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Fisheries Innovation Platform - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Fisheries Innovation Platform - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A new platform connecting researchers and policy makers The platform is a source of information on innovation in OECD countries, identifying policies, research centres, projects and plans. You can use it to connect with potential research partners across the OECD or simply to learn more about what is happening in fisheries innovation. It also provides indicators that characterise innovation systems: qualitative indicators, which focus on policy and institutional settings, and quantitative indicators related to the performance and impact of policies that are quantitatively measurable.
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Some nice interactive tools and access to information on aquaculture and fisheries development
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IUCN - First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

IUCN - First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction.
The Red List report, financed by the European Commission, is the first ever complete assessment of marine fishes native to Europe, assessing all of the 1,220 species present in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea, and the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, including many highly exploited species that support large commercial, recreational, and artisanal fisheries. The highest number of threatened species can be found in the Mediterranean Sea, the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the Macaronesian islands.
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There should be a wealth of case study and discussion material here for students of fisheries management. 

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Symposium on Fish Introduction and Reservoir Management

Symposium on Fish Introduction and Reservoir Management | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Symposium announcement: Fish Introduction and Reservoir Management, 20-22 May 2015, Eğirdir-Isparta, Turkey.

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EUROPEAN UNION: Call for Applications - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

EUROPEAN UNION: Call for Applications - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The European Commission is to renew the membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). The Committee will be composed of scientific experts competent in the area of fisheries and aquaculture management.

 

It will aim to advise the Commission on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations. Interested candidates are invited to send an application to the Commission by 15 December 2014.

 

The call for application is addressed to highly qualified experts in fisheries management in the area of assessment of stock status, fisheries knowledge, fishing fleets dynamics, fish population dynamics, fisheries dynamics, technical measures, scientific data collection, management measures for Marine Protected Areas, management plans, fishery economics, socioeconomics, control and enforcement and aquaculture.

 

A minimum 30 and maximum of 35 members will be appointed. Members of the STECF are required to contribute to the overall work programme of the STECF and to participate in plenary meetings and relevant Expert Working Groups as appropriate.

 

The Commission shall appoint members in a personal capacity for a three-year, renewable mandate. Members shall commit to act independently and in the public interest.

 

Call for application: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/stecf/call_for_applications/2014/practical-information/index_en.htm

 

STECF website: https://stecf.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

 

Legislation

 

OJ L225, 31.08.2005, p. 18: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1410446474542&uri=CELEX:32005D0629

 

 

OJ L37, 10.02.2010, p. 52:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32010D0074

 

Call for application poster: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/stecf/call_for_applications/2014/call-for-applications-poster.pdf

 

 

 

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Teaching People Not Just to Fish, But to Build Businesses Too is Key

Teaching People Not Just to Fish, But to Build Businesses Too is Key | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
BANGLADESH - As USAID’s annual letter this year notes, in development it is no longer enough to teach a farmer to grow a new crop—or in this case, to fish. Our work isn’t done until we help a farmer learn to run a successful business too. This is precisely what is happening in Bangladesh, writes Dylan Butler, Information Officer, USAID Office of Food for Peace.
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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
"Fisheries and aquaculture play a vital role in achieving FAO’s Strategic Objectives of eliminating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. As reported in this edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, people have never consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being as today. As the demand for fish increases, the sector is also striving to be more productive and sustainable and to enable more inclusive and efficient systems while reducing rural poverty and enhancing the resilience of livelihoods to disasters, crises and climate change."
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The latest edition of SOFIA is essential reading for all students of aquaculture and fisheries!

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Short Course: Fisheries governance

Short Course: Fisheries governance | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one – for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern.
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Short course announcement: 3-21 November 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands

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Module 13: Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Module 13: Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The World Bank, IFAD, FAO and the Michigan State University have transformed the 2008 “Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook” into an e-learning course. This includes Module 13 on Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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Some appropriate and useful e-learning materials for World Women's Day 

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Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Launches New Website | Aquaculture Directory

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Launches New Website | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is launching a new website that will provide a true reflection of commercial fishing in Scotland and counter the inaccurate and negative portrayal of the industry that has become prominent in recent years.

Via Aquaculturedirectory
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A welcome initiative from the capture fisheries sector to improve communications and public understanding

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DG Mare: Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe No. 62

DG Mare: Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe No. 62 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Latest edition of this magazine from the European Commission contains articles including "Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy", "Seafood Expo promotes European innovation", "European Maritime Day", "Atlantic Strategy Action Plan seeks to protect marine environments while creating jobs", "Ocean energy holds great potential for Europe’s low-carbon future".

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Latest news magazine from the European Commission DG Mare.

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2016 gender and fisheries events

2016 gender and fisheries events | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

6th GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM ON GENDER IN AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES, 3-7 August 2016, Bangkok, Thailand @ 11th Asian Fisheries & Aquaculture Forum, Asian Fisheries Society. "Engendering Security in Fisheries and Aquaculture" themes being regularly updated. Registration now open! Registration link. Abstract deadline: 30 March 2016.

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A conference to promote on World Women's Day - Engendering Security in Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016
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ISAFE2 - 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education

ISAFE2 - 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education (ISAFE2) jointly organized by Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) and Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) will be convened on SHOU campus at Lingang New City in Shanghai from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th April, 2015.

 

The ISAFE2 will once again bring educators, students and training agencies from across the aquaculture and fisheries industries, teaching institutions and education regulatory agencies to discuss many critical issues pertaining to the needs of the industry on the one hand and the issues confronting the training, academic and education regulatory agencies in ensuring a sustainable well-educated industry sector on the other hand in the Asia-Pacific (AP) region.

 

The theme for ISAFE2 is “Better Education, Better Professionals, Better Industry”. The symposium will discuss issues highlighted during ISAFE1 and on-going issues confronting aquaculture and fisheries education in the AP region. It will:

   ● Discuss the current status of aquaculture and fisheries education in the AP countries with special reference to

     √ Curricula and courses;

     √ Accreditations, quality and certification; and

     √ Collaboration and partnership.

   ● Examine the existing and future linkages between AFS and regional educators with international agencies and institutions.

  ● Explore the on-going development of distance education and its impacts on the delivery of aquaculture and fisheries education. Presentation and working language in the symposium will be English. Welcome to Shanghai Ocean University and the fabulous city of Shanghai in April 2015!

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Good to hear about this conference - it will be an excellent opportunity to build international collaborative links, especially throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Generic skills needs for graduate employment in the aquaculture, fisheries and related sectors in Europe - Online First - Springer

Generic skills needs for graduate employment in the aquaculture, fisheries and related sectors in Europe - Online First - Springer | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

There is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers in all advanced industrialised economies. Although most jobs require occupation-specific skills to carry them out, it is widely recognised that generic skills are ever more needed by job seekers, to increase job opportunities and maintain employability; this applies to all sectors of the economy, from selling cars to undertaking marine research. Several recent European Union strategy documents emphasise the importance of generic skills. However, the apparent mismatch between the skills sets that employers seek and that job seekers offer remains a major challenge. This paper focuses on perceptions of and attitudes to generic skills training for university graduates intending to gain employment in aquaculture, fisheries or other marine sectors and presents the results of a survey administered to academics, industry representatives, students (at different stages of their academic career) and graduates. The various respondents regarded most of the 39 generic skills under investigation as important, with none classified as unimportant. However, students undertaking different types of degree (i.e. B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D.) prioritized different generic skills and the level of importance ascribed to generic skills training increased as students progressed in their university careers. On the other hand, university staff and other employers were fairly consistent in their choice of the most important generic skills. We argue that there remains a need to place generic skills and employability attributes and attitudes at the centre of the higher education curriculum.

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Another great and timely output from the AQUA-TNET project (sorry I'm biased...!)

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ICES Training Course - Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists

ICES Training Course - Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

13 - 16 October 2014,
ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark
Application Deadline: 29 September 2014

 

Research projects are increasingly interdisciplinary enterprises, with stakeholder processes and engagement with SMEs considered a priority. In this changing professional context, gaining relevant research skills is becoming a necessity.   Increasingly, natural scientists work with others, in our case, fishers; collaborating, communicating, and participating together to increase the knowledge base and policy relevance of our work. A consequence of this is a need for more targeted training in social science research methods, such as interviewing, observing, and mapping. This course will have a "learn by doing" set up. The facilitators provide guidance on the basics of the methods while participants develop their confidence in using them. Background information (such as the epistemology and ontology of the social sciences) and the underpinning social science theory will also be discussed for participants to learn more.

 

Objective 

Through gaining new skills, participants will be better able to work effectively with stakeholders in (cooperative) research projects, as well as having a better appreciation of the strengths of social sciences in fisheries research.

Level

It is assumed that scientists have a natural science background, have or will have experience with working in cooperative research projects, working with stakeholders or are otherwise interested in learning more about social science methods in fisheries science. No knowledge of social science is required.

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This looks a very useful course for fisheries scientist who need to know more about social science research methods and stakeholder engagement

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Young’s, Sainsbury’s, Seafish on board for new Scottish fisheries body | Undercurrent News

Young’s, Sainsbury’s, Seafish on board for new Scottish fisheries body | Undercurrent News | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Young’s, Sainsbury’s and Seafish are among the founding members of a new Scottish organization due to launch later in June.

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) is intended as a non-profit-distributing organization with the remit of bringing together the Scottish fisheries sector (capture, processing and retail) with government and scientists.

 

Its stated purpose is to spearhead an “on-going program of research, knowledge exchange and education”, one of the funding bodies, Seafish, toldUndercurrent News.

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This is an interesting and welcome development in Scotland

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Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries - Practical Fishkeeping

Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries - Practical Fishkeeping | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Practical Fishkeeping
Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries
Practical Fishkeeping
The combination of aquaculture and sports fisheries has not previously been offered at this level.
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New course opportunity

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Short Course: Ecosystem approach to fisheries

Short Course: Ecosystem approach to fisheries | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal regions in the world. Making sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups, is one of the tasks of the fisheries manager. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem and its interactions with fisheries into consideration.
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Short Course Announcement: 22 September to 10th October 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands.

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Most Cited Fisheries Research Articles

Most Cited Fisheries Research Articles | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The most cited articles published since 2009, extracted from Scopus. (RT @FisheriesIIM: Yeah!
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A handy check on current awareness..

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MSC opens final round of consultation on fishery standard review — MSC

MSC opens final round of consultation on fishery standard review — MSC | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This is the second, and final, opportunity for stakeholders to offer their views on proposals for changes to the fishery standard. Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to comment on other proposals for program improvements, including changes to the fisheries assessment process designed to reduce the time, cost and complexity of certification assessments. An early stage public consultation on the fisheries standard review topics took place in spring this year.

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This could be a useful exercise for students of fisheries to engage with. 

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter - July 2013

AQUA-TNET Newsletter - July 2013 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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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Latest project news including presentations at Aquaculture Europe 2013; a welcome to new partner organisations and dates for the next Workpackage 5 meeting.

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