At the page you find an overview of QIM training workshops held over the last years in various countries.
Ireland and United Kingdom
In 2003, arrangements were made for a QIMchain tour in Ireland and the United Kingdom. These countries were selected based upon previous interest in QIM from the fish industrial oriented agencies BIM in Dublin, Sea Fish Industry Authorities (SFIA) in Hull, the auction 'Fishgate' in Hull and the company Young's Bluecrest in Humberside during the EU Concerted Action 'Fish Quality Labelling and Monitoring'.
Visits to BIM, SFIA and Fishgate have been realized. The general aim of the QIMCHAIN tour was to stimulate the use of QIM and to make more partners in the fishery chain aware of the benefits of QIM. When useful, hands-on demonstration of QIM was given. Also the exchange of experiences in QIM and establishment the needs from partners in the chain was an important topic during the tour.
Another workshop was held in 2004 at Billingsgate Fish Market by Imares, Matis and DTU Aqua as QIM Eurofish alliance partners in collaboration with Seafish Industry Authority. The Billingsgate Market is the most important inland market in the UK. Daily arrivals from the coast and overseas ensure a continuity of fresh supplies with some 54 merchants trading in the Market Hall. The main aims of the Billingsgate Seafood Training School is to train young people who wish to undertake a career within the fish industry by re-introducing school programs and benchmark industry-wide training. About 20 participants were at the workshops from inspection bodies, research associations, fishmongers and retailers. The workshop started early as the participants were given a guided tour to see the Billingsgate fish market. The variety of fish species transported from all parts of the world was amazing.
Emilía Martinsdóttir, Grethe Hyldig and Rian Schelvis-Smit from QIM-Eurofish gave presentation on different topics. At the practical demonstration the participants showed a lot of interest in trying by themselves to evaluate the freshness of different coded fish samples and compare them to the results of the teachers.
The workshop in Vigo, Spain was organised by Centro Tecnológico del Mar (CETMAR), DTU Aqua and CSIC Instituto del Frio. The interest for the workshop was enormous, 24 participated and 32 wanted to be included on a waiting list in the case that the workshop would be repeated. Because of the interest from the media a press conference was held during the morning. Reporters from two TV stations and from eight newspapers showed up. And they wanted to learn what QIM is all about.
The workshop took place at CETMAR and the practical QIM session at CSIC Instituto del Investigaciones Marinas. The species in the QIM seminar was giltheaded seabream and frozen hake. Samples of three different storages time for both fish species were evalauted. The participants followed the instructions and tried out the QIM evaluation in small groups.
The first examples of the QIM manual in Spanish were presented. After the QIM workshop, Mercedes Careche was interviewed in a radio program dealing with agro-fish-economy. Mercedes Careche also presented the outcome of the QIM workshop during a meeting at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food last Friday. Representatives from the Department dealing with Promotion of fishery products and the General Secretariat of Marine fisheries expressed their interest in QIM and they were impressed by the Spanish QIM manual.
Netherlands and Belgium
Within the framework of a Flemish quality project Imares was involved in the training and implementation of QIM for the assessment of whole fresh fish In Belgium auctions. The Flemish fish quality project started in September 2000 under the co-ordination of the United Flemish Auctions (Oostende, Zeebrugge en Nieuwkoop) in co-operation with the Department for Sea Fisheries in Oostende. One of the first steps in the project was the selection and training of 20 inspectors for the assessment of sole and cod according to the QIM principles.
Approx. 50 representatives from the fishery chain (fishermen and buyers) attended an information day in Oostende. Rian Schelvis from Imares explained the background of QIM and the meeting was finalised by a practical QIM demonstration with sole and cod. The demonstration showed that QIM is a rapid reliable objective method. The participants of the demonstration were enthusiastic about QIM and one of them concluded that all auctions in Belgium would soon start the implementation of QIM. In the next step of the project QIM training will be given for plaice and turbot. Also a quality handbook will be prepared in order to maintain the quality during further processing.