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Turkey: Diverse programme of workshops at Future Fish Eurasia
Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

Future Fish Eurasia, the fair for fisheries, freshwater and marine aquaculture, processing, import export, and equipment will open its doors between 7 and 9 June in Izmir this year. Over 200 exhibitors from 28 countries will be spread over 11,000 sq. m of space at the Izmir International Trade Centre. This year the event will include several workshops and meetings of particular relevance to Mediterranean fisheries and aquaculture. The Intranemma project, an EU funded effort, will hold a meeting at the event. The project seeks to identify training needs among employees in the Mediterranean marine aquaculture sector, an industry that provides jobs to 12,000 people in three countries, Spain, Turkey, and Greece, and that produces 230,000 tonnes of seabass and seabream worth EUR880m. After identifying the vocational skills that are needed the project will develop and implement a pilot programme to improve worker skills in order to sustain this important industry in the Mediterranean. The project will significantly increase multi national cooperation between training professionals and the labour market and will aim to create specialised manpower, as well as to ensure that trainees can rapidly become productive members of a workforce. The fair will also see a workshop co-organised by the University of New Hampshire and Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University on the use of copper alloy nets in aquaculture, which is expected to generate a lot of interest. Experimental cages using these nets have been established in Canakkale to study their ability to withstand rough weather conditions and fouling. And finally Ege University will organise a workshop on scientific and technological developments in aquaculture.