July 2013

This is a free e-mail news service provided by Aqua-tnet for the Aqua-tnet network and its partners. Aqua-tnet is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2011-2014.

In the newsletter you will find an update of Aqua-tnet and its activities, as well as information from the European Commission related to European education matters.

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Aqua-tnet Presentation at Aquaculture Europe 2013, 9-12 August 2013, Trondheim, Norway

The work and achievements of Aqua-tnet will be clearly visible at Aquaculture Europe 2013, as there will be two oral presentations scheduled on Aqua-tnet. The presentations will focus on the accomplishments of Aqua-tnet. Work Package (WP) 1 leader Odd Ivar Lekang will present ‘AQUACASE 3.0 – an innovative way to create interaction between academia and the industry’ on Monday morning (12 August) during the Interact special session. WP7 leader Marieke Reuver will present on ‘Aqua-tnet: networking, innovation and aspiration’, at the Communication & Transfer session in the afternoon of the same day.

We would like to invite you to attend the sessions if you will be in Trondheim or to promote them to colleagues who will be attending. AquaTT will also have a dissemination table at AE2013 and you’re very welcome to come and visit!


Aqua-tnet Work Package 5 Core Group Meeting

The Work Package 5 (WP5) group, which consists of three sub-groups, will hold its next meeting in Frankfurt, Germany,  on 16-17 September 2013. High on the meeting agenda is the detailed planning of a hands-on workshop on digital skills, a workshop that will continue and consolidate the very successful 'teaser' workshop held in the Aqua-tnet Annual Event in Faro (2011). Other items will include the planning of a special session on implementing lifelong learning as well as work on WP5 project deliverables from each sub-group: (Lifelong Learning Pathways; Improving/Harmonising curriculum frameworks, qualifications and assessments; and tools and methods). Watch this space for more details about the workshop!


Welcome to New Aqua-tnet Members!

The EC has now formally approved our Amendment Request and we would like to welcome the official new members of the Aqua-tnet network:

  • Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária – Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Turkey
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Consorzio Universitario della Provincia di Trapani, Italy
  • University of Palermo, Italy
  • Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • BioServe GbR, Germany
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Basque Country, Spain


Aqua-tnet Featured in July/August 2013 Edition of Fish Farmer Magazine!

The latest edition of Fish Farmer Magazine includes a one-page feature on Aqua-tnet, and lots more interesting articles!



To search for PhD, MSc and mobility opportunities and courses and to access information on your colleagues in Aqua-tnet3, please visit the Aqua-tnet Education Gate. If you have any further additions or would like to make changes to your institution's information please contact Marieke Reuver at

If you are a graduate and would like to post your request for an internship, or your company is seeking interns, please visit



Agreement Reached on Erasmus+

The Irish EU Presidency has brokered agreement on a new programme of approximately €16 billion to support initiatives in education, training, youth and sport over the next seven years. The programme, called Erasmus+, brings together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training and youth. To learn more click HERE.


Citizen Science for Schools: What Teachers Need

Citizen Science projects, where members of the public play an active role in collecting or analysing scientific data, are on the rise at the moment. Many researchers involved would love more schools to get involved, but schools are busy places. Are Citizen Science projects really giving teachers what they need? Read more HERE.


LLinE Journal: Active Citizenship

Lifelong Learning in Europe (LLinE) is a combination of a scientific journal and a magazine and, unlike any other publication in Europe, is directed at the whole of the adult education field: researchers, advocates, decision makers and educators. LLinE therefore is a bridge builder across the different sectors of the adult education field

The most recent issue of LLinE focuses on active citizenship and can be viewed here:


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.


Reversal of Fish Stock Decline in the Northeast Atlantic

A study published in Current Biology has shown that fishing pressure on northern European fish stocks has reduced continuously since the turn of the century. In 2011, for the first time, the majority of assessed stocks were fished sustainably and declines in pressure were associated with the effort controls of the 2002 reforms. However, challenges remain for the recovery of many cod stocks, especially the need to prevent discarding. The full article is available HERE.


Access to European Commission Scientific Fishery Data

The Joint Research Centre is assembling scientific fishery data collected under the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF), on behalf of DG MARE, and acting as secretariat of the Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF).

Fishery data is collected by EU Member States on the basis of national sampling programmes. Part of this data is uploaded in a database managed by the JRC, in response to data calls issued by DG MARE. The data is analysed by members of the STECF and forms the basis for scientific opinions and recommendations formulated in STECF reports. Once published in STECF reports, the processed data becomes publicly available for further studies and analyses.

The purpose of this website is to allow the exploration through interactive tables and charts of the aggregated data published in STECF reports. The data includes biologic data on landings and discards, transversal data on effort and economic data on the performance of the fishing fleet.
To learn more, click HERE.


EATiP Recognition as European Technology Platform and Annual General Meeting 2013

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.

The Fifth Annual General Meeting of the EATiP will be held in Brussels on 10-11 September 2013. The meeting will include a workshop entitled Action Plans and Research Prioritisation Review, and the general assembly of the EATiP. Registrations are now open. For more information click HERE

More information about EATiP can be found at 


Strategic Changes Result in Better Representation for Fishermen in SOCIOEC

The 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.

Dr 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 (

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


Huge Potential Evident as SEAFARE Nears Completion

The 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 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.

For more information about SEAFARE, please visit


Third Issue of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

The 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: MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.

This 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.


Safe Seafood Project is Raising Expectations

The 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.”

In 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:


MG4U Project Finished

The 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 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.

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.

The nature of the main success story of the MG4U project is unquantifiable. That being the raising awareness of Marine Genomics in general although the consequence of the work carried out by the MG4U partnership can be seen in the many event invitations and presentations given by the consortium.

For more information on the MG4U project and its results please email Cliona Ni Cheallachain at or visit the project website at


AQUAEXCEL Project Announces Free Aquaculture Training Opportunities

Applications 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, 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.

Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish 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 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

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.


FORCE Second General Assembly Meeting

The FP7 project FORCE (Fishing and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) will hold its Second General Assembly Meeting in Hurghada, Egypt, from 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 or contact Suzan Kholeif (Coordinator) or the Project Management Team


Marine Genomics for Users Workshop

The MG4U project held a participatory workshop in Dublin 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 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 or visit the MG4U website  ( to view the workshop reports.



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: or contact Sarah Stolbjerg Larsen, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (E-mail:, Tel: +45 4525 2581)


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.


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

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!

At 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.


How to Complete a PhD Book and Blog

Prof Craig Standing has written a book called How to Complete a PhD, which includes tips and techniques on completing a PhD on time and with a high quality thesis. The book provides a step by step guide with a checklist after every chapter, the key points that examiners look for and advice on how to write an excellent literature review. The book is available to buy from Prof Standing's website,, which also hosts his blog which provides further advice for PhD students.



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