AquaTT Training News - July 2013

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Education


To search for MSc programmes, MSc and PhD courses, and other training opportunities (short courses, online courses, work placements, etc.) in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management, please visit the Aqua-tnet Education Gate. This interactive web portal is the one-stop-shop for education in your field. For information on all educational opportunities (courses, workshops, etc.), as well as general events (conferences, meetings, etc.) please refer to the AquaTT Announcement newsletter which is sent out with Training News. A comprehensive overview of all events is given in the AquaTT Calendar.

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Collaboration
Strategic Changes Result in Better Representation for Fishermen in SOCIOEC

SocioEC.smallThe SOCIOEC (Socio Economic Effects of Management Measures of the Future Common Fisheries Policy) project held its second project meeting from the 25-28 June 2013, in Hamburg, Germany. At the meeting, members of the consortium presented the progress of the activities carried out during the first half of the project and discussed the success of the new methodology adopted by project partners in the first half of the project.

SOCIOEC Press Release 2nd Project Meeting Group Photograph webDr Ralf Döring, the project coordinator, said: “It has been a very productive meeting where the partners have had the opportunity to present their first results and share their experiences with others. We also discussed the crucial importance of developing a strong interaction between scientists and fishermen in the SOCIOEC project for it to be successful. Indeed, to reinforce this relationship, we decided to make slight changes to the methodology based on the results of the methodology workshop that we held in The Hague [The Netherlands, in October 2012].”

Leyre Goti, the Baltic Sea case study leader, explains the changes to the methodology, which involved organising focus groups and individual interviews to better understand fishermen’s problems and expectations relating to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP): “Fishermen are hard workers and it can be difficult to get the right people to the right place, so instead of asking them come to us we went to them. As a result, the fishermen were more confident and comfortable sharing their opinions with the scientists on how the fisheries are managed as well as outlining their main concerns. Now that we have gathered the opinions of those who directly go to sea to work, we expect to have a stronger interaction with their representatives in the Regional Advisory Councils [RACs].”

Workshops are to be organised for the second half of the project, during which the consortium will start to present the project outputs and receive feedback from stakeholders. SOCIOEC is divided into six different case studies, based on the RACs into which European waters are divided. During the coming months, the SOCIOEC consortium also expects to start a series of SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) workshops at local case study level and to increase cooperation with the RACs, in collaboration with the related Myfish (Maximising Yield of Fisheries While Balancing Ecosystem, Economic and Social Concerns) project, which aims to develop new Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) indicators (www.myfishproject.eu).

SOCIOEC is an interdisciplinary project bringing fisheries economists, social scientists and biologists together with industry partners and other key stakeholders. The SOCIOEC project is working on solutions for future fisheries management that can be implemented at a regional level.

For more information visit the SOCIOEC webpage www.socioec.eu

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Third Issue of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe third newsletter of the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project is now available to download from the project’s website: www.macumbaproject.eu. MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.

MaCuMBA Newsletter Issue 3This issue of MaCuMBA Project News features: an interview with Dr Anne Godfroy from L’Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer), France, who is the leader of Work Package 3 (WP3), Improving culture efficiency of already isolated and cultured microorganism; Dr Daniel Sher of the University of Haifa discussing the FP7-funded MICROBES-2-MODEL project;  in Culture Club, some of the scientists working together to achieve the MaCuMBA project’s aims are featured; MaCuMBA partner, BIOALVO, has recently been promoting the project in Portugal; and the newsletter's Under the Microscope section provides an in-brief look at some stories relating to marine microorganisms that have been making the news.

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Huge Potential Evident as SEAFARE Nears Completion

Seafare smallThe SEAFARE (Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Aquaculture for the Atlantic Region of Europe) project held a two-day project meeting at the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) aquaculture research station in Olhao, Portugal, from the 16-17 July 2013. The meeting provided an opportunity for the partners to present and discuss their progress and expected outputs as the project nears its expected endpoint in December 2013. From these interactions, the significant potential of the project's research to positively impact policy, industry and society became clear. The meeting was attended by representatives from Bangor University (UK), the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) (Spain), AquaTT (Ireland), and the meeting host IPMA.

Mr Daniel Lee, SEAFARE project coordinator, said: “We are facing a busy period between now and the end of the project. We have achieved very interesting results during the project's lifetime, such as the work related to wetlands aquaculture carried out in Veta la Palma in Spain or the earthen ponds here in South Portugal, and we will ensure the new knowledge generated goes to the right stakeholders to facilitate its uptake.”

SEAFARE July Project Meeting IPMA Group PhotographSEAFARE is planning to organise a workshop in October 2013 in Seville, Spain, in order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge generated from the project to interested parties. At this workshop, IPMA and IFAPA, along with Bangor University, will present the main results related to the benefits of environmentally friendly wetland aquaculture systems to a wide range of stakeholders, including environmental managers, policy makers, the aquaculture industry, and NGOs at local, regional and international level.

Dr Pedro Poussao, the manager of the IPMA aquaculture research station in Olhao, said: “It has been a pleasure to host this very productive meeting. We have proved that the integrated multitrophic aquaculture systems are workable and productive in earthen ponds and that they can also be implemented in wetlands aquaculture farms to increase their productivity. This could represent an opportunity to create employment in depressed rural areas. We are looking forward to attending the Seville workshop and presenting our results to policy makers and managers along with industry.”

The SEAFARE project aims to promote the diversification of the aquaculture industry by providing a greater range of species and alternative environmentally-friendly production systems. All the initiatives developed by the project are assessed for their commercial applicability through close collaboration with stakeholders and SMEs. The project involves 14 partners, bringing together applied R&D centres, aquaculture industry organisations and environmental agencies across the Atlantic maritime region to promote the sustainable expansion of European aquaculture.

For more information about SEAFARE, please visit www.seafareproject.eu

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Safe Seafood Project is Raising Expectations

ECSAFESEAFOOD COL LOGOThe FP7 ECsafeSEAFOOD project held its second coordinating meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 18-19 June 2013. The project aims to assess food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and to evaluate their impact on public health. The meeting was attended by members of the ECsafeSEAFOOD consortium, comprising 18 partners from 10 countries.

Dr Antonio Marques, ECsafeSEAFOOD project coordinator, said: “I am very happy with the development of the project and particularly with this meeting. During the first day of the meeting, the work package leaders updated the partners on the work done in each specific work package during the first months of the project as well as outlining their goals for the following six months. On the second day we had very fruitful discussions regarding a series of technical workshops we organised among the partners.”

ECsafeSEAFOOD Press Release-2nd Project Meeting Photograph webIn the global seafood market, European added-value lies in offering safe, high-quality seafood to consumers. With this in mind, the ECsafeSEAFOOD project will provide scientific advice to serve as a basis for further development of common food safety, public health and environmental policies and measures.
Isabelle Van Borm, EU desk and project Scientific Officer at DG RTD E3 (Food, Health & Well-being), who attended the partner meeting, said: “We are in an early stage of the project and it is too early to evaluate its results, but I have great expectations about this partnership. The coordination of the project is excellent and the partners have a very collaborative approach. I am looking forward to seeing the project's results as they will contribute to increasing consumer confidence in European seafood by actively seeking to reduce the public health risk in relation to contaminants that may be present in seafood.”

ECsafeSEAFOOD is an interdisciplinary project bringing together scientists from different food science disciplines, including: ecotoxicology; biochemistry; nutrition; risk assessment; seafood quality; and consumer behaviour and perceptions. The partnership also includes SMEs in order to facilitate the transfer and uptake of research to interested parties. The project is divided into scientific work packages that will address these issues. Additionally, there are work packages for project coordination and project dissemination. 

For more information about the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, visit: www.ecsafeseafood.eu

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MG4U Project Officially Finished

mg4u logoThe Marine Genomics for Users (MG4U) project officially finished on 30 June 2013. MG4U was funded by the European Commission to facilitate targeted knowledge transfer between marine genomic researchers and stakeholders including governance, industry and wider society. Coordinated by the Station Biologique de Roscoff (CNRS) in France, the partnership consisted of seven partners from six countries and brought together experts in marine genomics, education and knowledge transfer.

From the beginning of the project, interacting and developing relationships with the various stakeholders considered relevant to the transfer of knowledge from marine genomic research was paramount. These included representatives from industry, policy, education and the scientific community itself, both as knowledge bearers and receivers. This transfer has been achieved through training courses, conferences and technical workshops, where MG4U brought together a mix of stakeholders to promote and explore the potential of marine genomics.

While the nature of the main success story of the MG4U project, the raising of awareness about marine genomics is unquantifiable, significant results of the MG4U project include: a white paper on the potential marine genomics methods published in the Marine Pollution bulletin; a short informative film broadcast on Eurovision and an interview piece with the coordinator, Prof Bernard Kloareg; in the May 2013 edition of the International Innovation publication.

For more information on the MG4U project and its results please email Cliona Ni Cheallachain at cliona@aquatt.ie or visit the project website at www.mg4u.eu

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AQUAEXCEL Project Announces Free Aquaculture Training Opportunities

Aquaexcel logoApplications are now being accepted for the second and third training courses organised by the FP7-funded AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project. The second course, Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish, will be hosted by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in Rennes, France, on 16-18 October 2013. The third course, The Application of Chromosome Set Manipulations and the Importance of Gamete Collection and Management in Aquaculture, will be provided by the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, on 18-22 November 2013. Course attendance is free, thanks to EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding.

AQUAEXCEL aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. AQUAEXCEL also organises pioneering new technical training courses that focus on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These courses are unique in putting emerging aquaculture infrastructure centres of excellence at the forefront. They also present a valuable opportunity for researchers and technicians in this field to further their experience.

The Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish course will focus on the recent developments in aquaculture genomics research which will support innovation in trout, bass, bream, turbot, and carp aquaculture. It will cover two major areas where genomic tools and studies can be of benefit for aquaculture: genomic research for developing new tools for refined phenotyping and genomic research for characterisation of genetic architecture of important traits which will be applied in selective breeding programmes.

The course is aimed at aquaculture researchers and technicians from continental European and Mediterranean countries involved in rainbow trout, sea bass, sea bream, and carp research. The courses are designed to be accessible for early stage researchers or senior researchers who have only basic knowledge in the field of genomics.

The Application of Chromosome Set Manipulations and the Importance of Gamete Collection and Management in Aquaculture course will give practical training in the collection, handling and storage of gametes for Chromosome Set Manipulation (CSM) technology, which  is used in fish and shellfish aquaculture and has important applications in the development of unique genotypes for basic research (haploid, meiotic and mitotic gynogenetic and androgenetic individuals) and direct commercial applications to the aquaculture industry (sterile triploids and investigation and manipulation of sex-determination systems e.g. YY males).

This course is aimed at participants who have some experience in the handling of live fish and want to gain experience in gamete handling and management and the application of CSM techniques in the course of their work or research.

Course attendance is free, thanks to EC FP7 funding. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, subsistence and accommodation. Participants are requested to submit their CV and a brief letter outlining their motivation for wanting to attend the course. For more information and online registration, please visit www.aquaexcel.eu/training_courses.

The previous AQUAEXCEL course, which focused on Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Technology and was provided by Wageningen University (WU) with expertise from the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fishery and Aquaculture (Nofima), l’Institut Francais de Recherche Pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) and the Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES), was very successful and oversubscribed. The fourth AQUAEXCEL training course, Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments, will be provided by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF Sealab, on 19-22 May 2014. Registration for this course is not yet open.

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FORCE Second General Assembly Meeting

Force final logo The FP7 project FORCE (Fishing and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) will hold its Second General Assembly Meeting in Hurghada, Egypt, on 10-11 September 2013.

FORCE is designed to enhance the capacity of the Egyptian National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of thorough and science-based policies for the sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture in Egypt and the whole Mediterranean North African region.

The project factsheet can be downloaded here as a PDF and for more information, please visit the project website www.forceproject.eu or contact Suzan Kholeif (Coordinator) suzan_kholeif@yahoo.com or the Project Management Team force.niof@gmail.com.

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Marine Genomics for Users Workshop

mg4u logoThe MG4U project held a participatory workshop in Dublin, Ireland, on 28 June 2013. The title of the event was The Potential of Genomics for Marine Monitoring and Biodiversity Mapping: from Concept to Realisation and examined genomic tools and techniques as well as their specific applications. The objective was to build on the outputs of the previous MG4U workshop held in Oxford, UK, in September 2012, which explored the potential application of genomic tools and techniques in marine monitoring, specifically the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The programme of the Potential of Genomics for Marine Monitoring and Biodiversity Mapping: from Concept to Realisation workshop consisted of short presentations and interactive participatory sessions. The talks provided a background on the rationale for ecosystem based management and the technical basis for genomics approaches and strategies for implementation. The participatory sessions were group focused and enabled the participants to discuss and determine several factors and issues relevant to the realisation of specific genomic tools and techniques being integrated into marine monitoring. The methodologies used and the results the workshop provided were very well received by the participants as they highlighted many aspects of the uptake of genomic methods which had not been considered previously.

The participants included marine genomics, marine mapping and environmental assessment experts, science policy experts and entrepreneurs with experience in developing automated DNA based detection systems and successful technology development. This mix of expertise allowed an informed assessment of applications in the marine arena and their likely track through the technology development chain to market or end user.

For more information please email Cliona Ni Cheallachain at cliona@aquatt.ie or visit the MG4U website to view the workshop reports.

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AQUAEXCEL Fifth Call for Access Now Open

Aquaexcel logoThe fifth AQUAEXCEL Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 13 September 2013. The AQUAEXCEL project regularly invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating Aquaculture Research Infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

Interested researchers can propose projects that are compliant with the EATIP Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda, and that involve visits of one or two people to a Research Infrastructure that provides facilities not available in their own country, for periods of up to three months. Access to the research facilities and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project.

For more information, visit the AQUAEXCEL website: www.aquaexcel.eu

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AquaTT Attendance at Aquaculture Europe 2013, 9-12 August 2013, Trondheim, Norway

Aquaculture Europe 2013 (AE2013) will take place on 9-12 August 2013 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. With the theme ‘Making Sense of Science’, there will be a strong focus on knowledge management to support technological development and innovation and to ensure maximum impact of the results through suitable communication channels. As AquaTT’s experience and expertise is strongly rooted in the area of knowledge management, we are eagerly looking forward to attending AE2013. AquaTT will have a table display at AE2013 as well as a dissemination table located at the entrance to the Industry forum during AquaNor and you are all very welcome to come visit us (Marieke Reuver and Cliona Ní Cheallacháin).

As in previous years, AquaTT will also be co-organising (together with Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd) the Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture, awarding the best student poster at AE2013. The award consists of a certificate and the new iPad2 worth €500, as well as a selection of new publications in aquatic science. Wiley-Blackwell will also continue to support the Lindsay Laird Award this year with a free book for the winner.

For more information on AquaTT: www.aquatt.ie

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Fourth Issue of HEALTHY FUTURES Newsletter Now Available

HEALTHY FUTURES Newsletter 4The fourth issue of the HEALTHY FUTURES project is now available and can be downloaded as a PDF HERE. It focuses on the projects’ activities from February 2013–July 2013 and features articles on the joint symposium HEALTHY FUTURES held with the QWeCI project at the 4th East African Community Health and Scientific Conference at the end of March 2013, and an introduction to Decision Support Tools (DSTs) for Vector-Borne Diseases in Eastern Africa.

The fifth HEALTHY FUTURES partners’ and fourth ERP meetings are scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya, early in 2014. The organisers also plan to hold the first meeting for stakeholders regarding the DSTs that are being developed through HEALTHY FUTURES in Nairobi directly after the partners’ and ERP meetings.

For more information and to keep up to date with project activities, please visit the project website www.healthyfutures.eu or contact David Taylor (Coordinator) david.taylor@nus.edu.sg or Paul Lowen (Project Officer) paul@aquatt.ie

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PiscesTT: Job Vacancies, MSc & PhD Vacancies and Student Placements

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If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy in the marine sector and related areas, please visit the PiscesTT website or contact aquatt@aquatt.ie. Click HERE to subscribe to live RSS updates of new job postings.

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Student Corner

PhD Course “Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as food”: Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 18-22 November 2013

Consumption quality of the end product is an issue of increasing importance in aquaculture. Research in this area often requires measurement of the different constituents of the fish. In this context the PhD course, “Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as food”, takes place from 18-22 November 2013 at National food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

The aim of the course is to provide insight into the state of the art of advanced laboratory techniques and methods that are recommended for analysis of fish muscle components relevant in studies of ante mortem (e.g. feed, stress) effects on fish as well as for following post mortem changes in fish. The course comprises five days of exercises covering: water pools and their mobility in fish muscle tissue; correlation to muscle proteins; activity of the TMAO aldolase enzyme; accumulation of formaldehyde and dimethylamine; lipid and protein oxidation during frozen storage of fatty fish products; and proteome analysis of fish muscle.

For further information see: www.staff.dtu.dk/fjes/PhDcourse or contact Sarah Stolbjerg Larsen, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (E-mail: ssla@food.dtu.dk, Tel: +45 4525 2581)

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Win an iPad2: Lindsay Laird Award for the Best Student Poster at 2013 EAS International Conference

Students! If you have submitted a poster for the European Aquaculture Society’s (EAS’s) 2013 International Conference, you could be in with a chance to win the coveted Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture!

lindsay lairdAt the time of her early death from cancer in 2001, Lindsay Laird was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at Aberdeen University. From the beginning of her career, Lindsay worked with the expanding Scottish aquaculture industry on different aspects of salmon farming. In 1998, she became the first Chairman of the Organic Fish Producers’ association. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society from 1994 to 2000, when she was obliged to retire for health reasons. Lindsay also carried out research and gave lectures in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, and Borneo, where a new species of moth (Dasychera lairdi) was named after her.

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in her honour for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student, which concerns research in any one of the following areas:

  • Environmental Impacts in aquaculture
  • New species
  • Hatcheries/early life history
  • Stock production
  • Fish diseases
  • New technologies
  • Genetics/genomics

The award consists of a certificate and an award in the form of the new iPad2 worth €500. Wiley-Blackwell will also continue to support the Lindsay Laird Award this year with a free book for the winner. The winner will join five previous winners from Germany, Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Click HERE to learn more about the Lindsay Laird award and previous winners.

The 2013 EAS International Conference will take place in Trondheim, Norway, on 9-12 August 2013.

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Novus World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Internship Programme

Novus International, Inc. is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Novus World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Internship programme. Aquaculture has a bright future, as it represents the fastest growing animal production industry. Novus recognises the need for the industry to attract and educate talented individuals to become future aqua research scientists and nutritionists. This internship programme represents an investment by Novus into the future of the aquaculture industry. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Click HERE to learn more.

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Aquaculture Students Encouraged to Apply for AQUAEXCEL Free Training Courses

Aquaculture students and researchers are encouraged to apply for the AQUAEXCEL technical training courses. These Training Courses are the only of their kind putting emerging aquaculture infrastructure centres of excellence at the forefront. Applications are now being accepted for the second and third training courses, more information is available ABOVE, or on the AQUAEXCEL website: www.aquaexcel.eu/training_courses

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Other News

 

Discussions Continue for the Establishment of MPAs in Antarctica

A special meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was held in Bremerhaven, Germany, on 15-16 July 2013, to discuss two marine protected area (MPA) proposals: one for the Ross Sea Region by New Zealand and the United States, and one for the establishment of a representative system of MPAs in East Antarctica by Australia, France and the European Union. Establishing MPAs is a complex process involving a large amount of scientific research as well as international diplomacy. It was decided at the meeting that further consideration of the proposals was needed. Therefore, there will be further discussions among members before CCAMLR’s annual meeting in October 2013 when the proposals may be discussed further. Read more HERE.

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Maritime Zones in Mediterranean, an Opportunity for Blue Growth

The potential for Blue Growth could be broadened substantially in the Mediterranean by the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), according to a study presented by the European Commission. The study looks at the costs and benefits of establishing maritime zones in the Mediterranean and provides an analysis of the impacts of establishing EEZs for different sea-based activities. EEZs could allow for a more effective spatial planning policy, which in turn could help attract investments and further economic activities. Read more HERE.

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European Maritime Day Host Cities 2015–2019 Announced

The Council of the European Union has announced the host cites for the future European Maritime Days (EMD). Piraeus, Greece will host EMD 2015, Turku, Finland will host EMD 2016, Poole, United Kingdom will host EMD 2017, Burgas, Bulgaria will host EMD 2018 and Lisbon, Portugal will host EMD 2019. This year's event took place in Valletta, Malta. Bremen, Germany, will host next year's EMD. Learn more about European Maritime Day HERE.

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Recognition of European Technology Platform: European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform

The European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) has been recognised as a European Technology Platform (ETP) and will be in the publicly available list of recognised ETPs on the European Commission's ETP website. For more information about ETPs click HERE. More information about EATiP can be found at www.eatip.eu.

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Open Stakeholder Consultation for JPI Oceans

An open online consultation has been launched as part of a mapping exercise carried out by the Coordination and Support Action Oceans (CSA Oceans) on behalf of the Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans). The open consultation aims to collect the views of the marine and maritime community on the potential role that JPI Oceans can play in the European and international research and innovation landscape, including infrastructures for research and monitoring, human capacities and development of science to inform policy.

The consultation is part of a broad mapping exercise that is being carried out by the CSA Oceans to provide support to the further development of JPI Oceans and is open for all interested organisations and individuals. Through this consultation, CSA Oceans is seeking inputs on gaps and knowledge needs that could potentially be relevant to JPI Oceans, and views on how to create synergies across Europe and how to collaborate with other mechanisms for European and international coordination and cooperation. The inputs provided through this consultation process will be analysed to inform the development of the JPI Oceans Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

For more information on the consultation click HERE. The online consultation itself is available HERE.

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Call for Cooperation: Belgian Venture Looking for Partners in Ecological and Economic Sustainability

Pintafish is a new cooperative venture between small-scale fishermen and a niche retail company experienced in ‘green products’, to sell sustainably caught fish from the Belgian North Sea directly to consumers throughout Belgium and so ensure a good financial return for the fishermen. Active in the the area of the Belgian Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), West Vlaanderen, Pintafish is looking for contacts with similar ventures in other countries and FLAG areas, to learn from each others’ experience of how small-scale/artisanal fishermen can successfully catch and market fish which is sustainable, and in doing so, earn an income which guarantees the socio-economic viability of the fishermen themselves. For more information click HERE.

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European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF): Investing in a Sustainable Future

The Council of Agriculture and Fisheries has backed new criteria for fisheries fund allocations. The new system will support compliance with the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and with the objective of increased sustainability. EMFF will be used to co-finance projects alongside national funding streams. The European Commission has welcomed the general approach agreed on 15 July 2013 by the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) running from 2014-2020. Discussions with the European Parliament will take place in the autumn with an aim to reach an agreement on the funding instrument by the end of the year. This is crucial for the fund to run in parallel with the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as of January 2014. To read more, click HERE.

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Deadline Approaching for Marie Curie Fellowships

Scientists and research institutions who decide to apply for the Marie Curie Intra-European, Outgoing and Incoming Fellowships for Career Development (IEFs, IOFs and IIFs), have one more week to prepare their proposals. The application process will be closed on 14 August at 5 pm (Brussels time).

This will be the last, and the largest batch of Marie Curie fellowship grants within FP7. Around 1,000 excellent researchers will be awarded the funding to a total amount of €223 million. Marie Curie individual fellowships support the mobility of researchers and cover their salaries and costs such as publications, patents, consumables, travel costs, etc.

Applications for the call are to be made jointly by the researcher and the 'host organisation'. The submissions should be made via the Participants Portal. Individual fellowships under the Marie Curie Actions are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA). This funding scheme will continue under the Horizon 2020 programme as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Further information is available at the Research Executive Agency (REA)'s dedicated web page.

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Video Outlining the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

A video has beem released which explains the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy and features Maria Damanaki, commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. To view the video, click HERE.

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