Monday, June 1, 2015

Mr.Tebeio Tamton from Kiribati - winner of the IAFI Peter Howgate Award for 2015



Tebeio inspects a tuna landings on the quayside in Tarawa
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the IAFI Peter Howgate Award for 2015 is Mr.Tebeio Tamton from Kiribati. He will therefore be supported by IAFI to attend the World Seafood Congress 2013, to be held in Grimsby UK from 5th to 10th September 2015.



Tebeio is a Verification Officer with the Competent Authority for Fish and Fishery Products of Kiribati, a newly-established unit of the Fisheries Division within the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development. Kiribati is a small and remote developing island state in the SW Pacific Ocean and highly dependent on fishery product exports. Tebeio’s responsibilities include implementation and enforcement of official controls pertaining to food safety within the fishery sector (both land-based processing plants and offshore fishing vessels). As such he is responsible for ensuring that fishery business operators comply with the sanitary requirements of key export markets. Tebeio is also a key member of the team setting up official control systems in line with EU regulations, and has contributed technical content to the preparation of a dossier to submit to the European Commission with a view to obtaining access to this important market in the near future. 

Tebeio, who is from Kiribati, obtained a degree in Marine Science from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji in 2010. He then worked for two years in the fish processing industry, firstly in Fiji, and then in Kiribas. In Fiji he worked in the Inventory Control, Procurement and Marketing Department for an EU-listed fish processor exporting tuna to global markets, where he was responsible for the management of documents and certificates required for the export of consignment of fishery products to different markets. He also developed and implemented training courses on hygiene and occupational health for operatives working in the processing line. Subsequently, he worked for a company in Kiribati, undertaking similar tasks, before joining the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development in September 2013. 

Tebeio has won the award in the face of competition from a field of highly qualified applicants from around the world. He was selected by the judges due to his clear and strongly demonstrated professional commitment to fish inspection and his combination of experience in the fish processing industry and as an official fish inspector, which is particularly relevant to the aims of IAFI. Tebeio hopes that his attendance at the World Seafood Congress in Grimsby, will help his career by providing exposure to different international approaches to the implementation and enforcement of official controls for fishery products, and that this will this help Kiribati to gain access to the EU market for its fishery products. The Board of the International Association of Fish Inspectors wholeheartedly endorses this aim. We send our congratulations to Tebeio and look forward to meeting him at the World Seafood Congress in Grimsby, later this year.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

More about the Peter Howgate Award

About the IAFI Peter Howgate Award

Welcome to the "Peter Howgate Award", a travel grant presented by the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) to a young fish technologist who has shown a promising start to his or her career. The Peter Howgate Award pays for the attendance of the selected candidate to the biennial IAFI World Seafood Congress. In the past this has been held in Sydney Australia, Agadir Morocco, Washington USA, and St.John's, Newfoundland Canada.

The Award is a tribute to Peter Howgate's work and career, and a recognition of his immense and ongoing contribution to the field of fish technology and the people who work in it. The Award was set up by fish technology professionals around the world, with the help of the Seafood HACCP Discussion List community and was adopted by IAFI in 2014.


Peter on board the Torry research trawler, the GA Reay, 1981

How to apply for the Peter Howgate Award
The award is open to anyone presently employed in any relevant position involving fish technology from any country. Relevant positions include commercial fishery sector, research or inspection roles. To be eligible for the prize, applicants must be under 30 years of age.  Download more information and an application form here or email us at megapesca@mail.telepac.pt.

About IAFI

The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) was established in 1999 to serve the world fish inspection community. IAFI exists to promote the exchange of ideas and information, foster interaction, understanding and professional collaboration among individuals, organisations, and governments, disseminate knowledge about seafood and associated products inspection, and promote advancement of the state-of-the-art in fish inspection research and education. For more information visit http://www.iafi.net.


Leave a dedication to Peter Howgate

Everyone who has benefited from Peter's assistance is invited to write a dedication by clicking on the Comments link below. Remember to include your name, email address, position and organisation (if relevant).

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 Winner - Ms.Annamalai Jeyakumari

We are pleased to announce the winner of the  2012 award: Ms.Annamalai Jeyakumari, from the the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India. With the help of the award she has been able to undertake advanced studies on fish oil encapsulation  at Kasetsart University, Thailand. More information





About this site

This site is operated by the Peter Howgate Committee nominated by the Board of the International Association of Fish Inspectors. The site and the Peter Howgate Award is presently coordinated by Megapesca Lda, Portugal. (megapesca@mail.telepac.pt)

Donors

Other than IAFI, and a number of donors who wish to remain anonymous, the Peter Howgate Award is supported by:

Joseph Somers
June Olley
MacAlister Elliott and Partners
Megapesca Lda
Pamela Tom
Peter Howgate