Partner 2: Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Weymouth, United Kingdom.

CEFAS http://www.cefas.co.uk/

Cefas, an executive agency of the UK’s Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is a UK-based research and consultancy centre which provides services in fisheries science and management, environmental monitoring and assessment, fish farming, and fish health, disease and hygiene. The Cefas Weymouth Laboratory is internationally recognised for its expertise in research and diagnosis of diseases of fish and shellfish, and in micobiological and biotoxin contamination of bivalve molluscs. It is the EU Community Reference Laboratory for monitoring the viral and bacteriological contamination of bivalve molluscs (http://www.crlcefas.org/). The laboratory is also the Collaborating Centre for Information on Aquatic Animal Diseases (www.collabcen.net) for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). It has been a partner in numerous EU research projects on fish and shellfish diseases and on microbial and biotoxin contamination of marine molluscs. The scientific staff at the Weymouth laboratory include experts in virology, bacteriology, parasitology, epidemiology, risk assessment, pathology, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology of aquatic animals, and detection of contaminants and residues in their tissues.

Main tasks attributed:

  • Lead and co-ordinate the development of an overall ethical food index in which the values related to food production, processing and marketing are transparent and the result of negotiation of the stakeholders involved. This will be based on the output from the other elements of the project.
  • Produce guidelines on the development of policy for the implementation of the ethical food index (EFI) in Asian countries.
  • Advise the aquaculture policy groups in the government services of Asian countries involved, and the European Commission, on practical implementation of the EFI.

Key Project Personel

Dr Barry Hill is Defra’s Chief Adviser for Fish and Shellfish Health. He has more than 35 years experience in the formulation of the technical aspects of national and international legislation and policy on aquatic animal health. For over 18 years, he has provided expert technical advice to the European Commission on the formulation and implementation of harmonised EU aquatic animal health measures for intra-Community trade and for trade from Third Countries in aquaculture animals and their products. Since 1988, he has provided scientific advice to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as a member of the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission (currently as Vice-President) and is responsible for co – authoring the OIE International Aquatic Animal Health Code that provides health standards for international trade in aquatic animals and their products. He provides scientific information and technical support to OIE Member Countries of as Director of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Information on Aquatic Animal Diseases. He advised and assisted FAO in the development and drafting of the FAO/NACA regional guidelines on health management for the responsible movement of live aquatic animals in Asia-Pacific, and the Beijing consensus and implementation strategy (1997-2000). Dr Hill also provided expert advice and assistance to APEC/FAO/NACA in the development of harmonised standards for aquaculture health management for APEC countries of the Americas, and in assisted the same organisations for development of competency in import risk analysis for aquatic animal diseases in Latin America. He has been a member of various international review groups evaluating the effectiveness of major government – funded development programmes in aquaculture in overseas countries, including that of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. He has been a participant in several EU projects on fish and shellfish health, including the FP5 Concerted Action project ‘Appraisal of the zoosanitary risks associated with trade and transfer of fish eggs and sperm (FishEggTrade)’ during 2002-2004, and co-ordination of the FP6 Science in Support of Policy project ‘Permanent Advisory Network for Diseases in Aquaculture (PANDA)’ during 2004-2007 (http://www.europanda.net). Dr Hill has published more than 60 papers, book chapters and articles on various aspects of fish and shellfish diseases and the application of international rules and EU/national legislation for their control.

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