Aquatrans project made significant progress during the meeting held in Gran Canaria

November 2012

Aquatrans partners held in Gran Canaria project meetings between the 12th and the 15th of November. It has been a very busy and productive week in which the various meetings have contributed to the strengthening of relations in aquaculture between the Canaries and Souss Massa Draa.

Formal establishment of Aquatrans Network for transboundary cooperation in sustainable aquaculture.

Aquatrans project partners have agreed during this visit the approval of the rules and the formal constitution of Aquatrans network, which will reinforce the cooperation between the two regions, especially among people and institutions involved in the development of aquaculture.

Thus, on November 13th a formal act of presentation in the Canary Islands of both Aquatrans Project and Aquatrans Network was held at the institutional headquarters of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The opening ceremony brought together the Rector of the ULPGC, Mr. José Regidor, the Vice-President of the University of Ibn Zohr, Mr. Abdellatif Moukrim, and the Director of the Marine Fisheries Institute of Las Palmas, Mr. Juan Socorro.

This ceremony was followed by the signature by the project partners of the formal constitution of Aquatrans Network.


Opening act for the public presentation session.

Project partners proceed to sign the constitution of the Aquatrans Network.


The partners fulfil their duties

During their stay project partners have worked hard. The various meetings have included the coordination of Aquatrans project activities. A specific meeting has served to present the progress of on-going activities and the programming of next phases in order to meet the designed objectives.

In addition, there have been technical visits to research and training facilities in marine fisheries and aquaculture, in particular the Canary Institute of Marine Science, the Marine Science and Technology Park belonging to the ULPGC and the Marine Fisheries Institute of Las Palmas.

Explanation of the facilities during the visit to the Canary Institute of Marine Science.

As part of the activities established in the project, a Bilateral Meeting of Competent Authorities in Aquaculture Training was developed. This event was attended by invited representatives of the entities responsible for teaching institutions in the two regions, in order to discuss the future of training in aquaculture and the main contents to be incorporated. Furthermore, the contents of the new training programs in aquaculture of Morocco were discussed in depth. 

Bilateral meeting Canaries - Souss Massa Draa of Competent Authorities in Aquaculture Training.




Moroccan graduate students join the III University Master in Marine Aquaculture of the ULPGC, as part of the actions of Aquatrans Project

November 2012

As part of the planned actions of AquaTrans Project three Moroccan graduate students have the opportunity to take the present edition of the University Master in Marine Aquaculture.

The Master programme is jointly organized by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), the Canary Institute of Marine Science (ICCM) of the Government of the Canary Islands, and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ). The programme taught by highly skilled teachers of their host institutions and by guest professors of reknown prestige belonging to research institutions and teaching, to administration and private entities in several countries.

The agenda of the International Master in Aquaculture has two parts. The first (60 ECTS) provides an intense basic training in all fields of aquaculture through theoretical and practical classes in the first year of the programme to take place from 15th October 2012 to 30th June 2013. The second part (60 ECTS) will allow specialization in any of these areas through the implementation of a research project and the Master’s thesis in any of the institutions or collaborating companies belonging to the supervisor. This training period is an introduction to applied research in aquaculture to be completed before May 2014, for subsequent public defence.

The three recipients of the scholarships to attend these studies in the Canary Islands were selected following a procedure in which suitability of candidates was assessed according to specific criteria. Thus, it was verified among other issues that they were holders of a university degree on studies and their high knowledge of Spanish language (official language of the Master).

AQUATRANS is a cross border cooperation project financed by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) resources articulated through POCTEFEX Program (Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Spain-External Borders).

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.