Access2Sea at Swansea Science Festival

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research had the pleasure to be part of the Welsh largest free science festival last Saturday (24 Oct 2020). We were live but virtual, in the fringe stage. We had the opportunity to launch our video where we showcased our research and unique aquaculture facilities in the UK. Participants were very engaged and had many questions about fish invasive species (brown trout) in the Falklands. Jess Minnette is finishing her PhD and had the opportunity to share her exciting research in this remote South Atlantic archipelago.

There were also many questions about sustainable diets in aquaculture and the role of fats such as omega-3 from microalgae oil. Some concerns were raised about heavy metals in fish and the differences between farmed fish and wild fish. Sergio Trevi had the opportunity to introduce his PhD research on farmed tilapia. Dr Sara Barrento explained the differences between macro and microalgae and introduced the Access2Sea project. While Paul Howes shared some exciting news about the new biophilic building project at Swansea.

Text by Dr Sara Barrento

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research, Swansea University

5TH AQUAIMPROVE 2020

You are invited to the 5th AQUAIMPROVE WORKSHOP to be held on the 6th of November 2020.

Due to the actual COVID limitations, this year event will be held online.

This year we will have the 5th edition of the AQUAIMPROVE Workshop and, due to the restrictions due to the actual COVID crisis, it will be held online. Of course, the success of this initiative is directly related to the willingness of participants to attend it and present their recent research.

Taking advantage of this online version of the workshop, we intend to extend it to a broader audience and take the opportunity to have some international experts presenting webinars.

Thus, in this workshop we wil have the following plenary lectures:

  • Alimentos funcionais – aplicação na aquacultura” – Prof. Margarida Maria Barros; Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP; Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia; Departamento de Melhoramento e Nutrição Animal; Laboratório de Nutrição e Saúde de Peixes – AquaNutri – Brasil
  • Protein and amino acid nutrition in marine fish” – Prof. Helena Peres; CIIMAR, Fish Nutrition and Immunobiology Laboratory.
  • Ácidos Graxos como nutracêuticos para peixes tropicais” – Prof. Priscila Vieira Rosa e Renan Rosa Paulino; Universidade Federal de Lavras, Departamento de Zootecnia, Brasil
  • Aquaponics in Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania: Research in the FishGlassHouse and knowledge transfer into regional aquaculture production” – Prof. Harry Palm; Universitat Rostock, Alemanha
  • Aquicultura na América do Sul: Peixes Amazônicos, Tilápia, Camarão e Salmão” – Dra. Raquel Tatiane Pereira; Technical Manager South America at Olmix Group, Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brasil.

The AQUAIMPROVE Workshop aims to promote the presentation and debate of recent research advances in aquaculture-related topics. It is directed to students, researchers, the academic community, and stakeholders.

The first AQUAIMPROVE Workshop was held in 2015 as an initiative of CIIMAR’s NUTRIMU group and the perception of the interest of this initiative encouraged us to promote it regularly as a meeting point for the scientific community, students, and stakeholders to discuss aquaculture-related issues. Of course, the success of this initiative is directly related to the willingness of participants to attend it and present their recent research.

We encourage you to participate and to disseminate this event among your colleagues and students. The participation is free of charge but pre-registration is required. Invited speakers will give plenary lectures on edge-cutting topics related to aquaculture.

Oral presentations are accepted (15 min) and will be evaluated by a Scientific Committee. A slot will be reserved for short presentations (3-5 min pitch including a maximum of 5 slides). Poster presentations are also welcome.

Students’ presentations are incentivized and will be prioritized. A certificate of participation will be provided to all registered participants, and a Abstract booklet will be also prepared.

Please register at https://forms.gle/pqd15reeT1aGYejz5

Abstract submission should be done until October 16 to aquacultureresearchworkshop@gmail.com (please consult the attached template)

Speakers announced for the 2nd symposium on welfare in aquaculture

The Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research is delighted to announce the line-up of speakers for the Second Symposium on Welfare in Aquaculture (SWELA 2020). This year the symposium is going to be a webinar on the 26th of November with free registration.

The theme for SWELA 2020 is “Operational Welfare Indicators (OWI) for farmed fish”. Six speakers will be discussing OWI for 5 key aquaculture fish species farmed in Europe: salmon, lumpfish, sea bream, sea bass, and tilapia.

The symposium is a follow up from the very successful SWELA 2019, focusing on Welfare Indicators for Novel species. The number of farmed fish outnumbers by far any other sentient animals farmed for food.

A recent report by the Access2Sea project highlighted that consumers are starting to realize how their food is produced; they are becoming more sensitive to the welfare of animals and the wellbeing of workers – fish welfare in aquaculture is extremely important.

This symposium promises to be an unmissable opportunity for professionals working in fish farming across the sector. We encourage everyone interested in fish welfare – farmers, researchers, and aquaculture suppliers – to register for free here.

 

Text and images by Dr Sara Barrento

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research, Swansea University

Fás iomaíoch, inmharthana i soláthar bia mara: Access2Sea ag Seachtain Tuairimí Gnó Mhaigh Eo

Tá an dobharshaothrú ar cheann de na hearnálacha is tábhachtaí i nGeilleagar Gorm i Limistéar an Atlantaigh. Tá sé ag brath ar thraidisiúin thábhachtacha in go leor tíortha san AE agus mórán dá chósta. Mar chuspóir ag an togra seo, tá muid ag brath ar thuairimí agus saineolas ó pháirtithe  a bhfuil dlúthbhaint acu le hobair sa ngeilleagar gorm, an dobharshaothrú go speisialta.

Reachtáileadh seimineár gréasáin New Opportunities for Seafood Producers ar na mallaibh mar chuid de Sheachtain Tuairimí Gnó Mhaigh Eo, http://mayoideasweek.ie/schedule/.

Clár imeachtaí Access2ea ag Seachtain Tuairimí Gnó Mhaigh Eo.

I measc na n-ábhar a pléadh ná díolachán díreach: tionscail na mbialanna sliogéisc cois cladaigh sa mBriotáin, áit a bhfuil cead ag feilméaraí sliogéisc a gcuid táirge a dhíol as bialann taobh leis an bhfoinse soláthair. Tá cuid sciar mhór d’iarthar na hÉireann buailte ar an uisce sáile is glaine san Eoraip agus tá luach an ard ar an mbia mara a thagann as dá réir. Ráite ar bhealach eile, is féidir iasc a bheirtear ar i neart cuanta an taobh seo tíre a dhíol díreach agus gan phróiseáil. Deis ar leith do phobail in iarthar na hÉireann mar sin, ach cuir chuige i gcúrsaí pleanála, reachtaíochta agus tacaíochta pobail a réiteach. Obair le déanamh go fóill, mar sin.

 

 

 

Rinne Michael Mulloy ó fheirm éisc Blackshell i gCuan Mó agus urlabhraí de chuid Chumann Feirmeoirí na hÉireann cuir síos ar dheacrachtaí anois agus ar na bacáin do thionscail an dobharshaothraithe agus bealaí le theacht as. Is mó bacanna ná an Breatimeacht agus an paindéim a bhí le sárú, reachtaíocht ag coinneáil táirgeoirí dobharshaothraithe siar go mór sa tír seo. Tháinig sé seo go mór leis an méid a bhí le rá ag Catherine McManus as Mowi, comhlacht idirnáisiúnta feirmeoireacht bradán le 303 fostaí lánaimseartha acu ar fud fad chosta iartharach na hÉireann. Tá an múnla atá in úsáid acusan bunaithe ar bhradán orgánach in ndabhacha doimhne ag iomrascáil le heaspa dul chun cinn mar nach bhfuil ceadúnais nua le fáil le glúin anuas sa tír seo. Níl maith ar bith sna seancheadúnais a ceadaíodh os cionn 20 bliain, a deir sí, os rud é nach bhfuil na suíomhanna a ceadaíodh ag an am feiliúnach do shláinte na mbradán agus cleachtais nua-aimseartha mar go bhfuil siad ar an tanaí den chuid is mó mar a bhíodh de nós ag an am.

Ag teacht leis an méid an easpa fáis in éadan níos mó coinníollacha agus bacanna ar fhorbairt ná aon cheard eile den tír atá ar cheann de na deacrachtaí is mó atá le sárú san earnáil seo agus gach réimse forbartha agus gnó eile dar le cainteoir deireadh an lae, Michael O’Boyle, Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo. D’éirigh go geal leis an ócáid inar thrasnaigh téamaí ó chainteoir go cainteoir. Ag tarraingt an méid a bhí le rá ag an gcéad cainteoir, an Dr. Colin Hannon as Institiúid Teicneolaíochta na Gaillimhe agus Mhaigh Eo leis an gcainteoir deireadh Michael O’Boyle, teastaíonn cur le luach agus comhthathú ar achmhainní in iarthar na hÉireann. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Lón machnaimh mar sin curtha ar fáil ag earnáil na mara. Tá súil leis an gcéad seimineár gréasáin eile roimh dheireadh na bliana, áit a mbeidh Access2Sea ag cuir síos ar thogra píolótach bia mara. Coinnigh súil amach mar sin ar http://access2sea.eu!

 

The Seaweed Manifesto: an initiative to develop the seaweed sector in a sustainable way.

The Seaweed Manifesto, initiated by the Lloyds Register Foundation and UN Global Compact (United Nation), has been launched. This seaweed manifesto is a visionary document outlining how seaweed can contribute to delivering on the sustainable development goals. It defines a vision for the industry, explores the opportunities and benefits, as well as outlining the challenges and barriers for responsible development of the industry. The focus is on the untapped potential, which might not be met without new thought-leadership and convening power to improve knowledge and expertise, develop new funding initiatives and influence policy makers, regulators and consumers.

You could find more information about the Seaweed Manifesto here.

The crisis caused by the Covid-19 in France

In France, to cope with the crisis caused by the Covid-19, the shellfish industry, already in difficulty after a Christmas season marked by a high impact health episode, is demanding a rescue plan.

 

A letter co-signed by thirty deputies was sent to the Prime Minister to request a rescue plan for the sector.

Due to the crisis, professionals suffer an important scissors effect :

– Because of the closing of markets and restaurants, suspended exportations, the consumption collapsed, creating an average loss of about 80% of the usual turnovers. Direct sales have been too weak to sell the goods.

– The professionals have not been able to resort partial unemployment system: the shellfish, as a living organism, pursued its growth, forcing the professionals to work on the parks even if they couldn’t sell the product.

The collapsed sales, the longer water cycle, the professionals are left with an important stock, less valorized in terms of product size, which weigh on the cash and force the professionals to sell below cost.

So, they wish to benefit from a plan integrating an exemption from social charges to rescue the sector.

In Brittany, an historical meeting of all the sea professionals took place on June the 3rd in Concarneau to speak on one voice and find solutions. Innovating actions are launched with the creation of a Breizhmer Pack to play together and be more efficient and the launch of a Breton ecolabel to encourage consumers to privilege Breton products in taking advantage of the good image of Brittany. This is a good time to launch this ecolabel with a strong interest in the consumers for local and responsible purchasing.

Finally, reassurance news for consumers: a study from Ifremer validate the absence of covid-19 in oysters and mussels.

 

FIRST CIIMAR STUDENTS MEETING IN SEPTEMBER

The CIIMAR PhD students’ committee is organizing the first CIIMAR students meeting entitled Blue Think Conference: Share Science, Spread Knowledge. Our aim is to gather all students affiliated with our institute in a casual and relaxed environment to share the outputs of our works. The presentations will be divided into three sessions that will be framed in the scope of CIIMAR three main research lines, each session will count with the presence of renowned scientists who will talk about their scientific careers, professional experiences and most important work achievements.

This event will take place on 17th September 2020, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Considering the current Covid-19 situation, we are now preparing to host the event on an online streaming platform and simultaneously in the CIIMAR main building.

Submission of abstracts and registration are open until july 17!

 

Please see the conference website to check all the information https://bluethinkconference.ciimar.up.pt, if you have any doubts do not hesitate in sending us an e-mail phd_committee@ciimar.up.pt.

The 5th edition of Ocean Hackathon: An international initiative to promote innovation in blue economy.  

The 5th edition of Ocean Hackathon: An initiative to promote innovation in the blue economy sector.

Ocean Hackathon is an initiative led by the Campus Mondial de la Mer (Brest, France) which encourages sharing, the use of new digital technologies and an entrepreneurial spirit. The resultant projects enhance the value of marine and maritime data, often by repurposing it. Data providers focus their efforts on improving data accessibility and comprehension and are involved in coaching participants throughout the event.

During the Ocean Hackathon, teams work non-stop for 48 hours in response to the challenge of producing an innovative project that include a demonstrator and used the varied marine and maritime data provided.

Since it was first launched in 2016, Ocean Hackathon has brought together a new community around the ocean and digital environments. Originally based in Brest, it was extended in 2019 to other venues in France and beyond.

Ocean Hackathon will be held simultaneously in 19 cities in 2020: Ancona, Boulogne-sur-mer, Brest, Cadiz, Cardiff, Cartagena, Castellon, Champs-sur-Marne, Deshaies, La Rochelle, Le Havre, México, Nantes, Rimouski, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Saint-Malo, Sète, Split and Toulon.

Ocean Hackathon is organised in three stages:

  • Call for applications from cities.
  • Call for challenges submitted by private individuals or bodies.
  • Registration of participants who will make up the teams.

In 2020, you too can be part of this dynamic event by submitting your challenge in the city of your choice (until the 30th of June 2020).

To submit your challenge or find more information about the Ocean hackathon, find a link here.

Approaching trade winds: challenges and opportunities for Ireland’s Blue Economy

Ireland is not unique in Europe or the world in having to deal with the economic shock of a global pandemic-precipitated crisis. However, the country has been confronted with, as is widely reported, the possible economic double whammy of dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 and a potential Brexit without a trade deal. Worryingly, with nearly two months to go before the extension deadline passes, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has given a downbeat assessment of the situation.

 

2019/20 saw a sea change in trading infrastructure in Ireland with the introduction of a rail/sea freight service from Waterford to Rotterdam and a freight/passenger/car service to Bilbao and Santander. The Waterford-Rotterdam link is significant because for the first time Ireland has a direct rail to rail connection with mainland Europe, the most railway-connected corner of the planet.

New connectivity to the mainland European rail network will in time be especially beneficial to the developing western transport corridoor. Image: stiúideorua.ie

These new trade links to continental Europe have been a long time in planning and it is fair to speculate that Brexit has perhaps expedited the process. Of course, the continent has been connected directly by roll-on roll-off for a long time via Cherbourg and Roscoff. To access core northern European markets has been to date more effective over the UK land bridge. To this end, the Rotterdam route, again, is achieving two strategic goals: Irish rail network connectivity to the European rail network and a direct route to a significant core market. The Biscay coast provides for the first time a direct roll-on roll-off service from Cork to southwestern Europe.

Even if—as many hope is the case—EU-UK trade continues without new barriers, the additional direct trading routes will make the West of Ireland more connected and reduce over-reliance and pressure on Dublin as a potential trade bottleneck.

 

Potaí gliomach, lobster pots ready to be reset, Cill Chiaráin, Conamara, Ireland. Image: stiúideorua.ie.

The fishing industry has been among the harder hit in the most recent crisis, with mixed fortunes. The COVID-19 Emergency Payment Scheme where furloughed workers as well as those who’ve lost their jobs are entitled to an emergency payment. Some fishermen are protected by this scheme and some not. This is especially unfortunate of course for an industry that often struggles with precarious market conditions. The Irish Farmers Association attested to the immediate need for aquaculture supports as well. IFA Aquaculture Chairman Michael Mulloy said amendments to rules for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) have been introduced which allows for support measures to be implemented for aquaculture producers.

Ready to go fishing. Image: stiúideorua.ie.

“Irish aquaculture producers are suffering cash-flow problems with 40-60% losses in turnover compared with the same period last year, as the closure of food service sector across Europe has a direct impact on the industry,” he says, according to the IFA.

Access2Sea’s stated aims are to improve the attractiveness of the Atlantic shore for aquaculture SMEs by enabling new business opportunities and providing sustainable and easier access to it. Identifying ways and means of improving the business operating environment for sustainable aquaculture in Ireland goes hand in hand with the sustainable development of inshore fishing and tourism, since these sectors spatially and regulatorily overlap. Nowhere is the interdependency of these industries more visible than in Ireland, its Gaeltacht region even more so. The Irish partners are of course Údarás na Gaeltachta and WestBIC. It is hoped that the resulting roadmap for change will be of benefit to the entire coastline from Ireland’s northernmost Ceann Mhálainne to Cádiz in the South of Spain.

Incidentally, Ireland had a direct maritime trade boom with France, Portugal and Spain up until the end of the 18th Century. This door was firmly shut when Ireland was brought into the UK sphere of influence from the 19th Century on at the expense of continental trade. Access2Sea, an Interreg Atlantic Area project has partners situated in Ireland, the aforementioned Gaul-Iberian coutries, as well as the UK. Keeping all routes and trade open this time round has been Ireland’s priority from the start of recent crises, something that’s not expected to change. This will be put to the test as we navigate inclement economic conditions.

Effectively managing the Blue Economy will necessarily be at the fore in weathering these storms.