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
July 29, 2013

Two years ago I was invited to the first of the Advanced Lessons in Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics held at the beautiful La Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain and it was at that event that GILLS (www.gillseafood.com) was conceived.

I was very happy to be asked to attend the second such event which was dedicated to Prof. M.C. Nandeesha (1957 – 2012), a good friend who was with us at the first event.

The event is part of the Menéndez Pe… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
July 12, 2013
I read Sean Murphy’s column, Thailand needs to fix this for good, and it made me want to write. I was annoyed, and it has taken me a couple of drafts to get to this as I had to sort the anger from my mind.

I see where Sean is coming from, but I do not think enough credit has been given for those in the industry who are working hard to change what has been a culture that has been created, not just in Thailand, but in many areas of the world. The
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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 30, 2013

An election is looming in Australia — it had to be some time this year but strangely the person heading the Australian Government had a strange logic when announcing the date very early. Whether that was so they did not forget the date themselves or they wanted us to experience what America has to endure with months and months of election activities — which promotes them but with the taxpayers forking out the dollars.

Along with the election… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 14, 2013

Do you believe that the seafood industry has failed to maximize its position of having the most nutritious tasty product that meets all the criteria to be the healthiest food people can eat?

I do…..

In the food market today there are few products that have a story like that of a wild harvested fish item yet I recognized on the menu today when I was having lunch that the fish (a wild harvested fish) was much cheaper than the farmed red meat. I… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
April 25, 2013

Making money from fish is an important element that policy makers in EU are keen to understand.

There is much evidence that fishermen, in particular, are price takers and that there is much room for improvement.

Of course the EU already collects much data but generally this comes out many months after the event and they were keen to get information much quicker, not only for themselves but for all people in the chain. As a result they decided t… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
April 23, 2013

For seafood traders normally the only major thing that happens between Boston and Brussels is Easter — this year things have been different.
Boston is a great seafood town. I was there only a few weeks ago attending the International Boston Seafood Show and at that time the most challenging thing I had to contend with was the weather and how to get a Charlie Card for transport back to the direction of the hotel (another story for another time).


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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 14, 2013

As the date of 9 March draws closer I keep an eye on the weather in Boston. Sure enough as the date gets the closer the weather seems to deteriorate and by the time comes to get on a plane bound for the place known for its historical Tea Party and its celebrations of St Patrick's Day things are looking bad.

Sure enough a special storm has been brewing and it is a question of whether we will be able to land. But land we do and into the snow drif… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 12, 2013

The International Boston Seafood Show (IBSS) — to be known as Seafood Expo North America from 2014 — kicked off on 10 March and clearly everyone was adjusting to the one hour lost during the night as crowds were light early. As the day progressed the numbers improved and by just after lunchtime the aisles were full, the chatter level was high and the thrill of the game was upon us.

Whilst all that excitement was going on in the ground floor … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
January 16, 2013

The seafood industry needs inventive chefs to create new and exciting recipes to entice consumers into wanting to eat more seafood. Of that there can be no doubt.

But chefs that create “inventive” fish names on menus are a menace.

Just before Christmas I had the opportunity of dining with a friend at the newish Sake restaurant in the newly refurbished Hamer Hall, Arts Centre in Melbourne. It was a lovely night and we had a beer overlookin… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
December 11, 2012

In a recent publication by Renae Ayres and Pam Clunie, we learn that the introduction and spread of exotic fish in waterways is a major cause native extinctions and global species decline.

The report states “currently 44 non-native freshwater fish species have been recorded in Australian freshwaters, with a further 76 native freshwater fish species found outside their natural range. Historically many of these fish were primarily introduced for… Read More