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
March 17, 2010

I attended an excellent conference session at the Boston Seafood Show on U.S. government policies and regulations regarding various issues on seafood integrity, organized by William Gergits. The main presenters were David Moreno (GAO) and Steven Wilson (NOAA Fisheries) and the clear message was if you have been used to cheating the system, then you really need to re-think your plans.

Of course issues such as species substitution and short weight

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 16, 2010

I went to a couple of the conference sessions at the International Boston Seafood Show and was impressed with many of the speakers and the achievements that industry has been making.

One session in particular, “Fisheries Improvements: Lessons Learned from US Importers”, was introduced by Howard Johnson (President, H.M. Johnson & Associates) and included speakers: Henry Damone (President, High Liner Foods), Jim Cannon (President, Sustai

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 15, 2010

We all know how hard the seafood business can be, so when I saw the president of a company I personally had never heard of celebrating their 100th year anniversary, I wanted to hear about how this can be achieved.

When you add that the business operates from Minneapolis, a city that strikes me as not being a seafaring metropolis, and is involved in processing, a notoriously tough industry, you have to admire what the Olsen Fish Company has achie

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Roy Palmer

Published on
March 14, 2010

Despite the wind, rain and cold you can feel the excitement in the air as the 2010 International Boston Seafood Show (IBSS) and Seafood Processing America is about to start.

I have worked my way through the Aquaculture America Conference in San Diego (almost 3,000 delegates) and then through Washington, D.C., where I ’bumped’ into President Obama. When I say ‘bumped’ - what actually happened was he delivered a speech in the same

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Roy Palmer

Published on
December 14, 2009

Continuing with lessons from the World Seafood Congress, I am going to raise an issue which has been discussed on this web site by many others and that is integrity.

Integrity is judged by our buyers, the general public and the media. It can involve economic issues such as mis-naming seafood, short weighting, short counting, utilizing chemicals to cheat quality or weights, IUU fishing, environmental issues, workers rights, etc.

NFI president J



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Roy Palmer

Published on
November 25, 2009

I learned heaps about being involved at the pointy end of major meetings from this event. Make no mistake it is hard work and calls for all sorts of skills. I had fun but what did we learn from it all? This is my take on the major issues. I will create a series of lessons over the next couple of blogs.

If you are a governing body that wants to change rules and regulations then you need to really think them through and consult heavily with indust

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Roy Palmer

Published on
September 15, 2009

Is this a world’s first? Be sure to let me know.

I have found myself involved as the Chief Steward in the Royal Agriculture Society of NSW, and, in particular, the Fine Food - Aquaculture Awards, and it is an impressive operation.

The Awards are held biannually; in February is the judging of Sydney Rock Oysters, Prawns and Salmon/Trout products and in September the judging of Pacific Oysters, Native Oysters and Barramundi. The judging creat… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
August 19, 2009

In Australia, while we have national laws for food standards, there is an anomaly in the system because the federal government does not police this. Each state (or territory) has its own regulations and while they all flow in a similar vein, the way governance and compliance is organized varies considerably from one state to the other.

I do like the way New South Wales (NSW) goes about its business on food safety compared to some others.

Recent… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 29, 2009

Seafood has hit the movies during the past month with the release of End of the Line, and all of a sudden actors, pop singers and others in the limelight are overnight experts on seafood sustainability. They cry, “No fish left in the sea by 2048,” and to that they add their knowledge about issues such as mercury in seafood.

What a lot of pollock, a term not used lightly given its importance as a major fishery!

The media must take the public… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 21, 2009

There is no association looking after the interests of the global seafood industry, and in this day and age, with everything having global consequences, it really makes you wonder why that is.

In Australia, we have no single body which looks after the fishing, aquaculture and seafood-processing industries. But other countries do have such organizations, and maybe it is about time this started coming together.

Today, non-government organizations… Read More