What is Post-harvest Fisheries?
Post-harvest fisheries culminates all steps, process and/or activities immediately after catch, handling and transportation, processing and distribution of fish an fishery products where if control is not applied post-harvest losses will occur.
United Nations Declaration
In 31st October 1995, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN) adopted the global code of conduct for responsible fisheries (CCRF). While the framework covers all aspects of fisheries, it is very specific concerning the post-harvest fisheries sector.
States should give due consideration to the economic and social role of the post-harvest fisheries sector when formulating national policies for the sustainable development and utilisation of fishery resources.
Commitment by RCCCE
The University of the South Pacific through The Regional Centre for Continuing and Community Education (RCCCE) strongly believe that the future of Pacific Island countries fishing industry development will depend on each and every government’s perception of their post-harvest fisheries sector.
RCCCE have been providing and will continue to provide capacity building and expert advise in the area of post-harvest fisheries to Pacific Island countries rural communities, men, women, youth, SME’s, private fishing operators, fisheries departments and other interested clients. We will continue to do this because the post-harvest fisheries sector contributes to national policies such as:
i) Reduction of poverty
ii) Increase and improve food security
iii) Increase employment
iv) Increase foreign exchange balance
v) Increase gross domestic product (GDP) and
vi) Protection of biodiversity and enhancement of sustainable use of marine/fisheries resources.
Post-harvest fisheries projects
Post-harvest fisheries training and development to increase and improve food security and alleviate poverty in Pacific Island countries rural and urban women communities 2009 - 2010
Post-harvest fisheries training and development to increase and improve food security and alleviate poverty in Pacific Island countries rural and urban women communities 2011 - 2013
We provide consultancy services in the following areas:
- Auditing seafood safety (HACCP) plans
- Development of seafood safety (HACCP) plans in compliance to USFDA Seafood HACCP Regulation CFR 123.10.
- Development of seafood safety (HACCP) plans in compliance to EU Directives 91/492 and 92/493and other related directives (92/48/EEC, 93/51/EEC, 93/140/EEC, 93/351/EEC, 94/356/EEC – on implementing an own health check system (HACCP) and 95/149/EEC.
- Develop Fisheries Project proposals and Business Plans
- Design and production of strategies to improve the efficiency of post-harvest fisheries handling and processing practices
- Design and Production of National Fish Inspection and Quality Assurance Programmes
- Seafood product development and research
- Fish Marketing Research
- Design and Production of Flexible Learning Material
- Design and Production of Competency Based Learning Material
- Design and production of histamine control system in commercial and artisanal fishing sectors post-harvest
Post-harvest fisheries Training and Assessment
I) Competency Training
We provide the following competency training packages:
Certificate II in Seafood Processing and Value Adding
Certificate II in Designing and Operating of Fish Plants
II) Tailor made training
We also do tailor made trainings to suit your community, organization and/or company needs.
III) Assessment and Validation
We will assist your organization or company to do the following:
- How to plan and organize assessment
- Assess competency
- Develop assessment tools
- Implement assessment validation
Reports and Technical Papers
- A Report on Freshwater Fish Processing and Value Adding Workshop in Nacokaika, Naitasiri Province, Fiji Islands
- A Report on Republic of China (Taiwan) Funded Seafood Processing and Value Adding Training Workshop in Suva, Fiji Islands
- A Report on Republic of China (Taiwan) Funded Seafood Processing and Value Adding Training Workshop in Honiara, Solomon
- A Report on Republic of China (Taiwan) Funded Seafood Processing and Value Adding Training Workshop in Buala, Isabel Province, Solomon Islands
- A Report on Republic of China (Taiwan) Funded Seafood Processing and Value Adding Training Workshop in Waidradra, Serua Province, Fiji Islands