Regional Sampling Training participants with IAS trainers.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) held a training on Sampling Techniques and Microbiological Analysis for Health and Fisheries Inspectors and Fishing Industries’ quality personnel from the region from 28 – 30 March, 2017.
The training that was funded by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) saw participants from the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Training facilitators from IAS were Mrs Arun Pande, Senior Microbiologist and Microbiology Key Technical Persons, including Ms Anjila Nand Raghuwaiya and Ms Ashika Dayal.
Mr Usaia Dolodolotawake, Manager Laboratory Services at IAS, said the Institute was pleased to assist the Forum Fisheries Agency in supporting the proper monitoring of fish and fish products processing.
“The training was crucial in that reliable quality data can only be used if proper sampling is employed,” he remarked.
Topics covered during the training included:
• Aseptic sampling, storage and transportation of samples for microbiological analysis;
• Quality control in media & reagents preparation;
• Microbiological analysis of water, fish and swab samples; and
• Recording, calculations and interpretation of certain fish, water and swab microbiological analysis results data
The feedback from the participants were very positive, and participant, Mr Alfred Yangas, Certification Officer of the National Fisheries Authority, Papua New Guinea stated that the training “was very useful and as a result we have really trimmed down a lot on the testing parameters and sampling techniques that were unnecessary especially for microbiology”.
“I was impressed with the way the training was designed and useful tips were gained, which will be implemented back in PNG,” he added.
Mr Jope Tamani, the FFA Trade Advisor also commended the trainers on the positive outcomes of the training.
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