AquaTT Training News - May 2013

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31 May 2013

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SOCIOEC Project Hosts Special Session at the European Association of Fisheries Economists Conference
SocioEC.smallThe SOCIOEC project, an FP7 funded project dealing with Socio Economic effects of management measures of the future CFP, organised a special session at the 21st European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) conference, held in Edinburgh from 15-17 April 2013. Six speakers presented the current status of the SOCIOEC project and its main results, methodologies and objectives.  The session was entitled, SOCIOEC: Socio-economic Assessment of Management Measures on the New Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) - First Results and Upcoming Research.

Leyre Goti, SOCIOEC project officer, said: “This is the only EAFE conference that will take place during the lifetime of the project, as EAFE holds conferences and workshops in alternate years. The conference is more open to a broad range of stakeholders than the workshops, and we have had the chance to involve not only scientists and industry and management representatives, but also EC representatives, NGOs and consultancy firms.”

SOCIOEC Press Release EAFE Conference PhotographEAFE is an independent association of economists working in fisheries, including catching, aquaculture and on-shore sectors in Europe. The objectives of EAFE are to promote cooperation in economic research in fisheries and aquaculture; to assist in the dissemination of information about fisheries economics among members, to undertake any activity deemed appropriate to further the understanding of fisheries economics and to serve as a channel of communication with other interested bodies.

Ralf Döring, the SOCIOEC project coordinator and chairman of the session, was very happy with the outcome: “The session went smoothly with good presentations and the opportunity to have a very fruitful discussion with the audience.”

SOCIOEC is an interdisciplinary project bringing fisheries economists, social scientists and biologists together with industrial partners and other key stakeholders. It will develop potential new future measures to be introduced in order to achieve a more profitable and efficient fishing sector that provides sustainable employment, supports society’s aims, and contributes to societal well being.

For more information on the SOCIOEC project, visit


FORCE Project Representatives Attend AQUAMED Events

Force final logoRepresentatives from the FORCE project, an FP7 funded Capacities project on Fisheries and Aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt, met with partners of the FP7 project AQUAMED on 19 May 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, with the aim of strengthening links between the two projects and investigating the scope for further collaboration in possible future initiatives.

At the meeting FORCE was highlighted by the AQUAMED group as being an important case-study in the Mediterranean region with regard to improving transparency in aquaculture legislation for a specific country, Egypt, and strengthening networks of a non-EU country with Mediterranean and European researchers in the aquaculture sector.

FORCE group IstanbulA second meeting of the AQUAMED Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Mediterranean Aquaculture (Southern Europe and North Africa) took place on 20-21 May at the same venue and representatives from FORCE were also in attendance. The platform is being created to ensure that future research and innovation needs necessary for a sustainable Mediterranean aquaculture industry are identified and prioritised by a multi-stakeholder group.

The first FORCE newsletter, which provides an overview of activities carried out in the first year of the project, can be downloaded HERE.

If you have any questions about the FORCE project or its newsletter, please contact the project coordinator, Prof. Suzan Kholief (email: or the Project Management Team (email:

If you wish to learn more about the FORCE project visit:


HEALTHY FUTURES Partners Meet in Trieste to Discuss Project Progress

Healthy FuturesPartners from the EU-funded project HEALTHY FUTURES met in Trieste, Italy, for a partner meeting on 29-30 April 2013. Discussions during the meeting centred on the progress of the work carried out to date as well as its future plans. The project, which began in January 2011, is now past its halfway point and has reached a critical juncture, with important decisions made during the meeting.

David Taylors group photo ICTPThe project aims to construct a disease risk mapping system for three water-related, high-impact vector-borne diseases (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in Africa, taking into account environmental/climatic trends and changes in socio-economic conditions to predict future risk. The project is now made up of 16 partners with the recent addition of the National University of Singapore.

For more information on the project please visit the project website or contact David Taylor (Coordinator) or Paul Lowen


Keep Up with Marine Microorganisms: Second Issue of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe second newsletter of the MaCuMBA project is now available to download HERE or from the project’s website: MaCuMBA is a four-year EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-funded project which aims to study unidentified marine microorganisms.

MaCuMBA Newsletter Issue 2This issue of MaCuMBA Project News features an interview about Work Package 2 (WP2), Innovative approaches for isolating and culturing the uncultured, with its coordinator, Prof Gerard Muyzer of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. The first in the Petri Dish Profiles series of reports on other European projects related to the study of marine microorganisms introduces Micro B3 (Microbial Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology), an FP7-funded project that aims to provide researchers with new analytical approaches to marine ecological genomics. The Under the Microscope section provides an in-brief look at some stories relating to marine microorganisms which have been making the news, and in Culture Club we meet some of the scientists from all over Europe working together to achieve the MaCuMBA project’s aims.

For more information and press queries, contact Marieke Reuver, AquaTT Programme Manager, email:


STAGES Video Launched

STAGES FINAL COL LOGOThe STAGES (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) project has released a five minute video which provides an introduction to key concepts and policies relating to the project.

STAGES VideoThe STAGES video outlines central concepts for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), such as the establishment of Good Environmental Status (GES) and the ecological approach. The MSFD was devised to ensure European maritime waters are healthy and productive by 2020 and beyond. The 11 Descriptors which can be used to assess the quality of the environmental status of European marine waters are also presented and some of the pressures and impacts which can affect this quality are defined.

The video also outlines the objectives of the STAGES project:

  • to collect and analyse information from research projects which could help in the implementation of the MSFD
  • to develop a platform to ensure that the knowledge generated through European science and technology can be channelled to inform policy-making
The STAGES video is available HERE and on the STAGES website:


ISEKI_Food 4 Project 2nd Overall Meeting

ISEKI FOOD 4 logoThe 2nd Overall Meeting of the ISEKI_Food 4 project was held in Kaunas, Lithuania, from 15-17 May 2013. The meeting was organised in collaboration with Rimantas Venskutonis and his team of the Department of Food Technology of the Kaunas University of Technology. It was an important event for the project, providing an update for more than 90 participants on the current and upcoming activities of the various work packages and providing a series of very interesting team working experiences, including a workshop on Knowledge and Technology Transfer in the Food Area with invited experts. Marieke Reuver of AquaTT attended the meeting and made presentations on the Aqua-tnet and ECsafeSeafood projects.

ISEKI_Food 4 is an academic network which aims to innovate the education and training of Food Science and Technology (FS&T) students; to implement soft and personal skills to produce the FS&T professionals of the future; to implement the role of the third level of education (PhD, in particular) in promoting the employability and entrepreneurship of the graduated FS&T and Food professional; and to create a framework offering lecturing qualifications for university teaching staff. The network is approved for three years and it includes a total of 89 partners: 86 partners from 27 European eligible countries and three partners from non-European countries.

More information about the ISEKI_Food 4 project can be found on its website:


Successful AQUAMED 2nd Open Multi-Stakeholder Meeting for Mediterranean Aquaculture in Istanbul, Turkey

Aquamed logoMore than 50 stakeholders from industry, government, NGO and research sectors from 13 Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey), along with 20 members and observers from the AQUAMED project, met in Istanbul on 20-21 May 2013 for the 2nd Open Multi-Stakeholder Meeting for Mediterranean Aquaculture.

IMG 1704The meeting was designed as a facilitated and interactive event. The stakeholders were asked to contribute to designing the Plan of Action for Mediterranean aquaculture, based on the constraints for the sector identified within the project, and to identify possible resources to sustain the operation of the platform after the end of the project. The platform was proposed as a subsidiary body of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM-FAO) during its 37th session. It was also suggested that the platform could be used as an advisory body for other organisations involved in Mediterranean aquaculture.

Based on three years of research, the AQUAMED project has identified the main research centres, stakeholders and research projects relevant to the improvement of Mediterranean aquaculture. It has also studied the predicted aquaculture trends by the year 2030 and the main constraints that are affecting the sector, in order to build a Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSHP) that will help to overcome the constraints identified. The MSHP will contribute to the development of a common transnational Mediterranean Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), which represents the shared objectives and synergies between the different countries participating.

IMG 1840The first half-day of the workshop was dedicated to presenting the project, the terms of reference of the MSHP and the main results of the 1st MSHP meeting, as well as the main constraints identified based on the consultation process with more than 100 stakeholders. The related goals and sub-goals that are necessary to overcome the constraints were also highlighted.

The second day was focused on building the Plan of Action for Mediterranean Aquaculture based on the main eight constraints identified and their associated goals and sub-goals. The participants were divided into groups and invited to come up with specific activities that will help to achieve each sub-goal identified, providing an estimation of the cost and timeline of the activity together with the expected impact and possible sources of funding. By the end of the morning more than 50 activities were agreed upon by the stakeholders. A prioritisation exercise where the stakeholders had to choose three priority activities was then carried out. The results of this exercise will be available in the meeting report.

IMG 1877The day finished with the identification by the stakeholders of ways to guarantee the sustainability of the platform. They worked together to generate ideas and make proposals for the sustainability of the MSHP and for how the platform could help to increase the political commitment for aquaculture at Regional/National level and promote professional associations in the aquaculture chain.

At the end of these one-and-a-half full days of activities, all participants were tired but happy; satisfied at having had the opportunity to contribute to the results of such a complex and demanding exercise.

The Meeting report is currently being written up and will be available on the project website in June 2013.

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Student Corner

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 and a selection of new publications in aquatic science. 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.


Update from EAS Student Group: European Aquaculture Conference 2013, Trondheim, Norway

EAS logo smallThe EAS Student Group will offer three travel grants, one worth €500 and two worth €200, to support expenses for attending EAS 2013. This year, the winner of the travel grant for €500 will also give an oral presentation during the EAS-SG workshop at the conference, which is dedicated to aquaculture students. The suggested topic for this presentation is Aquaculture in My Country - Opportunities and Future Perspectives. Please note that the oral presentation should be broad enough to fit the interest of the target audience of aquaculture students. The closing date for applications is 15 June 2013. Criteria for application and other further details can be found HERE.

The organising committee of the conference is also in search of students who want to help during the conference. Students who want to help are paid with €7.5 per hour. Activities include bag stuffing on 8 August 2013, assisting in the conference rooms, taking pictures etc. If you are planning to go to the conference and want to help, please register at the lowest registration fee, which is €175, and send an email to for more information.

The Ibrahim Okumus Award honours the life of Professor Ibrahim Okumus (1960-2008) of the Faculty of Fisheries in Rize University, Turkey, and is awarded by the EAS Student Group. Ibrahim was one of the scientific pioneers of Turkish aquaculture and worked tirelessly to promote its sustainable development. In recognition of his achievements, the EAS Student Group will awards the BEST STUDENT POSTER CONTRIBUTION at AE2013 in Trondheim with a certificate and prize money of €300. This year's award will be kindly provided by EGEMAR Co HATCHERIES, Turkey (


4th YOUMARES Conference: Abstract Deadline Extension and Raffle

The deadline for abstract submission for the 4th YOUMARES conference, to be held on 11-13 September 2013 in Oldenburg, Germany, has been extended until 30 June 2013. YOUMARES is an international conference for young marine researchers and engineers organised by the study group of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM). This event addresses all young marine scientists and engineers from all disciplines of fundamental and applied research, industry and other relevant fields coming from Germany and the rest of the world.

YOUMARES participants can also win one of four seats on board the ALDEBARAN and help with our joint research project on marine plastic pollution in coastal waters. You must be available from 8-10 September (Hamburg - Oldenburg cruise) or 14-16 September (Oldenburg - Hamburg cruise). To enter the raffle you need to register for YOUMARES 4 and send a short (max 300 words) letter of motivation (Why do you want to join the cruise?). The closing date for entries is 15 July 2013. Please send your application to and indicate your preferred tour in case you have limited time.

For more information about YOUMARES and to submit an abstract visit:


Other News


EU, US and Canada Launch Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance

The European Union, the United States and Canada have agreed to join forces on Atlantic Ocean research. The agreement focuses on aligning the ocean observation efforts of the three partners. The goals are to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources. The work will also study the interplay of the Atlantic Ocean with the Arctic Ocean, particularly with regards to climate change. The EU and its Member States alone invest nearly €2 billion in marine and maritime research each year. The 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' was signed at a high level conference at the Irish Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland, on 24 May 2013. Read more HERE.


FFPW USB to Open New Experimental Facilities

The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice (FFPW USB), Czech Republic, has organised a workshop entitled, Diversification in Inland Finfish Aquaculture II, which will be held in Vodnany, Czech Republic, from 24-26 September 2013 to mark the opening of the Faculty's newly reconstructed premises. Two of these facilities (hatchery and recirculation units with ponds) are part of the infrastructures which have been offered for Transnational Access as part of the AQUAEXCEL project. More detailed information about the workshop and the celebratory opening can be found on the FFPW USB website.


A European Maritime Day on Sustainable Maritime Tourism and Connectivity

The 6th European Maritime Day Conference was held in Valletta, Malta, on 21-22 May 2013. It attracted the attention of the European and Mediterranean Maritime communities with 847 participants attending the 27 sessions of the Conference. The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, were at the heart of the discussions. There were high-level political debates as well as practical exchanges between maritime stakeholders. European Maritime Day 2013 was organised by the European Commission (DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) in partnership with the Maltese Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, and the Maltese Ministry for Tourism. European Maritime Day 2013 was also celebrated across EU with 14 events in different member states. Learn more about European Maritime Day HERE.


Only Mackerel Caught by the Best Method Given Revised ‘Fish to Eat’ Rating by the Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has refined its ratings for mackerel to help consumers better differentiate between the various fisheries involved in catching this once sustainable seafood favourite. With the Faroe Islands and Iceland still continuing to set mackerel quotas outside of international agreements and scientific advice, MCS has separated out these fisheries to encourage consumers to source the most sustainable mackerel caught by the EU and Norway. Read more HERE.


European Commission Unveils Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic

On 13 May 2013 the European Commission adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The Action Plan follows from the Atlantic Strategy the Commission adopted in 2011. It aims to show how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020. At the same time, the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean must be preserved. Learn more about this Action Plan HERE.


ZSL London Zoo Launches Worldwide Appeal to Find and Save Critically Endangered Fish

Aquarists at ZSL London Zoo are launching an urgent worldwide appeal to find a female mate for the last remaining males of a critically endangered fish species. The Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis Insolitus) is believed to be extinct in the wild, due to the introduction of dams drying up its habitat of the Mangarahara River in Madagascar, and two of the last known individuals are residing in ZSL London Zoo’s Aquarium. Learn more about the appeal HERE.


Commission Calls for Cooperation to Boost Sustainable Aquaculture in Europe

To boost the development of EU aquaculture, the European Commission has issued strategic guidelines, thereby cooperating with Member States and stakeholders in overcoming the challenges facing the sector. The EU aquaculture sector has a significant growth potential and can help to spare overexploited sea resources. The Guidelines presented on 29 April 2013 will help coordinate efforts across all Member States. They do not create new legal obligations, but present a series of voluntary steps that Member States, the Commission, and stakeholders can take to promote an industry that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and provides consumers with healthy, high-quality seafood. Read more HERE. The new strategic guidelines are available HERE.


Greenfish One Day Aquaponics Courses in Kilkenny and Dublin, Ireland

Over the coming months Greenfish will be running Aquaponics introduction course days in Thomastown, Kilkenny, and Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. The courses will cover the basic elements of aquaponics needed to get going and try your own system. Whether you’ve been reading online or have even tried your first system, there is always something new to take home. The course will be run by the Greenfish team and an aquaculturalist from Goatsbridge Trout Farm. The courses will be held on Sunday 23 June 2013 at Goatsbridge Trout farm, Thomastown, Kilkenny, and Saturday 29 June in Rathmines, Dublin. The courses cost €100 per person and there are ten places available to each course. The closing date for bookings is 21 June 2013. For more information visit

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