Calls for tenders for the supply of laboratory equipment in the ACP/OCT countries

The Secretariat of the ACP Group of States in Brussels is issuing a new series of calls for tenders in the framework of the programme “Strengthening Fishery Products Health Conditions in ACP/OCT Countries”. They are for the supply of laboratory equipment for the purpose of quality control and inspection of fishery products.

The contracts proposed by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States are for the supply and delivery of laboratory equipment and, where necessary, the related installation, commissioning, maintenance, training and after-sales service. Divided up per geographical area, they concern general laboratory equipment, chemical and reactive products and analysis equipment.   

14th SFP Programme Steering Committee

On 23 November 2009, the ACP Secretariat convened the 14th SFP Programme Steering Committee, comprising representatives of the ACP Group Secretariat, the EuropAid Cooperation Office, the MARE, Trade, SANCO and Development DGs, and the CDE.

“This is not a decision-making body,” stressed Carlos Palin, SFP Project Manager. “It is rather an advisory and guiding structure. The final choices are made by the ACP Secretariat and AIDCO .” These meetings are held twice yearly. The November meeting is traditionally the occasion to present progress over the past year and to outline the prospects for the year to come.

Interview: Ian Goulding, Module 1 expert

How do you typically work with Competent Authorities (CAs) in Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)?

We typically start with a mission to assess their legislative framework, staff capacity, control systems, laboratory availability, industry conditions and overall development policy. Subsequent missions then undertake specific actions such as new legislation. In many cases we need to prepare Terms of Reference for interventions by Modules 2 (for laboratory and technical facilities), 3 (for export industries) or 4 (for small-scale fisheries). For imports, the EU requires that a system of controls that are ‘at least equivalent’ to EU standards should be in place.

Revival of Pole and Line fishing in Papua New Guinea

The SFP programme is supporting actions to develop selectivity of Skip-jack tuna fishing, fuel-consumption reduction and improved freshness, making a contribution for the re-establishing of this fishery.

In the 1980s, the once thriving pole and line fishery for skipjack in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea ground to a halt when it could not compete in a commodity market dominated by high landings from purse seiners. Now the situation has changed. There is a renewed interest in pole and line fisheries sparked by demand from environmentally conscious consumers willing to pay a premium price for product sourced from sustainable fisheries. In comparison to purse seiners, pole and line operations are size specific and selective with only limited by catch.

Exporting to the European regional market: a challenge Comoros wants to meet

The Comoran fisheries sector wants to export to the European market.
The SFP programme, one of the aims of which is “to strengthen
national capacities for the sanitary control of fishery products”, sent
Elisabeth Trilat, an expert in sanitary inspection systems, to prepare the
ground for the “development of official control systems for the export
of fishery products from Comoros”.

The Union of the Comoros is not on the list of countries authorised
to export fishery products to the European Union (EU). This means
that operators who invest in this sector cannot export their products
to Europe or to the future regional markets, including Mayotte and
Réunion, as these French Overseas Departments apply the same food
safety requirements as Europe. Projects nevertheless exist in Comoros, which is why the Comoran authorities requested support from the SFP

Comoros consists of an archipelago of four volcanic islands lying off

New Guide for practical design related to basic landing site for the artisanal fisheries sector complying to international modern food safety standards

If they are to play an integral part in efforts to reach development goals, small-scale fisheries must be able to guarantee safe products for consumption. In this, as in other aspects of development, landing sites play a vital role. Previous experience gathered by international donors and inspections confirms that a considerable number of artisanal landing sites do not meet even the most basic international requirements for hygiene.

Landing sites area crucial point in the fish processing chain, since it is here that the catch will be landed, inspected, weighed, iced and prepared for onward transportation directly to local markets or to processing industries. In order to meet the needs of a modern landing site, several conditions in its design and operation must be considered and included at the planning and design phases.

Towards a computing tool to support inspection systems

Traceability is a fundamental requirement for the effective and efficient application of official checks on food safety for fishery products. The information management system of a Competent Authority (CA) must be able to provide reports and conclusions on steps taken for the approval of production tools, landing sites and establishments, as well as the results of follow-up inspections, laboratory tests and even certification files on exported products.

For sustainable fishing

To improve fisheries management in the ACP countries so that the fish resources of these countries can be exploited in a sustainable manner: that is the objective of the ACP Fish II Programme. Launched in June 2009 for five years, it is financed to the amount of 30 million euros under the 9th European Development Fund. It originated in a bitter truth: the failure of fisheries governance at global level, a factor in the impoverishment of natural resources and of the human communities that depend directly on them. While millions of people in the ACP countries are dependent on subsistence fishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) has developed that reduces the revenue obtained from legal activities