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 26, 2012

Third time lucky for this joint WAS-EAS meeting which initially planned for Russia then Egypt and finally, through no fault of the organizers, settled in Prague, Czech Republic.

And what a well-structured and well-attended event it was in a lovely city where everyone appeared to be enjoying the networking and business opportunities that were on offer.

For those that got there early there was a chance to engage in a FAO Workshop about the OECD F… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 19, 2012

Rumor has it that the RSPCA are thoroughly investigating regular instances of pescaphilia amongst the UK’s ‘Gangnam style’ glitterati and conservation societies.

Pescaphilia is where young ‘teenager’ fish are taken away from their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and other members of their family like wholesalers and chefs and forced to pose sexually in the nude with humans whilst photos are taken. The fish are harshly treated, bein… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
October 12, 2012

A recent survey in the U.S. indicated that Meatless Monday can be an effective tool to meet the goal of U.S. families eating fewer servings of meat and saturated fat. It seems to have got a fair share of coverage.

With seafood consumption easing surely this is a major opportunity for the industry to build on sales?

According to reports an online survey conducted by FGI Research found Meatless Monday not only influenced people to reduce meat int… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
September 11, 2012

The opening of the AQUA2012 saw the presentation of awards to Geoff Allan (NSW Government, Australia), Mudnakudu Nandeesha (Tamil Nadu University, India), Craig Browdy (Novus, USA) and Peter Edwards (AIT Thailand) for achievements recognized by the World Aquaculture Society (WAS). Patrick Sorgeloos (Ghent University, Belgium) was honored by both WAS and European Aquaculture Society (EAS) and commented wryly that he hoped this was not the end of h… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
September 4, 2012

Have you ever wondered about what is included when you hear about the OECD Food Index?

Well surprise, surprise the OECD has never included fish/seafood in its index. That I find quite interesting as seafood is the most traded global food commodity by a long, long way. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization believe that fish should be a part of the index so they have been working for a few years to get all the correct statistics … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 29, 2012

The date — Wednesday 27 June 2012

The place — Australia’s capital city, Canberra

The reason — The Australian Government has announced a massive plan for Marine Protected Areas with vast ‘no go’ zones. This not only affects the seafood industry but many other important stakeholders and a number of likeminded people and organizations (including an environment foundation) decided to meet in Canberra at Parliament House and do what has … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 14, 2012

Amazingly yesterday was so warm compared to previous days but the third day dawns and its windy and raining. I get moving at 6:00 a.m. as I have breakfast meeting organized at the Westin Hotel alongside the conference center.

The coach trip in from the hotel is quiet today – I have the whole coach to myself. Had a good chat with the driver who highlights the weather pattern has been unusual this last winter in being unseasonably warm. Boston i… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 13, 2012

Oh dear, jetlag has arrived as I wake at 3:30 a.m. and toss and turn and realize the brain is functioning so had better get going and make the best of it.

Today is my involvement in the panel to discuss how we are going to increase seafood consumption in U.S. (read developed world…as U.S. issues are no different to many others) so I need to ensure I have all my issues written down.
Off on the shuttle bus to the convention (great work by Diversi
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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 12, 2012

The alarm has me moving at 6:00 a.m. and a quick scan of the emails and news reminds me it is still the weekend as there is not much happening.

First appointment of the day is breakfast meeting at 7:45 a.m. and this flows through till 9:00 a.m. and we move into the show noting the masses of people wanting to get in and be part of the action.

My next meeting is with a specialized marketing organization who have some refreshing new ideas and we … Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 12, 2012

Leaving my Melbourne home early on Friday morning I head to the airport with all the usual things hanging over the brain. Have I done this, have I done that? Am I organized? Have I got all the things I need?

Too late! We are on the journey from Melbourne to Brisbane to Los Angeles to Boston.

Meet up with the suitcase again and get the shuttle bus and immediately start meeting people who are destined for the seafood show.

There is camaraderie … Read More