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Workshops Benefit from New Training Video

(Video Cover) From Net to Sale: Controlling Aquatic Nuisance Species with the HACCP Approach for Baitfish and Aquaculture Industries

Minnesota Sea Grant is wrapping up a series of four workshops co-hosted with Michigan Sea Grant about ANS-HACCP. That's short for Aquatic Nuisance Species Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, a program designed to help public hatchery operators, fish farmers, and baitfish harvesters take measures to prevent spreading aquatic nuisance species through their activities. The workshops were held in Washington, DC; Salt Lake City, UT; Portland, OR; and Bozeman, MT.

Over 100 people attended the workshops and learned from each other, the instructors, and a new course video, From Net to Sale: Controlling Aquatic Nuisance Species with the HACCP Approach for Baitfish and Aquaculture Industries. This 22-minute video, professionally produced by Parthe Productions in Duluth, MN, is designed to accompany the ANS-HACCP workshops but may also be used as a stand-alone training tool. The video describes the seven major principles of the ANS-HACCP process, and features interviews with aquaculture and baitfish representatives.

The project was filmed last fall in various parts of Minnesota surrounding New London, Forest Lake, and Duluth.

Minnesota Sea Grant developed the video on behalf of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. Funding was provided by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the National Sea Grant College Program through an appropriation by Congress based on the National Invasive Species Act of 1996.

The participants ranked the video between "excellent" and "very good," and ranked the workshops as "very good." Over 90 percent of participants think that ANS-HACCP provides a reasonable alternative to regulations and restrictions for preventing the spread of ANS via fisheries businesses.

"The workshop provided a lot of important information, control method ideas, and training to generate programs in our different agencies to control ANS," commented one participant. "I will be taking back the knowledge to my office/laboratory to set up controls to avoid the spread of ANS. All in all, this was a great learning opportunity - a real eye opener."

Three more workshops will be offered this fall by the Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant programs. They will be held in the Great Lakes, Southeast, and Northeast regions. Each session will focus on ANS specific to that region and the threats they pose to hatchery and aquaculture operations.

Participants will learn about the HACCP concept, visit a local hatchery, and help develop a plan for the hatchery. Back in the classroom, they will break into groups and develop a plan for a participant's hatchery. They will then report to the other groups, who critique their plan. Participants can receive follow-up support in developing their own plans and can use the From Net to Sale video to train employees.

If you'd like to order the video, the cost is $3.50 to cover shipping. Go to our products order form, and look under the fisheries category (item F 12).

For more information about the upcoming workshops, contact
Mike Klepinger with Michigan Sea Grant, (517) 353-5508.


By Marie Zhuikov
September 2002

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