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 Rohamd 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 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. She trains 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 in small scale enterprises, mostly run by women, in how to maintain the quality of their products, and in hygienic fish handling practices.






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 in relation to food safety hazards and their control.  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.
 



About the Peter Howgate Award

The Peter Howgate Award funds the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to the biennial IAFI World Seafood Congress. More information is available from  www.peterhowgateaward.com. You can also visit our Facebook page for updates and information about previous awards (https://www.facebook.com/PeterHowgateAward ).

The IAFI Peter Howgate Award is a tribute to Peter Howgate's work and career, and a recognition of his immense lifetime contribution to the field of fish technology and the people who work in it, both during his 35 years at the UK’s Torry Research Station, UK, and thereafter. 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 the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) in 2014.

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.

 



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