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  • 04 Apr 2022 8:34 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

    Take care of your catch. A guide to fish handling on board small boats has just been published online.



    Fresh fish is an important source of food and income. Its quality is affected by handling and hygiene practices at all stages of the value chain – from production to consumption, starting with fishing. What happens to fish after it is caught has a big impact on its quality. Good handling and hygiene practices must be used onboard the fishing vessel. This guide is for fishers, vessel owners, extension services, and anyone interested in how to maintain fish quality. The guide describes good handling and hygiene practices that will help fishers maximize the value of, and income from, fish. It will help fishers meet required standards and access new and high-value markets.

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  • 04 Jan 2017 9:23 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

    It with great regret that IAFI announces the passing of Peter Howgate, who died at his home on Christmas Eve 206.. Peter was a seminal figure in fish quality assessment and was a strong supporter of good science in the field of fish technology. For 35 years, Peter Howgate worked at the Torry Research Station, Aberdeen, UK a government institute specialising in research and development in fish processing and handling. Whilst at Torry Research Station (and also in retirement) he authored or co-authored numerous papers in refereed scientific journals and he has contributed chapters to numerous books. Many of Peter’s major contributions were made when he became Head of the Quality Assessment Unit at Torry, and developed the pioneering work on sensory assessment of fish instigated earlier at Torry by Shewan and Erhnberg. The work embraced chemical and sensory methods of quality assessment and had major implications in both the scientific and commercial fields. Without a doubt, Peter became our leading expert in the sensory assessment of fish quality, and over the years he has made massive contribution to our understanding of fish spoilage. During his time at Torry he was an active participant in WEFTA meetings and also, in 1978/79 spent 18 months attached to the fishery products laboratory in Malaysia.

    Peter retired at the end of 1989 and was recognised with the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” awarded by Queen Elizabeth II. Torry was closed in 1996 and the residue of its functions dispersed to other government departments. But Peter has continued to work hard to preserve its legacy. Peter carried out many consultancies, working for UN agencies in Africa, South America, and the Far East. He managed to salvage a good part of the Torry library, subsequently donated to the Humberside Seafood Institute, and most recently he created FishTechDB an online bibliographical database of topics related to fish technology. The database is now available as a public service to the global seafood community via Seafood Network Information Centre.

    Between 1996 and 2002, Peter was also deputy editor of the International Journal of Food Science and Technology. Peter continued to generously give his time to replying to enquiries on aspects of the science of fish as food. He remained an active and regular contributor to the Seafood email discussion list.

    Apart from his long interest in fish technology, Peter also held a deep interest in outdoor activities, particularly mountaineering, and for many years was the Hut custodian and latterly President of the Cairngorm Club, a renowned Scottish mountaineering club. In his latter years he was a keen supporter of his local nature conservation society near his home in southern England.


    Peter’s legacy is the IAFI Peter Howgate Award which supports a young fish technologist to attend the biennial World Seafood Congress.

  • 07 Mar 2015 8:37 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

    The species formerly known as Theragra chalcogramma should now be identified as Gadus chalcogrammus. This change puts Alaska pollock in the same genus as the Atlantic, Pacific, and Greenland cods because DNA sequencing has revealed that, despite appearances, Alaska pollock are closely related to Atlantic cod. When the FDA updates its Seafood List with the new scientific name for Alaska pollock, the acceptable market names (Alaska Pollock and Walleye Pollock) will remain the same.

    Trade regulations are commonly based on the Harmonized System (HS) codes published by The World Customs Organization and the HS codes are based on scientific names.

    The next update for the HS nomenclature is scheduled for 2017. However, that update has already been drafted. It is therefore likely that the new scientific name for Alaska pollock won’t be included until the 2022 update to the HS codes.

    In the meantime, buyers and sellers of Alaska pollock should continue business as usual.

  • 01 Sep 2014 11:32 AM | John Heap (Administrator)

    IAFI is pleased to announce that the IAFI Board decided in August 2014 to adopt the Peter Howgate Award for young fish technologists. It also decided that the 2015 IAFI Peter Howgate Award will  fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) at the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2015 in Grimsby UK, from 5th to 10th September 2015. The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee. The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2015. More information is available from

  • 17 Jul 2014 6:40 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

    IAFI President, Tim Hansen, recently visited Grimsby (UK) to check on preparations for the World Seafood Congress in 2015.

    Tim met with representatives of the local organising committee and with representatives of Seafish, IAFI's partner in hosting the event.

    Of course, some arrangements need to be fine-tuned, but Tim was re-assured that all key components of an effective Congress are in place or being planned.

    The Congress looks like it should be another success for IAFI and the Seafood community.

  • 28 Mar 2014 6:20 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

    The FAO is looking for an expert , with a very good background in Fish safety and quality

     that could accept a fixed term post (11-month) at P-5 Level based in Rome

    Post description

    (Quality Assurance)



    ·       Advice and assist governments and the fish industry in the efficient implementation of the Code of Conduct for responsible Fisheries in the area related to fish utilisation, quality and safety of fish and fish products from aquaculture and capture fisheries;

    ·       Advice on country requirements in respect of improving fish utilisation, quality assurance and safety management of fish and fish products, compliance with WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regulations and requirements including developing and implementing HACCP (Hazard Analysis critical Control Point) based fish safety management, fish inspection and certification and  meeting other market based requirements in the area of fish quality and safety throughout the supply chain;

    ·       Organise studies to inform global programmes in fish safety and quality, review and analyse developments in the area of fish utilisation, processing, quality and safety management throughout the supply chain, application of risk analysis in fish safety management and facilitate dissemination of technical information to governments, institutions and industries;

    ·       Plan and formulate projects and proposals in the area of fish utilisation, quality and safety, market access improvement, guide their implementation and facilitate relevant training activities;

    ·       Co-ordinate, in collaboration with Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, the Division’s activities related to the work of FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission in the area of relevance to aquaculture, fish safety and quality.

    ·       Provide technical support and promote training activities related to implementation of Codex standards, Guidelines and Codes of practice related to fish and fish products at regional and national level;

    ·       Facilitate  effective advisory services to Member Governments and other partners regarding developments in the area of fish utilisation, quality and safety management;

    ·       Maintain contact with institutions working in the area of fish utilisation, quality, safety both in developed and developing countries and facilitate establishment and maintenance of international, regional, inter-regional networks to strengthen national systems of fish inspection and certification and foster technical cooperation among developing countries;

    ·       identify, brief and backstop national and international field project experts and consultants for fish utilisation, quality and safety;

    ·       build strong collaboration with other FAO units, international organizations, IGOs and NGOs in the field of fish utilisation, quality and safety;


    Yvette DIEI OUADI 
    Fishery Industry Officer 
    Fish Products, Trade and Marketing Service 
    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization

  • 13 Feb 2014 3:08 PM | John Heap (Administrator)
    From time to time, IAFI recognises those who have made a significant and/or extended contribution to our profession. Recently IAFI President, Tim Hansen, made such an award to Kenny Lum, of the Seafood Products Association for his long and distinguished professional service to our industry. See Video

  • 27 Dec 2013 6:22 PM | John Heap (Administrator)
    IAFI never wants to take itself too seriously (though we are serious about or mission). In the members only section (if you are logged in), you will find details of a competition, inspired by our immediate past-president, Chris Leftwich.
  • 11 Nov 2013 11:44 AM | John Heap (Administrator)
    If you operate in the USA, its probably worth taking a look at:

    or, if you prefer your information from the horse's mouth ,then go to ...

  • 16 Jul 2013 5:54 PM | John Heap (Administrator)
    Over the next couple of weeks, short pen portraits (with photos) of the Executive Committee and the Regional board will be posted under 'About IAFI'.  This gives you a chance to see who is working on your behalf ... and perhaps which of them you might want to speak to at the World Seafood Congress.  

    You are going to the Congress, aren't you?  Of course, you are.  if you haven't yet booked, now is the time to do so. Go to the Events section and follow the link to the Congress website.
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