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The final meeting of the Erasmus+ MARIPET project in Izmir

The final (fifth) meeting of the Erasmus+ project “Innovative Curriculum to Evaluate Marine Fishery Discards as Raw Pet Food for Sustainable Europe” [MARIPET] took place on the 7th and 8th of February at the Ege University in Izmir (Turkey). Prof. dr. Virginija Dulskienė and assoc. prof. dr. Anželika Dautartė, from the Department of Environment and Ecology, took part in the meeting.

On the first day of the meeting, the implementation of the project and the dissemination events that have taken place and are planned were discussed. The focus was on the review and development of the innovative 5-module curriculum, the virtual learning environment, the platform for pet food producers, and experts and the challenges and results of the testing of the pilot curriculum. The structure, publication, and distribution of a guide/e-book on the production of pet food from fisheries discards was finalised.

The project partners met with the Rector of Ege University, prof. dr. Necdet Budak, and discussed possible perspectives for cooperation in the field of science and studies, as well as the possibilities of studies in English, and the exchange of teachers and students.

The Izmir Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) is one of the partners in this project, and it was particularly valuable to meet with the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality, Tunç Soyer. The meeting focused on the global challenges of fisheries and aquaculture, the role of society in addressing these challenges, and the role of government and higher education institutions.

On the second day of the meeting, a visit was made to the Izmir Seafood Market. This market was renovated in 2017 to accommodate the wholesale trade in fish, shellfish and other seafood.

The project is coordinated by Ege University (Turkey), project partners: University of Balikesir (Turkey), University of Dubrovnik (Croatia), Agricultural University of Iceland, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Vytautas Magnus University.

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