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RoyPalmerSnippets from Down Under is authored by Roy Palmer. Since 1972, Roy Palmer has been involved trading seafood and other food products and has traveled the world extensively.

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This is a delayed blog from the "FishAdapt -Global Conference on 'Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture" that took place in Bangkok from 8 to 10 August 2016. There were some thought-provoking matters that came from this conference, so I hope to fit a few of them into my schedule shortly.

I had the privilege of meeting Sri.K.N.Balagopal on a recent visit to Kerala. I was visiting the AwF project in Vakkom along with Dr. Dinesh Kaippilly, and we called on Sri Balagopal in his...

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Ms Pudjiastuti is not your typical fisheries minister in that prior to being brought into the role she was an entrepreneur and specifically had interests in the airline (P.T ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation – Susi Air) and seafood (P.T.ASI Pudjiastuti Marine Product) industries. According to Wikipedia, Ms. Pudjiastuti “came from fifth generation settlers of Pangandaran which is predominately Sudanese who engaged in real estate and livestock trade; was expelled from high school for political...

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This event took place in Jakarta, Indonesia at the end of July over one and a half days, and was very well organized as part of The Economist Events’ World Ocean Initiative, bringing together government, industry, the financial sector and scientists for a broad discussion on fisheries reform across South-East Asia and the adjacent Western Pacific.

Typically, the early media suggests a major problem – possibly this is done to attract the interest of people but, to be honest, I am over the...

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Noel A. Gallagher • 7 December, 1929 - 25 July, 2016

Noel Ambrose Gallagher was born at Maclean, Clarence River, in northern New South Wales.

He was the son of a farmer who lost everything that he owned in the Great Depression, and it was only by winning a State Bursary, that he was able to get an education. Noel came from a family of eight and he leaves this world as a grandfather to 19 and a great-grandfather to eight. You can appreciate that he was a good Catholic.

Noel Gallagher...

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India shrimp

Some of my friends in India are starting to show some concern about shrimp prices, as they have been sharply declining since last month.

The two big issues that are having an effect are anti-dumping charges and antibiotics (rejections).

In 2013 and 2014 according to provisional figures from the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), India’s seafood exports were valued at USD 4.5 billion, and for the first time exceeding a million metric in weight. Based on the previous year...

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COFI 32

Last week, I attended the FAO's COFI 32 in Rome and was engaged in making a presentation: “Promoting Seafood Consumption: A Tool for Improving Nutrition, Health and Regional Development – Public Policy and Producers effort.” I am indebted to the Mexican Government who has invested in seafood promotion and is running this ‘side event’ to COFI with a promised seafood lunch.

Not aware of COFI? Well, the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Food and Agriculture...

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While at Seafood Expo North America in Boston I went to the conference session “The Future of Seafood Regulations Post FSMA.” This was led by Benjamin England, the CEO of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Imports.com – an FDA consulting firm serving clients in over 90 countries with FDA regulatory and compliance services. England was joined by a panel consisting of Troy Petrillo, FDA/ORA Investigation Branch in the New England District Office supervisor with responsibility for import...

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I bumped into Australian John Curtain and had a great chat about his business, FloatPac Pty Ltd, which is quite unique.

The organization is proudly 100 percent Australian owned and operated and specializes in the manufacture of equipment used in the transport of live fish and fingerlings via air, road and rail freight -- an ever-increasing business.

They have created ‘The FishPac system’ which operates by sustaining live aquatic animals with oxygen. The oxygen flows from an approved...

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Well the 6 March has arrived and it’s back to SENA in Boston and surprisingly the weather is on the improve. Having said that I am not at my best - you might call it suffering from climate change. This is the difficulty of travel, changes in temperature and air conditioning.

So the first person I am going to mention today is Andrejus Radzevicius, Managing Director, Premier Seafood who is from Norway and on a mission in Boston.

We all have much to learn from Norway and the seafood people –...

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Fish dinner

Wishing all our industry a great start to Lent on 10 February - it is not something that gets promoted by our industry as much as it should, but I learned a few years ago from some special marketers that we really should take up the prospect.

I never appreciated how important Lent was until I got involved in fish retailing back in the early 90’s. We had not prepared anything specific for Ash Wednesday following Shrove/Pancake Tuesday and we were inundated with customers and there was enormous...

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