Seafish guides shellfish harvesters

30 Sep 2013

Seafish has published a risk assessment best practice guidance document to help live bivalve mollusc harvesters make informed active management decisions.

The Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines have been created by Seafish following its Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) text alert scheme in partnership with water and sewage companies.

Mandy Pyke, an aquaculture adviser at Seafish, said: “We are confident that we have come up with a workable structure that harvesters can discuss with their local water company with the view to working together on a similar project.”

Pilot projects with South West Water and Anglian Water has seen Seafish trail a solution to improve communications between water companies and harvesters with a text alert initiative.

This allows water companies to inform harvesters as soon as a CSO event occurs.

When CSO activity is triggered, a signal is sent to the water company for verification and en email alert sent to Seafish. A text alert is generated by Seafish with details of the CSO and sent to registered harvesters in the affected area.

“Our hope is for the text alert scheme to be incorporated into HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plans resulting in safer seafood being delivered to market,” she added.

The Guidelines can be found here.