Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Peter Howgate Award from the candidates viewpoint

Hannah Antwi, giving her presentation
 on fish smoking  in Ghana

After attending the World Seafood Congress and the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition, one of our 2017 Peter Howgate Award Winners, Hannah Antwi, stated that her participation in the events really helped to increase her knowledge of fisheries and has provided many ideas to improve the quality of Ghana’s fish products, for both local and international markets. She especially appreciated the exposure to IAFI’s international networks of experts who will support her work, and help in her aim to reverse the trajectory of Ghana’s fishery and improve post-harvest conditions of fish handling, processing and marketing. Hannah indicated that the Icelandic fisheries exhibition also provided her with lots of ideas on value addition and income generating activities which could be replicated in Ghana. Because of her participation she was also able to identify organizations and individuals who are willing to support technological innovations, demonstrations and extension initiatives in small-scale businesses in the fisheries sector. As a young fisheries technologist, she has also realized that women play a special role in sustaining aquatic resources, a role which she will seek to promote and develop. Overall, Hannah considers that the 2017 World Seafood Congress will help to shape her career, by guiding her to adopt and make right decisions that will benefit Ghana, and serve as a mirror for others.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IAFI selects two winners for the 2017 Award

The International Association of Fish Inspectors is pleased to announce that the winners of the IAFI Peter Howgate Award for 2017 are Ms.Hannah Antwi from Ghana and  Mr.Giri Rohmad Barokah from Indonesia. These candidates will be supported by IAFI to attend the World Seafood Congress 2017 to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 10-13th September 2017. The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee, and this will afford the winning applicants a career changing opportunity to gain insights and build networks in the global fishery sector.

Hannah demonstrates improved fish smoking kilns
Hannah Antwi is 27 years of age, and comes from Elmina, a coastal fishing community in the Central Region of Ghana. She is a Fishery Extension Agent with the Central and Western Fishmongers Improvement Association (CEWEFIA), a registered Ghanaian NGO that empowers rural and coastal fishmongers and processors to improve their socio-economic status and ensure the well-being of their children. CEWEFIA is committed to ensuring fish quality and processing among fishmongers and processors.Hannah, who studied at Takoradi Polytechnic, works closely with Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) and donors to promote improved fuel-efficient fish smoking technologies and train small scale fish processors in improved quality, fish handling and processing practices in order to add value to fishery products, address health and economic concerns of the traditional method of processing fish, and enhance the quality of smoked fish for both local and international markets. In the last three years, she has trained 450 persons from small scale enterprises, mostly run by women, in how to maintain the quality of their products, and in hygienic fish handling practices. 

Giri, working in his lab in Jakarta, Indonesia
Giri Rohmad Barokah, who is 26 years of age, obtained a BSc degree in Fisheries (majoring in Aquatic Product Technology) from Bogor Agricultural University in 2014.  He now works at the Research and Development Centre for Marine and Fisheries Product Competitiveness and Biotechnology as a researcher in the Food Safety and Environment Research Group. The Centre provides scientific support to the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries for sanitary controls for the export of fishery products.  Since he started work in the Centre he has undertaken a study regarding the illegal use of formaldehyde as a food additive to preserve fish and fishery products, and is seeking to differentiate this from natural production during the decay process. He is also a member of a research team assessing the extent of chemical, microbiological and parasite contamination risks in fishery products in Indonesia, as part of a national risk profiling and assessment exercise.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grant for attendance of young fish technologists at the World Seafood Congress, Reykjavik, September 2017

The International Association of Fish Inspectors is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2017 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2017, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 10-13th September 2017.

The Congress will be hosted by MATIS, the Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D institute, and will also coincide with the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition and Awards from 13-15th September.

The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee. This affords the successful applicant a career-changing opportunity to gain new insights and build networks in the global fishery sector. The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2017.

Download the detailed rules and application form here.

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.

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)


Other than IAFI, and a number of donors who wish to remain anonymous, the Peter Howgate Award was launched with support from:

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