CAPS2

Final conference of the project (5 May 2016)

The final conference of the CAPS2 project was organised in Split by the Croatian Veterinary Institute (CVI), Regional Veterinary Institute Split, Dalmatia- Croatia , Lead partner of the project.

“Safety and surveillance in the aquaculture sector: results and perspectives” was the title of the conference.

The event aimed at presenting all project activities and achievements, offering also an opportunity to inspire future collaboration initiatives among partners and relevant stakeholders of the sector.

Main objectives were to stimulate exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of aquaculture production and safety surveillance among Adriatic countries; to present all project activities and main results of the CAPS2 initiative; to encourage networking among partners and other stakeholders in the Adriatic Area as concerns safety and surveillance of the aquaculture sector.

The event was addressed to participants coming from project partners institutions, experts and stakeholders belonging to national, regional and local veterinary organisations.

At the end of the conference partners and experts explored further research and innovation actions on aquaculture sector supplying healthy food products in accordance to the EU and the international legislation.

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Seventh Steering Committee Meeting in Split (3/4 May 2016)

On 3rd and 4th May 2016, the Croatian Veterinary Institute organized in Split, Croatia, the last Steering Committee meeting of the CAPS2 project.

The project partners’ representatives, coming from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro, met and discussed about the executed project activities and to define the closing actions of the project.

In that occasion, the CAPS2 partners overviewed the various work packages achievements and analysed, in particular, the final risk assessment study.

The Steering Committee Meeting was also the occasion to discuss about the future potential projects and further opportunities of cooperation among the Adriatic CAPS2 partners.

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Study visit to the Croatian Veterinary Authorities (20/21 April 2016)

Representatives of Veterinary Authorities coming from Montenegro travelled to the Croatian city of Ston to experience the implementation of official controls in mollusc and fish aquaculture plants established in Croatia.

During the first theoretical session of the visit, experts from Croatian Veterinary Institute and Directorate for veterinary and food safety - Croatian Ministry of Agriculture explained the general requirements for the production, harvesting and placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs. The organization of official controls in Croatia were explained in details: from the classification of production areas and microbiological monitoring of harvesting areas, to hygiene requirements for purification and dispatch centers.

The Montenegrin Authorities - the Directorate for food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary affairs and the Directorate for Inspection of Montenegrin Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - travelled and visited selected production areas in Ston, as well as purification and dispatch centers.

Final discussion and conclusion was focused on the state of the art of the implementation of official controls in Montenegro as planned in the work package no 5 of CAPS2 project.

This study visit was the occasion to share and strengthen the knowledge on important economic aspect of the Adriatic area, the mollusc production.

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Training on Biotoxins at FSVI - Albania (18 - 21 April 2016)

From 18th to 21th of April 2016, the training period on Biotoxins detection was held at Food Safety Veterinary Institute of Tirana (Albania).

An expert from the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” was invited to attend the training period as technical trainer on analytical methods for the biotoxins determination according to the Commission Regulation No 15/2011 of 10/01/2011, amending Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005. This further training has been organized in the lab of FVSI in Albania, instead of distance learning support and assistance made by IZSAM. This was necessary to better implement the method already learnt during the trainings in Italy.

Final aim is to strengthen diagnostic capabilities in the Adriatic area.

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Plenary meeting on risk assessment at Split (1/2 March 2016)

The level of consumers exposure to contaminants in the consumption of fish and shellfish products in the Adriatic Area of reference will be evaluated by CAPS2 thanks to a risk assessment study. This activity is linked with the implementation of National Surveillance Plans and with the web GIS application functioning, data retrieval and proper analysis in the partner Countries involved.

The Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia, with the scientific support of IZSAM, organised from 1 to 2 March 2016 in Split, Croatia, a specific plenary meeting on risk assessment.

Project partners were involved in this event to analyse the preliminary data available from WEB GIS to establish definitive joint criteria for risk assessment study.

To provide the data needed to perform an assessment of the health risks for the consumers of mussels from the study areas of the involved countries, a set of pilot studies have been planned in each country.

Pilot studies will be conducted in specific production areas for relevant contaminants in each country involved in CAPS2. Risk assessment data will be discussed during the final conference of the project.

The final study will be provided within the end of the project, assessing the level of consumers exposure to contaminants in the consumption of shellfish products in the whole Adriatic area of reference of the project.

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Sixth Steering Committee Meeting in Split (27 – 28 October 2015)

On 27-28 October 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia hosted in Split, Croatia, the Sixth Steering Committee meeting of the CAPS2 project.

During the meeting, the project partners’ representatives, coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro, discussed about various topic, in order in order to discuss about the progress of the project activities, considering them by work packages, report any difficulties or problems encountered and together solve the related issues.

The meeting was also an opportunity to talk about the planning of future activities and, finally, to discuss about the participation of the partnership to ADRION program and report  the work done in the last semester with the Italian National Center of Reference on mollusk of Ancona (Italy ).

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Fifth Steering Committee Meeting in Albania (27 – 28 May 2015)

On 27-28 May 2015, the Food Safety and Veterinary Institute (FSVI) of Albania hosted in Sarandë, Albania, the Fifth Steering Committee meeting of the CAPS2 project.

The project partners’ representatives, coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro, joined the Albanian counterparts to discuss about the executed project activities and to define forthcoming actions concerning the management of the initiative.

In that occasion, the CAPS2 partners overviewed the various work packages achievements and analysed, in particular, the state of the art of the performing testing for the development of the monitoring plans and the implementation of the web-GIS Information System. A practical session on how to correctly use the CAPS2 web GIS , including data entry of the chemical, viral and microbiological tests results, was organised with all participants.

The Steering Committee Meeting in Albania was also the occasion to discuss about the future project work plan and further opportunities of cooperation among the Adriatic CAPS2 partners.

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Training course on risk analysis approaches in food safety held in Podgorica, Montenegro (27 - 29 April 2015)

The CAPS2 project foresees the development of a risk assessment study and related trainings in order to evaluate the level of consumers’ exposure to contaminants in the consumption of fish and shellfish products in the Adriatic Area.

The first project training course on risk analysis in food safety was organised on 27-29 April 2015 by the Veterinary Administration of Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro, with the scientific support of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale”.

Participants, mainly belonging to project partners, National/ Local Competent Authorities and laboratories dealing with sampling and food safety issues, attended the training course aimed to develop basic knowledge and skills for a risk analysis approach to be implemented in the process of data collection and when addressing the contamination of food products.

The main goal of the training course was indeed to transfer basic knowledge on risk analysis process and to support the implementation of national surveillance plans in the Countries involved.

During the training event, the project partners have taken the opportunity to discuss about the state of the art of national surveillance plans in a specific session “WP5 - cross countries meeting”.

The risk assessment study will contribute in providing relevant information for decision makers on contamination risks, prevention and mitigation strategies in the Adriatic area.

 

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Training on advanced Vibrio PCR methods at CVI - Croatia (20 - 24 April 2015)

From 20th to 24th of April 2015, the training period on Vibrio spp. detection was held at Croatian Veterinary Institute (CVI) of Split. An expert from the “EURL – CEFAS – Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science” was invited to attend the training period as scientific coordinator on advanced Vibrio PCR methods, namely real time PCR and end point PCR. The participants were one expert from CVI, two from Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” of Teramo and other two from Food Safety Veterinary Institute of Albania.

The training aimed to the development of knowledge and skills in order to apply innovative molecular methods for species detection and identification of pathogenic determinants in Vibrio spp. strains isolated from seafood.

After a short presentation of working programme and administrative issues, trainees practiced in the laboratory molecular methods for Vibrio spp. detection, by setting up and running “monoplex” and “multiplex” conventional and real time PCR assay for Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio cholera.

The event was important to strengthen opportunities and objectives and give a further impulse to communication and networking among relevant actors involved in this Adriatic cooperation initiative.

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Training on the CAPS2 web GIS application

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On 25-26 February 2015, CAPS2 partner delegates will participate in a training course on the web GIS application developed in the framework of the project by the IZSAM team.

20 participants from the Croatian Veterinary Institute (CVI), the Centre for Ecotoxicological Research of Montenegro (CETI), the Veterinary Faculty of Sarajevo - Department of Food Hygiene and Technology (VFS), the Food Safety and Veterinary Institute of Albania (FSVI) , the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Croatia, the Veterinary Administration of Montenegro and the Veterinary Office of Bosnia-Herzegovina will meet in Teramo to attend a two-day training on the CAPS2 Web GIS application developed to contribute to the monitoring and surveillance of the fishery and aquaculture sector in the Adriatic Area.

The CAPS2 web GIS, composed by a series of applications for data management in aquaculture and for fish and mollusc disease notification, was developed with the aim to provide partner Countries with a tool useful to acquire, manage, query and display epidemiological information on aquaculture, fishes and molluscs diseases and provide available data to final users, policy makers, risk assessors, etc.

The learning objectives of the training course are to transfer knowledge on the functioning of the system,  to facilitate the implementation of the web GIS database and to create the basis for knowledge transfer and maintenance of the system at Country level.

Practical exercises, as well as moments of discussion, are foreseen in order to improve skills of the participants and favor cooperation among them.

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