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We are happy to announce the initiation of the aquaculture seminars (on-the-job training sessions) to a selected number of Egyptian fishermen.

• A number of 2 trainees have undergone an initial theoretical course on the basic principles of aquaculture technology which took place in the offices of one of the most experienced and well-known environmental consulting company in Greece the "Eco-Consultants" (www.eco-consultants.gr).These 2 trainees travelled to the Kefalonia island in the Ionian Sea where they have undergone a full training seminar of a one month duration at the facilities of the "Kefalonia Fisheries" (www.kefish.gr) one of the leading aquaculture companies of Greece and the first one to be established in the Greek market in 1981.The trainings begun on the 12th of January 2011 and ended on February 20th. 

• Additionally 2 more trainees started with their training in the Fisheries Research Institute (www.fishri.gr) in January. The Fisheries Research Institute (F.R.I) is a national research institute, being responsible to conduct research and to promote technological development in the fisheries sector. The Institute is located 17 km away from Kavala city, at the centre of a marine area with rich fishery grounds and high biodiversity in the surrounding lagoons, lakes and rivers.The research activities of F.R.I cover a wide range of fields in the marine research and applications sector. F.R.I. participates in many research programmes (European Community and National programmes) which consist the main funding source for its research activities. The schedule that was followed for the above training can be viewed in this document.

• All Egyptians participating in the seminars, were selected using our two-phase system of evaluation. In the primary phase, we used the data that was collected from our scheduled questionnaires concerning the personal information, education level, working experience and other related data. Objective methods (using Multi Criteria Decision Methods) were used for ranking the workers according to multiple criteria. At a second phase, those who were ranked in top places were communicated and those who in return expressed their interest for participating in the seminars were interviewed in order to acquire a direct opinion about their suitability for attending the seminars. Those selected were the results of this two-phase evaluation approach. For a detailed view of the selection process please download this paper.

• An important aspect of the current phase of the program is the evaluation of the above training courses through information gathered from questionnaires submitted to the trainees along with extensive discussion with them on the impact of the training, the necessary rescheduling and redesign. This is a pilot initiative and further investigations and discourse has to be made in order to maximize the benefits for the participants.