Title Qualification of Vocational Education and Skill Training for Aquaculture Sector in Europe
Project Number 2012-1-TR1-LEO05-35110
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text FISHFARM will identify the requirements and skills required in aquaculture sector by consulting all stakeholders through a needs analysis of the sector. Modules will be developed to fill the gaps in aquaculture sector by using two base projects learning materials. Four main outcomes and additional dissemination materials of FISFARM project will help to solve problems of targeted groups of aquaculture sector in partners' countries and in Europe.
Increased demand for fish protein has been met by increased cultivation of many species of freshwater and marine fish. The aquaculture production in EU is 1.2 millions and average yearly fish consumption is 23 kg per person. Turkey has 152.000 tons aquaculture production but yearly fish consumption is 6.32 kg per person. In spite of state of the art technology to fulfill the production needs, it is necessary to optimize different production factors in fish culture operations to minimize the possible ecological impacts, water quality, microbiological, toxicological (dioxin) and disease problems of farmed fish. Without knowing and controlling them, it will be hard to program viable aquaculture industries. The fish feeding systems can lead to undesired complications due to inadequate training and skills of workers as well as lack of proper translation of manuals. A major bottleneck for reliable fish production is the high mortality rate during larval stage. Factors that affect larval survival and quality are not yet well-defined. In order to be competitive, fish farmers, technicans and trainers in vocational and continuing education institutions often need contemporary scientific curriculum on brood stock management, larval culture, disease management, biosecurity, and cage aquaculture. Surveys and literatures on fish farming show that an integrated effort is crucial to blend in the discrete pieces of information and experience that have accumulated over the years for potential solutions in fish farming.
FISHFARM is a transfer of innovation project that aims to create sustainable scientific curriculum for fish culture and cage rearing operations that will help to bring in ideas, approaches and methods towards solving persistent problems in aquaculture. Such a cooperation will assist hatcheries and cage farms across Europe in having a more reproductive outcome and in leading to a better knowledge of sustainable aquaculture. The main objective of the project is to create completely updated teaching materials on fish farming, EU legislations on fish farming, relevant importance as indicators of aquaculture sustainability. The targets of teaching materials are fish farmers, their associations, feed/eed additive sector, environmental associations, faculties of fisheries, agriculture, and also policy makers and institutions in Europe. The consortium consists universities, research center, foundation, cooperative and a private institution. The main outcomes are related to the implementation of the teaching materials by former Ostrich (main) and Sheepskills projects with a specific focus on importance of sustainable good practices in the aquaculture sector in Europe. The impact envisaged of teaching materials from former projects are on fish farmers, related services, beneficients of the project, teachers and trainers of public or private continuing education centers on fish farming, labor employment agencies and VET systems.
The FISHFARM project overall goal is to develop a new curriculum for fish farmers who are producing fish in the sea and freshwater in Europe, collecting all the last information and research as is done on the last developments aiming at finding solutions to recently emerged problems with fishes. It will also teach the EU legislations related to fish farming to fishermans and fish farmers in EU new membered and pre accession states and in Europe. The project will create innovative training resources through transfer of innovation of Ostrich and Sheepskills training resources, their update and further development according to the needs of target groups. Specific attention will be paid to quality and attarctiveness of these resources and training methods. This will be also evaluated through the pilot training. The objectives set to realise this goal are a series of guided activities leading to collecting the best available information regarding:
- Good practices in fish farming
- Water ecosystem, water quality, quantity
- Fish farming methods, equipments
- Brood stock management
- Larval culture and nutrition
- Feeding, feed additives
- Larval stage and fish disease
- Contaminants (PCBs, dioxin, heavy
- Sanitation and biosecurity
- Applying HACCP for fish farming to product
- Responsibilities of fish farmers for EU
- Economic aspects of fish farm in Europe
- Contributions to sustainable agricultural
- Guidelines for beneficients and trainers in
vocational and continuing education centers
(public,private), best practice models
in partner countries, develop these in a
training programme for fish farmer.
Supporting the project and the activities will be: ICT, e-learning, e-collaboration, dissemination and valorisation activities, (seminars, courses, media activities and accreditation).
FISHFARM addresses the European specific objectives: 'to encourage the best use of results, innovative products and processes and exchange good practice in the fields covered by the LLP, in order to improve the quantity of education and training'.
The final aim of the project is to support to initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers, tutors and VET institution managers and also support improvement of efficiency, competitiveness and employment in the target sector and rural areas through training and acquisition of new skills and competences.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
Transportation and Storage
Mining and Quarrying
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
1. The European FISHFARM portal with integrated training modules into the e-learning
2. Handbook on European FISHFARM with DVD/Zip-Stick
3. Need analyses and consultation reports
4. Dissemination materials and conferences
Medium that will be used:
2. Database (DB)
3. Network (NW)
5. Paper Brochures (BRC)
6. Event (EVENT)
7. Exhibition (EXH)
8. Oral (OR)
9. Publications (PUB)