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Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD)

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The Marine Fisheries Research Department or MFRD was established as one of the SEAFDEC Departments in 1969 in Singapore. Currently, MFRD is responsible for promoting, undertaking, and coordinating research in fisheries post-harvest technology and furthering the development of the fish processing industry in the region.

As of 2007, the Post-Harvest Technology Centre of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore is the Collaborating Center of SEAFDEC to implement the MFRD programmes.

For more information please contact; Yeap Soon Eong  (e-mail:Yeap_Soon_Eong@ava.gov.sg)

MFRD undertakes research and development on fisheries post-harvest and processing technologies to enhance the utilization of fish for human consumption. The current activities include improvement of the quality and safety of fish and fisheries products by monitoring the chemical, antibiotic and biotoxin residues, promoting the application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among others. In addition, activities are also implemented towards the establishment of traceability systems for the aquaculture products in the region.

The on-going programs (2014) implemented by MFRD under SEAFDEC Framework include:

  1. Chemical and Drug Residues in Fish and Fish Products in Southeast Asia: Biotoxins Monitoring in ASEAN;
  2. Traceability Systems for Aquaculture Products in the ASEAN Region

The on-going programs (2015-2017) implemented by MFRD under SEAFDEC Framework include:

  1. Chemicals and Drug Residues in Fish and Fish Products in Southeast Asia – Biotoxins (ASP, AZA and BTX) and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the ASEAN Region;
  2. Cold Chain Management for Seafood
Fermented Fish Sauce in Southeast Asia
fishsauce In Southeast Asia, one of the methods of utilizing fish is to make it into fish sauce. Fish sauce is widely used as a condiment or as ingredient in cooking to add ‘meat’ flavour to the dishes. The book describes the characteristics and methods for producing the fish sauce.
Southeast Asian Fish Products (Fourth Edition, 2002)
fishproduct Fish is a major traditional source of animal protein in the Southeast Asian region. There are many varieties of freshwater and marine fish widely accepted by most people and religions. These products are also available as traditional fish products and are listed in this publication.
Maximizing Utilization of Fish Catch – Marine Species
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Published by MFRD, the book includes a range of value-added products developed from marine fishes in the Southeast Asian region.

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Maximizing Utilization of Fish Catch – Freshwater Species
fishcatchfreshwater

Published by MFRD, the book includes a range of value-added products developed from freshwater fishes in the Southeast Asian region.

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Maximizing Utilization of Pelagic Fish Resources
pelagic

The 123-page manual describes the processing of pelagic fish resources, i.e. comminuted products, dried products, fermented products, smoked products and others. Costing for each product category, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for processing of surimi and unwashed minced fish meat from pelagic fish, are also included.

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The Application of HACCP in the Fish Processing Industry in Southeast Asia 2000-2003
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The publication includes individual country status reports on the application of HACCP in the fish processing industry and HACCP application for traditional fish products.

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Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Small and Medium sized Fish and Fish Products Pre-Processing Establishments in ASEAN
gmp

The publication compiles the GMP for selected Pre-Processing Establishment (PPEs) in the ASEAN countries, i.e. Shrimp PPE, Fish Meat/Filleting PPE, Crab Meat Picking PPE, and Shrimp Salting PPE. The process flow diagram, processing steps and GMP for the products are described.

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Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Small and Medium-sized Traditional Fish Products Processing Establishments in ASEAN
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The publication compiles the GMP for selected Traditional Fish Products Processing Establishments (TPEs) in the ASEAN Countries. The TPEs are involved in the processing of traditional fish products such as shrimp paste (belacan, mam tom), fish sauce (nam pla, nuoc mam, ngan pya ye), shrimp sauce (alamang), salted and boiled fish (pindang), fish ball, dried fish (pa heang), dried shrimp, fish cracker (keropok lekor), smoked fish (tinapa) and fermented fish (ngachin).

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Laboratory Manual of Standardized Methods for the Analysis of Pesticide and Antibiotic residues in Aquaculture Products
pesticide The books describe the standardized methods for analyzing pesticides, antibiotic residues with the aim of building up and strengthening the regional capability in such analytical testing.
Laboratory Manual of Standardized Methods for the Analysis of Chloramphenicol and Nitrofuran Residues in Aquaculture Products
nitrofuran The books describe the standardized methods for analyzing Chloramphenicol (CAP) and Nitrofuran (NF), with the aim of building up and strengthening the regional capability in such analytical testing.
Technical Compilation of Heavy Metals, Pesticide Residues, Histamine and Drug Residues in Fish and Fish Products in Southeast Asia 2004-2008
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The 203-page book compiles the baseline information on the current situation of chemical and drug residues in seafood in some Southeast Asian countries. The information is based on the regional surveys undertaken by SEAFDEC/MFRD under the project on “Chemical and Drug Residues in Fish and Fish Products in Southeast Asia”.

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Technical Compilation of Biotoxins Monitoring in ASEAN Region 2009-2012
TechnCompl

The publication compiles the results of the biotoxins monitoring surveys conducted by member countries participating in the Japanese Trust Fund II project. The book also describes the recommended methods for biotoxins analysis.

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Technical Compilation of Traceability Systems for Aquaculture Product in the ASEAN Region 2010-2015
TechTrace

Traceability has become a major concern of the aquaculture industry, especially since it has become a legitimate requirement in major international markets, such as the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA). Some countries in the ASEAN region which are major exporters of seafood have begun implementation of traceability systems for their aquaculture products such as Thailand (shrimps) and Viet Nam (catfish). However, with increasing requirements for traceability in the international seafood markets, there is an urgent need for all countries in the ASEAN region to implement traceability systems in their aquaculture industry so as to comply with the regulations of the importing countries. In addition, domestic consumers in the region who are becoming more affluent and educated also demand a higher level of food safety and quality in their seafood. In view of these developments, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), under its Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD) Programmes, implemented a project on traceability for aquaculture products in the ASEAN region. This project serves to provide a platform for the sharing of information and experiences among the ASEAN member countries on traceability systems, to better enable their aquaculture industries to implement appropriate traceability systems in aquaculture products and to meet international traceability requirements in the network of aquaculture production, marketing, and trade.

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