Fish farmers, scientists meet in Spain


Chris Dove, contributing editor, reporting from Malaga, Spain

Published on
September 7, 2009

Valencia, Spain, is the venue for the second International Workshop on Biology of Fish Gametes from 9 to 11 September.

The event’s purpose is “to gather scientists and the aquaculture industry to identify and extract the most important results of past and current research programs and to prepare future actions.”

The event is hosted by Reprofish, the European Union-funded science and aquaculture organization, and sponsored by Spain’s Ministry of Science & Innovation, the Government of Valencia and the University Polytechnic of Valencia.

It will be attended by fish farmers and scientists from Spain, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Japan, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Israel, Germany, the United States, Canada and Iran.

The program will address sperm features and mobility of Atlantic bluefin tuna and European hake; the fertilizing capacity of rainbow trout; sexual selection in Atlantic cod; fatty acid composition of European eel; and genetic changes to wild turbot populations in the southern Baltic Sea.
In other news, Spain’s Ministry of Rural and Marine Affairs will formally introduce the vessel Intermares at the Ministers of Fisheries meeting, as part of the World Fishing Exhibition in Vigo, Spain, on 16 September.

The vessel’s purpose is to strengthen international relations between fishing countries. The EUR 22.3 million (USD 32.2 million) project will initially focus on Latin American and African countries.

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