Ayudas para medidas en materia educativa y de apoyo al sector de la acuicultura de Andalucía, ante la situación generada por el coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Objeto de la Convocatoria:

La finalidad de esta ayuda es paliar los efectos de impacto económico negativo que dicha crisis sanitaria ha provocado en el sector de la acuicultura, con el fin de ayudar a sostener la continuidad de su empresa o negocio, evitando el cese definitivo del mismo y, por tanto, la destrucción de empleo.

Esta actuación está cofinanciada con fondos FEMP procedentes de la Unión Europea, con cargo al Programa Operativo FEMP Andalucía (2014-2020).

La subvención consistirá en el pago del 50%, como máximo, de la disminución del ingreso por ventas en el periodo desde el 14 de marzo al 31 de julio de 2020, respecto de la media del mismo período de los tres años anteriores, o respecto al mismo periodo del año anterior para las empresas con tres o menos años de actividad, sobre la base de las solicitudes de ayuda aprobadas por la autoridad competente en materia de pesca, con un máximo de subvención de 150.000 € por entidad beneficiaria.

  • Actividades Subvencionables:

La disminución del ingreso por ventas en el periodo desde el 14 de marzo al 31 de julio de 2020, respecto de la media del mismo período de los tres años anteriores, o respecto al mismo periodo del año anterior para las empresas con tres o menos años de actividad.

  • Requisitos:
    • Estar ejerciendo la actividad productiva objeto de la ayuda a fecha 14 de marzo de 2020 en al menos una instalación de producción ubicada en la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía, así como estar ejerciendo la misma en el momento de solicitar la ayuda.
    • Ser titular de la autorización administrativa para realizar el cultivo de especies de acuicultura en Andalucía a fecha de solicitud.
    • En caso de persona física, estar dada de alta como autónomo en la Seguridad Social.
    • En caso de agrupaciones sin personalidad, deberán hacerse constar expresamente en la solicitud el importe de subvención a aplicar por cada uno de sus miembros, que tendrán igualmente la consideración de entidad beneficiara. En cualquier caso, deberá nombrarse una persona representante o apoderado único de la agrupación.
    • Haber sufrido una disminución de ingresos por ventas en el periodo desde el 14 de marzo al 31 de julio de 2020 de al menos un 20% de la media de ingresos por ventas del mismo periodo de referencia, en los tres años anteriores al 2020, o al del año anterior si se trata de una empresa con menos de tres años de actividad.
  • Procedimiento de Solicitud:

Las solicitudes de ayudas irán dirigidas a la Dirección General de Pesca y Acuicultura y se presentarán de forma telemática ajustándose al modelo de formulario que figura como anexo en la convocatoria de las ayudas y que está disponible en el siguiente enlace del Catálogo de Procedimientos y Servicios de la página web de la Junta de Andalucía:

https://juntadeandalucia.es/servicios/procedimientos/detalle/23230/datos-basicos.html

Sardines in aquaculture? Yes, in the Algarve.

The shortness of sardines may have their days numbered, since their production in aquaculture is ready to be sold on a large scale, with only the need for industrialists willing to bet on the business. The project started at the Pilot Fish Farming Station (EPPO), of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), in Olhão, and joined other species that already existed in this space, from sea bass to sea bream, passing through the croaker and sole.

But if at first, the idea was to study the stress of sardines – after being caught, the researchers tried to understand their behavior after being released at sea and their survival rate – gained new impetus with the challenge of the previous Minister of the Sea, in 2016, which aimed to combat the scarcity of sardines. “We started working on sardines in 2005/2006. If a trawler had reached the quota, the sardine was thrown back into the sea, but there was a fear that the animal would not survive. At that time, we caught sardines to try to understand how they looked at the food and how they behaved after being released. But there was still no pressure on quotas. We had the sardines here for a few years, put on aquaculture, put eggs, but we didn’t go down that path ”, tells Pedro Pousão, responsible for EPPO.

The project started to take on new dimensions with the challenge of restocking by Ana Paula Vitorino, the former Minister of the Sea. An idea that was quickly dismissed, since for that it would be necessary to have thousands of this species. “For many years we did experimental restocking with sea bream, sea bream, sea bass, halibut, corvina, they are slightly different species, but always from an experimental point of view to try to understand if the species died, if it held on, if it fled. It wasn’t meant to fill the sea with fish because there would have to be millions of fish to have any meaning ”, says the official. From there, the next step would be production for consumption. And it is at this level that is the aquaculture of sardines.

Pedro Pousão guarantees that the species adapts perfectly to captivity. And for the most suspicious, the person in charge of EPPO says only that the only care that needs to be taken regards the way they are transported, but this applies to all species. “Sardines adapt perfectly to captivity, it is evident that they lose a little bit of scale and have to be handled more carefully. But handling sea bream and sea bass is totally different. If I transport the sea bream and sea bass to the cages in the same way, my mortality rate is 80% in the sea bass and in the sea bass it is zero. They have to be transported depending on the specificity of the species ”, he adds.

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

Collaborative Laboratory for Blue Bioeconomics B2E

The Collaborative Laboratory for Blue Bioeconomics (CoLAB B2E), headquartered at UPTEC Mar, in Matosinhos, Portugal, is a new non-profit association that aims to promote the blue bioeconomy, stimulate the creation of qualified jobs that generate economic and social value in Portugal in the biotechnology and aquaculture sectors, and contribute to new uses and enhancement of natural resources. Its members are the major players in the Portuguese sector: from production and distribution companies, to educational, research, associated laboratories and technological interface centers. Access2Sea partner CIIMAR is one of the founders of this Collaborative Laboratory. To know more about this CoLAB, please visit the link.

Decreto-ley 23/2020, de 15 de septiembre, por el que, con carácter extraordinario y urgente, se establecen medidas en materia educativa y de apoyo al sector de la acuicultura de Andalucía, ante la situación generada por el coronavirus (COVID-19).

El sector de la pesca y la acuicultura se ha visto especialmente afectado por las perturbaciones del mercado generadas por un descenso significativo de la demanda como consecuencia del brote de COVID-19. A raíz del cierre de los puntos de venta, los mercados, las tiendas y los canales de distribución, los precios y los volúmenes han disminuido de manera sustancial. El descenso de la demanda y de los precios, unido a la vulnerabilidad y la complejidad de la cadena de suministro, ha convertido en deficitarias las operaciones de las flotas pesqueras y la producción de pescado y marisco. Como consecuencia de ello, los pescadores se han visto obligados a permanecer en los puertos y los piscicultores van a tener que deshacerse de sus productos o destruirlos en unas semanas.

Dadas las importantes consecuencias socioeconómicas del brote de COVID-19 y la necesidad de liquidez en la economía, el Reglamento (UE) núm. 2020/560 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo, de 23 de abril de 2020, en su artículo 1 «Modificaciones del Reglamento (UE) núm. 508/2014», apartado 7), da una nueva redacción al artículo 55 del mismo, incorporando la posibilidad de conceder ayuda destinada a compensaciones a los acuicultores por la suspensión temporal o la reducción de la producción y ventas que hayan tenido lugar entre el 1 de febrero y el 31 de diciembre de 2020 como consecuencia del brote de COVID-19.

La ayuda consistirá en el pago del 50% de la pérdida de ingresos de la empresa productora, sobre la base de las solicitudes de ayuda aprobadas por la autoridad competente en materia pesquera. El importe máximo de la ayuda no podrá superar los 150.000 euros por empresa acuícola beneficiaria.

Esta nueva línea de apoyo se recoge dentro de la medida 2.4.2 «Medidas de salud Pública», del Plan financiero del Fondo Europeo Marítimo y de Pesca vigente para Andalucía y será financiada por el FEMP y por la Junta de Andalucía en los porcentajes del 75% y el 25% respectivamente.

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Faoi lánseol: Ireland’s expert group kicks off

Cruthaíodh coiste stiúrtha saineolaithe don togra AccessSea ar na mallaibh.

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 chóstaí. 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. Táthar dírithe i dtosach báire ar Chuanta Chill Chiaráin agus Mó mar mhacasamhla bainistithe agus sa limistéar mara taobh thiar den tSionainn chun eolas níos leithne a bhailiú.

Reachtáileadh an chéad chruinniú ar líne i mí Meitheamh. I measc na rannpháirtithe, tá ionadaithe ón mBord Iascaigh Mhara, Páirc na Mara, táirgeoirí agus saineolaithe i réimse an dobharshaoraithe.

Beidh an chéad seisiún eile ar siúl i mí Meán Fómhair. Coinnigh súil amach le haghaidh an scéala is nuaí!

Data collection and single bay areas of focus at this stage.

June 2020 saw the kick-off meeting of a local Access2Sea expert network in Ireland. New opportunities for more competitive and sustainable growth in the Atlantic zone is of course the guiding principle of the project.

Investigating aquaculture management in two bays, blue arrows, as well as general business operating conditions from Bundoran to the Shannon Estuary (red arrows) will be the initial focus for data collection. The narrow spotlight at this stage, nevertheless, aims to improve competitive and sustainable growth from Ceann Mhálainne in Ireland to Cádiz in Spain, including France and Portugal and the UK along the way.

The expert panel is composed of practitioners, planners, regional officers from BIM, the state agency responsible for developing the seafood industry, marine development officials and representatives of the nascent marine innovation campus in Cill Ciaráin Bay.

The issues that exist have been discussed with a plan of action going forward. Keep an eye out for further developments in September.

 

 

Nurturing Green Shoots in the Irish Sea

As the Irish Fishing Industry continues to deal with ­the fall-out from the Covid-19 crisis, its essential that landings are tailored to available markets, and catches are optimised to make best use of available resources.

 

By Dr Ronán Cosgrove, Fisheries Conservation Manager, BIM

While Nephrops exports remain hampered due to the Italian market collapse, sales of demersal fish species are faring slightly better. As Industry reliance on such species increases, it is imperative that unwanted catches – formerly known as discards – are minimised to boost fish stock sustainability and to maximise economic returns on available quotas.

As outlined in BIM’s recent ‘The Business of Seafood 2019’, the Celtic Sea is the stronghold for Irish demersal fish landings. Following a steady decline since the 1980’s, there are signs of green shoots in the Irish Sea where haddock is the most important commercial fish species. The Marine Institute stock book shows that average haddock landings of 513 t from 2013 to 2015 increased by 75% to 898 t from 2016 to 2018. This is likely linked to a substantial 56% reduction in the haddock discard rate over the same period. Whiting discards also dropped by 48% so a pattern emerges:

Most discarding traditionally occurred in the Neprops fishery in the Irish Sea. In 2014, BIM and Industry demonstrated significant 70% and 52% reductions in haddock and whiting catches with an enlarged 300 mm square-mesh escape panel. This led to comprehensive uptake of this measure in the Irish Sea from 2016 onwards and it looks like the benefits are starting to accrue.

While the Nephrops fleet can take a bow, the directed haddock fishery which accounts for around 70% of Irish Sea haddock landings is the main beneficiary from the success of this conservation measure. The directed fishery stands to gain even more if a new proposed gear measure is implemented. Irish vessels currently use a 120 mm diamond-mesh codend to target haddock in the Irish Sea. Previous work by BIM and Industry demonstrated the benefits of using 100 mm T90 mesh for haddock in the Celtic Sea so it made sense to examine if similar findings would apply in the Irish Sea.

Led by BIM’s Martin Oliver, a trial was conducted in the Irish Sea in March 2020 to compare catches between these gears. The T90 codend reduced undersize haddock by 41% and retained similar small quantities of whiting and cod compared with the 120 mm codend. A reduction in quantities and value of small market sized haddock was offset by increased catches of plaice and other prime species in the T90 codend. A simple economic analysis demonstrated a 64% increase in total catch value with the T90 before the monthly haddock quota was fully utilised. Large grade haddock were scarce on the grounds during the trial. We know from previous work that T90 codends consistently catch more large grade haddock when they are available. T90 also improves catch quality and further Industry-led testing is planned to demonstrate the benefits of this gear first-hand. In the meantime, an application has been submitted to the European Commission to permit use of this gear in the Irish Sea. If successful, Industry uptake of the T90 codend would further boost stock sustainability and economic returns in the increasingly important Irish Sea haddock fishery.

BIM would like to thank the owner and crew of the trial vessel for a fruitful collaboration. Their names are excluded due to use of economic data. A full trial report is available at www.bim.ie/our-publications/fisheries

FEEDNETICS Webinar organized by SPAROS

SPAROS orgnized a free FEEDNETICSTM Webinar for academic users, that took place on the 1st and 2nd of July. FEEDNETICSTM is a prediction tool for fish farmers and aquafeed formulators and can be now used also by the academia to assist planning and management of nutrition growth trials, aquafeed formulation and general research about the effects of different diet formulations in fish performance. You can now replay this webinar on youtube through the links: Part 1 and Part 2.

MAR2020 supports environmentally sustainable aquaculture projects

The Sea is of particular importance in Portugal and should be viewed through an integrated approach addressing all its potentialities, resources and challenges. The development and sustainability of the economy of the Sea is a unique opportunity for Portugal. MAR2020 operational programme is supporting and promoting environmentally sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture. 

The main objective of the MAR 2020 Operational Programme (PO MAR 2020), approved by the European Commission for the implementation of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund throughout Portugal, is to implement the Common Fisheries Policy, fostering the sustainable development of coastal zones and promoting the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy. MAR 2020 contributes to enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs in the sector, promoting sustainable, quality employment and support for worker mobility, the transition to a low carbon economy, the conservation and protection of the environment and promoting the efficient use of resources. Explore some of the many aquaculture projects being implemented under the MAR 2020 programme through the LINK.