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TECHNICAL INFORMATION IN FOOD & FISHERIES POLICY & DEVELOPMENT

Completed Projects

EU 2007 - 2008
Elaboration of a Guide on designing and implementing measures to promote transparency and address corruption Megapesca provided a specialist to produce a guide on designing and implementing measures to promote transparency and address corruption. The guide is targeted at Competent Authorities involved in surveillance of sanitary conditions of fish and fishery products and was produced in three different languages: English, French and Portuguese. Produced training materials for the presentation and diffusion of the guide.

Sierra Leone and Liberia 2007
Ex ante evaluation of existing conditions in the fisheries sector of Sierra Leone and Liberia with a view to concluding a fisheries agreement (Fisheries Partnership Agreement) between the European commission on behalf of EU Member states and Sierra Leone, and between the European commission on behalf of EU Member states and Liberia. Megapesca specialists undertook an Ex ante evaluation of existing conditions in the fisheries sector of Sierra Leone and Liberia with a view to concluding a fisheries agreement (Fisheries Partnership Agreement) between the European commission on behalf of EU Member states and Sierra Leone, and between the European commission on behalf of EU Member states and Liberia.

Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands 2007
A Megapesca team undertook the Ex post evaluation of the current agreed records to the fisheries agreements between the European Community and Norway, between the European Community and the Faroe Islands and between the European Community and Iceland and analysis of the impact of the outcome of future consultations on sustainability

Europe / Indonesia / Kenya / Ecuador / Namibia / Kenya 2007
Preferential Rules of Origin in preferential trade arrangements - New rules in the fishery sector- Megapesca provided the team to undertake this study focused on one of proposals put forward in the Communication, namely the origin of processed fishery products. Both the crew requirement as well as the simplified and adequate property requirement for wholly obtained products remained outside the project. However, EU or non-EU operators who identified specific problems with the possible withdrawal of the crew requirement, was included in the conclusions of the study

São Tomé e Príncipe 2007
Assessment of Fishery Products Sanitary Conditions in São Tomé e Príncipe. A Megapesca team reviewed and assessed the current situation in São Tomé e Príncipe as bases for laying down feasible measures regarding the access of fisheries products including crustaceans and molluscs to the world market, particularly to the EU, by improving health conditions for fish as food, and for generating a sustainable system of health surveillance for fishery production particularly meant for export.

Portugal 2007
External Fleet Study. A Megapesca specialist provided an accurate and comprehensive inventory and description of the Portuguese section of the fleet operating in external waters (e.g. waters outside the EU jurisdiction) whether full time or part time was undertaken. In addition consultation of Portuguese stakeholders on the options considered by the Commission for regulating the external fleet was carried out and reported upon.

Mauritus 2007
A Megapesca specialist provided further assistance and support to the quality control laboratories in Mauritius. The project was to improve the performance of the laboratories and consequently the reliability of test results carried out in the laboratories selected by the Ministry of Agro Industry and Fisheries as reference laboratories: the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) laboratory, the Food Technology Laboratory and the Albion Fisheries Research Center (AFRC) Laboratory, as well as the National Environmental Laboratory (NEL), and should prepare them for the accreditation against ISO 17025 standard. It was undertaken in wo phases: the first one to assess the actual situation in order to prepare the list of necessary material and equipment and elaborate the ToR for its purchase and secondly to train the laboratory personal in laboratory QA and modern methods at hand of the newly acquired equipment. By the end of the project the Laboratories were in the position to start the accreditation process.

Libyan Waters 2006 and 2007
Megapesca provided a marine mammal observer on board seismic vessel working Blocks 1 and 2 on Libyan water, to prevent air gun activation with presence of sea mammals in the vicinity and secondarily to keep a record of all observations made, including any birds which visited the vessels

Europe 2007
Megapesca provided the team for this Analysis of the trade aspects of the German proposals to list two species of shark (porbeagle -Lamna nasus- and spiny dogfish -Squalus acanthias-) in Appendix II of the CITES convention. The study focused on the trade aspects and relevant trade-related CITES criteria of both proposals and was carried out independently for both proposals, which were evaluated on their own merits on the basis of the texts submitted to CITES. The final objective was to establish, for each proposal, whether the trade criteria as provided by CITES are fulfilled.

Worldwide 2007 - 2009
EU DGFISH Megapesca Lda / Oceannic Developpment. Framework contract for performing evaluations, impact analyses and monitoring services in the context of fisheries partnership agreements (FPAs) concluded between the Community and non-member coastal states and, more generally, of the external strand of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). This €3,500,000 contract includes all the FPA work as well as many other projects and studies and is set to run for two years with a probable 12 month extension in 2009.

Malaysia 2007
Upgrading the capabilities of the Competent Authorities and fish facilities in Malaysia of meeting EU fisheries requirements. A Megapesca specialist provided technical assistance and training to improve the inspection and auditing services to meet the requirements of importing countries

Mauritius 2006
Training and advice to the Competent Authority in Mauritius. Megapesca provided the consultant for this project assisting the Mauritius Competent Authority (DVS) in strengthening their control capacities by theoretical and practical training of the concerned personnel particularly the inspectors to improve its performance being the responsible surveillance authority for fish and its products for human consumption. This included a three-week training exercise dedicated to the DVS inspectors and a one-week information/training course for the Quality Managers of processing and fishing companies in Mauritius.

Azores 2006 - 2007
Fish Consumption in the Azores. A Megapesca specialist undertook a detailed survey and analysis of results in the islands to gain an detailed insight into Fish consumption in the Azores.

Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu 2006
Assessment of Fishery Products Sanitary Conditions in the Pacific Region comprising Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Megapesca provided the team to reviewe and assess the current situation in Pacific countries as bases for laying down feasible measures regarding the access of fisheries products to the world market, particularly to the EU, by improving health conditions in the Pacific region, and generating a sustainable system of health surveillance for fishery production particularly meant for export.

Georgia 2006
Support to Reforms in the area of Food Safety and Animal Health. A Megapesca specialist provided clear advice in key areas that will be used by government and EC FSP in relation to establishing structures, practices and legislation necessary to fully implement an internationally acceptable food law in Georgia. In addition provided realistic timetables and budgets.

Seychelles 2006
Preparation of a Tuna Data Collection Field Manual for the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in the context of the OFCF-IOTC project. A Megapesca specialist undertook the project , the aim of which was to enhance data collection and processing systems for tuna resources in the Indian Ocean. As recommended by the Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics, the field manual included information about the IOTC, tuna fisheries and species in the Indian Ocean, as well as guidelines for data collection, including the rationale and purposes of data collection, sampling design, catch/effort estimation, biological sampling, other auxiliary scientific data, database design and data processing and dissemination.

Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania 2006
A Megapesca specialist undertook an ex-post evaluation of the EDF-funded project SADC Regional Monitoring Control and Surveillance of Fisheries Activities Programme. The project assessed the goals achieved by the project, in strengthening the fisheries MCS activities of five southern African countries (Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania).

Uganda 2006
Megapesca consultants undertook a study which investigated the potential for aquaculture development in Uganda. The project estimated future demand for aquaculture fish within the region, and conducted a survey of fish farmers, fish processors and input suppliers in order to identify the constraints they face. The projects assessed the institutional framework for aquaculture development in terms of organisation, licensing and regulatory issues (including meeting international standards), mechanisms for public support and proposed a sectoral development strategy and action plan, presented at a stakeholders workshop in Kampala.

Turkey 2006
Interim Evaluation of Pre-Accession Programmes in Turkey. A technical evaluation was carried out by a Megapesca consultant concerning the progress made in terms of fisheries inspection and control in Turkey, defined as an effective control system for the monitoring and reporting of catches, landings and fishing activities.

Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola and Malawi 2006
Mid-term evaluation of a project to assist small scale fisheries integration with regional and international trade. Megapesca provided the team and organised the logstics involving travelling to, and within six countries, over a 7 week period. The evaluation assessed individual interventions, lessons learnt and the established mechanisms and their potential impact on policies and strategies to reduce poverty and strengthen the fisher folk's livelihoods in the SADC region. Assessed achievements and whether INFOSA worked within its own comparative advantages. Assessed lessons learnt and good practices identified to date, highlighting successes to be maintained and/or replicated in the rest of this phase and in a future phase. Compared and evaluated the different project management arrangements in each country and made recommendations for the future. Assessed the sustainability of INFOSA as a regional IGO for the SADC countries, given that there was no basic external donor funding in the longer run, and given the scope of work for such an institution. Specifically be assessed according to financial and institutional feasibility.

Russia 2006 - 2007
Assisted the fisheries administrations in Kaliningrad and other Oblasts of the Russian Federation to undertake a strategic review of the fishery sector, with a view to recommending regional development policies and public measures to support structural adjustment, and dissemination of the results. Megapesca provided the team of two consultants to undertake a review of marine fisheries, aquaculture, fish processing and marketing (including export marketing), and prepared a detailed SWOT analysis for each of the Kaliningrad, Pskov and Arkhangelsk Oblasts, and the Karelian Republic. A public investment programme was prepared for each region, with a substantial focus on a support programme for aquaculture development, which included improved licencing, regulatory regimes to meet international quality standards, investment subsidies and strengthened market organisation. An investment manual was prepared and disseminated to the private sector to promote the commercial opportunities identified. Associated training courses for public officials and private industry were designed and implemented in three of the four regions.

Europe 2006
Provided an analysis of the impacts 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with particular reference to fisheries management and to the European Community (EC). The report provides a brief synopsis of the Convention, and a detailed analysis of its impacts on the EU distant water fleet, and the external provisions of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Europe 2005 - 2006
Feasibility study support for SPS implementation in ACP countries Megapesca provided a member of the team undertaking a feasibility study for a major ACP-wide EDF intervention to assist less developed countries to meet emerging EU and WTO requirements in relation to food safety, animal and plant health. In close collaboration with ACP secretariat and the EU commission (DG AIDCO and SANCO) assessed the need for intervention in ACP countries (including field mission to Uganda), and designed intervention using logical framework approach. Was responsible for fish trade elements and design of implementation arrangements. Held stakeholder workshop in Brussels, attended by ACP representatives and Commission Services.

Lake Victoria / Kenya / Uganda / Tanzania 2005 - 2007
Annual Independent Review of the Implementation of a Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) for Lake Victoria Project. Megapesca Provided a specialist to work on a 3 man team for the three yearly reviews that were undertaken.

Georgia 2005 - 2006
Support for reforms in the area of food safety and animal health. Under the EU Food Security Programme, Megapesca consultants were responsible for delivering technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture in approximation of legislation, development of relevant policies and new organisations structures, including establishment of new Food safety, veterinary and plant protection service. Supported introduction of a new framework food law, review of veterinary legislation, feasibility study on animal numbering system, re-structuring of border controls, development of an inspector training programme and upgrading of the phytosanitary control system.

EU 2005 - 2006
Strengthening fishery products health conditions in ACP countries; Megapesca provided the Web editor - fish quality specialist responsible for the technical design, content and updating of the SFP Programme website, including EU fish hygiene legislation, country fishery profiles, and technical information relating to fish inspection and quality control, with special reference to ACP countries. Also responsible for preparation of bimonthly fish hygiene issues newsletter, distributed to fish inspectors and competent authorities in less developed countries.

Croatia 2005 - 2006
Food Safety Component: Agricultural Acquis Cohesion Project : A Megapesca specialist advised the Croatian Food Agency on the development of food safety risk assessment procedures, design of staff training programme, development of food safety information system (including harmonization with the EU's rapid alert system for feed and foods), planning of organization structure. Also produced a paper summarizing pre-accession policy options for the institutional development of the food safety area, including a re-allocation of Ministerial responsibilities.

EU and Uganda 2005 - 2006
Megapesca provided the Food safety specialist on this team to undertake a Feasibility study support for SPS implementation in ACP countries Member of a team undertaking a feasibility study for a major ACP-wide EDF intervention to assist less developed countries to meet emerging EU and WTO requirements in relation to food safety, animal and plant health. In close collaboration with ACP secretariat and the EU commission (DG ADIDCO and SANCO) assessed the need for intervention in ACP countries (including field mission to Uganda), and designed intervention using logical framework approach. Was responsible for food safety elements and design of implementation arrangements. Held stakeholder workshop in Brussels, attended by ACP representatives and Commission Services

Kosovo 2005
"Development of the Agricultural Master Plan for Kosovo". A Megapesca specialist reviewed food legislation, organization and industrial capacity, with a view to identifying the food safety and quality barriers to the development of an internationally competitive agro-food sector. Prepared report and delivered a seminar outlining a proposed a policy approach for the Provisional Institutions of Self Government to approximate with EU and WTP requirements.

Guinea Bissau 2005
Fisheries Partnerships Agreements: Monitoring and Evaluation. Megapesca provided the team to undertake an Interdisciplinary impact assessment of the EU Fisheries agreement with Guinea Bissau considering the fisheries resources effects of EU fishing, the economic benefits accruing to EU and Guinea Bissau in terms of employment, value added and supplies of fishery products to market. The mission also assessed the environmental impacts of the agreement, with special reference to the impact of long line fisheries on stocks of sharks and endangered turtle species.

Indonesia 2005 - 2006
EU Indonesia Trade Support Programme. Megapesca provided the key expert on seafood testing for this large project to assist staff in the national laboratory with selecting, installation and operation of seafood testing equipment. They were also responsible for training for the General and Technical Managers on EU laboratory management practices and training on ISO 17025 standard "Accreditation of Laboratory" and training on conformity assessment procedures and the links with EU directives and harmonised standards. In addition they worked with EU laboratory counterparts on testing procedures and development of Mutual Recognition Agreement and bilateral co-operation (each institute will carry out twinning Programme in its specific industrial sector: choice of laboratory to be decided in Inception Phase. Seminars and workshops were created and implemented by the expert to provide information and to raise awareness of SMEs in Indonesia, in partnership with local business associations, other representatives of the Indonesian private business community and local institutions.

EU ACP 2005 -2006
Strengthening fishery products health conditions in ACP countries. Megapesca was responsible for the technical design and content of a generic fish inspection and quality control manual aimed at fish inspectors and competent authorities in less developed countries. The manual (produced in English, French and Portuguese) compiled EU legislation relating to food safety of fishery products, outlined requirements for third country suppliers to the EU, including organization of the Competent Authority, and provided a series of generic inspection forms to cover different types of processing establishments. The manual, along with a related field guide, was distributed to Competent Authorities in more than 40 ACP countries, and has provided a basis for training supported by the SFP programme.

Seychelles and Mauritus 2005
Strengthening fishery products health conditions in ACP/OCT countries. Megapesca provided the team leader for this project to provide advice and support to the competent authorities of both countries,. The specialists developed a specific regional 2-year action plan and organised a regional meeting at the end of the mission where the plan was presented and discussed.

Guinea Bissau 2005
Megapesca provided the team to undertake an Ex post evaluation of the current Protocol to the Fisheries Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Guinea Bissau, and analysis of the impact of the future Protocol on sustainability, including ex ante evaluation. Considering the fisheries resources effects of EU fishing, the economic benefits accruing to EU and Guinea Bissau in terms of employment, value added and supplies of fishery products to market. The mission also assessed the environmental impacts of the agreement.

Guinea Bissau 2005
Megapesca provided Technical Assistance concerning the strengthening of the fisheries law and associated regulations and the establishment of a Draft National Plan for Surveillance, Inspection and Enforcement.

Macedonia 2005
Food Safety Policy and Planning. Working with legislation and laboratory experts, a Megapesca specialist assisted the Food Directorate Ministry of Health to devise and implement a strategy and phased workplan geared towards the establishment of an EU (and WTO) compliant food and feed safety system in fYR Macedonia. Advised on policy options, prepared legal gap analysis, outlined requirements for new draft food law and regulations, held workshops on institutional reform and prepared ToRs for a 2 year EU intervention project and short term intervention for hygiene and HACCP regulations in line with the new EU hygiene package.

Indonesia 2005
Assistance to Tsunami victims on West coast of Sumatra Megapesca provided the Team Leader, assessing impacts on the fishery sector and developing and implementing systems for short-term relief and longer term re-development programmes, based on the sustainable livelihoods approach.

Venezuela 2005
Identification mission for Fisheries Project. A team of three Megapesca specialists undertook a project identification mission for an EU funded intervention to assist the Venezuelan Government to improve the export marketing and sanitary controls of fishery products. The mission reviewed fisheries resources, infrastructure and export potential, and proposed a series of intervention activities to strengthen the export system, including improved sanitary controls, upgrading of quality management systems and hygiene in industry, and improved market information for the fishery sector.

Croatia 2004 - 2005
Project Preparation Mission. Megapesca provided a food safety specialist to advise on the preparation of a major investment project (EUR29 million) to support adoption of the agricultural acquis communautaire in Croatia, with specific focus on systems for harmonisation of legislation, support for the newly established Croatian Food Agency, upgrading of hygiene and HACCP conditions in industry, and improved laboratory facilities.

Vietnam 2004
Support to improvement of post-harvest handling and marketing. Fisheries Sector Programme Support, Phase II (FSPS II). Megapesca provided the Post Harvest Fisheries Specialist. As a member of the Component Formulation Team prepared the Terms of Reference for a major project to support improvement of post-harvest handling and marketing of fish in Vietnam. (DANIDA). Project activities designed include the strengthening of fish hygiene inspection and control at provincial level and support for upgrading hygiene in small scale fish processing and aquaculture establishments.

Yemen 2004
Feasibility study and business plan for tuna cannery investment. Megapesca is advised a major Saudi Arabian food processing company on the feasibility of diversification into tuna canning. The study includes am assessment of the EU and USA markets for canned tuna and development of a market-led investment strategy. Raw material availability is to be assessed, from both imported and local sources. The consultants also prepared an outline design, specification and costing of a new tuna cannery, to be located in southern Yemen

Azores 2004 - 2005
Unreported Catches in the Azores. Megapesca undertook a Study of the fisheries sector in Azores, studying all fishing segments, in order to estimate unreported fisheries for comprehensive application to fish quotas and TACs. The general objective of the study was to establish corrective factors for fishery statistics to estimate overall fish catch.

Sao Tome e Principe 2004
Megapesca provided the team for an interdisciplinary impact assessment of the EU Fisheries agreement with São Tome. Considering the fisheries resources effects of EU fishing, the economic benefits accruing to EU and São Tomé in terms of employment, value added and supplies of fishery products to market. The mission also assessed the environmental impacts of the agreement, with special reference to the impact of long line fisheries on stocks of sharks and endangered turtle species

Cape Verde 2004
EU- Fisheries Partnerships Agreements: Megapesca provided a team of specialists to assess the impact of this agreement on the resources, economy, development and socioeconomic conditions of Cape Verde and EU fishing sectors.

Angola 2004
Fisheries Partnerships Agreements: Monitoring and Evaluation. Megapesca provided a team of 3 specialists to assess the impact of this agreement on the resources, economy, development and socioeconomic conditions of Angola and EU fishing sectors. The project provided high level data and analysis on fisheries impacts to assist in the design of the new fisheries partnership agreements and associated monitoring activities.

Croatia 2004
Food Safety Component - Agricultural Acquis Cohesion Project : A Megapesca specialist advised the Ministry of Agriculture in the design of a five year World Bank institutional investment programme to support the adoption of the EU acquis communautaire. Reviewed institutional arrangements for food safety, including the new Croatian Food Agency, and prepared an intervention programme with budgets to support strengthening of official control of food, risk assessment and management, as well as testing and reference laboratory provision.

Latvia 2004
Establishment of Fisheries Marketing and Information Centre: MegaPesca supported the National Board of Fisheries in the creation of an online information service for the Latvian fish industry on accession to the EU. The information needs of the industry were reviewed, and a website prepared with content relating to international markets, EU import tariffs, hygiene and processing technology, EU regulatory changes and profiles of Latvian fisheries. The service also included a monthly newsletter to Latvian fish industry subscribers. The project will also train Centre staff, prepare and promote an application for support from EU structural funds and assist with the development of a detailed business plan for sustainable information services.

Georgia, 2004
A MegaPesca consultant assisted the Ministry of Agriculture to prepare an intervention project on food safety and control, for funding under the World Bank Georgia Agriculture Development Project. The project reviewed national legislation and organization for food inspection and control. The feasibility of a new approach was assessed using the logical framework approach, to meet WTO obligations and to address the potential for establishing a food safety agency. Terms of reference were prepared for 2 year technical assistance project for subsequent funding by the World Bank.

Worldwide Fisheries Partnerships: 2004 - 2007
MegaPesca, in collaboration with Oceanic Development (France) and Poseidon (UK) is undertaking the monitoring of the EU's external Fisheries Partnership Agreements with third countries. Working closely with DG Fisheries of the European Commission and the fisheries authorities of the countries concerned, the project is providing teams of experts to assess the impact of these agreements on the resources, economy, development and socioeconomic conditions of the third country and EU fishing sectors. The project will provide high level data and analysis on fisheries impacts to assist in the design of the new fisheries partnership agreements and associated monitoring activities.

Southern Africa, 2004
A team of three MegaPesca consultants undertook a mid-term review of the EU-funded project "SADC Monitoring Control and Surveillance of Fisheries Activities Programme". The project assessed the progress made on the project, identified bottlenecks and proposed changes to the funding, structure and organization of the project to improve effectiveness in strengthening the fisheries MCS activities of southern African countries (Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania.

Kenya, 2003
Support for legislation for safety of fishery products: Working with a UNDO project, a MegaPesca consultant reviewed the legislation relating to the food safety conditions of fishery products in Kenya, including aquaculture and inland (Lake Victoria) fisheries. A gap analysis was prepared and new regulations were drafted, relating to international, regional and domestic trade with a view to extending the approval system to small scale fishers and processors. Recommendations were made for national and regional consultation, and for strengthening the organisation structure of the Competent Authority. This included a divestment of interests in landing sites and aquaculture.

Belize, 2003
Strengthening Fishery Products Health Conditions in Belize: Two MegaPesca consultants undertook a mission to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Belizean Competent Authority to apply international health conditions for the production and export of fishery products. The project assessed legislation, organization structure and training needs, and designed and delivered in-service training courses to fish inspectors and staff from the fish/shrimp processing and export industry. This included training in HACCP, fish handling and processing technology, fishery product health hazards and focused on transferring skills required for implementation of new inspection manuals. The project also reviewed handling procedures in small scale fisheries and prepared terms of reference for a further intervention in this sector.

Lebanon, 2003
MegaPesca advised Lebanese Syndicate of Agro-Food Industries on the impact of emerging international food laws on domestic and export sectors. A consultant visited a range of Lebanese food producers, delivered tailored advice on recent developments in regulatory controls in export markets, and assessed implementation of HACCP. The work also supported the Syndicate in the design of a HACCP advisory service and delivered a two day seminar focusing on EU food safety controls with special reference to imported food products. Discussions were held with national authorities regarding establishing relevant competent authorities and laboratory accreditation.

Tanzania, 2003
A MegaPesca consultant undertook a review of the capacity of the national Competent Authority with respect to health conditions for the production and export of fishery products. He assessed legislation and training needs, and designed new inspection systems and manuals, with particular emphasis on HACCP inspections. A detailed review of the health conditions related to the nile perch exports from Lake Victoria was undertaken, and terms of reference were prepared for further technical assistance to the small scale fishery sector.

Vietnam, January 2003 - February 2004
MegaPesca is providing the Team Leader for the restructuring of Vietnam´s leading public sector fisheries enterprise. Project objectives are to define the corporate missions and objectives for a new fishery sector holding company comprising 29 fisheries enterprises and 5000 employees; establish new market orientated business strategies; determine the most appropriate organisational structure for each member enterprise; establish new corporate structures and sound corporate governance practices. The Team leader is responsible for managing a programme of technical assistance and training to deliver the institutional changes required.

Yemen, October 2002 - ongoing
Provided the fish processing specialist to a team of advisers supporting an US$15 million investment in fishing harbour, vessels and processing facility in Hadramut region. Undertook feasibility study (processing, marketing and quality assurance). Drafted plans, prepared equipment and refrigeration specifications in compliance with international standards. Liaison with engineers and architects on plant design, materials and costs.

Macedonia, July 2002
Participated in a workshop to assist the Macedonian decision making process with regards to the adoption of new food law in accordance with the acquis comunautaire, and consequent reorganisation of food control institutions. Included a case study of the food control model adopted by Portugal, and the launch of the Portuguese Agency for Food Safety and Quality.

Croatia, May 2002 - March 2003
A MegaPesca consultant reviewed the institutional basis for the adoption of the acquis comunautiare in relation to control of food safety and quality. Presented a one day workshop in which the main issues were discussed. Assisted in the preparation and promotion of a series of policy options for official control, focusing on defining the possibilities for the establishment of a Food Safety Agency consistent. Arranged and participated in a study tour to Swedish National Food Administration. Prepared a draft version of a new framework law for food safety and quality.

Azores, April 2002 - April 2003
Detailed study of socioeconomic aspects of the Azores fishery sector, including trends in employment and fisheries dependency. Undertook detailed analysis of fishing activity and fisheries-related employment. Prepared an analysis of capacity utilisation in different fleet sectors based on daily landing data by vessel. Outlined the key policy issues for consideration by regional fisheries management bodies.

North Atlantic, February 2002 - December 2005
MegaPesca is providing a team of 24 observers to participate in continuous onboard monitoring of EU trawl vessels fishing in the region of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO). The main duty is to compile and communicate observer reports to the European Commission, for use by fisheries scientists and national fisheries authorities. Other responsibilities include organisation of observer technical training, including safety at sea; liaison with Spanish and Portuguese fishing companies on schedules to ensure adequate continuous observer coverage during fishing periods; and management of observer travel and accommodation.

Portugal, February - June 2002 and March - July 2003
A MegaPesca consultant prepared and delivered a course of lectures to university students studying on a Biological Engineering and Production course.

Yemen, February 2002 - ongoing
On behalf of a major Yemeni investor in the fishery sector, a MegaPesca consultant reviewed existing operations and prepared options for diversification into exports of fresh fish. The work identified and specified requirements for an upgraded quality management system and more reliable raw material supplies. Development options were outlined and in each case the technical, human resource, training, organisational and financial implications were identified. A new QC laboratory was specified and equipment ordered, shipped and installed. A quality manual was prepared and staff were trained in the implementation of new quality systems.

Egypt, January 2002
Technical support was provided to a marine fish farmer in Damietta. Assistance was given with the design and implementation of water quality and feed management regimes for a demonstration plot for marine aquaculture. In addition an audit of existing marine fish farm projects financed by MSSP in Damietta, Ismailia and Port Said Governorates was undertaken.

Serbia, January 2002
MegaPesca assisted an exporter of snails and frog legs to prepare a detailed technical specification for an investment plan to extend production facilities. In particular addressed quality control and inspection procedures and hygienic practices. Also identified some of the strategic issues to be addressed in the expansion plan, including EU market access and resource management.

Portugal, October 2001
Advice and assistance and was given to an insurance company in the UK and a fish processor in Portugal in the handling, sorting and eventual value assessment of a cargo of deteriorated frozen corvina delivered to the processor.

Portugal, July 2001
A two week programme was prepared and managed by MegaPesca, the tour included field visits and meetings with relevant government and industry persons.

Oman, June 2001
Technical and legislative assistance was give in the design and implementation of a Residue Monitoring Programme for aquaculture products, required under EU legislation to ensure access to the EU market for Omani fishery products.

Egypt, May 2001
Undertook an evaluation of the situation of mariculture in Egypt, through official statistical data. Reviewed and analysed the current market for mariculture development and Public health and food safety regulations, especially concerning export to EU. Identified projects to be financially supported by a credit fund established under the project.

Guinea Bissau, April - June 2001 and September 2001
A MegaPesca consultant undertook a two month mission in Guinea Bissau. This included a review of the fisheries policies that have been followed since 1997, particularly with regard to the political and governmental changes in recent years, and identification of the elements which could be used to reduce the poverty in fishing communities. Also reviewed present fisheries legislation and reported on the human and financial resources available to enforce present legislation and possible conflicts between the industrial and artisanal fleets and suggested measures that may limit this conflict.

Tunisia, April - July 2001
A number of HACCP workshops where undertaken with members of the Agro-food industry and 10 Tunisian consultants attended a seminar regarding the drawing up of hygiene plans and HACCP systems for the food industry. An auditing system was drawn up and a certification process introduced for use by the Tunisian government.

Spain, April 2001
A MegaPesca Consultant delivered lectures to university students studying on a Fisheries Economics post graduate course.

Spain, April 2001
A MegaPesca Consultant delivered lectures to university students studying on a Fisheries Economics post graduate course.

Republic of Bulgaria, 2001
The preparation of detailed measures for the National Rural Development Plan under the SAPARD Programme. As part of a multidisciplinary team, MegaPesca advised the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on the preparation of an operational programme for structural assistance for the fishery sector. Particular focus was placed on sectors qualifying for pre-accession structural funds (aquaculture and fish processing). Advised on the design of policy studies, analysis of data and preparation of policy options for the Minister.

Portugal, 2001
Studies and Support Services Related to the Common Fisheries Policy. "Role of Women in Fisheries." MegaPesca participated in an EU funded research study to define the nature and extent of women´s involvement in the European fishery sector. Undertook field research and secondary data collection in Portugal on numbers, income, location and activity of women in fishing, processing, aquaculture and viveiros sectors.

Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, La Réunion, Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, 2000-2001
Evaluation of the impact of certain measures adopted in favour of the fisheries sector in the outermost regions. MegaPesca led a study of the EU support measures for the fishery sector in the outermost regions of the Union (Portuguese Islands, Canary Islands and France DOM). Assessed the extent of uptake of transport subsidies under the POSEIDOM programme and evaluate the impact of the support on the fishery sector.

United Arab Emirates, 2001
Technical assistance on meeting EU residue monitoring conditions for fishery products. MegaPesca advised the Government of the UAE on preparation and implementation of an official control system for veterinary medicines in aquaculture. Assisted in the preparation of residue monitoring plan in accordance with EU Directive 96/23/EC; advised on laboratory systems and preparation of an annual residue monitoring report.

Kuwait, 2000
Technical Assistance for development of a HACCP plan in a poultry production company. MegaPesca reviewed the production system and prepared an action plan for the development and implementation of HACCP throughout hatchery, feed mill, laying, broiler and processing operations. Supported the HACCP team with technical advice and assistance.

UK, 2000 - ongoing
MegaPesca is advising clients on the technical and legal basis for contesting the rejection of a consignment of cooked and peeled shrimp at a UK border inspection post. Reviewing facts of the case, prepared detailed case notes, provided technical support to legal counsel during a judicial review, contesting the right to reject for non-compliance with microbiological standards relating to non-hazardous bacteria.

EU, 2000 - 2001
Development of seafood quality implementation capacity in ACP countries. MegaPesca is preparing a report presenting the implementation options of a regional approach for sanitary and quality control of fishery products based on a substantial and vigorous desk analysis of the present situation. Visits will be undertaken to relevant Commissions Services, FAO headquarters in Rome and to a number of EU donor agencies active in the field of sanitary control in ACP countries.

Azores, 2000
Regional socioeconomic study on employment and dependency on fisheries. Megapesca is undertaking a detailed study of the socioeconomic aspects of fisheries in the Azores archipelago, focusing on employment and impact of support measures delivered to the sector under the programmes supported by EU structural funds. New policy options will be presented based on the findings.

EU, 2000
Technical support for review of the Common Fisheries Policy Megapesca prepared a chapter on fishery profiles of EU member States for the 2001 review of the Common Fishery Policy to be submitted by the Commission to the Council of Ministers.

Portugal, EU, 2000
MegaPesca participated in an EU wide study to assess the costs and benefits of different methods of monitoring and controlling fisheries activity (such as sea and air patrols, and land based inspections). The study identified the costs sustained by member state governments, and related these to the level of contraventions detected and attitudes of fishers to the different enforcement strategies in Portugal. The results were integrated into an EU-wide assessment for presentation to the DG Fisheries of the European Commission.

Portugal and Spain, 2000
On behalf of a private client providing inputs to the manufacture of fishing gear, MegaPesca investigated the Portuguese and Spanish markets for fishing nets, including factors involved in purchasing decisions by fishing companies.

Anguilla, 2000
MegaPesca provided technical support to the Environmental Health Department in upgrading export inspection and certification procedures for fishery products in line with EU and USA requirements. New legislation was drafted and Health Inspectors were trained in application of EU legislation and a HACCP approach to health controls for fresh and processed tuna and swordfish from a newly developed longline fishery.

Azores, 2000
The Direcção Regional das Pescas has instructed MegaPesca to undertake a detailed study of the socioeconomic aspects of fisheries in the Azores archipelago, focusing on employment and impact of support measures delivered to the sector under the programmes supported by EU structural funds. New policy options will be presented based on the findings.

EU, 2000
As instructed by the EC/Directorate-General Fisheries, MegaPesca prepared a chapter on fishery profiles of EU member States for the 2001 review of the Common Fishery Policy to be submitted by the Commission to the Council of Ministers.

Egypt, 2000
MegaPesca provided technical assistance to a private company in the preparation of a business plan to improve export sales of medicinal herbal products.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, 2000
A MegaPesca specialist advised the Governments of four Gulf countries on the steps needed to meet the requirements of EU Directive 91/493/EEC in respect of third country supplies of fishery products to the EU. In each country adequacy of legislation was assessed, and the inspection activities of the competent authority were reviewed. A report was produced for each country outlining the necessary steps to regain access to the EU market for fishery products.

Sierra Leone, 2000
MegaPesca supplied a team of three consultants to provide short-term assistance to restart functional fisheries management in the immediate period following the civil war. Surveillance over-flights were arranged to assess the extent of illegal fishing. The legislative framework was reviewed, as well as the institutional capacity for improved management. Export potential and quality control needs were defined and training needs were identified. An action plan was developed outlining steps required for short-term revenues from fishing license and exports of higher value species. Several key donor projects were defined.

The European Union, 2000
MegaPesca provided the European Commission DG Fisheries with specialist assistance in the evaluation of research proposals in the field of 'Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources' covering sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry and the integrated development of rural areas.

Europe, 1999
On behalf of DG Fisheries of the European Commission, MegaPesca undertook a study on the present knowledge of discarding practices in the European Fishing Industry. This included reviewing the results of recent EU and member state research studies in discard measurement and technical measures for reducing unwanted catch. The report was prepared in an format accessible to non-technical readers.

Lithuania, 1999
Technical assistance was provided to the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment in the harmonisation of fisheries legislation with the Common Fisheries Policy, in support of that county's application for EU membership. Over a one year period advice was given on legislation and administrative systems to support Producer Organisations. The company also designed an approach to delivery of future structural assistance under the EU SAPARD Programme and guided policy studies by local economic institutes on socioeconomic aspects of fisheries. Detailed assistance was provided on the development of an Operational Programme for structural adjustment in fish processing and marketing.

Latvia, 1999
MegaPesca was commissioned to provide technical assistance to the National Board of Fisheries in the harmonisation of fisheries legislation. An initial screening of fisheries law was conducted and new legislative models proposed and drafted for market organisation, producer organisations and structural assistance, especially in relation to development of a policy framework for pre-accession structural adjustment in the fisheries sector for funding under the SAPARD programme.

Mozambique, 1999
The Department for International Development engaged MegaPesca to review the staffing and organisational structure for fish inspection and laboratory testing in the General Directorate of Fisheries. A MegaPesca specialist prepared a report outlining a new institutional framework for the competent authority responsible for health certification of fishery product exports. The specialist also designed staff training programmes, identified technical assistance requirements and proposed policy options for the funding of laboratory activity.

The European Union, 1999
MegaPesca provided technical assistance to the European Commission DGXIV (Fisheries) for the evaluation of research proposals, accompanying measures and SME exploratory awards in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.

Portugal, 1999
A fish processing company exporting swordfish and small pelagic fish was assisted in the implementation of a HACCP plan, in compliance with EU and United States FDA requirements.

Turkey, 1999
The European Commission engaged MegaPesca to produce a report identifying and diagnosing the problems to be addresses by the Competent Authority in meeting EU health and hygiene conditions for fishery products, including bivalve mollusca. Two specialists undertook a detailed review, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture prepared an action plan for the strengthening of legislation, official inspection and control systems for fishery products. The plan also recommended training and audit activities to enable industry to meet national requirements. A code of practice was drafted for production of safe and wholesome products from marine aquaculture, and official laboratories were advised on accreditation procedures.

Portugal, 1999
MegaPesca undertook bacteriological and sensory testing on a consignment of frozen cod landed in Portugal from China. A report was produced outlining quality defects and probable causes.

The European Union, 1998 - 2000
"Consolidation Study : Regional Socioeconomic Studies on Employment and the level of dependency on Fishing". MegaPesca provided a framework for the conduct of 22 simultaneous socioeconomic studies in 15 member states, and for the collation and presentation of the resulting data. The studies focused on employment in fishing and related issues, and calculated dependency ratios for employment and value added at regionally disaggregated levels. Guidelines were developed to ensure that information was collected and treated in a standardised format in all reports presented. All final reports from each regional study were reviewed, especially from the point of view of data compatibility and statistical validity. Development of employment since 1991 was measured, and socioeconomic support measures were evaluated. The final report contained comparative and consolidated data and was used by member states for Objective 2 planning. The results highlight significant changes in the fisheries dependency in the regions and EU as a whole, relating it to the policy framework, and were mapped and compiled in web-based database.

Portugal: Azores and Madeira, 1998 -1999
Regional Socioeconomic Studies on Employment and the level of dependency on Fishing. This research study involved a review of published and unpublished data on fisheries and employment in up and downstream activities. Fisheries employment data was disaggregated by region, hours worked, activity and gender. Employment and economic dependency ratios were calculated on a regional basis for fishing, fish processing and all fisheries activity. Case studies were undertaken in four regions to provide supplementary qualitative data. The potential for creating new jobs in the industry was assessed, along with possibilities for re-deployment and conversion to alternative forms of employment.

Brazil, 1998
MegaPesca consultants undertook a post-project evaluation of development assistance delivered to a small-scale coastal fishing community in Brazil. The project assessed the impact of the training and technical assistance provided, and recommended a more participatory approach for future intervention.

The European Union, 1998 -1999
This concise and analytical study analysed the problem of discards in fisheries outlining the different policy options for the European Parliament. The study reviewed existing information on discards and gear selectivity, and developed a discard index to identify those EU fisheries where discarding was a problem, and which should be the focus of policy. Issues of economic impact and utilisation of discards were also examined. A field visit was undertaken to Norway, to study the methods and effect of Norwegian policies on closed areas and discard bans. A series of workable policy options were designed for application to EU waters, and their implications assessed.

China: Hong Kong, 1998 - 1999
MegaPesca provided the expert witness services in a dispute involving the rejection of a cargo of frozen Ilex squid, valued at US$16.6 million. MegaPesca reviewed documentation and prepared a detailed written critique of the sampling and inspection methodologies applied to assess the compliance of the cargo quality with the contract specification. Support was provided to lawyers in designing case strategies, and verbal evidence was given at arbitration hearings on three separate occasions.

Portugal, 1998
MegaPesca organised, developed and implemented a HACCP Training Course for quality and laboratory managers in the Portuguese fish industry.

Vietnam, 1998
MegaPesca supplied a food safety legislation specialist to advise the Ministry of Fisheries on a comprehensive revision of the legislative framework for control of safety of fishery products. The project involved the development of legislation for new approval procedures for all fisheries enterprises based on compliance with food safety requirements. Working with a local consultant, MegaPesca's specialist developed specifications for food safety conditions of production and marketing, using a hazards-based approach. Particular emphasis was placed on meeting international (EU and US FDA) requirements for HACCP, and for the control of the trematode hazard in fresh water fish.

Ghana, 1998 - 1999
MegaPesca worked with local fishers and a tuna cannery to assess the technical and economic feasibility of converting an existing Ghanaian wooden trawl vessel to fish for tuna, in national waters, using pole and line techniques. Over a one year period a suitable vessel was selected and converted to operate on a commercial basis. Data was collected on capital operating costs and revenues and an investment appraisal undertaken. Extension manuals were prepared to assist fishers in the conversion and operation of pole and line vessels.

Latvia, 1997 - 1999
MegaPesca was the principle company undertaking a two-year project to assist the Latvian Government and food industry in the modernisation of food safety and quality control systems in line with EU legal and market requirements.

On a national level, the project assisted in the:

  • development of national food safety policy
  • re-organisation of the food inspection service
  • strengthening the food safety work of the laboratory services (with greater involvement of the private sector)
  • development of new food laws and regulations
  • revision of the legislative process
  • training and equipping of food inspectors and their managers
  • developing new educational provisions for inspector training

The project also delivered regional training programmes covering HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) to over 100 Latvian food processing firms. MegaPesca specialists worked with selected companies to introduce new quality management concepts into the corporate strategy. Work focused on communicating market quality demands to farm level, through the use of raw material specifications, grading and pricing schemes, and through improved process monitoring and controls.

Mozambique, 1998
A MegaPesca specialist undertook a two-month mission to advise on the development of exports of fishery products from small scale fisheries. Technical assistance was provided to processors in Beira and Chiloane, on the upgrading of facilities and quality systems to meet requirements of EU directives. Advice was given on product specifications to meet EU market requirements. Two workshops were organised and delivered to fishermen on fish handling and quality control. A comprehensive field study was used as the basis for a report and recommendations outlining policy and infrastructure developments required to stimulate exports of fish from small scale fisheries.

Ghana, 1997
MegaPesca specialists assisted the Ghana Standards Board to introduce new systems of fish inspection and certification, to meet the requirements of the EU Directive 91/493. A new regulation was drafted to introduce an approval systems for fish processing establishments and factory vessels, and a series of codes of practice were developed. Inspectors were trained in the application of the Codes, and assistance was given in the commencement and organisation of inspections. The project concluded with the development of a submission to DGVI of the Commission, to enable Ghana to be entered on the list of countries permitted to export to the EU.

Estonia, 1997 - 1998
MegaPesca provided the team leader and socioeconomic expertise to assist the National Board of Fisheries to develop a fisheries management system in line with conservation regulations of the Common Fisheries Policy. The project designed and introduced a GIS (Geographic Information System) for fisheries data storage and retrieval, and harmonised Estonian fisheries legislation with EU requirements.

Latvia 1996-97
This project assisted fish processing companies in the immediate post-privatisation period. Individual assistance programmes were designed for selected participant companies, which receive a combination of quality assurance training, management training and specific technical assistance, depending on their needs. TA support included development of business plans, advice on hygienic design and layout of plant extensions, assistance with energy efficiency improvements and development of new products and markets. The project also helped embryonic aquaculture companies to develop expansion plans, assessed technical and financial feasibility and identified sources of finance. A wider programme of assistance to the National Board of Fisheries recommended a policy framework for fisheries trade and marketing systems, strengthened national inspection and quality certification procedures (to EU standards) and advised on a strategy for aquaculture development.

Egypt, 1996
As part of a multi-sector support programme for agricultural credit, MegaPesca undertook a survey and assessment of the aquaculture sector in Egypt. The report produced gave a detailed assessment of the national market, identified current trends and opportunities for export. Particular focus was placed on means of increasing production of key inputs (e.g. fry, formulated fish feeds) and identified areas where training and/or credit awareness was required.

Kenya, 1996
Supported by the Centre for Development of Industry, MegaPesca provided technical support to a newly established private sector fish processing factory during the commissioning and start up phase. Advice was given on improved control over the supply chain (from artisanal fisheries), fish handling and processing techniques and marketing. A Quality Assurance system was designed to meet the standards required by the EU Directive on Fish Hygiene.

Madagascar, 1996
MegaPesca provided the services of a Fish Quality Assurance Specialist to review the Malagache fish inspection and export certification system. At the request of the Commission a further project was identified and prepared for submission for EDF funding The project was prepared in accordance with the logical framework and integrated approach to project cycle management.

Portugal, UK and Denmark, 1996
On behalf of the European Commission DGXIV (Fisheries), and in collaboration with COWI Consult (Denmark), a pilot study was undertaken entitled "Employment Impact Assessment in the Fishing Industries of UK, Portugal and Denmark". The project involved the development of an economic model of employment dynamics based on the construction of a local economy input output model.

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