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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.

R.I.P Peter Frederick Howgate, OBE

Seafood Safety Specialist – Expert in sensory assessment of fishery products; quality and quality assurance of fishery products; post harvest handling and processing of fish

Sadly, I learned recently of the passing of Peter Howgate.

Peter was well-known for sharing his skills and knowledge initially from being involved in research at the famous Torry Research Station, Aberdeen, and for his involvement in recent years through the Seafood HACCP Discussion...

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Roy Boat

I am writing this on the United Nations’ sanctioned Human Rights Day 2016 (10 December). This year’s theme was “to stand up for the rights of someone,” so, reflecting on our industry, I wish to make a case that we need to do something for the fishermen/women of the world.

I doubt that many of us give much thought to how around 24,000 people die each year while plying their trade as fisher-folk when we tuck into a great meal of seafood. In fact, things are so bad that we don’t really know the...

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Monroe Island

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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