Snippets from Down Under

Snippets 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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Roy Palmer

Published on
November 20, 2014

At the AMSA Maritime 2014 Conference, I had the chance to meet and talk with Australia’s deputy prime minister, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) secretary general, and the incoming Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) chairman.

Dealing firstly with international issues, Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of IMO, spoke a little of the past, some of the present and much of the future. Mr. Sekimizu is the seventh-elected secretary… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
November 17, 2014

Day two of the AMSA Conference in Melbourne got under way on Wednesday, 12 November, with two interesting female presenters talking about AMSA’s innovation in technology (I highlight as most of day one was males).

Christine Macmillian, manager, Planning & Business Support at AMSA, spoke about meeting our international obligations regarding people in peril on the sea. In the vast waters that Australia manages (53 million sq. kms), there are… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
November 14, 2014

Marine Safety is big business -- just think of how many vessels there are utilizing the oceans and waterways of the world. Add to that issues such as offshore mining/drilling; search and rescue; navigation and tracking; spillages and other environmental issues, and you start to get a feel for the size of the business.

In Australia, all of the governance for these activities falls under the control of the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA)… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 14, 2014

Sen. Ron Boswell, retiring from his role next month after 31 years’ service to his beloved Queensland state, gave a strong warning to Australian primary producers (and consumers who value them) to work together, and with the Australian Government, to retain the influence they should have — and deserve to have — over the way their industries operate. 

The Senator said: “What I want to do is leave all Australian primary producers with… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 6, 2014

Here is an interesting question as the seafood world centers its activities on Brussels for the Seafood Expo Global — also known to those that have been coming here for years as the European Seafood Exposition. It is all about whether we should drive fisheries and aquaculture together as seafood or treat them as separate items.

It is clear to me that aquaculture would be the winner if they were treated separately, but wild product would not ne… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 31, 2014

In the last week or so There were three headlines in the last week or so that are well connected to shrimp, sometimes it makes me wonder “what the…?”

The first headline was about the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) increasing the preliminary shrimp duty rates over prior final rates for major U.S. shrimp suppliers in Thailand, Vietnam and India, primarily as the result of the department’s use of a new calculation methodology, which is c… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 12, 2014

The opportunity to visit Newport, Oregon and the Aquatic Animal Health Program (AAHP) at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) presented itself whilst attending the American Aquaculture Conference in Seattle last month.

A casual six-hour drive from Seattle (thanks heaps to University of Hawaii’s Tetsuzan Benny Ron for driving) saw arrival in Newport in time for an early dinner with Dr.Tim Miller-Morgan, assistant professor at Oregon State … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 3, 2014

The 14th session of the FAO subcommittee on fish trade of the Committee of Fisheries (COFI) came to an end on 28 February 2014 following a full week meeting in Bergen, Norway.

This was my first such meeting and I take a lot away with me from having attended the whole week of activities which were well coordinated by FAO and our gracious hosts, the government of Norway. Here is what I heard and absorbed:

•    The meetings are es… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
February 26, 2014

The lead subject document at the FAO COFI meeting in Bergen is on FAO’s activities in the fish trade.

The opening paragraph of the paperwork communicates the seafood sector’s contribution to local and regional food security through direct human consumption being well recognized as is its role in providing nutritional benefits essential to human health and development. Is it? If it is then why are we consistently seeing in countries such as t… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
February 24, 2014

In the global world of seafood Norway is a beacon as a developed country in “professionalizing” operations. They have been on a continual improvement process for many years in both fishing and aquaculture and the development has been in all sectors including government and administration.

Bergen, well known for its Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market, and surrounding mountains and fjords, such as the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, has be

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