The Better Seafood Processing School (BSPS) is organized in collaboration with the Oregon State University Seafood Research and Education Center and Seafood Products Association (SPA). The first BSPS workshop was hosted May 9-10, 2018 in Astoria, OR. Nearly 60 participants from industry, academia, and government attended. Attendee feedback following the 2018 program was extremely positive and annual offerings of the BSPS was overwhelmingly suggested. The planning committee has begun organizing the 2019 BSPS that will be hosted in Astoria, OR on May 13-14, 2019.
The 2019 educational objectives of the BSPS are to provide a general understanding and background of seafood quality, value and compliance as well as hands on lab training to help attendees understand the what, how, and most importantly, why variables impact seafood quality. The primary focus of the 2019 BSPS is on employee development.
The target audience includes those who are new to the seafood industry, particularly QA/QC, processor/operators, technical staff, compliance and sanitation. As seafood processing involves a variety of departments and staff to work together as a team to successfully process quality seafood, those in Supervisor/Manager positions would benefit from attending as well.
The lecture sessions will highlight industry relevant topics in three categories pertaining to seafood quality: utilization, compliance, and employee development. Attendees will also be able to choose 3 of the 5 available hands-on training sessions to participate in. For the lab sessions, attendees will be able to select training foci to more specifically address their educational needs. Program details are available and will be updated as speakers are confirmed.
The expectation is that attendees who participate in the BSPS will bring value to their companies through increased awareness of seafood quality issues cause/effect, as well as understanding the impact of conducting proper quality testing and maintaining compliance. Attendees could also apply Certified Food Scientist credits.
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