expressed his appreciation of the efforts of each partner and congratulated the consortium on their achievements.

The results of the COMMON SENSE project can be used to increase knowledge of the marine environment and access to related data, allowing strategic decisions to be taken in marine protection and conservation. It will also help to support EU policies (MSFD / CFP) by providing multifunctional, innovative and cost-effective sensors that are easy to use across a range of platforms to detect reliable measurements on key parameters by means of methodological standards that interoperate with existing or new international observing services.

All COMMON SENSE resources are available to download from the COMMON SENSE website www.commonsenseproject.eu, or by contacting WP10 Leader Cliona Ní Cheallachain of AquaTT (www.aquatt.ie), or the project coordinator Sergio Martinez of Leitat (smartineznavas@leitat.org).

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Fifth AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access Now Open: Fully EC-Funded Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures Across Europe

The fifth AQUAEXCEL2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research
towards 2020) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 17 April 2017.

Additional logo AQUAEXCEL2020On a regular basis the AQUAEXCEL2020 project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities who have the capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important aquaculture fish species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country.

The available facilities cover the entire range of aquaculture production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine and cold, temperate and warm water); production scales (small, medium and large industrial); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering and monitoring and management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or two people to the chosen research infrastructure for a period of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be covered by AQUAEXCEL2020. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation of SMEs.

For more information on Transnational Access and how to apply please visit: www.aquaexcel2020.eu.

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Student Corner

ECORD Summer School, Bremen, Germany 

The 11th ECORD Summer School on the topic of Current-Controlled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Contourites will combine lab exercises on IODP-style shipboard methodologies ("virtual ship") as well as interactive lectures by distinguished international scientists, this time in the fields of mapping contourites and coral mounds and on reading their respective paleo-records. Participation will help to prepare you for involvement in IODP and for research work on processes forming current-controlled sedimentary archives.

Apply by 5 May 2017. More details online at: http://www.marum.de/Binaries/Binary49336/Flyer-ECORD_SumSchool_2017.pdf

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Coastal Summer School, Lauenburg, Germany 

The Coastal Summer School on “How to govern marine environment: Baltic Sea and sediment services as a case study” will be run from 10-21 September in the town of Lauenburg and on board of the RV "Elisabeth Mann Borgese". The school is designed for PhD students and postdocs with a background in Earth Science, Geology, Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Biology or Coastal Engineering. The language of the school is English. All costs are covered by the organizers. 

See further details online and apply by 1 June 2017: https://deutsche-kuestenforschung.de/coastal-summer-school-application.html

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International Summer School 2017, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic 

The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (FFPW USB) would like to invite you to another International Summer School 2017 which will be held in the Czech Republic in 26 June to 21 July 2017.

The Summer School lasts four weeks and includes many excursions and lectures, but mostly work on small research projects under the guidance of experienced researchers in very well-equipped faculty laboratories. The FFPW USB provides accommodation and full board to all participants for free.

You can find more information (exact dates, registration, contacts, etc.) on our website. Applicants should send a CV, motivation letter and completed application form to Dana Brožová (mailto:dbrozova@frov.jcu.cz) before 31 March 2017.

Further details and application form available on the University’s website.

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Career-FIT: Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme 

ENTERPRISE IRELAND invites applicants to its new Marie Skłodowska-Curie cofunded trans-national programme that offers an opportunity for experienced researchers to develop their careers in market focused applied research in Ireland’s Technology Centres, with an enterprise secondment (of 6-12 months in an Enterprise Ireland client company) during the Fellowship (of 36 months).

Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and part funded by Enterprise Ireland. A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research through 3 year fellowships with secondment into industry through Ireland’s Technology Centres.

Find out more at: http://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit/.

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Other News

Communications Roles Advertised at IFREMER 

Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer is advertising a range of roles, including communications jobs for French-speakers with a good standard of English. 

Read the listings on their website

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Commission Presents First Ever Multi-Annual Fisheries Plan in the Mediterranean 

Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella has presented to Ministers at the AGRIFISH Council the Adriatic Sea multi-annual plan for small pelagic fisheries, namely for anchovy and sardines. This proposal is the third multi-annual plan that the Commission is putting forward since the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Read the full story on the EC Maritime Affairs website

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Mediterranean Swordfish: EU Leads Effort for Stock Recovery While Securing 70% of Fishing Quotas

During the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in Madrid from 20 to 22 February, agreement was reached among ICCAT Contracting Parties on the allocation of fishing quotas for Mediterranean Swordfish as part of an agreement under the recovery plan for this species put forward by the European Commission and adopted by ICCAT last year.

Read the full story on the EC Fisheries website

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EU and US Tackling Plastic Pollution of the Ocean

The European Commission, the United States, the National Aquarium of Denmark and NGO Plastic Change are behind a mobile exhibition touring Europe. The public education exhibit first shown in Copenhagen last year will travel to Estonia, Portugal, Malta, Italy and Belgium highlighting EU and US leadership in tackling marine litter.

Read the full story on the EC Maritime Affairs website

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Selection of Members of the Informal Expert Group on Marine Knowledge

The European Commission is setting up an informal expert group to advice the Commission with the scientific, technical and operational expertise on matters concerning marine observation. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to submit their application to the European Commission, DG MARE.

Read the full story on the EC Maritime Affairs website

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Shedding New Light on the Evolution of the Squid

A new study, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, and published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that the cephalopods diversified into the familiar modern octopuses, cuttlefish and squid during a time of great change in the marine world, known as the Mesozoic Marine Revolution, 160 to 100 million years in the past.

Read the full story on the University of Bristol website

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Study Finds Preliminary Recovery of Coastal Sharks in Southeast US

A new analysis of population trends among coastal sharks of the southeast US shows that all but one of the seven species studied are increasing in abundance. The gains follow enactment of fishing regulations in the early 1990s after decades of declining shark numbers.

Read thefull story at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science website

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Study Opens New Questions on How the Atmosphere and Oceans Formed

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found seawater cycles throughout the Earth's interior down to 2,900km, much deeper than previously thought, reopening questions about how the atmosphere and oceans formed.

Read the full story on The Australian National University website

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What Happens When the Seafloor Runs Out of Breath?

A recently published study in the journal ‘Science Advances’ by a team of researchers from the HYPOX project, has found that when oxygen concentrations in the bottom-water environment are low, less organic matter can be remineralised and so more gets buried into the sea bed, having a faster and longer impact (lasting decades) than previously thought.

Read the full story on CORDIS

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Commission Proposes Multi-Annual Plan for Small Pelagic Stocks in the Adriatic

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a multi-annual plan for the management of small pelagic stocks (anchovy, sardine, mackerel and horse-mackerel) in the Adriatic. The plan sets target fishing mortality rates for the two most valuable and widespread commercial stocks in the Adriatic: anchovy and sardine.

Read the full story on the EC Fisheries website

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EUMOFA Monthly Highlights n°1/2017

New bulletin from the European Market Observatory for fisheries and aquaculture (EUMOFA), a market intelligence tool on the European Union fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Read the bulletin on the EUMOFA website

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Three New Blue Technology Projects to be Launched

The European Commission has selected three new projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The new 'Blue technology' projects will help bring research results faster to the market. Grant agreements are being prepared for signature by April 2017.

Read the full story on the EC EASME website

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Sharing Maritime Space to Unlock Growth in the Blue Economy

From mussel farming to wind farms, the EU-funded MARIBE project showed how various marine projects could cut costs and benefit from each other by linking up. Optimising the use of our oceans and seas would also stimulate growth in the blue economy.

Read the full story on the EC Research and Innovation web pages.

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Fish Affected by Deepwater Horizon Spill Give Clues to Air Pollution Heart Disease

A study by Manchester and Stanford scientists into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans’ hearts. By studying cardiac cells from pelagic fish, like tunas and mackerels that live in the Gulf of Mexico, the team identified phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from oil as a key factor in disrupting heart function.

Read the full story on the University of Manchester website

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Gut Feeling Essential for Migrating Fish

Trout migrate to sea to grow as much as possible before returning to the rivers to spawn. But they must undergo a wide range of changes so that they can survive in the salty waters of the sea. By investigating the essential physiological changes necessary for trout to maintain salt and water balance, we can now better understand how a fish prepares for a life at sea.

Read the full story on the University of Gothenburg website.

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 PiscesTT Jobs

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