AquaTT Training News - December 2013

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Horizon 2020 Partnership and Opportunities

AquaTT LogoWith Horizon 2020 having officially launched, there are new opportunities for collaboration in pursuit of scientific research that will lead to lasting benefit for Europe’s citizens. AquaTT is committed to its aim of partnering in projects in order to show demonstrable value creation from research, resulting in significant contributions towards solving many of the societal challenges facing Europe.

AquaTT has provided communications, dissemination, knowledge transfer, knowledge management, and project management solutions in many FP7 projects. It is currently a partner in 19 EC-funded projects across the FP7, Interreg and Lifelong Learning funding programmes. Its experienced team includes 15 staff members, with specialists in scientific research, project management, communications, training, and business development.

If you are looking for a knowledge management partner or would like to discuss other Horizon 2020 opportunities, please contact Emma Bello Gomez 00353 16449008



SEAFARE London Seminar Brings Together Scientists and Oyster Industry Representatives

Seafare smallThe SEAFARE (Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Aquaculture for the Atlantic Region of Europe) project held a one-day seminar in London (UK) on 3 December 2013 as part of its dissemination activities to present the main outcomes of the project. The seminar, entitled “Supporting Sustainable Oyster Aquaculture for the Atlantic Region of Europe”, focused on the migration of the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in the Atlantic Area of Europe and attracted more than 30 stakeholders from the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Portugal and Germany.

SEAFARE Dec Press Release PhotoIn the morning session, the project partners explained their main findings relating to the new developments in genetic and hatchery technologies of the flat oyster (Ostrea edulis), the genetic dispersion, habitat specialisation and hybridisation of the Pacific oyster, the environmental effects of the Pacific oyster on native benthic communities, and a model to calculate the larval dispersal of Pacific oysters from Milford Haven, Wales.

Jon King, SEAFARE project coordinator, stated: “Currently many Pacific oyster farmers are finding it impossible to renew or obtain new orders within a realistic time frame, particularly when the farms are situated in Natura 2000 sites, due to the ongoing debate about possible effects the Pacific oyster may have on the environment and native oyster populations. The growth of the native oyster industry is hampered by mortality due to diseases such as Bonamia, and requires high quality, hatchery-produced disease-resistant stock. The SEAFARE project has studied the established wild populations of Pacific oysters, looking at their genetics, changes in associated ecological communities in areas where they are established, and a larval dispersal case study. The flat oyster studies have supported improved hatchery production of the European oyster. SEAFARE can offer baseline information to policy makers and environmental managers involved in regulation of the industry.”

The afternoon session included an open discussion in which the attendees had the opportunity to express their opinions about the problems the oyster industry is facing in the UK. Mandy Pyke from Seafish said: “Oyster farms are producing food for human consumption. However, legislation is quite restrictive in the UK for oyster farms. The industry needs more scientific advice in order to talk to environmental managers. The data presented at this seminar is very useful for us. The industry would like to be involved in research and we would be happy to strength our collaboration with scientific institutions.”

Final Issues of SEAFARE Project News

The SEAFARE project has come to an end after three years of very productive research. You can read about the project’s achievements and highlights in the final two issues of SEAFARE project news, which are available to download from the project’s website:

SEAFARE Newsletter Dec 2013SEAFARE Newsletter Issue 5

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:


Implementing MSY: What Can the EU Learn from its Neighbours?

MYFISH SmallThree case studies investigating various aspects of sound governance with regards to sustainable fisheries management from which the EU can potentially learn have recently been published by the Myfish project.

The Myfish project aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters. As part of the project, a review of existing and proposed MSY variants, constraints and management measures outside EU borders was carried out by Myfish project partners from AquaMarine Advisers (Sweden) and Innovative Fisheries Management (Aalborg University, Denmark).

MYFISH CasestudiesThe case studies focused on three fisheries: The Fisheries Governance System for the Australian Northern Prawn Fishery under the Australian Fisheries Management Authority: Objective Setting and Implementation; The Faroe Islands’ Fisheries Governance System: Objective Setting and Implementation; and The Fisheries Governance System for Alaska Pollock under the North Pacific Management Council: Objective Setting and Implementation. The case study summaries are available to download from the Myfish website:

Maria Hadjimichael from Innovative Fisheries Management said: “We deemed it important to understand the governance of these fisheries and the trade-offs that were made in their management, particularly regarding the different constraints relevant to the Myfish project (ecosystem, economic and social). We identified decision-making structures which allow for wider stakeholder participation and policies that oblige that scientific advice is followed. We also identified measures which threaten the social fabric over individual economic performance. Such issues need to be fed back to the EU and should be kept in mind in fisheries management decisions.”

Chris Hopkins from AquaMarine Advisers said: “We wanted to discover best practices and lessons learned with respect to MSY variants, objective-setting and implementation processes, including strengths and weaknesses concerning the overall governance system. We believe that these case studies provide us with very worthwhile insights concerning governance which can be fed back to Myfish and its stakeholders.”

The partners first produced a desk-top study on each fishery’s management and overall governance from the available literature, and then interviewed involved stakeholders, including the fishing industry, NGOs, fishery managers and scientists.

MSY is the maximum yield that can be derived from a renewable resource over a prolonged period of time. The goal is to achieve MSY in the EU by 2015. However, there is currently a lack of common agreement on the interpretation of the "sustainability" and "yield" components of the MSY concept and on the effects that achieving MSY for one stock may have on other stocks and the broader ecosystem, economic system and social system. The Myfish project will address these ambiguities by evaluating different MSY objectives, conditional on different kinds of constraints (ecosystem, economic, social) and with different kinds of management measures to achieve the objectives.

More information about the Myfish project can be found, along with the detailed accessible summaries of the case studies, on the Myfish website ( Interested persons may request copies of the full reports from the lead author(s), subject to agreeing that the full report will not be posted publicly thereafter without the permission of the authors.

You can also keep up to date with the progress of Myfish by registering to receive regular updates on the "Influence  Myfish!" page on the project website.

If you would like to arrange an interview with the Myfish project team, please contact the Project Coordinator, Anna Rindorf (email:


MarineTT Acknowledged by the European Commission as a Success Story: Active Knowledge Transfer to Boost Marine Research Impact

MarineTT logoThe European Commission has recently acknowledged the MarineTT project as a success story. You can read the full article HERE. MarineTT was an FP7 Coordination and Support Action (2010-2012), coordinated by AquaTT, which aimed to develop new tools to unlock the full potential of EU-funded marine research and ensure that new knowledge generated has the desired impact. You can learn more about MarineTT at


AQUAEXCEL Annual Meeting 2013

Aquaexcel logoThe AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Vodňany, Czech Republic, from 3-6 March. AQUAEXCEL is an EU FP7 project that aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. The project, which began in March 2011, is now entering its final year and is due to finish in February 2015. The meeting will include workshop sessions on the project’s networking and Transnational Access (TNA) Activities and Research Activities. For more information about AQUAEXCEL, visit or contact Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT (email:


Anticipating Risks of Disease Outbreaks in East Africa - Fifth Issue of HEALTHY FUTURES Newsletter Now Available

Healthy FuturesThe fifth issue of the HEALTHY FUTURES (Health, environmental change and adaptive capacity) project newsletter is now available and can be downloaded from the project’s website: HEALTHY FUTURES is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project which aims to address the risk of outbreaks and transmission of three water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa.

HEALTHY FUTURES Newsletter 5This issue of HEALTHY FUTURES Project News includes: reports on climate impacts on present day malaria transmission in Uganda and socioeconomic vulnerability to dengue fever; an overview of the identification and engagement of key stakeholders in relation to HEALTHY FUTURES; an account of the one-day stakeholder meeting on malaria and climate change held in Kampala in October 2013; descriptions of presentations made on preliminary outcomes arising from HEALTHY FUTURES at the GSDI and AfricaGIS conferences, held in Ethiopia in November; details of research stays and secondments undertaken by HEALTHY FUTURES researchers at the University of Rwanda and the Harvard School of Public Health; and information about upcoming events relating to the HEALTHY FUTURES project.

For more information, and to keep up to date with project activities, please visit the HEALTHY FUTURES project website,, or contact David Taylor (Coordinator) or Paul Lowen (Project Officer)


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

pisces-logo-blue Sept 2007If 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

Marine Biological Association of the UK Student Bursaries 2014 Announced

The Marine Biological Association awards a number of bursaries each year to support Student Members of the Association attending conferences and meetings. Typically, nine bursaries are available each year up to a maximum of £150 per bursary.

Application Round 1

Submission period 1 January – 15 March, outcome notified 1 April 2014

  • TWO £150 bursaries for attendance on the for 11th MBA Postgraduate Conference:
  • ONE £100 bursary also available in this round, intended for general, marine biology related events.

Application Round 2

Submission period 15 March – 15 June, outcome notified 1 July 2014

  • THREE £100 bursaries available, intended for general, marine biology related events.

Application Round 3

Submission period 15 June 2014 – 15 October, outcome notified 1 November 2014

  • THREE £100 bursaries for general, marine related events taking place before 31st March 2015.

Click HERE for more information.


Online Open Event for Sustainable Aquaculture Courses: 5 February 2014

Broaden your aquaculture industry knowledge. The University of St Andrews and present an informative and informal online presentation on sustainable aquaculture and e-learning. Featuring presentations from the course director Dr Neil Hazon and an aquaculture industry professional, with a Q&A session to follow. For your complimentary place sign up HERE.


Call for Abstracts: 11th Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference

The 11th Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference is open to all postgraduate students from any marine discipline and abstract submissions for oral presentations and research posters are encouraged. This year’s conference will be held from 6-10 May 2014 at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of Hull Scarborough Campus, UK. The conference is an opportunity for postgraduates to present and discuss their research as well as building useful collaborations with researchers from other academic institutions, all in a friendly and professional environment. To submit an abstract for an oral presentation or research poster, please download and complete the abstract submission form and return it to by Friday 7 March. The conference fee is £80.00, and includes keynote speakers, refreshments, evening meals with social events and an optional field visit on the final day. Please visit the event website at or contact


International Summer School 2014, Czech Republic, 30 June – 25 July 2014

This Summer School, organised by the University of South Bohemia and Czech Republic Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, is a four-week course during which students carry out small research projects, working in well-equipped laboratories under the guidance of experienced researchers. The work in laboratories will be supplemented by excursions to fish farms and visits to other interesting places. The programme will also include lectures by leading Czech and foreign researchers. The closing date for registration is 28 March 2014. For more information, click HERE.


Other News



Common Fisheries Policy Reform Officially Adopted

The European Parliament voted in support of a new, reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) for the EU on 10 December 2013. The vote means that the CFP reform has been officially adopted and is now being applied throughout European Union waters as of 1 January 2014. The new CFP seeks to support coastal communities across Europe by creating the conditions for an economically viable and sustainable EU fishing fleet. It also seeks to ensure sustainable resource management whilst maximising catches for fishermen. In order to support this dual ambition, the wasteful practice of discarding will be stopped gradually with clear obligations and deadlines put in place to allow fishermen to adapt. The promotion of sustainable aquaculture also forms part of the new policy. Click HERE to learn more about the CFP.


Commission Launches Pilot to Open Up Publicly Funded Research Data

Valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. This will lead to better and more efficient science and improved transparency for citizens and society. It will also contribute to economic growth through open innovation. Read more about this pilot HERE.


Baltic Member States Prepare Themselves for the New CFP and Strengthen Their Cooperation

The Member States around the Baltic Sea basin have signed a Memorandum of Understanding underlining their joint commitment to making the best use of the possibilities presented by the new CFP's promotion of regionalisation. The MoU also continues the long tradition of cooperation in fisheries amongst the Baltic Member States have a long tradition of cooperation in fisheries and helps to ensure that the CFP's objectives can be delivered in a way that is best adapted to the specific ambitions and challenges of Baltic fishermen and Baltic fisheries. Read more HERE.


Major Reductions in Seafloor Marine Life from Climate Change by 2100

A new study quantifies for the first time future losses in deep-sea marine life, using advanced climate models. Results show that even the most remote deep-sea ecosystems are not safe from the impacts of climate change. Read more about this study HERE.


Call for Abstracts: Aquaculture Europe 2014, 14-17 October 2014, Donostia–San Sebastián, Spain

Aquaculture Europe 2014 (AE2014) encourages the submission of high quality oral and poster presentations. Authors are strongly encouraged to consider poster presentations because poster sessions will be an integral part of the programme. Papers submitted for "oral presentation preferred" may not be accepted as oral presentations due to the limited number of available time slots. All abstracts must be in English - the official language of the conference. All presenters are required to pay their own registration, accommodation and travel expenses. Aquaculture Europe cannot subsidise registration fees, travel or hotel costs. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 May 2014. Further information about AE2014 and abstract submission guidelines are available HERE.


The Fate of the Eels

The European eel is one of the world’s many critically endangered species. Comprehensive protection is difficult because many details of the eel’s complex life cycle remain unknown. In a multidisciplinary study, biologists and oceanographers at GEOMAR recently demonstrated the crucial influence of ocean currents on eel recruitment. They did so by using, among others, a state-of-the-art ocean model developed in Kiel, in combination with genetic studies. The study appears in the international journal Current Biology. Learn more HERE.


Social Impacts and Value of Marine Activities Reviewed in New Report

The UK’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has released a report, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, on the social impacts of selected marine activities in relation to marine planning and other MMO functions. The report, entitled “Social impacts of fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, tourism and marine protected areas in marine plan areas in England”, was published in December 2013 and will be used to support the MMO’s objective to “create a new marine planning system designed to integrate the social requirements, economic potential and environmental imperatives of our seas.” You can download the report HERE.


EPFC Workshop 2014, 14 October 2014, Donostia–San Sebastián, Spain

The third workshop of the European Percid Fish Culture (EPFC) thematic group within EAS, entitled “Percid fish culture in Southern European countries” will be held on 14 October 2014 in Donostia–San Sebastián, Spain, in close proximity to the Aquaculture Europe 2014 conference venue. The workshop will address current topics from the domain of percid fish production under conditions south of 45° northern latitude. This year's AE conference theme is "Adding Value" which shall also be one of the EPFC workshop foci. More details will be announced in spring 2014. For further information please refer to the EAS website and the EPFC group on LinkedIn.


EUROFLEETS2 “Regional 2” Call 2013

Applications are now being invited for funding for ship-time under the EUROFLEETS2 project’s "Regional 2" Call to carry out ship-based research activities within any field of marine science. This call makes available a total of 13 research vessels operating on the regions: Polar/Subpolar, North Atlantic, North Sea, English Channel, Celtic Sea, Baltic Sea and Bay of Biscay. Small research projects involving one or two berths in EUROFLEETS2 cruises are encouraged to apply. Those applicants should contact the EUROFLEETS2 Evaluation Office in advance for further information. For more information please click HERE. The deadline for applicants to submit proposals is 27 March 2014, 16:00 HOURS Central European Time (CET).



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