CIHEAM Zaragoza is in charge of the programming and supervision of the training activities offered while the ship Intermares is in Spanish ports.
On 15 September, the training and cooperation activities of the ship Intermares were presented while the vessel was berthed at Quay 9 in the port of Alicante. The act was held in the vessel’s lecture theatre and was attended by various dignitaries, including a representative of the City Council of Alicante; the Director of CIHEAM Zaragoza, Raúl Compés; the Director General of Agriculture, Livestock Farming and Fisheries of the Generalitat Valenciana, Toni Quintana, and the Secretary General for Fisheries (SGP) of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), Alicia Villauriz, as well as a representative of the Spanish Navy.
Intermares arose from an initiative of the General Fisheries Secretariat, to carry out training and cooperation activities in countries of strategic fishing interest for Spain. Following the 2008-2012 crisis, the management and financing of activities conducted by Intermares went on to depend jointly on the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food through the SGP, and the Ministry of Defence through the Navy, for the organization of their training activities.
Intermares offers top-level professional training in fisheries
Intermares is a fully-equipped floating training centre that enables students to receive the best possible specialized training in fisheries. It has 7 individual cabins for lecturers and 24 double cabins for students, besides classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, dining rooms, workshops and all the facilities required for top-level professional training.
A noteworthy feature is a small fish factory, holding the facilities of a fishing vessel as well as those of the processing and transformation industry. This enables students to do practicals on board covering all the processes involved in the supply chain: from the catch to the final consumer products (including canning).
Training activities onboard the ship Intermares
CIHEAM Zaragoza is in charge of the programming and supervision of the training activities offered while Intermares is in Spanish ports, as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2019 by CIHEAM, the University of Alicante, the SGP and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
The prominent role of CIHEAM Zaragoza and the confidence SGP has placed in our Institution, finds its explanation in our strong area of expertise in Fisheries and Aquaculture. The Institute participates in the organization of two international master’s programmes in: Sustainable Fisheries Management, with the University of Alicante and another on Marine Aquaculture, with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Furthermore, CIHEAM Zaragoza offers advanced courses for professionals and collaborates in research projects financed with EU funds.
CIHEAM Zaragoza signed in 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Fisheries Secretariat to strengthen their collaboration
While the vessel is in port in Alicante, our Institute will be managing a course on fisheries observers that will be delivered in two separate editions: one in Spanish and another in French.