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Post Harvest Fisheries Workshop Report in Macuata, Fiji

Lako, Jimaima V. (2015) Post Harvest Fisheries Workshop Report in Macuata, Fiji. [Professional and Technical Reports] (Unpublished)

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Post-harvest fisheries activities provide livelihood for millions of people around the world including the province of Macuata, Vanualevu, Fiji. These include job creation and employment opportunities, provide valuable income, resource sustainability, poverty reduction and enhance domestic food security. However, the sector appears to be very much under-represented in development policies and plans mainly due to low levels of understanding of the post-harvest sector and its contribution to development which this sustainable seafood project is addressing. A three day training workshop on post-harvest fisheries was organized by the WWF to about fourty community-based participants who are directly engaged with the sector that were selected from over 15 coastal community and villages. The training included lectures, group activities, field visit and practical hands-on sessions on topics from post-harvest fisheries, handling, icing, storage, spoilage, food safety and poisoning. Quality control in the form of Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) was the major determinant of quality and freshness of fisheries products handled along the supply chain. A visit to the Labasa fish market and quality index method assessment complemented the participants’ classroom learning experiences. Recommendations made from the 3-days workshop that would pave the way in the supply of safe, fresh and high quality fish to the hotels include; ciguatera free fish species, histamine free and the provision of the following apparatus to the fishermen and vendors or retailers who would be interested in exporting fresh fish to the hotels; thermometers, eskies with continuous supply of ice, a refrigerated truck with data logger to monitor and track cold chain along the supply chain from point of harvest to final destination. Development and production of relevant manuals related to post-harvest fisheries to be distributed to participants for guidance and Good Hygienic Practices (PHP) and good handling practices compliance need to be strictly adhered to, monitored and retained.

Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
Additional Information: This is an unpublished report.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Depositing User: Jimaima Lako
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 03:15
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 21:24

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