I have thirty years experience in the food industry, with ten years of that devoted to the seafood industry.
I have experience in food chemistry and food microbiology and, for ten years, worked as part of the Australian Seafood Extension and Advisory Service (AUSEAS), a service which was funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). Through this service I assisted the Australian seafood industry to increased profitability through providing access to information on innovation and improved processes both internationally and within Australia.
I was then part of the Seafood Services Australia team which delivered a wide range of services to the Australian seafood industry.
In 2003 - 2004 I was Project Leader for a FarmBis funded project which developed a software tool which used a Risk Management approach to assist seafood companies to develop an Environmental Management Plan, a Workplace Health & Safety Plan, a Food Safety Plan, and a Business Improvement Plan in one scan of the operating environment.
I was secretary of the Australian Fish Names Committee, since its formation in 1998, until 2006. This committee was tasked with developing standard names for fish in Australia.
I formed Alan Snow Konsulting in 2005 and was engaged by Seafood Services Australia to undertake a Seafood Supply Chain Innovation project which was funded through the AusIndustry Innovation Access Program which was completed in June 2006.
- This project focused on four areas of innovation in the seafood industry, namely:
- Traceability of seafood products from point of catch or harvest to consumer;
- Innovative packing systems for seafood (mainly focusing on MAP and vacuum packaging);
- Improved transport systems (live and fresh chilled seafood by air and road);
- Meeting the biosecurity requirements for domestic consumption and for importing countries.
- The key outcomes for this project have been:
- The conduct of a series of nine workshops in regional Australia which linked potential users of the technology with the technology providers;
- The development of a series of four Guides to Innovation (one for each of the four technology areas).
- My key areas of expertise are:
- Provision of technical and innovative solutions - especially in the post harvest seafood industry;
- Provision of advise on seafood safety and quality issues;
- Management of small and large projects
- Workplace training, particularly targeting adult learning, including the coordination and the delivery of these sessions;
- Developed syllabus, training materials, and assessment criteria for seafood related modules;
- The retrieval of information from national and international sources and determining its' value for Australian conditions;
- Development of seafood safety, quality, and HACCP systems;
- Development of information technology solutions using both database management systems and Microsoft applications.
I completed an Associate Diploma in Applied Science at QIT in 1974, and completed a course in Seafood Inspection in 1998.
I also have a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment which I completed through North Point TAFE.
I was a graduate of the Advance in Seafood Leadership Program in 2004, during which I undertook a project to update and improve the Australian Seafood Emergency Plan for the seafood industry.