Aquatrans partners appreciate the progress of the project during a meeting in Agadir

March 2013

Aquatrans project (funded by ERDF through POCTEFEX Program) held on February 29th in Agadir a coordination meeting which was attended by representatives of all partners.

During an intense day the progress made to date was verified and the next steps for a successfully achievement of the project goals were analysed.

The various issues discussed included: the presentation of a proposal for the marine culture area aimed at the practices of a new training cycle in aquaculture in Morocco; the progress in the design of the educational curricula; the plans for collection of biological samples and their analysis; the fish marking details; as well as the planning for the following project tasks and meetings.

Image of partners at the Aquatrans project coordination meeting.

 

A visit was conducted to the facilities of the ISPM aimed at the establishment of a pilot marine culture plant which is essential for the development of the aquaculture training cycle to be implemented in that institute. Initially, it is expected to work with specimens of shellfish (abalone) and marine fish, from egg stage until growth to market size. Researchers belonging to the Aquaculture Research Group of the ULPGC could verify the conditions available and made a series of recommendations based on their practical experience in the design and management of such facilities. The researchers considered in particular water and electricity systems and needs in relation to the volume of salt water that the plant will require to host culture tanks with a total volume of 15 m3.

Images of the rooms where the pilot plant is to be built. Top: dry lab (fridge, freezer, feed stock, workshop). Bottom: area that will host the culture area.