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Success for COMMON SENSE: Marine Sensor Demonstration a Significant Achievement

Additional Logo COMMON SENSEThe EC-funded COMMON SENSE project held its final event in Barcelona on the 27 January 2017, attended by project partners and important stakeholders involved in European marine monitoring. The meeting was held in the facilities of Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB), a partner in the COMMON SENSE project.

The full-day meeting provided in-depth context on the challenges and importance of improving methods and available technology to monitor and protect our marine waters. Presentations on the specific results generated by COMMON SENSE preceded a live demonstration of the marine monitoring sensors generated by the project. 

Sensors developed by the COMMON SENSE project can 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. These cost-effective sensors directly respond to current marine monitoring challenges and will be a key tool for EU Member States in meeting their Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requirements and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) of their marine territories.

Sergio Martinez, COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator, said: “Being able to validate what the COMMON SENSE project has achieved through a live demonstration was a momentous occasion for me as coordinator, but also for all the partners. Not only has COMMON SENSE shown that marine sensors can be developed that are cheaper, smaller and more user friendly than currently available sensors; they are also interoperable using the COMMON SENSE smart sensor unit and common web platform. This means the date provided by the sensors can be made available online in real time regardless of the platform used to host the sensors; buoy, pier, even racing yachts.”

Members of the COMMON SENSE consortium at the project’s partner meeting in January 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Mireia Perelló/FNOB.Members of the COMMON SENSE consortium at the project’s partner meeting in January 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Mireia Perelló/FNOB.

The COMMON SENSE partners have put in significant effort over the past forty months to develop prototypes for innovative, next generation sensing technologies that will contribute to the implementation of the MSFD and therefore support the protection of the marine environment in Europe.

Prior to the COMMON SENSE final event, partners involved in sensor development spent the week in Barcelona testing and deploying their sensors in preparation for the demonstration. Within the COMMON SENSE project considerable focus was on deployment and testing, with partners rigorously testing all hardware developed to ensure that the sensors’ performance is not inhibited by even the most changeable and challenging conditions. COMMON SENSE sensors underwent field testing in the Mediterranean, North, Norwegian, Baltic and Arctic seas.

For further information about COMMON SENSE, please contact the COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator Sergio Martinez ( or visit the project website at:


ARRAINA Project Comes to a Successful Close

ARRAINA logoThe EU-funded ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project comes to a close after five years of scientific advances and significant research on the development of tools required to measure and predict the effects of alternative feeds on fish metabolism and health.

Resulting in significant progress towards defining the nutritional requirements for the five main European farmed fish species, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), sea bream (Sparus aurata), seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio).
The key results from the ARRAINA project can be found on the project website,, in several different formats developed to ensure the transfer of knowledge from this important project to different stakeholder groups.

These resources include:
Scientific publications;
A series of three technical booklets;
A biomarker database;
A key achievements booklet providing user friendly descriptions of key project results; and,
A project video which provides an overview of the project’s work.

By jointly involving researchers and the key stakeholders in the aquaculture industry in Europe (feed producers, actors of the food supply chain, farmers, consumers and policy makers) in the design and assessment of these alternative feeds, the ARRAINA project has contributed towards the adoption and implementation of these innovative sustainable feeds. Which could improve the competitiveness, employment, health and environment of the EU and candidate countries.

The ARRAINA website ( provides further information on all other aspects of the ARRAINA project including specific research methods and available results. For more information, contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik (


Crab Watch!

RockpoolCrab Watch is a citizen science initiative developed as part of the EU-funded Sea Change Project. The initiative will explore how citizen science can be used as a tool for increasing ocean literacy, as well as collecting valuable scientific data. Crab Watch data will enhance our knowledge of the changing distribution of native and non-native crabs, as well as supporting environmental management. Anyone finding a crab on the shore for the first time will experience a sense of excitement and wonder (and maybe a bit of trepidation if it is a particularly large one!).

Kid hatThe goal of Crab Watch is to harness this enthusiasm to encourage participation in this citizen science scheme. Crabs are charismatic, and with a little guidance can be found around Europe in all marine and some freshwater habitats. They have great commercial and cultural significance in many countries, making them a popular subject for art and folklore. They are also affected by human activities, including warming seas, invasive species and overexploitation, making them an ideal subject to help demonstrate how humans and the ocean are inextricably linked.

Several species of non-native crab, in particular the Asian shore crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus), brush-clawed crab (Hemigrapsus takanoi), sally light-foot crab (Percnon gibbesi) and Chinese mitten crab (Eriochier sinensis) are present in multiple European countries. There is evidence to suggest that the Asian shore crab in particular is likely to negatively impact populations of the native European shore crab (Carcinus maenas). Participation in the project aims to raise awareness of the impact of non-native species and encourage people to think more about marine biosecurity.

‘Crabbing’ is a popular past-time in the UK and it is hoped that Crab Watch will encourage other European residents to take up this hobby with the added incentive of contributing to science. Free resources will promote crab welfare and environmental good practice among ‘crabbers’ old and new. By providing encouragement to visit the sea and interact with marine creatures in a meaningful way, the scheme will encourage people to think positively about the marine environment and participants will be encouraged to explore and learn about the great diversity of life found in the ocean.

The coastlines of Europe range from the negligible tides and sandy shores of the Mediterranean to some of the highest tidal ranges in the world on the rocky Atlantic coasts. To account for this variation, the scheme includes three key elements, each designed to maximise engagement and cater for people with different levels of interest and in different geographical areas.

paper plate crabAd-hoc recording of crabs using a specially developed app will form the core of the initiative. More in-depth and structured survey protocols have been developed for use in the intertidal zone and from the shore in areas where intertidal surveys are not possible. These methods include the crab-friendly mark and recapture method using lipstick tagging to avoid unnecessary retention of live animals. 

Data collected will be checked and validated before being passed to relevant marine and wildlife data hubs (e.g. EUROBIS) where they will be freely accessible. Crab Watch surveys have been taking place around Europe to test protocols and draft resources as well as to collect feedback from different audiences. The scheme will be more widely launched for resource and system testing in March 2017 with a full launch in June.

If you are interested in getting involved with Crab Watch, in particular promoting the project or running your own Crab Watch survey events, contact Jack Sewell ( For more information on the Sea Change project, visit:


Sea Change Helps Students Sail the World

miniboat2Many people are unaware of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. In short, they lack a sense of what has come to be known as “Ocean Literacy”. To address this issue, the EU-funded Sea Change project aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the links between ocean and human health and to empower us to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean. In December 2016, Sea Change became involved in Educational Passages - a demonstration of life on the high seas which alloweds students to send miniature sailing boats (‘miniboats’) out into the Atlantic and to track their progress online.

The Atlantic Miniboat Regatta “Around the Atlantic - Our Shared Resource” is a coordinated effort between Educational Passages, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) and other professional marine organisations and institutions in support of 22 elementary, middle, and high schools from the eight countries where students took part. Students can track their minboats, which are powered solely by wind and ocean currents, on a transatlantic course using the Educational Passages website. Educators can take advantage of the on-site teaching tools addressing Earth and ocean science, meteorology, naval architecture and other cultural topics.

You can see the list of boats on the Educational Passages website: and click on an individual boat to see its progress:

Most of the miniboats are expected to follow historic sailing routes.Boats launched from America will take the northern route “up and east” towards Europe. Boats launched from Europe will sail “south and west” into the Caribbean and (hopefully) continue on to South America. Most miniboats will make landfall several times on their way.

miniboat1Using GPS position reports, participants are able to watch their boat’s progress and coordinate recovery efforts by identifying partner schools as the miniboats approach coasts before they are threatened by obstacles. Working closely with the Sea Change Project, rescued miniboats will be taken to local partner schools where learning and international relations ensue. Once recovered, arrangements will be made for miniboat repairs and re-launching, with messages and other items added to the watertight compartment to be discovered at the next site of recovery. Whether recovered or not, it is expected that most miniboats will eventually sail back home to their launching point. It is through this very practical connection between coastal countries that the programme promotes understanding of the Atlantic Ocean as a shared resource through the medium of ocean literacy.

The goals of the “Around the Atlantic – Our Shared Resource” Regatta are threefold: 1) to provide STEM learning opportunities to students of all ages as their sailing miniboats circle the Atlantic, 2) to engage in collaborative learning through international cultural experiences and 3) to increase student and citizen understanding of the value of the Atlantic as a shared resource. Educational Partnership partners include the School of Ocean Technology, Newfoundland; Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium; Maine Maritime Academy; University of Maine, Marine Science School; The College of Exploration, Virginia; PLOCAN Platform Ocean Research Center in Canarias; Washington College, Maryland; Evolution Sails; and Ships of Opportunity.

To learn how you can participate in Educational Passages and its regattas, contact Richard Baldwin at



FishBIT - Developing Biosensors for Remote Fish Monitoring

Sea bream at the Institute of Aquaculture Torre la Sal IATS CSIC c Jaume Perez Sanchez“FishBIT” is a new way to monitor fish health, welfare and nutritional condition via biosensors. Now, the first in a series of three videos on the development of these biosensors for remote fish monitoring has been released by a team of researchers at the Institute of Aquaculture Torre de la Sal (IATS-CSIC) together with their colleagues from around Europe.

All researchers are part of the AQUAEXCEL2020 project, a research and innovation action funded under the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. The technology is being developed throughout the five years of the AQUAEXCEL2020 project (2015-2020). The video explains the process and a roadmap for the biosensor development. To watch the video, please visit:


Student Corner

GODAE International School: New Frontiers of Operational Oceanography

This course is open to 70 PhD students, post-doctoral scientists and possibly young academics. The school will bring together senior experts and young researchers from across the world and expose them to the latest research in oceanography and how it will impact operational oceanography.

Read full details on the GODAE OceanView website:


Marine Biology Volunteer Positions at Sea Synergy Marine Awareness and Activity Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland: 2017 Summer Season

Sea Synergy is a Marine Awareness and Activity Centre set up by marine biologist Lucy Hunt in her hometown; the beautiful coastal village Waterville located on the famed picturesque Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way driving routes in SW Ireland. For more info please visit centre opened in the summer of 2014 and since then has been shortlisted for Maritime tourism Award, Irish Responsible Tourism Award and the Ocean Heroes Award.
The marine awareness centre incorporates an interactive marine exhibition of Irish marine life such as whales and dolphins, a small gift shop and a booking office for marine activities in the area. Marine awareness and education programmes are run from the centre throughout the summer including children and adult beach workshops, snorkelling, nature surveys, hatchery and lake tours, summer camps and indoor presentations. Sea Synergy conducts whale and dolphin surveys of the local coastline and seal surveys in the bay. Sea Synergy is involved in and reports to a number of ongoing research projects such as Coastwatch, Seasearch, Irish whale and dolphin group(IWDG) reporting schemes.
There are four full time volunteer positions available for end of May – end Sept 2017. Preference will be given to candidates that can volunteer for longer periods of time and who fit the requirements. (More positions may also be available in August so please include how long you can come for and when you are available).

See full requirements and application details on the Sea Synergy blog:


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.
Applicants should send a CV, motivation letter and completed application form to Dana Brožová ( before 31 March 2017.

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


Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference, Penryn, Cornwall, UK

The 14th Annual Marine Biological Association (MBA) Postgraduate Conference will be hosted by the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall, from 24 -28 April 2017.
In line with the aims of the MBA, the conference promotes research on all aspects of marine life and environment. It is run by postgraduates, for postgraduates, including Masters and PhD students, and provides opportunities to network with peers in the marine science community, opening doors for future collaborations and present in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as taking part in social events. Registration fee is £75 until 31 January, and then rises to £85.

More details are available on the conference website:


Grant for Attendance of Young Fish Technologists at the World Seafood Congress, Reykjavik, September 2017

The International Association of Fish Inspectors is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2017 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2017, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 10-13th September 2017.
The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee. This affords the successful applicant a career-changing opportunity to gain new insights and build networks in the global fishery sector. The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2017.

Find further details on the website:


3rd International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life; Bergen, Norway

The trait-based approach is employed in many areas of ecology and ecosystem science, and the series of workshops on ‘Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life’ has proven to be a rare and vital meeting place for different disciplines in this field. With this third meeting we solidify the workshop as an essential clearinghouse for new developments in this field.
We expect the workshop will continue to inspire and trigger publications co-authored by participants from the many research groups adopting this approach.
The workshop will attract young talented students and future scientists to this vibrant field, and much of funding sources will be used to support travel and accommodation for students.

Read full details on the website:


ICBM Summer School 2017 Introduction to Data Analysis and Ecosystem Modelling

From July 30 to August 12, 2017 the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM, University of Oldenburg) will organize a summer school entitled “Introduction to Data Analysis and Ecosystem Modelling”. The summer school will be held at ICBM facilities in Wilhelmshaven and Oldenburg, Germany. The focus is on mathematical and numerical methods used in marine and environmental sciences (but not engineering sciences). The aim is to acquaint participants with diverse up-to-date modelling techniques at an introductory level. The summer school is addressed to early career scientists, i.e. advanced (master) students and early stage PhD students, with a background in marine or environmental natural sciences of all disciplines.

See full details on the website:


Call Open: Training Through Research Surveys Scheme 2017 (Ireland only)

The Training Through Research Surveys Scheme (TTRS) is a collaboration between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training and the Marine Institute that increases national capacity in offshore marine research by offering seagoing placements on a range of research surveys on-board the national research vessels, RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager. On-board placements provide the experience and skills required to work at sea and facilitate career development in ocean science. Participation also serves as a valuable opportunity to network with leading Irish and European marine scientists.

Full details are available on the website:


Research Internship for the Use of Scientific Resources at the Centre for Marine Biology, São Paulo, Brazil

Three proposals will be selected from graduate students and post-docs from Brazilian and foreign research centres, with demonstrated interests in marine biology. Scientific resources at the CEBIMar include biological and environmental databases, observations and in-situ experiments within the São Sebastião marine protected area, biological collections, and printed and digital materials of  local or regional interest.

Full application details on the CEBIMar website:


Other News

Gull Decline on Scottish Island Linked to Decline in Fishing Discards

Research published in the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) journal Bird Study, looked at the breeding populations of three species of large gull on the Hebridean island of Canna, and the relationship between these gull populations and the fall in the quantity of fish landed in the nearby harbour of Mallaig. Researchers said that although there were large changes over recent decades, it could be that the gull populations on Canna were returning to more normal levels.

Read the full story on the Taylor and Francis website.



Unexpected Result: Ocean Acidification Can Promote Shell Formation

Dutch and Japanese scientists were surprised to discover that some tiny unicellular shellfish make better shells in an acidic environment. Researchers from the NIOZ (Royal Dutch Institute for Sea Research) and JAMSTEC (Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) found in their experiments that foraminifera could regulated acidity at the micro level. These single-celled foraminifera shellfish occur in huge numbers in the oceans. The results of the study are published in ‘Nature Communications’.

Read the full story on the NIOZ website.



Blue Careers and Blue Labs Calls for Proposals: Shortlist Announced

en blue growth projects are to receive grants under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) as part of the 'Blue Careers' and 'Blue Labs' calls for proposals. In total, 125 proposals were evaluated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) which manages the projects.

Read the full story on the Europa web portal.



WSI A New Association for Women in the Seafood Industry

WSI, an International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry. WSI was formed in December 2016 by seafood and gender issues specialists. WSI main aims are to highlight women’s contribution to raise awareness of gender issues and to promote professional equality between men and women in the seafood industry. WSI intends to act globally.

Read the announcement on the WSI website.



Seafood: Investigation into EU Consumers' Attitudes Shows Sustainable Supply is Essential

A new Eurobarometer survey on EU consumer choices regarding fishery and aquaculture products reveals that people in the EU eat seafood quite regularly, although how far people live from the sea plays a role in how often they eat fish. Fish consumption is increasing, with 42% Europeans eating fish/aquaculture products at least once a week at home. This underlines the need to ensure sustainable supply of fish to the EU market.

Read the story on the Europa web portal.



New Report Confirms Positive Economic Trends in EU Fishing Fleet

The economic performance of the EU fleet improved significantly again in 2014, according to the latest Annual Economic Report, published on 19 January. Between 2008 and 2014, the EU fleet moved from a loss-making position in 2008 to registering record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from €500 million in 2013.

Read the story on the Europa web portal.



Sailing Towards Market-Ready, Low-Energy, Zero-Emission Ships

Using a range of new technologies, EU-funded researchers are on a mission to create greener ships. They plan to cut fuel use and CO2 emissions by 25%, and other emissions (sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter) by 100%. The LeanShips project has selected eight solutions to demonstrate.

Read the story on the Europa web portal.



Driving the Blue Economy Forward

The European Commission department dealing with maritime affairs and fisheries has a new set-up since 1 January 2017. This is an interview with Berhnard Friess as he takes over the Directorate for Maritime Policy and Blue Economy.

Read the story on the Europa web portal.



Study on the subsidies to the fisheries, aquaculture, and marketing and processing subsectors in major fishing nations beyond the EU

The purpose of this study is to collate and standardise, to the extent possible, information on the value and scope of subsidies to the catching, aquaculture, and marketing and seafood processing subsectors in six of the major fishing nations beyond the EU - Japan, South Korea, China, the Russian Federation, Taiwan and the United States. This information is intended to provide a current ‘state of play’ regarding key fisheries subsidies in each country.

Read the report on the Europa web portal.



Global Climate Target Could Net Additional Six Million Tons of Fish Annually

If countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, potential fish catches could increase by six million metric tons per year, according to a new study published in Science. The researchers also found that some oceans are more sensitive to changes in temperature and will have substantially larger gains from achieving the Paris Agreement.

Read the full story on the University of British Columbia website.



Brexit and Fisheries: House of Lords EU Committee Publishes Report

The UK House of Lords EU Committee has published a report into how fisheries will be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU. The committee heard from witnesses including government representatives from Iceland and Norway, British academics, and industry representatives. The report acknowledges that “Untangling UK fisheries from the EU will be challenging and require political will and resources, both in the wider Brexit negotiations and beyond.”

Read the full report on the UK parliament website.



Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Fisheries and Aquaculture

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has produced a factsheet on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. The paper examines the engagement of women in fisheries from different perspectives, from social and political to economic and technical views; and presents evidence that the role of women has been underestimated.

Read the full story on the FAO website.



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