AquaTT Training News - October 2013

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Limited Places Available for AquaTT Research Project Management Training Workshop - November 2013

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A limited number of places are still available for the November dates for AquaTT's popular Research Project Management Training Workshop. The workshop will take place from 26-28 November 2013 in the AquaTT offices based in Dublin.

With twenty-one years of experience in EC-funded research projects, AquaTT as part of its Mentoring, Training and Advisory Services has devised a robust three-day Research Project Management Training Workshop primarily aimed at Researchers and Communications and Project Officers. This practical three-day training workshop will focus on capacity building and will provide participants with (i) an understanding of the lifecycle of EC-funded research projects, (ii) a skillset to increase their ability to efficiently project manage their work, and (iii) the opportunity to apply these skills to real issues that occur in research projects. The training will be provided by several experienced AquaTT trainers and will encompass real case studies and scenarios.

The agenda briefly entails:
Day 1: Setting the Scene - providing a framework for the management of research projects from policy drivers during the application phase to internal relationships during the implementation phase
Day 2: Skill-based Learning - equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to understand the key challenges involved in project and financial management and also focusing on relationship management
Day 3: Applied Project Management and Project Sustainability - providing tools to successfully manage a research project while taking into consideration key issues, including performance measurement of project outputs and outcomes. The programme will conclude with an exploration of how to achieve and maintain success in the EC-funded research project environment.

For further information please CLICK HERE. If you are interested in attending please contact AquaTT Project Officer Olivia Daly ( There are a limited number of places so an early indication of your interest is recommended.


Discovering the Potential of Marine Microorganisms: MaCuMBA Project Video Now Available

MaCuMBA VideoA short video providing an introduction to the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project is now online. MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats.

The video, which aims to raise awareness of the project, can be viewed by visiting the MaCuMBA project website: or via


Rescheduled FORCE Second General Assembly Meeting

Force final logoThe FP7 project FORCE (Fishing and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) will hold its rescheduled Second General Assembly Meeting in Rome, Italy on 6-7 November 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.

A new project brochure can be downloaded HERE as a PDF. For more information, please visit the project website or contact Suzan Kholeif (Coordinator) or the Project Management Team


Promoting Diverse, Environmentally-Friendly Aquaculture: Latest Issue of SEAFARE Project News Now Available

SEAFARE Newsletter Oct 2013The latest issue of SEAFARE Project News is now available to download from the project’s website:

This issue features an interview with Pedro Pousao, Head of the the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera’s Aquaculture Research Station in Olhao, Portugal; an update from the SEAFARE project meeting held in Olhao in July 2013; information about SEAFARE’s integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) results; and details about the upcoming SEAFARE stakeholder event in Seville, Spain, regarding reclaiming wetlands for aquaculture.

SEAFARE is an Atlantic Area Transnational Programme project which 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.


2FISH Project Supporting the Fisheries Sector through Innovative Short Training Courses

2Fish smallThe partners of the EU-funded project 2FISH recently met in Dublin, Ireland, on 15 October 2013 to discuss the testing and exploitation of newly developed short training courses aimed to support the fisheries sector.

Based on a needs analysis of the sector, six topic areas have been identified by the partners to meet local needs:

  1. Business law concerning fishery related businesses (Denmark)
  2. Quality management in seafood production (Norway)
  3. Traceability of fisheries products (Spain)
  4. Developing a new seafood product (Ireland)
  5. Fundraising for the production development in the fisheries sector (Italy)
  6. Fishing tourism and boat carpentry (Spain)

Evaluation of the courses is currently being carried out by enterprises in each of the partner countries. The final outcomes of the project will be presented at a conference in Italy in 2014 to key stakeholders.

While all five of the courses will be piloted face-to-face, the Irish-led course Developing a New Seafood Product will be freely accessible as an open online course.

For more information, visit


MG4U Policy Brief Now Available Online

mg4u logoThe EC-funded project Marine Genomics for Users (MG4U) ran from January 2011 until June 2013 with the aim to facilitate targeted knowledge transfer between marine genomic researchers and stakeholders involved in governance, industry and wider society.

One of the major results associated with the MG4U project was a white paper on marine genomics methods entitled, Genomics in marine monitoring: new opportunities for assessing marine health status, which was published in the Marine Pollution bulletin (Volume 74, Issue 1).

However, MG4U understands that authorities involved in marine governance might not have the time or technical knowledge to fully appreciate a published scientific paper. Therefore, a policy brief based on the white paper was developed to increase usability of this knowledge. The policy brief provides background information on the relevance of marine genomics in marine monitoring and includes a factsheet on six of the most suitable genomic techniques, containing details about their advantages, disadvantages, costs and potential applications.

The policy brief is available to download on the MG4U website ( and further distribution among relevant and interested parties is encouraged by the MG4U consortium.

For more information about the policy brief and the MG4U project, please contact Cliona Ni Cheallachain (


EPA Pilot Training Workshop

EPA logoOn Monday 7 October 2013, AquaTT held a pilot training workshop on How to Carry out Knowledge Transfer to Policy. The workshop was hosted in collaboration with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI). Participants included researchers from DIT and the EPA who were interested in learning about Knowledge Transfer in the context of Irish environmental protection.

This pilot training workshop was part of an EPA STRIVE funded desktop study to improve the transfer of knowledge and communication between researchers and policy makers regarding Irish environmental issues and challenges. 

The main output of this desktop study will be the development of a guide for researchers on how to carry out Knowledge Transfer to policy. This guide contains three sections: Introduction to Irish Policy, Introduction to Knowledge Transfer, and a step by step guide on carrying out Knowledge Transfer.

This one-day event was split into three sessions, following the format of the guide for researchers. The first session provided an introduction to Irish policy processes and the differences between the worlds of policy and research. This was followed by a session dedicated to introducing Knowledge Transfer principles and terminologies, taking participants through the AquaTT innovative and novel Knowledge Management and Transfer methodology.

The third session was the most important element of the pilot training as it brought the participants through the AquaTT Knowledge Transfer methodology, which consists of a series of steps enabling a researcher with knowledge of policy relevance to assess the Irish policy system and develop a successful knowledge transfer strategy.

The entire process was very well received with all participants agreeing that there was a definite need for training of this sort in the area of Knowledge Transfer and that having a structured approach to a Knowledge Transfer strategy was invaluable.

Further information on the results of the pilot training event, the guide for Knowledge Transfer to policy, or on the EPA funded desk study, can be provided by Cliona Ni Cheallachain (


First MaCuMBA General Assembly Held in Roscoff, France

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOMaCuMBA held its first General Assembly (GA) on 23-24 September 2013 in Roscoff, France, 11 months after its kick-off meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Separate progress meetings of the work packages; a two-day local sampling event, combined with joint laboratory work; and a steering committee meeting were held alongside the GA. The Steering Committee held a scientific meeting during which MaCuMBA researchers presented their results. These were introduced by short overviews by the MaCuMBA work package leaders on the progress they have made. The original scientific presentations were all of very high level and quality and, considering the short time the project is running, showed a remarkable set of new data and results.

MaCuMBA GADuring the sampling exercise many MaCuMBA colleagues went out and collected material from which they will isolate microorganisms. Various techniques (microcopy, flow cytometer and cell sorting) were demonstrated during the joint laboratory work, and their use for isolation and growing of microorganisms discussed. The next MaCuMBA GA will be held in Huelva, Spain, from 22-24 September 2014.

For more information about MaCuMBA, visit


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 Click HERE to subscribe to live RSS updates of new job postings.


Student Corner

NUI Galway, Ireland: Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships

The Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees. The Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on one of the five key areas of research in which the university offers leading expertise. These are:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Informatics, Physical, and Computational Sciences
  • Environment, Marine, and Energy
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Humanities in Context

More information about the application process and requirements can be found HERE. The closing date for applications is 17:00 (GMT) Monday, 18 November 2013.


Student Logo Competition for World Aquaculture 2015 Jeju, Republic of Korea

The Steering Committee for World Aquaculture 2015 is running a competition for students to design the logo that will be used for the World Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting in 2015. The conference logo for this event should take into account the theme: “Aquaculture for healthy people, planet and profit” and its unique location. Jeju is The Republic of Korea’s largest island at approximately 1,800 km2, was created millions of years ago from volcanic eruptions, and has a population of 600,000 people. In addition to numerous aquaculture products, it is also home to the world’s largest production of cultured olive flounder.

You do not need to be a WAS student member to submit a logo for this competition, logo submissions will be eligible for this competition from any student currently enrolled in courses or research hours.

The grand prize includes one year free WAS student membership, free student conference registration to World Aquaculture 2015 and a WA15 gift basket. Second and third place winners will receive one year free WAS student membership.

Click HERE for more information.


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Other News


Coordinated Efforts in Aquaculture Needed to Meet Global Demand: FAO Launches Global Aquaculture Partnership

The creation of a global partnership to help ensure that the world’s fish supplies can keep pace with booming demand has received a green light from FAO’s Sub-Committee on Aquaculture. More than 50 countries endorsed the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme, which will bring together governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to find sustainable solutions to meeting the need for fish products. The partnership will be tasked with overcoming obstacles to the expansion of the sector, which include the increasing scarcity of land and water for the development of inland fisheries and the need to step up aquaculture activities in the world’s seas and oceans. The initiative will now go for approval to the Committee on Fisheries when it meets at FAO headquarters in Rome in June 2014.

Click HERE to read more.


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Agreement: Investing in a Sustainable Future

The European Commission has welcomed the European Parliament's vote on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This vote is a crucial step to securing political agreement by the end of the year, which would allow the fund to be in place as of January 2014. The Commission is pleased to note that the European Parliament has rejected public aid to vessel construction and has set clear limits on the amounts of public funding Member States can spend on fleets. For more information, click HERE.


Negotiations Complete on New Agreement on Reciprocal Access to Fishing in the Skagerrak

The European Commission has completed negotiations on a new agreement between the European Union and Norway on reciprocal access to fishing in the waters of the Skagerrak. This agreement, which supersedes the previous arrangement dating back from 1966 between Denmark, Sweden and Norway, will allow those countries to maintain reciprocal access for their vessels in each other's waters within the defined area and ensure continuity of their fishing operations in this area. Further joint work is underway on important selectivity measures in the Skagerrak area. To read more, click HERE.


ItsasFish: New Mobile Guide to Bay of Biscay Fish Species

AZTI-Tecnalia has produced ItsasFish, a new mobile application which provides a manual for the rapid identification of species found in the fishing grounds of the Bay of Biscay and which are fished by the various fleets in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country or Euskadi (the coast of the Basque provinces of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa). The app is currently available for Android devices. More information can be found HERE.


New Species of Labrisomidae Fish Discovered in Brazil

Researchers from Brazil have published data on a new species of fish in the Labrisomidae family on the Brazilian archipelago of Trindade and Martim Vaz in the Atlantic Ocean. It is an endemic species that can only be found in this group of islands due to how far it is from the coast. Read more HERE.


FAO Technical Manual: Construction and Installation of Hexagonal Wooden Cages for Fish Farming

FAO has produced a practical guide that provides a list and technical details of the materials to be used for constructing a hexagonal wooden cage, together with its mooring system, for fish farming within the framework of artisanal aquaculture. The instructions for assembling the different components and the technical guidelines for cage installation at the farming site are illustrated in detail. The manual can be downloaded HERE.


Almost 3% of World's Oceans Now Protected

Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The map shows an increase of 0.6% in the ocean area protected since 2012. In 2010, most of the world governments agreed to protect at least 10% of the world’s marine and coastal zones by 2020.

Read more HERE. View the marine protected areas map HERE.


Call for Submissions: 17th International Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, 7 – 11 July 2014

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 17th International Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET), which will be held in Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, on 7-11 July 2014. The general theme and title of the IIFET 2014 Australia conference is: Towards ecosystem based management of fisheries: what role can economics play? This theme will deal with the multi-functionality and interrelationships between capture fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic ecosystems, and the role that economics can play in assisting effective marine ecosystem management. A full list of topics of interest can be found HERE. IIFET is an independent international association, comprised of some 800 members in over 70 countries around the world, from all of the world’s major fishing regions in Asia and Oceania, North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, and Europe. Information about abstract submission can be found HERE.  Information about proposals for special sessions can be found HERE.



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