countries were represented to discuss innovation, responsibility, and
sustainability for the future, under the conference theme of Seafood Supply
Chains of the Future. This conference occurs every 2 years somewhere around the
world, in a location usually closely related to the seafood industry. Previous
conferences have been at Reykjavik in Iceland, St Johns in Newfoundland &
Sydney Australia. The conference is organised by the International Association
of Fish Inspectors (IAFI). Clare has been a member since her first conference
in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1999. Clare was very involved in the organisation
for the 2007 conference in Dublin, Ireland. The next World Seafood
Congress will be held in 2021 in the city of Peniche, Portugal.
That’s Clare on
stage as part of the final World Seafood Congress 2019 wrap up- along with
fellow Australians, Jayne Gallagher (first female IAFI President) & Mark
Boulter (most recent past IAFI president). Was a busy few days as Clare,
presented on TACCP (Threat Assessment within the seafood industry), moderated a
session (Consumer Protection & Food Safety), judged the poster competition
& was part of the final Congress wrap up. Then she was promoted from the
South Pacific Regional Representative onto the Executive Board of IAFI
(International Assoc of Fish Inspectors). Additionally another project
Clare has been working on during 2019 (the risk of Salmonella in the
consumption of raw fish products) was presented by Jasmine Lacis-Lee from DTS
Food labs in Brisbane.
At each conference a number of awards are given out
including the following:
competition judged by the IAFI board members, with cash prizes sponsored by
-Outstanding contributions to the seafood industry deserve
to be acknowledged. Nominations can come from anyone and based on their
contributions to research achievements, industry or equipment development,
patents and achievements in the application of safety and quality systems,
training and training development in any seafood related profession, and other
areas which positively affected the seafood and fishing industry.
-The Peter Howgate Award which
funds the attendance of a young fish technologist to the World Seafood Congress
2019, a career-changing opportunity to gain insights and build networks within
the global fishery sector. Persons under the age of 30 are eligible for the
Award. For more information, please visit the official
Peter Howgate Award website.
–Women in Seafood Video Award: winners
will be awarded cash prizes of up to 1000 Euro and a ticket to the Congress.
Video submissions must be in a short film format, less than 4 minutes long, and
feature a woman involved in the seafood industry. For more information, please
visit the Women
in Seafood website.
The Peter Howgate award for 2019 had 2 winners, that
presented a number of times during the conference:
Industry in India – an overview” by Justin
Sundarrajan, Newport International’s Quality Control Consultant
-“Official Controls, Constraints, Opportunities
and the Future plans for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Uganda”
Mbabazi, Department of Fisheries
Resources inspector for the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and
Fisheries – Uganda.
Clare has previously (2013) won an award
for her Outstanding contributions to the
seafood industry with regard to training.
Here are some links to the 2019 conference https://wsc2019.com & https://www.facebook.com/wsc2019/
Here is the link to the IAFI website http://www.iafi.net/