will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which is expected to have a positive impact on their ability to find employment. Other activities are also planned for example, the creation of a networking platform which will unite stakeholders active in the field of marine fisheries, including educational institutions and their alumni, private industry, and organizations. The platform will provide stakeholders with opportunities for new partnerships, the exchange of know-how, access to the most recent market information, trends in the sector, qualified staff and/or employment opportunities. Improving the maritime training centre for professional marine fishermen is a logical activity of this project. Courses offered by the training centre do not currently comply with IMO standards or the requirements of EU legislation. Trained seafarers therefore do not possess the competencies and skills which are recognized internationally and/or satisfy safety needs, environmental concerns, or overall maritime security standards. Developing new basic and advanced courses for professional seafarers that are aligned with IMO standards will have a positive impact on environment protection, and on pollution and safety hazards, and will improve fishing efficiency and create opportunities for international collaboration.
Wide range of stakeholders will contribute The project consortium is composed of different stakeholders
Commercial fishers in Albania will soon be able to upgrade their skills to fish more sustainably yet more efficiently by attending newly introduced courses at the vocational training centre or by taking a master’s degree in marine fishing.
that are actively contributing to the marine fishery industry. Local partners range from universities that already offer marine-related study programs, through private companies whose core business is in the fishing industry, to the Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the fishing sector’s highest authority. The project has nine partners: the University of Split in Croatia (project coordinator), Agricultural University of Tirana, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”, Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Fisheries and Aquaculture Services Directorate, Tirana, AlbAdriatico2013
Ltd., Albamar and EUROFISH. The involvement of such a variety of stakeholders will assure the quality of the project’s results and its sustainability.
Development of master’s degree well under way The project’s first step was an analysis of the current status of the fishing industry in Albania. This provided a detailed overview of the existing educational opportunities and resources in Albania and the structure of the fishing industry, the number of stakeholders and their needs in terms of human resources. This analysis provided insights that were used in the development of a curriculum for the new professional master’s degree in marine fishery. After designing a curriculum based on the experience of the University of Split, which organizes
undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses in marine fishery, and on the competencies at three Albanian universities, the curriculum was approved by departments, faculties as well as the senates of three universities. That was a prerequisite for sending the curriculum to the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth for final approval, which was done in mid-February 2020. Study tours were planned for Albanian participants to Italy and Denmark in 2020 but they have, so far, been postponed because of the current situation with the coronavirus. For more information: Prof. Alen Soldo, PhD in Marine Fisheries Project Coordinator Department of Marine Studies University of Split email@example.com http://almars-project.eu
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Featuring the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Croatia, Albania and Kazakhstan this issue also profiles octopus in our species section.