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Minutes Nantes TAFT meeting

Minutes of the 45th WEFTA National Representatives Meeting

13th October 2015

Nantes, France

Date and time of the meeting: 12th October 2015 17.00-19.15

Location: Congress center, 5 Rue Valmy, Nantes, room BC

Chairperson: Françoise Leroi, Ifremer

Co-chair: Véronique Verrez, Ifremer


1. Opening remarks and introduction of participants

2. Apologies for absence

3. Adoption of agenda

4. Adoption of the Minutes of the 44th Meeting in 2014 in Bilbao, Spain

5. Changes in members-contact persons

6. New membership from European institutes and excluding partners

7. Program for the 45th WEFTA-5th TAFT meeting in Nantes, France (Véronique Verrez-Bagnis)

8. Report from WEFTA WG on Analytical Methods (Karen Bekaert)

9. Status Bylaws (Ingrid Undeland)

10. WEFTA award (Javier Borderias)

11. WEFTA website (Joop Luten)

12. Next WEFTA meetings

a. 46th WEFTA meeting, Croatia (Sanja Vidacek)

b. 47th proposal for venue

13. Information from the representative from the USA colleagues of TAFT (David Green)

14. Frequency of TAFT meeting

15. Any other Business


Minutes 44th WEFTA National Representatives Meeting, Bilbao, Spain

  1. Opening remarks and introduction of participants

Françoise Leroi welcomed the participants to the National representatives meeting at the 45th WEFTA event. The participants introduced themselves and their affiliation.

Delegates present at the meeting were (15):

Jákup Mørkøre, Faroe Islands; Françoise Leroi, France; Karen Bekaert, Belgium; John Fagan, Ireland; Javier Borderias, Spain; Şükran Çakli, Turkey; Flemming Jessen, Denmark; Sigrún M. Halldórsdóttir, Iceland; Joop Luten, The Netherlands, Ingrid Undeland, Sweden; Sanja Vidacek, Croatia; Véronique Verrez, France and Narcisa Bandara, Portugal.

David Green and Michael Morrissey (USA) were invited to provide information about SST and AFTC.

Françoise Leroi explained the restructuration of her ex-laboratory (Science and Technology of Marine Biomass-STBM). Françoise Leroi is now responsible of a new laboratory named Microbial Ecosystems and Marine Molecules for the Biotechnology (EM3B) which regroups half of STBM and a laboratory that worked on extremophilic bacteria.

Sigrún M. Halldórsdóttir announced The World Seafood Congress 2017 "Growth in Blue Economy", September 10-14th in Iceland.

Jákup Mørkøre presented two documents on the policy brief bioeconomy in the North East Atlantic and Arctic based on the outcome of the international conference "Growth in Blue Economy" held 2-3 June 2015. He also presented the main conclusions of the Seaweed Symposium (5-7 May 2015) for the Nordic countries.

2. Apologies for absence

Françoise announced that apologies for not attending the meeting have been received from (6): Michaela Archer, UK; Horst Karl, Germany (late flight); Heidi Nilsen, Norway (late flight), Nicolas Soultos, Greece, Susanna Airaksinen, Finland and Loreida Timber, Estonia.

Giuliana Parisi, Italy and Jolanta Hillar, Poland, did not answer to the invitation.

3. Adoption of agenda

The meeting agenda as presented to the delegates prior to the meeting (e-mail) was adopted.

4. Adoption of minutes of the 44th Meeting in 2014 in Bilbao, Spain

The minutes from the 44th Meeting in 2014 in Bilbao were adopted.

5. Changes in members-contact persons

Some substitutions for the Permanent Representative Members in WEFTA were announced:

- Denmark: Flemming Jensen from DTU-Food, announced that he will be the new representative from his Institute.

- Narcisa Bandarra from IPMA is the new representative for Portugal.

- Françoise Leroi from Ifremer is the new representative for France.

Some discussions were raised about implication in the WEFTA of Giuliana Parisi, Italy and Jolanta Hillar, Poland who did not answer to the invitation.

Jolanta Hillar from Poland did not attend the WEFTA national representative meeting for more than 3 years. It was decided to exclude her Institute being a member of WEFTA based upon the bylaws of WEFTA. Françoise Leroi will announce this new to Jolanta by email. Sanja Vidacek who has some contacts in Poland will try to propose a new institute for being the national representative.

No news was received from Giuliana Parisi for 2 consecutive years. It has been decided that Françoise will make a call to her and give some feed-back to the national representatives.

Michaela Archer had announced by email that SEAFISH has significantly changed those last 3-5 years and was no longer actively engaged in fish technology research. SEAFISH undertakes research on the whole seafood supply chain but these are driven by the fish industry and are remote from the fish technology research undertaken by the WEFTA organization. She's struggling to propose a way forward that best suits both UK representation and WEFTA requirements. John Fagan will contact Michaela and will propose a list of various UK research institutes or universities that are involved in food/fish science. Possibility of contacting one of them will be discussed by the WEFTA national representative meeting (probably by email).

6. New membership from European institutes

No new membership has been applied for WEFTA during the last year.

7. Program for the 45th TAFT meeting in Nantes, France (Véronique)

Véronique mentions that 110 participants registered (94 registrations + 13 invited persons including keynotes speakers). The program was divided in 5 sessions, one dedicated to discussion between industry and researchers. The oral presentation consisted in :

1 WEFTA award winner lecture

5 keynote lectures (30 min including questions)

23 full oral presentations (20 min including questions)

32 short oral presentations (5 min without questions)

40 posters

The afternoon dedicated to industry was organized as follow : Introduction by Jean-Pascal Bergé, IDmer (20 min), presentation of IDMer and introductive roundtable conference. Presentation of industry stakeholders participating in the roundtable: Copalis, Procidys, Gouessant, Diana, Olmix, Fleury Michon. First round table on contaminants (heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs, antibiotics, pesticide residues...) regarding analytical, technical, biological and regulation issues. Second round table on the sustainability of the sector and optimization of the value chain (sustainability, circular economy, environmental impact…)

Véronique presented the different key dates for website and registration opening (25-02-15) and the different date for reminding alerts. The abstract submission deadline was 30 June, extended to 12 July. She underlined that 40% of the registration occurred in September. She mentioned difficulty for payment by international bank transfer, five late cancellations, people with an accepted abstract which did not inform that they will not participate, and finally the few number of people for the social event (winery visit).

8. Report from WEFTA WG on Analytical Methods (Karen Bekaert)

Karen Bekaert mentions that the last WG meeting took place in Bilbao during the WEFTA meeting to optimize both time and travel costs. Eleven people from nine countries have participated. Different subjects were discussed : fat content determination, fish meal, phosphate determination in fish products, microplastics in seafood, new species on the market, parasite and by-products. It was mentioned that it was difficult to find a common subject. The last collaborative work was on phosphate detection and reference material for dioxin. Joop suggested that the WG identifies at least one research question and looks for partners interested in working in.

The next WG is planned during this WEFTA meeting in Nantes, on Tuesday 13th of October after the conferences.

9. Status Bylaws

Ingrid indicates that the document is on the home page and is quite complete. She mentioned that we have clear guidelines for organization of the meeting. She proposed to add that being a director is not necessary to be the WEFTA representative. Ingrid will send the Status Bylaws by email to the national representative, with a deadline (possibly end of November) to return our comments.

10. WEFTA award

The 2015 Committee is formed by Javier Borderias (Chairman), Margarita Tejada, Ingrid Undeland and Mª Leonor Nunes. Javier will present the WEFTA award winner during the gala dinner on Wednesday 14th of October.

11. WEFTA website

Joop continues to maintain the WEFTA website up-to-date. He has created a face book page. He would like more input from the representatives (information such as relevant research results and advancement in seafood science and technology, publication, restructuration of institute/laboratory, important meeting, PhD and post-doc offers, or any other points that appear important for the WEFTA community). Also he needs more information from the WEFTA Working Group.

12. Next WEFTA meetings

The main lines for the 46th WEFTA meeting in Split (Croatia) next year were presented by Sanja Vidacek. She mentioned that it will take place from the 12th till the 14th October 2016, at the Hotel Park (5*). Split is a city of 180000 inhabitants and is the new shining star of Croatia. Split is linked to numerous Islands, with many fish and shellfish farms. Sanja detailed the facilities as well as social events planned on Friday afternoon. A new session on quality of freshwater species is proposed to attract participants from the inland countries.

John Fagan announced that the 47th WEFTA meeting will be organized in Ireland (quite sure at 99% but John is waiting for an official confirmation of his institute).

13. Information from AFT/SST representative (David Green)

Members of the AFT and SST executive committees meet in August 2014 and approved, in principle, to merge the two regional fisheries conferences. Plans will be completed in 2016 and the first meeting of the new association will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina USA. The new association tentatively named the "Atlantic Seafood Science and Technology Conference” offered to plan for the 6th Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference to be co-organized by Heather Manuel, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Julie Boyer, Direction de l'innovation et des technologies Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Department, Canada. A formal presentation including site location and dates will be given during the 46th WEFTA meeting in Split, Croatia.

14. Frequency of TAFT meeting

All the representatives as well as David confirmed their wish to have a joint meeting WEFTA/SST/AFTC. Joop indicated that the number of participants from Europe to the TAFT meeting when hosted in USA or Canada is low, and vice-versa (max 10-20). He proposed to reduce the frequency of the TAFT meeting to 4 years. Ingrid and Françoise thought that missing one WEFTA every 3 years (indeed every 6 years as TAFT is hosted alternatively in Europe and North America) is not a problem and mentioned that the frequency of many international meetings is 2 years. As there was no other comment from the representatives, it was decided not changing the frequency.

Ingrid said that it may be easier for European participants if TAFT is located in a city from the East cost of America.