Author: Margaret Eleftheriou

01 1 2010

Group photo Crete.JPGSeptember 5-8 Progress Meeting in Cretaquarium, Crete, Greece

Most interesting points arising from the meeting

-Full agreement reached on 150 new items to be added to the PESCALEX Fish diseases glossary. The glossary will now include completely new items on nutrition, as well as all those suggested by the external evaluator.

-The look of the new website has been decided after a lively (not to say robust) exchange of views from all partners. Changes to the proposed layout will mean some delay in its realization.

-Discussion of the Language Game was also extremely lively and deserves to be recorded here in some detail.

CETMAR, the workshop host and organizer, are of the opinion that a Simulation Game is more appropriate, based on the need to recognise disease symptoms in fish. This is because the overall aim is to demonstrate how to obtain an accurate and reliable record of disease events. Such training in observation of detail could be invaluable for the participants, and the outcome will play an important role as a historical record of an actual event.

Video and still materials are to be used, with visual signs of disease to be observed from video clips to aid speedy and accurate reporting of symptoms. All this can help farmers to avoid heavy mortalities and thus financial loss.

Suggested progress of the game

1. There will be two sets of teams, Farmers v. Vets.

2. Information will be given and can be worked on using the native language, but the Farmers will have to report disease signs and symptoms in English. Emphasis will be on accurate observation and reporting of what may be quite small external signs.

3. The Vet group will then attempt to make a diagnosis, interrogating the PESCALEX 2 materials electronically. There will be 3 disease possibilities, for which the VET team will find information on the correct treatment and the actions that should be taken.

In steps 3 and 4, consultations may take place using Skype, since the two groups could be in different rooms.

4. This information will be given to the Farmers in English.

5. The Farmers will send the results to the teachers/assessors in English.

6. The Teachers/assessors panel will judge the results and find a winner.