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
February 10, 2014
It is looking like another exciting year — already so much is happening.
I am currently in a snow-covered Seattle, about to attend the Aquaculture America Conference with a myriad of meetings attached. So while my home state of Victoria is burning following regular 40 degrees Celsius, I am wrapped up trying to keep my body warm from the below zero temperatures outside. Climate issues abound!
I have been asked to take part in the discussion and de
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Roy Palmer

Published on
December 23, 2013

I had not been to Mexico for many years and found myself on two trips this year — the first in September and the next in November. On the latter I was invited to attend the Third Economic Forum Fisheries and Aquaculture in Mexico City.

Commissioner Mario Aguilar Sánchez is an impressive operator and is getting some fine people around him as he and the government set about increasing the health of the country by growing seafood consumption.

M… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
December 2, 2013

Day 2 at SEAFEX was focused on how to make money from our oceans/water responsibly.

The first speaker of the day was Dr. Jed Brown, from the MASDAR Institute, who gave an insight into “Integrated Seawater Aquaculture/Agriculture Project for Bioenergy Production in UAE.” The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi is beginning the development of an integrated seawater aquaculture/agriculture demonstration project to produce bi… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
November 21, 2013

Sometimes you just get good feelings. You know there is journey still to be had but you get the strong feeling that the time involved will be worthwhile. So it is with the SEAFEX MENA Seafood Summit.
The inaugural event as part of SEAFEX Seafood Exhibition, which in itself was part of a massive program, at Dubai World Trade Centre, all of the activities were food related and covered World Hospitality Competitions through to various Trade Shows and
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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 29, 2013

Days three and four at the Kagoshima High Value Aquaculture Fin Fish Symposium continued to bring out excellent information. For the second to last day of the event we moved venues from the arena to the Kagoshima University Inamori Memorial Hall. The last day was an excellent field trip to see an Amberjack farm and processing facility first hand.
The third day was started by a presentation from Dong-Feng Deng from the Oceanic Institute Hawaii on t
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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 21, 2013

Here we are on World Food Day and we are enjoying the skills and knowledge of the sushi masters at the International Sushi/Sashimi Festival in the Kagoshima Arena. It is fascinating to be absorbed by a different culture as they go through their traditional processes and to see all the businesses that essentially "ride the wave."

The day started with an update by Aiko Yamauchi, WWF, introducing the seriola and cobia aquaculture dialogue (SCAD) th… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 17, 2013

Day one of the High Value Aquaculture Fin Fish symposium organized by World Aquaculture Society — Asian Pacific Chapter and supported strongly by Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University; National Sushi Association of Japan and Japanese Aquaculture Society got under way at the Kagoshima Arena on 15 October.

From seeing the heavyweights of the Sumo wrestling the arena to seeing the heavyweights of the seafood and sushi industry come together … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 11, 2013

The Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) meeting in Paris, France was kicked off by Wally Stevens, executive director of GAA, and he highlighted that collectively we were falling behind the concept of aquaculture production “doubling in a decade.”

This issue was further highlighted by Jim Anderson (World Bank) & Ragnar Tveteras (University of Stavanger) when they gave an overview of facts and figures on aquaculture around the… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 9, 2013

This week in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Sub-Committee on Aquaculture are sitting to discuss many issues. For the first time there is a paper on the importance of aquaculture in human nutrition and there is a genuine excitement about this.

The subcommittee is invited to listen to all the evidence and then to guide and advise the secretariat on … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
September 4, 2013

The environmental NGO groups have all come strongly to the forefront with views about about what consumers want but in reality they do not represent consumers.

Consumers are a large and silent majority but how do we get them engaged?

Good fisheries management includes the opportunity for the community (seafood consumers) seemingly to have a say in the process, after all they have the largest stake in the fish resources but strangely have little… Read More