AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 13

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17 November 2017
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Contents

Education

Collaboration

Student Corner

PiscesTT

Education

A comprehensive overview of all events is given in the AquaTT Calendar, and can be found in the AquaTT Announcements newsletter which is sent out with Training News.

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Collaboration

EuroMarine 2017 Calls Launched to Support Foresight Activities and Capacity Building in Marine Sciences

EuroMarine LogoScientists from EuroMarine Member Organisations are invited to apply for the two EuroMarine 2017 Funding Calls, one for scientific and foresight activities and the other a programme for early career scientists to attend training courses. Member Organisations can be viewed at: www.euromarinenetwork.eu/documents/euromarine-2017-membership-list.

EuroMarine is a European marine research network that funds scientific, foresight and training activities, and fosters new services relevant to the marine research community in cooperation with other organisations and projects. With limited funding, EuroMarine has supported over 52 scientific, foresight and training activities involving more than 1,000 scientists and stakeholders to share, collaborate and collectively push boundaries within marine science in the past three years.

The eligible categories of activities that will be funded in the 2017 Call for Proposals are

  • Foresight Workshops ('horizon scanning'); and
  • EuroMarine Working Groups addressing strategic services or issues.

Scientific proposals should address EuroMarine priorities, and should involve at least three 2017 Full Member Organisations of EuroMarine, from at least two different countries. The submission deadline is 31 May 2017. An overview of the call terms, as well as links to the full call text, a proposal template, terms and conditions of funding, a list of member organisations and other relevant documents can all be found on the call webpage: www.euromarinenetwork.eu/call2017_FWS_WG.

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EuroMarine also considers supporting capacity building for young scientists a key priority. Therefore, EuroMarine has launched a new Young Scientist Fellowship Programme focused on financially supporting individual early career scientists from EuroMarine Member Organisations to participate in training courses. The application deadline for the Individual Fellowships is 2 May 2017. For further information please see: www.euromarinenetwork.eu/call2017_fellowships.

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COLUMBUS talks discards with the European Fisheries Control Agency 

The catching of unwanted species is a pervasive problem in fisheries worldwide. In most cases, unwanted catches are returned dead to the sea as discards - a waste of natural resources and a threat to the health and stability of marine ecosystems. In North East Atlantic and Mediterranean European fisheries, discarding occurs mainly because the catch is of no commercial value, because quotas are reached, or because the potentially commercial species are below minimum size or are of low commercial value.

COLUMBUS Logo ColourOn 2 February 2017, the COLUMBUS project gathered key individuals at the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) Headquarters, Vigo, Spain, to present identified knowledge, relevant to discards and the Common Fisheries Policy, from the Life-ISEAS, DISCARDLESS and MINOUW projects.

The COLUMBUS project, in its aim to capitalise on the European Commission’s investment in marine and maritime research through increased knowledge accessibility and effective transfer, triggered a science-policy dialogue between experts from three relevant research projects focused on fishing discards and EFCA.

During this meeting, EFCA were informed of new scientific evidence and updated insights of the discards problem, research progress and solutions, that could support EFCA’s actions relating to fishing discards and the application of current regulations.  As well as allowing for constructive debate between experts about the activities of EFCA for the implementation of the landing obligation, it also provided a platform for EFCA to provide feedback on knowledge needs from their perspective. Issues addressed ranged from discards causes, to access and accuracy of data, modelling and risk analysis, technologies and experiences about the full documentation of the catch, selectivity, and feasible alternatives for the use and marketability of products from unwanted catch.

The meeting allowed the identification of three major areas for further exchange and collaboration: (1) data exchange; (2) risk analysis; (3) technical measures; and (4) stakeholder interaction and awareness.

COLUMBUS has committed efforts to continue supporting the sharing, uptake and application of the projects’ knowledge by EFCA.  Furthermore, EFCA will further create value and maximise impact as it passes the generated knowledge down to other users.

The agenda, full report and all presentations are available at the “Knowledge on discards: A dialogue with the European Fisheries Control Agency” webpage on the COLUMBUS website.

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COLUMBUS Builds its First Bridge Between Public Marine Data Initiatives and Industry

On 4 April 2017, the COLUMBUS project released the “Use and sharing of marine observation and data by industry: Good practice guide” to help public ocean observing and data initiatives engage with Blue Growth industries. Launched at COLUMBUS’ “Coastal Observatories: Innovation meets industry” brokerage event at Ocean Business, held in collaboration with Jerico-Next, this document provides a set of guidelines on the best practices and challenges to consider when engaging with industry.

Marine data and information can deliver sustainable economic benefits, and are recognised to do so by industry and the European Commission. However, coastal and ocean observatories and public data-sharing initiatives face common challenges in demonstrating uptake and application of open marine data and information for economic development and innovation. This is critical for those initiatives aiming to deliver growth in the blue economy, particularly in terms of justifying the continued investment of public funds.

This guide is the result of both COLUMBUS’ “Open-access marine data, an untapped resource?” brokerage event, held during SeaTech week 2016 in Brest, France, and several meetings with industry where the discussions were held around the issue of making aggregating and making publicly available the data and information derived from monitoring and observing our European seas and oceans.

Delivered as the combined effort of many COLUMBUS partners, namely, EuroGOOS (Belgium), Marine South East (UK), PLOCAN (Spain), Seascape Consultants (UK), Smartbay Ireland and VLIZ (Belgium), concrete recommendations are provided on how to stimulate a dialogue between public data collectors, providers and portals, and data users or providers from the private sector.

The primary target audiences for this document are the European marine observatories and public data-sharing initiatives that cite industry as a target user group for their resources. This information could also be valuable to companies and other stakeholders operating in the blue economy who are collecting, processing and/or using marine data as part of their activities.

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New Safe Seafood Guides Available for Consumers, Industry Stakeholders and Policymakers 

ECsafeSEAFOODconsumerThe EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project has published three safe seafood guides that aim to help consumers, industry stakeholders and policymakers understand the benefits and risks associated with seafood consumption. Each guide includes recommendations to help reduce possible risks associated with seafood contamination from the specific stakeholder’s perspective.

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. However, like any other food type, seafood can also be a source of harmful contaminants with the potential to impact human health negatively. For most people the overall benefits of seafood consumption (following the official recommendations) outweigh potential food safety risks.

In recent years, research has been committed to understanding newly emerging risks in relation to seafood consumption. ECsafeSEAFOOD was dedicated to assessing potential risks of seafood consumption and ways of minimising them. The three safe seafood guides are based on the ECsafeSEAFOOD project research results as well as other current scientific research results related to seafood safety. The “Safe Seafood Guide for Consumers” informs consumers of the benefits and risks associated with the seafood they eat, to help in their decision making regarding their diet. It notes that although contaminants of emerging concern can be found in seafood, research results indicate that the levels are low and do not pose a health risk for consumers, when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

The “Safe Seafood Guide for Industry” gives recommendations that will assist the seafood industry - from harvesters and producers through to wholesalers, distribution, retailers and analytical laboratories - in assessing health risks associated with seafood provision. It includes an overview of consumer perception of the benefits and risks of seafood consumption and details on the new contaminant detection methods produced as part of ECsafeSEAFOOD. It also gives advice on mitigating seafood contamination, including the effects of origin and biology, industrial processing, and cooking, on contaminant levels.

The “Safe Seafood Guide for Policymakers” will inform policymakers and food safety authorities of the latest seafood safety research results, which aim to contribute to European science-based food safety regulation, specifically in relation to newly emerging chemical contaminants which have not yet been regulated.

The three safe seafood guides were produced as a collaborative effort by ECsafeSEAFOOD partners AquaTT, AEIFORIA, Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto (ICETA) and Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). The guides were reviewed by external stakeholder groups including consumer associations, food safety authorities and seafood industry representatives.

To access the safe seafood guides, see: http://www.ecsafeseafood.eu/ecsafeseafood-results/safe-seafood-guides

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Exciting Ocean Outreach Activities Revealed in the Sea Change Project’s Third Newsletter 

SeaChangeNewsletter3The third issue of the Sea Change project newsletter showcases a range of innovative activities taking place across Europe to boost European citizens’ “Ocean Literacy”, an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. The newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website: www.seachangeproject.eu.

Sea Change is a three-year EU Horizon 2020-funded project that is establishing a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the ocean by increasing Ocean Literacy throughout society.

The third issue of the Sea Change project newsletter presents the exciting outreach events taking place across Europe to encourage people to become ocean literate. One such event is “Crab Watch”, a citizen science initiative where members of the public are challenged to make an inventory of beach crabs by carrying out standardised protocols. This initiative engages with the public by inviting them to share useful scientific information while also raising awareness of the impact of non-native species.

The newsletter also includes articles on the Sea Change online course entitled “From ABC to ABSeas: Ocean Literacy for all”, which offers educators innovative ways to teach Ocean Literacy. The course is available, on the European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA) in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Catalan. To access the course, see: https://platform.europeanmoocs.eu/course_from_abc_to_abseas_ocean_liter.

Other stories include updates on recent contributions to ocean events, news from Sea Change’s sister Horizon 2020 project ResponSEAble, Ocean Literacy in the news; and key events for your Ocean Literacy calendar. A special feature on Sea Change’s Education and Lifelong Learning initiatives details how the project is empowering educators, students and educational communities to help address Ocean Literacy and advocate behaviour change for ocean health. Readers will also receive tips on how to prevent ocean pollution and are challenged to pledge to make a Sea Change at: http://seachangeproject.eu/takeaction.

Get the latest news on the Sea Change project by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeaChange_EU  and liking us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeaChangeProjectEU.

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New Marine Science iBook “Harmful Algal Blooms” Launched to Boost Ocean Literacy in European Schools 

A marine science iBook entitled “Harmful Algal Blooms” has been developed as part of NUI Galway’s contribution to an EU-funded European research project Sea Change. The project aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean, or “Ocean Literacy”.
The iBook was launched by Professor Colin Brown, Director of the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research on 13 March at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Opportunities to increase awareness of the ocean are limited in the junior cycle science curriculum across Europe. Dr Christine Domegan, lead methodologist for Sea Change, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, explains: “To co-create Ocean Literacy we need collaboration, discussion, participation and engagement across multiple stakeholders in Europe; from policy makers, to educators, and from media to mariners, children and grandparents.”

HAB cover training newsThis iBook is designed to infuse the engaging story of harmful algal blooms into teaching across the sciences. Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae - simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater - grow out of control while producing toxins that can have harmful effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, birds and people.

During the launch, the author, Dr Robin Raine, from Earth and Ocean Sciences, NUI Galway, spoke about his experiences at the heart of the book. The audience was also introduced to the teaching design used within the book, which aims to ensure the content can be taken up by science teachers and students to advance a “Sea Change” in Irish and European Ocean Literacy.

The great response from both teachers and students after piloting the iBook in Irish, Swedish, and Belgian schools is a step forward to introducing Ocean Literacy into more aspects of education. Co-editors Dr Veronica McCauley and Dr Kevin Davison of NUI Galway’s School of Education, believe: “Teachers are becoming more technology-savvy in the classroom and are finding innovative ways to teach the curriculum so that it encourages personal interest in the sciences.”

The importance of the ocean, and therefore Ocean Literacy, cannot be overestimated. The ocean defines and dominates everything about our planet. It is home to most of the life on Earth, regulates our weather and climate, provides much of our oxygen, and helps to feed the human population.

Dr Robin Raine, author and lecturer at NUI Galway, says: “This book will introduce students to important features of our ocean as well as harmful algal blooms. It will act as a resource for teachers to strengthen and promote science through the topic of marine science.”

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Youth Camp Teaches Teenagers of the Importance of Ocean Health

Sea Change third party AHHAA held a youth camp for teenagers from Estonia, Germany and Argentina in Tartu, Estonia from 22 - 24 March 2017.

The course brought together 15 young people and instructors who stayed in the middle of one of the largest South Estonian wetlands for two and a half days to learn about the importance of water and the health of the ocean. Fun and engaging workshops included making DIY Sea Change toothpaste to avoid microplastics, dissecting fish to learn more about the creatures that inhabit the ocean, making wallets from juice cartons to encourage recycling and learning about oil spill clean-up.

AHHAA workshop training newsHelin Haga from AHHAA who organised the event said: “Since talking about environmental protection in formal lecture-type settings can be difficult for teenagers to relate, we decided to hold a science camp where we take the youngsters out of town to a wetland where they could experience the effect of human activities on water first-hand.”

The teenagers also had the opportunity to learn rescue skills in icy water from the Estonian Maritime Rescue Organisation. All the lessons given over the course of the camp were framed with information generated by the Sea Change project and children were encouraged to check the project website for more information and materials and to take action to protect the ocean after the event. The participants’ feedback indicated that the youngsters plan on sharing the knowledge gained with their friends and family and will start paying more attention to how their daily consuming habits influence the ocean.

For more information on the Sea Change project, follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SeaChange_EU) and like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SeaChangeProjectEU).

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Recent AQUAEXCEL2020 Research Featured in International Aquafeed, Issue March 2017

One of the current key areas of interest for the aquaculture industry is sustainable aquaculture feed, and fish farmers are always looking for sustainable feed that can make fish strong and healthy. A recently published study led by the Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (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.

Additional logo AQUAEXCEL2020This research was made possible through combining long term research efforts in AQUAEXCEL and ARRAINA (an EU-funded project with focus on sustainable nutrition in aquaculture) with short-term studies through the Transnational Access (TNA) program in AQUAEXCEL and AQUAEXCEL2020. ARRAINA investigated fish diets with a high replacement of marine ingredients by plant raw materials as alternatives to the traditional fish meal as aquaculture feed. The conjunction with the two TNA projects allowed this study’s integrative approach investigating the impact of the ARRAINA diets on the fish’s intestinal health and integrity.

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.

To read the full article in International Aquafeed, please visit: www.aquafeed.co.uk/newonline. The latest Call for Access (the fifth) closes on 17 April 2017.  Find full details here: http://www.aquaexcel2020.eu/transnational-access/call-access.

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The Second Newsletter of AQUAEXCEL2020 is Now Online

You can read the second AQUAEXCEL2020 Newsletter now. The newsletter features ‘AQUAEXCEL2020 News and Highlights’ including, for example, a success story from the TNA programme, a feature of a partner’s TNA facility, and latest information on the Training Courses including the two successful, past courses.

The section ‘Fish’n’Co.’ features one of the fish species studied in AQUAEXCEL2020, the gilthead sea bream, and contains species information, a fish quiz and a recipe. An interview with the WP8 leader on biosensors and the ongoing research of the team is also included.

Dr Jaume Pérez-Sánchez said: “Implanted biosensors are devices capable of monitoring the physiological status of a fish in a minimal invasive manner measuring biochemical or physical parameters. We can measure physical activity through things like respiration rate for example, to get an idea if a fish might be hyperactive and potentially stressed or if it shows barely any activity at all, which also indicates a problem. This is important because understanding if the fish in your aquaculture facility are healthy and thriving is vital information. If they are not, you have a problem. Our plan is to have the first prototype ready by the end of this year.”

To read the full newsletter, please visit the AQUAEXCEL2020 project media centre: www.aquaexcel2020.eu/media-centre/media.

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Summer School on the Water Framework Directive, 6-8 June 2017, San Sebastian, Spain

AZTI EEAsummerschoolThe AZTI and EEAcademy Summer School has been announced and coincides with Oceans’ Day on 8 June. Its title is “The Water Framework Directive implementation: is it possible to achieve good ecological status in European waters, from the lessons learnt?”
According to the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC), European Union Member States should have achieved good ecological status in all surface waters (lakes, rivers, transitional waters and coasts) by 2015. However, a high percentage of European water bodies remain below this threshold.

Since 2000, European countries have worked in developing assessment tools, intercalibrating these methods, implementing programmes of measures to reduce pressures and achieve good ecological status. However, to some extent, these efforts have not been recompensed with a generalized increase in the quality.

The topic for this summer school relates to the lessons learnt from the implementation of the WFD, in freshwaters and marine waters, and to determine which actions should be taken to improve methods, measures and approaches to finally achieve good ecological status in all European waters. The attendees will acquire new knowledge on recent trends in aquatic research, in relation to the management and governance of water bodies. This summer school will focus on the integration of different sciences (i.e. social, economic and ecological) as a means to enhance the potential of our aquatic systems through adequate management and governance. This course will explore this at different research and management scales (e.g. scientific, local and national governments and European scale).

The main objective of the school is to give an overview on the lessons learnt from the WFD implementation and extract conclusions to adapt it in the near future and achieve good ecological status. As an important outcome of this course (in addition to the presentations, which will be freely available after the school), the professors participating in the course will prepare an open access position paper on this topic, to be submitted to a broad scope scientific journal (e.g. PlosOne). This will be a cross-cutting review: Where are we now and where are we going in this topic?

There is an early registration fee available until 25th April : Standard 90.00  - Student 70,00.

The programme and further details are online: http://www.azti.es/mailings/infoazti/docs/AZTI_summer_school_2017_programme.pdf.

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AquaTT is Hiring: Project Officer Vacancy

Position Title: Project Officer
Type: Full-time 36-month contract with potential for renewal. Initial six-month probation period. Position available immediately.
Location: Dublin city centre, Ireland

Job Description

The Project Officer (PO) will join our existing team and contribute to the management and administration of AquaTT’s current and future portfolio of projects, and will be primarily responsible for 2-3 European projects, ensuring them to become a success for both AquaTT and our partnerships. AquaTT’s roles in projects typically fall under the umbrella of knowledge management activities including dissemination, communication, education, stakeholder engagement and knowledge management and transfer. Given the international dimension of the projects, regular travel will be required.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: 12 May 2017, 17.30 CET
Application Documents: A well-motivated application letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate and a CV addressing our essential criteria, including 3 references, should be addressed to David Murphy, AquaTT Manager and sent electronically to: jobs@aquatt.ie.

Please fine more details on www.aquatt.ie

 

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MSc Research Fellowship (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

The Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) in the Algarve, Portugal has opened a MSc Researcher fellowship position. The role will be financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. The role will be situated in Portugaland University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Apply by 19th April. Full details on Euromarine website: http://www.euromarinenetwork.eu/news/msc-research-fellowship-advertisement.

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Young Scientists Fellowship Programme 

The new Young Scientists Fellowship Programme supported by Euromarine seeks applications by 28 April. The programme will financially support individual early career scientists from EuroMarine Member Organisations to participate in training courses.

For further information on the upcoming Fellowship call please see: www.euromarinenetwork.eu/call2017_fellowships.

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AQUAEXCEL2020 Course 1: “Experimental data management: from generating protocols to sharing data” (online)

This free course will deal with best practice experimental data management, including all aspects from preparing experiment protocols to sharing data. It is based on the experimental data repository system developed in FP7-AQUAEXCEL called bioWES. bioWES is a distributed, knowledge-based repository for large datasets, typically applicable in biological and related sciences. The bioWES scientific data management solution provides full control over experiments, from protocol design, through data acquisition and processing to sharing final results.

Course type: Distance learning – ONGOING, Organisers: University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic).

For more information, please visit http://www.aquaexcel2020.eu/training-courses/upcoming-training-courses-apply-now.

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Other News

EU and Member States Agree to Step Up Efforts to Protect Oceans

EU Ministers have welcomed the Communication on International Ocean Governance, adopted by the Commission and the High Representative in November 2016, calling it a “timely and relevant contribution to achieving better coordination and cooperation to ensure that oceans are safe, secure, conserved and sustainably used and managed." The Ministers stressed the urgent need for the EU and its Member States to step up efforts to protect the oceans and seas.

Read the full story on the EC Maritime Affairs website.

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European Commission Secures 10-year Pledge to Save Mediterranean Fish Stocks 

Following months of negotiations, the European Commission has secured a 10-year pledge to save the Mediterranean fish stocks and protect the region's ecological and economic wealth. The Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration sets out a detailed work programme for the next 10 years, based on ambitious but realistic targets.

Read the full story on the EC Press Release database.

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Blue Growth in Action

EMFF projects funded under the 2016 "Blue careers", "Blue labs" and "Blue technology" calls for proposals are kicking off their activities. They will develop skills, reward creativity and boost technology for Europe's blue economy.

Read the full story on the EC Maritime Affairs website.

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Mapping Priorities and Actions for Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning Worldwide: A Joint Roadmap

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted on 24/03/2017 a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide". The roadmap identifies common challenges and proposals for actions to be implemented in the coming years, reaching out for collaboration with other UN bodies and Member States.

Read the full story on the EC Maritime Affairs website.

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Seabed Conditions Key to Survival of Juvenile Cod, Haddock and Whiting

Links between seabed type and quality are closely related to the abundance and size of young commercially fished species such as cod, haddock and whiting. A new study, led by the University of Glasgow and published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, examines the abundance and size of these three types of commercial fish over the course of two years in the South Arran Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area in the Firth of Clyde.

Read the full story on the University of Glasgow website.

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Northern Oceans Pumped CO2 into the Atmosphere

The Norwegian Sea acted as a CO2 source in the past. It pumped the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere instead of absorbing it, as it does today. At the same time the pH of the surface waters in these oceans decreased, making them more acidic. Both of these findings imply changes in ocean circulation and primary productivity as a result of natural climate changes of the time.

Read the full story on the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate, The Arctic University of Norway website.

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EU in Talks to Prevent Unregulated Fisheries in the Arctic High Seas

The European Union participated in the fourth round of international negotiations seeking binding measures to prevent unregulated fisheries in the Arctic high seas. The meeting took place between 15 and 18 March 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Read the full story on the EC Fisheries website.

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New Study Shows Red Tides Can Be Predicted

For over a century, scientists have been trying to understand what causes red tides to form in coastal areas seemingly out of nowhere. University of California San Diego scientist George Sugihara and colleagues, used equation-free models to identify patterns in the apparent randomness that can be used to predict red tides off Southern California.

Read the full story on the UC San Diego website.

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Eumofa Monthly Highlights

The European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products publishes regular information about sales volumes and case studies. Issues Number 2 and 3 of the Eumofa monthly highlights are now available at http://www.eumofa.eu/home.

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Call for Proposals - Implementation of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU Maritime Domain

The call Implementation of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU maritime domain: Ensuring interoperability of National IT Systems to allow for more efficient information exchange within and across borders is open until 15 June.

Read further details on the EASME website.

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Joint Statement by Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Hogan and Commissioner Vella on World Water Day

A statement issued for World Water Day on 22 March by European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella. On World Water Day the European Commission promotes innovative water reuse, which is good for jobs, farms and the environment.

Read the full statement on the EC Press Releases database.

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DNA Barcoding Needed to Break Fish Black Market

General fish labels like snapper, sole and seabream take away the power to accurately assess stocks and then distort fishing quotas, but by identifying individual species we could prevent illegal catches ending up on our plates. An EU-funded project named SNAPTRACE is examining ways of closing these labelling loopholes.

Read the full story in EU Horizon magazine online.

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New Horizon 2020 Project on Aquatic Ecosystems Begins

Scientists from 19 leading research institutes and universities and two enterprises from 12 countries across Europe aim to change this and have joined forces in the project “AQUACOSM - Network of Leading European AQUAtic MesoCOSM Facilities Connecting Mountains to Oceans from the Arctic to the Mediterranean”. The network will perform the first systematic large-scale experiments in both freshwater and marine ecosystems. The project is coordinated and lead by Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB).

Read more on the AQUACOSM project website.

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