AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 16 2017

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ParaFishControl Industry Forum at EAFP2017


ParaFishControl is hosting an Industry Forum at the 18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish, organised by The European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP), which takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 4-8 September 2017. For further information on the conference, please visit:

The forum will take place on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 from 2:00-3:15pm and 3:45-6:15pm. The breaks between sessions will allow participants to mingle and look at posters. 

The Industry Forum facilitates the engagement between the ParaFishControl consortium and industrial companies and fish farmer associations to ensure essential Knowledge Transfer. It is led by Dr Panos Christofilogiannis (AQUARK), with support from AquaTT.

Industry stakeholders can join the ParaFishControl LinkedIn Group to follow the progress of this work,


SeaofSkills is Developing Recommendations for Policy Making to Ensure the Sustainability of the Project’s Results


The SeaofSkills project is concluding its journey to improve the quality and attractiveness of the Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET) provided to fishers in Greece, Malta and Turkey by developing education and training material based on identified needs. 

The project’s final transnational meeting took place from 6-7 July 2017 in Chios, Greece. The full project consortium reviewed the results achieved over the project’s 3-year duration. The training material developed was deemed to need a terminology review, while the e-learning platform produced was recognised to be very accessible for fishers and people involved in the marine sector.

The second part of the meeting focused on the importance of the development of recommendations to highlight policy reform needs on national, EU and international level and targeting policy makers, in order to ensure the sustainability of the project’s results. This activity will be carried out in the upcoming months through the analysis of all the intellectual outputs developed throughout SeaofSkills and desk research and interviews so as to map the policy-making issues at stake.

For further information about SeaofSkills, please visit


Historic Countdown to Protect Our Oceans: United Nations Putting Marine Biological Diversity on the Map

PrepCom4, the fourth and most likely final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for ocean biodiversity established by the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA), was convened from 10-21 July 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This session aimed to finalise a set of substantive recommendations to inform negotiations on a legally binding instrument on the “conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ)” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), UNGA resolution 69/292 from 2015.

The EU-funded ATLAS project has set out to understand deep Atlantic ecosystems, including ABNJ, and how human society appreciates and values them. Balancing the needs of society and exploring sustainable economic Blue Growth with a long-term strategy that maintains ocean ecosystems for generations to come is a serious challenge. ATLAS is therefore particularly interested in contributing to two of the total of four ‘package’ topics for the Preparatory Committee: marine genetic resources, and conservation and management tools.

Along with the other two package topics (governance, and capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology) the recommendations at the end of the PrepCom4 meeting will feed into the above mentioned legally binding instrument. Making progress in addressing these issues requires the integration of the best available scientific advice on different ocean scales and ecosystems.

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Several ATLAS partners have already contributed to the previous PrepCom sessions held during 2016 and 2017, and continued their efforts during PrepCom4 to raise awareness of the importance of including deep-sea science. Scientists have shown that the deep North Atlantic supports diverse ecosystems which are crucial to the cycling of primary production, carbon, and nutrients from the ocean surface to the deep seafloor. These diverse deep-water ecosystems provide us with goods and services, including fisheries and biotechnology opportunities, which are central to our well-being and have great potential for future economic activities. 

The PrepCom4 meeting marks a key point in a very long and historic process to protect biodiversity in ABNJ under UNCLOS. With growing pressure for an effective and comprehensive global regime to better address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of ABNJ, these efforts to develop a legally binding instrument are very timely. 

For more information on ATLAS and its participation in PrepCom4, please visit:

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Twitter: @eu_atlas.

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Speaking up for Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development

Chair of the ATLAS Advisory Board, Dr Jake Rice from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, was invited to speak at the United Nations 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2017) meeting in New York on 13 July, in the session on Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. To read more about the forum, please visit:


For more information on the ATLAS project, please consult the project website:


Deep in the Atlantic Ocean: High-Tech Sensors to Gather Long-Term Biogeochemical Data

The crew of the Royal Research Ship "Discovery", a scientific research vessel of the United Kingdom, recently deployed high-technology biogeochemical sensors onto existing ‘Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program’ (OSNAP) moorings in the Rockall Trough, a major deep-water area in the North Atlantic Ocean. By taking continuous measurements in this important yet remote location, the sensors will contribute much needed long-term biogeochemical data to further our understanding of the interactions occurring in our ocean.

OSNAP is an international programme designed to provide a continuous record of physical ocean properties in the subpolar North Atlantic through an array situated on moorings which cross the Atlantic. The newly deployed equipment consists of sensors to additionally measure levels of nutrients, oxygen and pH in the Rockall Trough. A Remote Access Sampler (RAS) will simultaneously collect samples of seawater to validate and complement the automatically recorded data from the sensors.

As Professor Stuart Cunningham, from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) explains, adding these new sensors to the existing infrastructure is an important step: “So far, only the physical parameters of ocean circulation data can be measured at the OSNAP array. Combining this data with the new biogeochemical measurements will, for the first time, give us a long time-series of changes of ocean currents, nutrient concentrations and more. This will be a big advance in our ability to understand the interactions of ocean physics with ocean ecosystems, particularly the cold-water coral systems of the Atlantic.”


Testing new oxygen sensors (combined with sensors to measure temperature, salinity and pressure) at SAMS’ Scottish Marine Robotics Facility, alongside two of its gliders ©Estelle Dumont.

This work was undertaken as part of the multidisciplinary EU-funded Horizon 2020 ATLAS project which aims to improve our understanding of the complexity of deep-sea ecosystems, and to predict future shifts and vulnerabilities of these ecosystems and their associated species. For more information on ATLAS, please visit:

To read the full press release, please visit:

For more information on the sensors please contact:
Prof Stuart Cunningham:

To read the blog about the entire cruise, please visit:


New Species of Carnivorous Sponge Discovered and Named After ATLAS Researcher


Cladorhiza kenchingtonae discovered during a research trip of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson in 2010 ©DFO.

A new species of sponge has been discovered and named after ATLAS researcher Dr Ellen Kenchington from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

The carnivorous sponge, Cladorhiza kenchingtonae, is approximately 2 m in length with 1 m branches along its length. It feeds on zooplankton and was discovered at a depth of nearly 3,000 m below the ocean’s surface in the Flemish Cap, northeast of the Grand Banks.

The sponge was named after Dr Kenchington for her numerous contributions to Arctic and North Atlantic deep sea benthic ecology, biodiversity monitoring and protection. Dr Kenchington’s work has led to the protection of benthic habitats across the globe.

To read the full publication, please visit:


ATLAS: Featuring Collaborative Research to Tackle Today’s Ocean Health Challenges


Prof J Murray Roberts being interviewed at the United Nation “The Ocean Conference”, 6 June 2017. (00:49-01:06).

Prof J Murray Roberts, ATLAS project coordinator, was interviewed at the United Nations “The Ocean Conference”, 6 June 2017. During the interview, he said, “These problems are so great, that there is no way any one sector can deal with them or any one nation can deal with them. The only way is to form international partnerships. To tackle these problems, you have to have governments working with academic institutions working with industry, to have any hope of dealing with these challenges [ocean health].”


Postdoc (TV-L 13) Position at the “MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences”, University of Bremen, Germany, within the ATLAS Project

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The PostDoc position is within the project “Sensitivity of cold-water corals to environmental change” (part of the EU-Horizon 2020 Project ATLAS – A Trans-Atlantic Assessment and Deep-Water Ecosystem-based Spatial Management Plan for Europe) for a period of two years starting at 1 October, 2017. 

Applicants are required to have a PhD in Paleoceanography or a related field. Within this project, the successful candidate will investigate sedimentary records with paleoceanographic methods (stable isotopes and Mg/Ca analyses on benthic foraminifera, grain sizes, etc.) from various cold-water coral sites in order to define environmental changes in relation to major changes in past cold-water coral proliferation.

Deadline for applications is 7 August, 2017.  

For more information, please visit:


AquaTT Scales the Atlantic in a “New Era of Blue Enlightenment”


On 13 July 2017, Atlantic Ocean stakeholders from science and policy gathered in Lisbon to witness history unfold as the Belém Statement was signed, launching a strategic alliance between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa. In celebration, and to stimulate new collaborations and knowledge sharing, a high-level ministerial and scientific event entitled “A New Era of Blue Enlightenment” was organised in parallel to this event from 12-14 July 2017. 

Key cooperation areas were outlined as: Climate variability; Food security, fisheries management, aquaculture and biodiversity; The effects of emerging pollutants; Ocean observation (including seabed mapping), forecasting and monitoring processes and systems; Oceans technology (including for observation and renewable marine energy); and, Polar research (especially interconnections between the Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica).

The event comprised a Project and Ideas Meeting Place, as well as keynote speeches and roundtable discussions. AquaTT projects (ATLAS, COLUMBUS, and Sea Change) participated, and AquaTT hosted the workshop “H2020 COLUMBUS Project – Knowledge Transfer for Blue Growth”. 

The COLUMBUS session looked to highlight how focused effort can stimulate impact from existing research and innovations in the marine and maritime sector, presenting case studies of interest to audiences representing the Atlantic Ocean. The scene was set by David Murphy (AquaTT) and Ned Dwyer (EurOcean), and three case studies of Knowledge Transfer were presented by Georgia Bayliss-Brown (AquaTT). 

The session closed having gathered insights from attendees on the need to build capacity in methodologies to maximise impact from research investment in the South Atlantic and expressing the potential for Knowledge Transfer between Europe and the South Atlantic.

For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit the project website on or contact the project manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT, at


Workshop Identifies Recommendations for Marine Knowledge Transfer and Innovation in Europe

Organised by AquaTT, EurOcean and Marine South East, COLUMBUS hosted a workshop entitled “Marine Knowledge Transfer & Innovation: Learning from Regional & European Initiatives” on 17 May 2017 at the National Oceanography Centre’s facility in Southampton.

COLUMBUS ( aims to measurably increase the uptake and application of outputs arising from publicly-funded marine research projects by different end-users, specifically industry and policy makers. It is therefore in COLUMBUS’ interest to become familiar with local and regional examples of best practice and propose recommendations to the European Commission to better enable Knowledge Transfer and innovation within the marine and maritime sector.

Held as a side event of European Maritime Day, the workshop brought together a range of stakeholders to a) examine good practice and progress arising from recent initiatives at a regional and European level; b) identify where barriers have been overcome and whether efforts can be replicated; and, c) brainstorm on ideas as to how to overcome challenges and barriers in the future.

Welcoming participants from policy, consultancy firms, regional clusters, SMEs and large companies, the scene was set by AquaTT and Marine South East, with Cornwall Marine Network invited to present their experiences. Discussions were lively and a number of barriers to impact were identified and solutions proposed. A detailed summary is available through the project website, but key recommendations to funding agencies are:

• Projects should have champions for collection and transfer of their outputs, either within the consortium or through an external provider;
• Impact beyond current metrics of research quality (ie scientific publications) must be recognised and incentivised;
• Support the development of knowledge broker organisations to ensure that impact potential of research is achieved;
• Investment should be made to improve access to Knowledge Outputs from marine projects; and
• Regional clusters can provide an opportunity to support Knowledge Transfer.

For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit the project website on or contact the project manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT, at


New Resources Available to Boost Ocean Literacy Across the Globe

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The Sea Change project has recently launched several new visual resources to boost Ocean Literacy.

Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

As part of the "Our Ocean Our Health" campaign, Sea Change has begun releasing a six-part video series called “Make a Small Change for Sea Change”. These short videos give quick tips on how citizens can help protect the ocean as part of their daily actions. Along with accompanying infographics, the series provide guidance on how to make a “Sea Change” in the bathroom, the kitchen, the supermarket, the commute, in the office and when eating out. The videos can be watched on the Sea Change vimeo account as they are released, while the infographics will be made public in August 2017.

All Sea Change Ocean Literacy resources can be downloaded from the project website:

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Student Corner


Applications Open! Our Ocean Youth Summit

The European Union and the Sustainable Oceans Alliance will co-host the second summit of young ocean leaders as a parallel event to the Our Ocean conference in Malta on 5-6 October 2017. The event will be hosted by the University of Malta.

The “Our Ocean, An Ocean For Life” Leadership Summit will bring together the next generation of entrepreneurs, political and civil society leaders, scientists and researchers to brainstorm and come up with visionary ideas on how to conserve and sustainably use our ocean for present and future generations.

100 competitively-selected youth participants from around the world will be invited to attend this year’s summit. They will have the chance to put forward and gain valuable support for their proposed ocean solutions. During this two-day event, the students will participate in workshops, develop action-oriented strategies to implement ocean commitments in their respective communities, and strengthen their leadership skills.

High-level ocean leaders from the Our Ocean 2017 conference will meet and discuss innovative ideas to protect the oceans with the youth participants. Youth leaders will also be invited to join the main conference on its second day – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with the world’s top ocean leaders.

If you are a student or recent graduate (aged 18-35) with an action-oriented plan to protect our ocean, apply today!


International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society 2017

The International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society (RRI-SIS2017) is the first annual conference of the MARINA project that aims to present case studies highlighting environmental preservation, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) issues, principles and topics related with research and innovation in the context of H2020 societal challenges.

The overall aim of the conference is to establish, organise and activate a RRI community to facilitate scientists and societal actors working together during the whole research and innovation process. The common goals of the groups is aligning both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the society and integrating citizens visions, needs and desires into science and innovation.

If you feel this conference will be of benefit to you, don’t hesitate to look at the full activity description in the link below:


Future Earth offers Travel Support for Early Career Professionals

Future Earth will offer a series of grants to early career professionals to support their travel to sustainability events around the world. The grants are open to early career researchers working in fields relevant to sustainability and to practitioners in policy, business, civil society and more. Interested professionals can apply on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The travel grants will support up to 20 early career professionals each year and provide as much as €1500 in assistance. Professionals can use this support to attend Future Earth events or to serve as ambassadors for the Future Earth mission at other international conferences, workshops and symposia.

For more information on the eligibility criteria for the grant, as well as further general information, read the full details at:



Other News

Future Ocean Resources Map

Will minerals from the seabed be used in your next mobile phone? Could the next blockbuster drug come from a coral reef or hydrothermal vent? The Royal Society’s ‘Future of oceans’ project considers how we might use the mineral and genetic wealth of the oceans, as well as the drivers and wider consequences of doing so. The project has produced an interactive map to see where deep sea mining might happen in the future, where some of the diverse ocean ecosystems are located, and how the two resources interact.

Read the full details below:


EU Expands Research Cooperation with Brazil and South Africa

The European Union will further boost its research and innovation cooperation with its strategic partners Brazil and South Africa in order to better understand marine ecosystems and climate. On 13 July 2017, the three sides launched the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative and signed a joint Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation.
The statement was signed in Lisbon's historic Belém Tower by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, during a High-Level Ministerial and Scientific event.

Read the full details:


North Sea Cod Certified as Sustainable

Over a decade since North Sea cod stocks came close to collapse, shoppers and diners can finally buy the popular fish with a clear conscience following the announcement that Scottish and English cod boats, which are members of the Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group, are now Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified.
Thanks to the enormous efforts of a coalition of fishing organisations with support from supermarkets, seafood brands and the industry body, Seafish, North Sea cod has passed an independent assessment against the MSC’s strict standard. The news means that – subject to strict traceability requirements – North Sea cod can now be sold in supermarkets and restaurants bearing the MSC ‘blue tick’ label, indicating that it is sustainable and fully traceable.

Read the full article:


European Fisheries Fund Enhanced the Competitiveness of EU Fleet and Created 17,000 New Jobs

A recent independent study of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) points to some success in supporting the fisheries sector during the past programming period (2007-2013). The evaluation also identifies areas for improvement, in particular in terms of impact and sustainability. Most of these shortcomings are already being addressed in the ongoing programme, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020).

Read the full article below:



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