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Transnational Cooperation OCEANERA-NET Ocean Energy European Research Area Network

OCEANERA-NET is a Network of European national and regional funders and managers of research and innovation programes in the field of ocean energy. Ocean energy includes the generation of renewable electricity from wave and tidal energy, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion.

The consortium OCEANERA-NET comprises 16 partners from 9 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK) that is open to opportunities for collaboration with other European and non-European countries to address common challenges. OCEANERA-NET is a European project funded by the European Commission that started in December 2013 and will run for 4 years. This project is co-ordinated by Scottish Enterprise, the Regional Economic Development Agency for lowlands Scotland.

The objective of OCEANERA-NET is to coordinate funding programmes between European countries and regions to support research and innovation in the ocean energy sector. OCEANERA-NET is one of a number of initiatives to help address the research and innovation challenges for the role ocean energy can play in contributing to future renewable energy targets, economic growth and job creation. OCEANERA-NET will work alongside the European Energy Research Alliance Ocean Energy Joint Programme, Ocean Energy Forum and Technology Platform to develop a shared vision and co-ordinated action plan.

The consortium have agreed a road map of work packages to work towards the implementation of joint activities, namely joint calls for transnational collaborative research and innovation projects. A first joint call is planned for Autumn 2014 and further joint calls in 2015 and 2016.

First Joint Call 2014

The first OCEANERA-NET joint cal 2014 in Ocean Energy was officially announced at the Ocean Energy Europe 2014 Conference, in 1-2 October 2014, in Paris.

A workshop brokerage on 2 October 2014 and a webinar on 16 October 2014 were organised to provide information on the call and to help building international research consortia. The registration was free of charge and the participants in the workshop brokerage benefited from discounts on the registration at the Ocean Energy Europe 2014. Profiles of the participants and/or presentations of project ideas were submitted and presented at the workshop brokerage. All these presentations as well as the presentation about the call and the full recording of the webinar are available here.

The scope of the call is needs driven research towards the design, development, demonstration and validation of ocean energy technologies addressing: wave energy, tidal energy, tidal and ocean currents, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion. The following topics are supported by FCT:

Develop standardised approaches/methods/ tools for ocean energy site characterisation and project and array/park planning.
Modelling and design of components, systems, sub-systems and devices for ocean energy technologies taking into account manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance, and environment requirements.
Development and testing of critical components for delivering reliable, sustainable and high-performance ocean energy generation.
Demonstration and validation of technological developments in a real sea environment.
Design and development of tools and solutions for the technological advancement and optimisation of components, devices and arrays/parks.
Deadline for electronic submission of pre-proposals (MANDATORY) : 18 December 2014 (12:00 CET).

Deadline for electronic submission of full proposals: 1 April 2015 (12:00 CEST).

Participating countries/regions: Asturias (Spain), Basque Country (Spain), Flanders (Belgium), France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland (United Kingdom), Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

Eligible transnational consortium must include, at least, two organisations from, at least, two countries participating in the call.

Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaração de Compromisso by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.

The Portuguese institutions funding must follow the Regulations governing access to funding for scientific research and technological development projects. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is EUR 500 000.

The funding for the Portuguese participation in a transnational proposal is limited to:

24-36 months project duration: EUR 200 000 for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
24-36 months project duration: EUR 125 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;
12-18 months project duration: EUR 50 000;
An additional funding of EUR 300 000 maximum may be added for demonstration projects in Portugal.
All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.

For more information about the Portuguese participation on the OCEANERA-NET joint call 2014 contact the person at FCT.

Partner search web tools

The “EEN (Enterprise Europe Network)” offers a general partner search tool.

OCEANERA-NET has created a LinkedIn group. Join this group for discussions about the joint call 2014.


Dina Carrilho
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126, 7º
1249 – 074 Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 213 924 381




Estimados colegas,

Ya está abierta la inscripción para el siguiente curso que tendrá lugar en Argentina:

Profesores: Dr. Josep Fortuny (Institut Català de Paleontologia M.C., España) y Jordi Marcé-Nogué (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, España)

Fecha: 9-13 de Marzo, 2015.

Lugar: CONICET – Centro Científico Tecnológico (CCT) La Plata, Calle 8, nº 1467, B1904CMC La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Web del curso:

Póster del curso:….pdf


– Introducción al Análisis de Elementos Finitos (FEA):

Modelo teórico, características y procedimiento.

– Mecánica de medios continuos básica:

Tensiones, desplazamientos, deformaciones, ecuaciones constitutivas y criterios de rotura en materiales elásticos.

– Aproximación teórica al mallado:

Tipos de malla. Generación de malla. ¿Cómo evaluar una malla (Calidad y fiabilidad)? Recomendaciones para una buena práctica.

– Propiedades del material:

Definición y propiedades biomecánicas del hueso para utilizar en FEA.

– Reconstrucción de modelos 3D:

Reconstrucción de las estructuras tridimensionales biológicas. Desde el objeto real al modelo 3D. ¿Qué es un CT-Scan? DICOM y otros archivos de formato. Modelado 3D. Generación de archivos STL. Preparación y reconstrucción de modelos tridimensionales para ser analizados en los paquetes de FEA. Técnica y práctica de modelos 3D de elementos finitos.

– Claves en el pre-proceso y post-proceso:

Asignación de condiciones de contorno en modelos 3D (músculos, inserciones musculares y análogos), definición de las propiedades del material. Interpretación de los resultados. Implicaciones biológicas.

Un cordial saludo

Soledad De Esteban Trivigno
Directora del curso
Transmitting Science


Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

November 13, 2014
Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts
You will be interested to know we have taken another important step to improve the quality of recreational data that informs our decision-making.

We are convening a team of experts to help us transition to a promising new method of surveying private boat and shore-based saltwater recreational anglers along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts about their fishing trips, or effort.

Preliminary findings from an extensive, multi-year pilot project indicate mail surveys do a better job of capturing recreational fishing trips than our current coastal household phone survey.

Moving to a mail survey may sound counter-intuitive, but our pilot project results indicate mail surveys do a better job of capturing recreational fishing trips by reaching a broader population of anglers, getting more accurate information from respondents, and delivering higher response rates.

Other government agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau and many highly respected research firms now use mail surveys because of their effectiveness.

The switch to the mail survey will not happen overnight. In fact, we don’t expect it to be fully implemented and used for science or management decision-making before 2016 at the earliest. That’s because we know from past experience that major methodological changes can disrupt our assessment and management activities.

This is why we are standing up a team to smartly manage the transition to the mail survey. The team includes both members of our staff and representatives from the Councils, Commissions, and states.

The expert team will work with state and regional decision-making bodies to develop the most appropriate way to shift to the new mail survey so as to minimize potential impacts.

We will not fully implement the new survey until we can explain any differences between estimates and determine how the new numbers can be used in stock assessments and for catch accounting.

I invite you to ask us questions by participating in an informational webinar on Monday, November 24 at 2:00 pm (EST). You can register here or by contacting Leah Sharpe. And follow our progress online at



About the Zoological Society of London symposium on mangroves in London

Dear All,

Last week at the Zoological Society of London symposium on mangroves in London, I spoke out strongly against shrimp certification. Two persons asked me why MAP was not supporting the notion of certification of “sustainable” shrimp. I argued that existing certification schemes are based on faulty standards, one of which was the notion that cleared mangroves for new shrimp farms could be mitigated against via ill-designed mangrove plantings that are bound to fail. I also emphasized the GAA and ASC are creating food insecurity in the South by exporting 90% of a luxury export product to wealthier nations in the North.

I think many people at this special mangrove symposium heard me! It will be good to have them on our side!

Please check out the link to our newest video for our Marvelous Mangrove Curriculum!

Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
tel. (360) 452-5866

Check Out MAP’s Question Your Shrimp Video:

Help Mangrove Action Project work at the roots of the sea!


Remote Sensing Specialists!

Attention Remote Sensing Specialists!

You are invited to participate in our session at EGU 2015 (Vienna)

EGU, Vienna, 12 – 17 April 2015
NH9.20: Application of remote sensing in natural hazard studies.

Conveners: Matthew Blackett (Coventry University); Peter Webley (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Robert Wright (Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology); Charley Hill-Butler (Coventry University and Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology).

The deadline for normal abstracts is 7 January 2015.

Students and early career researchers may be eligible for financial support from the EGU (deadlines for abstract submission for this is 28 November 2014 (see:

Session abstract: Remote sensing has many fundamental applications in the field of natural hazard studies. It has a number of advantages over traditional fieldwork expeditions including safety, the provision a synoptic view of the whole region of interest, often the availability of data extending back several years and, in many cases, cost savings. Its applications have moved on significantly in recent years with new, more powerful sensors, and finely tuned detection algorithms, now available. This session will provide a forum for the dissemination of research into using such advanced sensors and algorithms for application to all types of natural hazard. The research presented might focus on the observation of possible precursory events and evaluation of potential predictive capabilities, on the determination of vulnerable areas, on the monitoring of the event during its occurrence or on the assessment of damage post-event. An additional application which has shown great utility in recent years has been the use of remotely detected data for decision support and overall emergency management. Of these possible research themes, the use of different types of remote sensing (e.g. thermal, visual, radar, laser) might be considered, with an evaluation of their respective pros and cons. Suggestions for future sensor consideration, algorithm development and emergency management agency buy-in might also be made based on empirical evidence presented.


China’s shrimp exports tighten in first three quarters

China’s shrimp exports tighten in first three quarters
By Mark Godfrey, SeafoodSource contributing editor reporting from Beijing, China

Published on 12 November, 2014

China’s shipments of shrimp continue to tighten in volume and increase in value terms. That’s suggested by data for exports from China’s shrimp capital, Zhanjiang, the southerly port city which is home to shrimp processing giants like Guolian and Zhanjiang Evergreen Aquatic.

Shrimp exports from Zhanjiang totaled USD 530 million (EUR 424.7 million) for the first nine months, up a massive 135 percent year on year in value terms while tilapia shipments rose 26.7 percent to USD 163 million (EUR 130.6 million) in the same period. Shipments of cooked crab from Zhanjiang rose 250 percent year on year. Shrimp account for almost 70 percent of the city’s overall seafood exports, which rose only 2.1 percent in volume terms in the first three quarters to 888,000 metric tons (MT). In value terms overall seafood imports were worth USD 790 million (EUR 633 million), up 15.8 percent year on year. The figures come from customs data published this week in a daily newspaper in the city, which is also home to China’s largest shrimp wholesale market.

The United States continues to be the key market for Zhanjiang, taking 43 percent of volume and 38 percent of the city’s exports in value terms: that’s worth USD 274 million (EUR 219.6 million) on 38,300 MT, up 32 percent and 16.3 percent year on year. Meanwhile, shipments to emerging and Arab markets continue to grow at a very strong pace. Zhanjiang’s shipments to the Middle East (according to the city branch of China’s customs and quarantine agency General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine [AQSIQ]) rose 198 percent to 1,196 MT and 290 percent in value terms to USD 8.7 million (EUR 7 million).

Improved marketing and a renewed emphasis on value-added product is boosting export earnings in Zhanjiang and another of China’s key aquaculture belts. The southerly squid processing hub of Quanzhou (which is also emerging as a seafood canning center) shipped 47,000 MT worth USD 169 million (EUR 135.5 million) in the first three quarters of this year — up 43 percent and 39.5 percent respectively.

The growth was credited to fast-growing consumer markets in nearby Southeast Asia in a statement from the local AQSIQ office which pointed to the strength of shipments to Indonesia and the Philippines which were worth a combined USD 68.6 million (EUR 55 million), up 92.5 percent year on year. Indonesian officials frequently complain in public of the inability of domestic seafood processors to compete with product from China, where scale allows processors to ship goods cheaper.

Quanzhou’s exports to both Vietnam and Africa at USD 16.4 million (EUR 13.1 million) and USD 10.8 million (EUR 8.7 million) while shipments to Korea were up 98 percent year on year. The AQSIQ credited what it terms “high value added” processed and packaged squid products for a growth in exports of squid (9,776 MT at USD 67 million [EUR 53.7 million]). A growing canning sector (1,818 MT at USD 5.2 million [EUR 4.2 million]) has increased almost twofold.

“Better management and traceability systems” in local companies will help drive future earnings growth in the local seafood processing sector, the local AQSIQ office stated in comments this week to Quanzhou WanBao, the local evening newspaper.

Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
tel. (360) 452-5866