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
December 20, 2010

To all the SeafoodSource readers I wish you all a very happy fishy Christmas with your friends and families and here is to a super 2011. I am looking forward to 2011 and here are a few of my seafood wishes for the year ahead:

1.  That the U.S. FDA finally gets the courage to present the latest information on fish consumption for fertile and pregnant women. The 2004 advice is outdated and may be inadvertently causing harm as it failed to take in

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Roy Palmer

Published on
September 20, 2010

Foreign aid from developed countries can be a great initiative but I wonder if any government actually thinks through its policies as a whole and has a plan which they can explain.

Certainly foreign ministers love getting in the limelight travelling overseas and splashing out money on various schemes which they believe will assist developing countries, but has the whole thing been well and truly thought through and has a plan been documented to

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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 15, 2010

After listening to Professor Ray Hilborn at the New Zealand Seafood Conference a few weeks ago and then attending the Australasian Aquaculture Conference in Hobart and listening to all the activities that are happening in that sphere, I decided to take the plunge and start being positive.

So at the bottom of my emails since I have been putting a P.S.: “P.S. Did you know that seafood is the most environmentally sustainable protein food you can

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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 14, 2010

Being involved in running a conference as well as acting as the MC means that you do not get around to as many of the presentations as you would like. This was the case for me at the Australasian Aquaculture Conference in Hobart held 23-26 May 2010.

We did come up with a novel idea to get into some of the action by creating Chairman’s lunches where specific speakers were invited, but more on that later.

What I did want to cover, however, was



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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 9, 2010

The team involved with World Aquaculture Conference in Adelaide for 2014 were invited to Adelaide for a site visit following Australasian Aquaculture 2010 (AA2010) in Hobart.

Due to various activities that followed AA2010, the team arrived in Adelaide at different times on May 27th.  First stop of the day was to look over the proposed main hotel for the event, in the middle of Adelaide and right next door to where the Conference/Trade Show wi

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 24, 2010

Things might not be perfect in New Zealand but there can be no misunderstanding that the New Zealand seafood industry does get strong political support when they can get their Prime Minister, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Attorney General all involved in their conference. Later, they had the main people from their Food Safety and Foreign Affairs and Trade giving them advice about the changing scenery in the world relating to Tariffs a… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 10, 2010

It is true the that the seafood industry has poorly educated the consumers all over the world about the importance of seafood but are programs such as Mr. Goodfish helpful?

There is no point in educating people and promoting seafood unless we have a harmonious story to tell because all that will happen is total confusion and in the end no one will know what to believe.

I wonder why the world aquarium industry is trying to get more and more in t



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Roy Palmer

Published on
April 28, 2010

The day dawns early! There is work to be done, in the shape of emails, before I head off to the first day of the European Seafood Exposition. At 4.30 am, there is still sense of excitement about the day even though I am a veteran of the event.

At 7.30 am everyone is tucking into their continental breakfasts and asking last minute questions. It seems we are ready. The decision is to go by taxi for day one as there are a lot of things to carry for

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Roy Palmer

Published on
April 27, 2010

Getting from Australia to the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) has been a real struggle this year. To be honest, it is not an easy job every year, but 2010 will go down as being the hardest yet.

The year has been tough in many ways and not the least of concerns is the value of the Australian Dollar (AD), something totally out of everyone’s control. When the AD starts heading towards parity of the USD then exports become difficult, and. In fact,

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 18, 2010

I was attracted to the pre-International Boston Seafood Show press on an organization that has a strong background in retailing clothing and sporting equipment, that is now applying their skills and knowledge to the seafood industry.

I was able to sit down and have a great discussion with Linda Bean and have a chat about her Maine lobster business. The organization Linda controls now owns and operates three wharfs buying over three million po

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