On occasion, SafeFish can provide sponsorship funding for researchers and/or technical representatives to attend meetings, workshops or training events that are of particular interest to the work that SafeFish undertakes or represents. Below are some recent examples:
ECSafe Seafood Conference, Brussels Belgium
In January 2017, SARDI researcher Dr. Stephen Pahl was sponsored by SafeFish to travel to Brussels, Belgium to attend the EC Safe Seafood final conference. The purpose of the trip was to exchange knowledge on emerging seafood hazards and develop opportunities for collaboration with European food safety experts. The conference included 18 partners from 10 countries and assessed food safety issues related to non-regulated contaminates (such as flame retardants, Poly-Fluoroalkyl substances (PFOS), microplastics, heavy metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluated their impact on public health. Several of these issues are potentially or currently of concern in Australia. A report is available from the SafeFish secretariat.
2017 Trade Mission to China for discussions on Sulphites in Australian Abalone
SafeFish participated in a trade mission to China with the Seafood Trade Advisory Group and the Australasian Abalone Association in May 2017. The mission met with key researchers and businesses who provided information that will assist in the submission of a request to the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission to change the Chinese food standards code to allow sulphites in canned abalone. A change to the Chinese food standards code will allow Australian canned abalone to be exported to China.
16th Malaysian International Food & Beverage Trade Fair (MIFB) and International Seafood Safety & Trade Conference
In June 2015, Ms. Natalie Dowsett from SARDI Food Safety & Innovation was sponsored by SafeFish to attend the first International Seafood Safety & Trade Conference that was held in conjunction with the 16th Malaysian International Food & Beverage Trade Fair in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference focused on seafood quality, safety, trade, health, environmental issues, innovation as well as product development.
UNESCO/IOC Taxonomic Training in Identification & Enumeration of Harmful Algae
Monitoring for harmful species in all seafood sectors relies heavily on phytoplankton testing for cost effective early warning of the presence of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) species, with a high level of taxonomic expertise critical for identifying potentially toxic species. The impact of HABs on the Tasmanian aquaculture sector has been significant in recent years. Opportunities for taxonomic training focusing on HAB species are rare in Australia, and it was identified by the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Advisory Committee (ASQAAC) as an area where capability needs to be improved in Australia. Given this recommendation, and to increase industry response and reaction capabilities, SafeFish provided funding for Dr. Ruth Eriksen from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) to attend the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO intensive 10-day course on the Identification and Enumeration of Harmful Algae course that was held in Denmark, in August 2014.
International Workshop on Shellfish Harvest Area Classification
SafeFish sponsored Mr. Anthony Zammit, from the New South Wales (NSW) Food Authority Shellfish Program, to represent Australia at a workshop on Shellfish Harvest Area Classification that was held in Newport USA in September 2012. The main objectives of the workshop were to expand understanding of the systems used internationally for classifying molluscan shellfish areas and make progress towards the development of a unified international system. It was also to investigate and evaluate approaches for shellfish harvest area classification and management globally to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each component of systems globally and build consensus for a common international standard.