December 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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Happy New Year!

Wishing all Aqua-tnet members a happy, healthy and productive 2014.

Thank you all for your support and partnership in 2013, we look forward to continuing to work together in the coming year.  












Aqua-tnet Steering Committee Meeting

The Aqua-tnet Steering Committee will meet on 13-14 January 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Aqua-tnet Steering Committee has been set up to carry out the overall strategic guidance and manage the implementation of the Aqua-tnet project. The objective of this meeting is to review the overall project and develop a plan of Action for the Implementation of Aqua-tnet in 2014. Work Package leaders will report on progress and issues, a timetable for deliverables will be agreed for the next year, and the possibility of a fourth phase for the project will be discussed.


Timesheets Reminder

All partners should make sure to submit their timesheets for the nine month period April 2013 to December 2013 as soon as possible. Each named individual from your organisation must have a separate timesheet. Please refer to the time inputs allocated in the proposal for further guidance as well as the category indicated for each individual. If you have any queries please see guidance HERE.

Activities you may have performed include but are not restricted to:

  •         Reading the proposal and other documents
  •         Reading emails from Aqua-tnet administrator
  •         Responding to emails from workpackage coordinator
  •         Attending workpackage meetings
  •         Attending virtual meetings
  •         Undertaking workpackage activities
  •         Writing articles relating to Aqua-tnet
  •         Talking to colleagues about Aqua-tnet
  •         Talking about Aqua-tnet to people at conferences or other meetings
Please return your completed timesheets to Cori ( as soon as possible.



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Erasmus+ Programme Guide Published

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is now available online. Organisations wishing to apply for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, can now start to prepare their grant applications. Organisations are invited to submit applications online from the end of January 2014 to the National Agency in the relevant country or to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels.

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide, along more information about the programme, can be found HERE.


EAEA Leaflet: Why is Adult Education Important?

This leaflet produced by EAEA explains to European decision makers why investing in adult education makes good sense for individuals, communities and economies as a whole. It can also be useful in local and national policy advocacy. Download the leaflet HERE


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.


VET-Alert - December 2013 Issue

Cedefop's VET-Alert for December 2013 is now available for download HERE. VET-Alert is a monthly selection of publications on vocational education and training available from Cedefop’s bibliographic database VET-Bib.


Global Mobile Learning Implementations and Trends

This new book presents information on implementation of mobile learning around the world and trends in mobile learning. It is a valuable resource for educators and trainers who want to find out about mobile learning around the world and who would like to conduct research on mobile learning. The book can be downloaded for free HERE.


Policy Debate: Benefits of Lifelong Learning: 27 January 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) will hold a Policy Debate of the results of the BELL-project on 27 January 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Based on facts, figures, policies and best practice examples this policy debate will discuss: What do we learn from the results of the BELL-project? How do these relate to the findings of PIAAC (OECD Survey of Adult Skills)? And how can Adult Education react to these findings? For more information, click HERE.


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.


3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014

The ISEKI_Food network, through the ISEKI_FOOD 4 project supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus programme is organising the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference to be held in Athens, Greece, on 21-23 May 2014.

The general aims of the ISEKI_Food conference series are to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.

This conference will be focused on Food Science and Technology for a Bioeconomy 2020. Among a wide number of conference topics, the re-thinking of education in terms of strategies and methods for higher education and continual professional development, the most recent research innovations and emergent requirements, and developments and needs for an industry sustainable food supply will be on top of the agenda. Several pre-conference events are also included and organised: The final session of the pilot "Summer School" for teachers in Food Science & Technology, and two workshops on European PhD research and involvement and role of industry.

More information is available HERE


SEAFARE London Seminar Brings Together Scientists and Oyster Industry Representatives

The SEAFARE (Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Aquaculture for the Atlantic Region of Europe) project held a one-day seminar in London (UK) on the 3rd 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.

In 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.”

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:

Final Issues of SEAFARE Project News Now Available

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:


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

Three 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).

The 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

The 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

The 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:



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

Aquaculture Europe 2014 (AE2014) is now accepting 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


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

The third workshop of the European Percid Fish Culture (EPFC) thematic group within the European Aquaculture Society (EAS), entitled “Percid fish culture in Southern European countries” will be held on 14 October 2014 in Donostia–San Sebastián, Spain, from 14.00 to 18.00 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


UNESCO Publications Now Freely Available through a New Open Access Repository

UNESCO has launched its Open Access Repository (OAR) making more than 300 on-line books, reports, and articles freely available. The OAR will operate under a new open licensing system developed by the Creative Commons organisation specifically for intergovernmental agencies. Read more HERE.


Fish and Shellfish Apprenticeships Soar Thanks to Seafish and ESTC Partnership

The Seafood Training Academy's collaboration with the ESTC Group has proved to be a success with over sixty apprentices signing up within the first three months. Seafish and ESTC are working together to pilot Fish and Shellfish apprenticeship programmes at two levels. Level 2 (intermediate) and Level 3 (advanced) are both suitable for processers, fishmongers and food service businesses, covering around 80,000 employees in the UK.
Read more HERE.

BACK TO TOP - 10 Myths about Marine Aquaculture

Not all aquaculture is created equal, but aquaculture in the United States operates within one of the most comprehensive regulatory environments in the world. Projects that are sited in US waters must meet a suite of federal, state, and local regulations that ensure environmental protection, water quality, food safety, and protection of public health. HERE has compiled a list of the 10 biggest myths about US marine aquaculture.


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

The fifth issue of the HEALTHY FUTURES (Health, environmental change and adaptive capacity) project newsletter is now available and can be downloaded HERE or 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.

This 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)



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