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Richard FinlandIt was with a deep sense of shock, and great sadness, that we at AMC Ltd learned of the sudden death on December 5 of one of our longest-serving directors, Dr Richard Fitzgerald. Years before the company was established in 1996, Richard was one of the first partners in the LINGUA project AQUALEX which owed much of its early success thanks to his erudition (always lightly worn with many a witty remark) and his strong motivation to produce an accurate, up-to-date and multilingual aquaculture glossary. From1996 when he became a founder Board Member, a position he retained until his untimely death, he never stopped working to promote the company and its aims. One of his last public presentations was made at the 40th EAS International Conference in Edinburgh in September 2016, where he launched the E-Aqualex Aquatic Sciences e-learning Toolset with verve and enthusiasm.

Dr Fitzgerald was a much-loved colleague, always generous with his time and his store of knowledge, which was by no means confined to his scientific interests. The world will be a poorer place without him. The photograph illustrates, in a typical gesture, his openness of heart and mind.

Read article in Irish Times

The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network Aqua-tnet.

The first article in the Special Issue of Aquaculture International  The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET by Margaret Eleftheriou and Annie Heral has just been published and is available as 'Online First' on SpringerLink:


The ERASMUS academic network AQUA-TNET, prompted by reports of a lack of concern regarding language training provision for exchange students which had been raised in successive European Universities Association Trends reports, carried out a detailed examination of the language training provided by its partners for exchange students through its Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity group. The group carried out several European-wide surveys to ascertain whether the reported lack of concern was also evident in the AQUA-TNET partnership. The results of these surveys reveal some disparity between staff and student perceptions of language provision for exchange students. The group also investigated the incidence of English as the main delivery language for aquatic science courses, as well as the need for language provision at the basic rather than the intermediate or advanced level, as advocated by the academic sector. The AQUA-TNET Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity group’s activities were responsible for several studies and reports used to inform or update the network on developments relevant to their language learning policies: desk study on marine science courses in the AQUA-TNET network; review of European schools’ language (and science) policies; reports on EUROPASS, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the use of the Internet for delivery of multilingual language learning. The needs analysis derived from the student survey on online language course provision led to changes in the chosen online language course.


AquaTT and AMC are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Lindsay Laird Award for the best innovative aquaculture student poster at the 2014 Aquaculture Europe Conference (AE2014) is Marina Machado from Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR), Universidade do Porto, Portugal, with her poster entitled “Dietary Methionine Supplementation but not Tryptophan Improve Cell Mediated Immunity of European Seabass Dicentrarchus labrax”.

The aim of Marina’s study was to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation of the amino acids methionine (MET) and tryptophan (TRP) on the European sea bass cellular and humoral (immune system) status, in order to develop functional feeds for this species. She receives an iPad mini, sponsored by AquaTT, and a book prize from Wiley-Blackwell.

During this year’s competition, more than 100 student posters were evaluated by a team of three judges: Kjell Maroni (Director R&D aquaculture, Norwegian Seafood Research Fund & President of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) Board, 2012-2014), Dr Elena Mente (Associate Professor, University of Thessaly (Greece) and Board member of the EAS), and Marieke Reuver (Programme Manager, AquaTT and Director of AMC). The award was presented to Marina in absentia by Kjell Maroni during the wrap-up session of the AE2014 conference.

To learn more about Lindsay Laird, this award and past winners, please visit: or

Margaret Eleftheriou has co-authored a paper along with Annie Heral, entitled

The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network.

The paper is the first to appear online in the Special Issue of the Springer journal AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL.The article is available as 'Online First' on SpringerLink:

Annie Heral, a language teacher based in Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, France has been involved for several years in the PESCALEX Concept and is the author of the PESCALEX Language Game.

You can view four early versions of the Language Game, in French, Polish,Greek and Turkish  on YouTube French  Polish Turkish  Greek


January 29-30 2014,  BRUSSELS

The European Skills/Competences, qualifications and Occupations (ESCO), an EU 2020 initiative with very important implications for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, continued its work on defining the occupations and job profiles of the Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture industries. M. Eleftheriou’s participation leans heavily on previous work carried out by AMC Ltd  on occupational profiles in aquaculture in the WAVE and VALLA projects.

Read more about ESCO


January 28-30 2014

The kick-off meeting of the EU project DIVERSIFY (www. (Enhancing the European aquaculture production by removing production bottlenecks of emerging species, producing new products and accessing new markets) was held in the Crete premises of the Coordinator, the Department of Aquaculture of the Institute for Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC). To mark the occasion, Prof. Eleftheriou donated hard copies of the AQUALEX glossaries to all participants.


Steering Group, January 2013

A meeting of the Aqua-tnet Steering Committee took place on 13-14th January 2014 in Amsterdam. Agenda topics included progress on project deliverables, plans for the annual meeting scheduled for June 2014, and strategies for ensuring the sustainability of the network and activities beyond the current EU LLP Erasmus funding.

AMC Director M. Eleftheriou attanded the AQUA-TNET meeting which was concerned with the planning of the ICT workshop being held as part of the AQUA-TNET Annual Event to be held in Malta in June.  

The final annual meeting of the Aqua-tnet III project is planned for  26-27th June in Malta. This will be immediately preceded by a two-day digital skills workshop to help participants adopt some of the latest ICT tools in their teaching (24-25th June). Further information will be available shortly.


September 2013: AQUATNET Workpackage 5 members meet in Frankfurt

Members of the working group on innovation in lifelong learning (workpackage 5) met at the NH Airport Hotel in Frankfurt on 16-17th September 2013 to drive forward plans for project workshops and publications. They were also joined by representatives from workpackages 1, 2 and 6 to work on cross-workpackage issues such as the use of innovative learning approaches in PhD level training.

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