SEAs-n-all News – June 2012

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SEA News

Australian Seafood Day at Yeosu World Expo 1 June 2012

SEA would like to congratulate Austrade and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the creation of Australian Seafood Day at Yeosu, Republic of Korea (RoK).
More than 60 RoK seafood industry people attended the event where they had a luncheon at MVL Hotel which was followed by a Seafood Seminar which had presentations from SEA CEO, Roy Palmer and Professor Charles Bai, Pukyong National University, RoK. Folowing this a short trip was taken to the Australian Pavilion at Yeosu World Expo and all the guests were given VIP treatment being shown around the $10 million investment.
RoK has many opportunities for the seafood industry due to the high seafood consumption in RoK; however, until there is a Free Trade Agreement business will be difficult as tariffs/duties make it diffcult to be competitive at his time.
SEA was impressed with the Austrade organisation in RoK and wishes to thank all those engaged.

SEA follo- up in Japan on Taste of Tomorrow’
SEA was very pleased to be invited to Tokyo to follow up on the ‘Taste of Tomorrow’ (ToT) project which was started some 18 months or so ago and wishes to congratulate Austrade on the initiative.
It was opportune to follow up on the webinar on 15 May with a trip to Japan 25 – 30 May in Japan then finalise in RoK 31 May – 5 June.
Austrade Tokyo has a terrific knowledge of seafood and the requirements of the clients there and the addition of creating a focus on ToT would appear to have been succesful.

Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
SEA was presented with a DAA Certificate in Sydney on 25 May – this is very much appreciated and an honour to be associated with DAA.
2 new releases this month from DAA Dietitians keep Aussies happy and healthy during winter and Research: New mums diets fall short – see website
We are currently working on a Seafood & Health Loyalty Card for consumers with DAA.

Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia (FSAA)
The Foodservice Australia show has just finished, and was a huge success running from 27-29 May at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney. It featured over 120 exhibitors showing the latest food, drink and equipment.
Thousands of restaurateurs, chefs, caterers and bakers came to see the exhibitors. They also watched the Chef of the Year, Global Pizza Challenge, World Chocolate Masters and free seminars in the Restaurant Theater.
Next year the show will run from 2-4 June at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Stand bookings have now opened and the show is expected to sell out. Have a look in the ‘exhibiting’ section or call the friendly team at Specialised Events to secure your space.

Australian Marine Alliance (AMA)
AMA has taken a strong stance against the Gillard Labor minority Government and the Environment Minister Tony Burke’s legacy relating to the Guinness Book of Records approach to Marine Protected Areas. The AMA has been highlighting through various media how poorly thought through the Governments MPA plan is and continues to fight for all of the fishing & boatingindustry in this regard. The effects of this poor unscientific approach will cost billions into the future and essentially puts many industries, rural towns and jobs at risk let alone condemning Australia’s Asian neighb ours to bear the brunt of Australia’s increasing appetite for seafood – an essential ingredient for a nutritious health and well-being diet.

At the Monaco Blue Initiative meeting held in Yeosu, Republic of Korea on 4 June Jay Nelson, Director of Pew Environment Groups Global Ocean Legacy Project said that they created a Marine Protected Area plan (with 15 other eNGO Groups)  with large no take zones which covered the globe. He basically made the same speech as Minister Burke gave at the Sydney Aquarium on 14 June……interesting

Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO)
SEA has confirmed its partnership in this organisation by signing the final version of the Partnership’s “Declaration for Healthy and Productive Oceans, an important milestone in our collaboration. Feedback and comments from over 30 Governments, companies, UN agencies and civil society organizations has seen the formation of the declaration. The main objective of our efforts is to develop this partnership into a global implementation mechanism for healthier oceans, and we are all keen to continue the discussions and fully develop the details and design. We are fortunate that Prince Albert II of Monaco and President Tong of Kiribati (who our CEO was with in Yeosu) have offered to co-host an event for the GPO on June 21st at Rio Centro. The event serves to publicly announce the formation of the new Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO) that brings together a broad coalition of partners for healthy oceans. A number of distinguished speakers have been lined up for this event.

Seafood Services Australia
A new CEO is about to be advised for SSA and we will report on this soonest. This has come about due to the change of funding from FRDC and the flow on from turning SSA from a pro-active development organisation to a project based organisation. The Seafood Incident Response Plan (SIRP) mentioned last month has been finalised and is available for all to see.

Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia
National Conference is happening 12-13 September 2012 in Manly, NSW
For more information please visit or contact Sophie Dimmock on 02 6260 4022 or

Australian Made
The Australian Seafood brand was on show at Yeosu World Expo on 1 June when Austrade and SEA had a promotional Australian Seafood Day seminar and visit to the Australian Pavilion. Australian Seafood is promotion of its provenance and guarantees what you buy is what you get. When you buy into this you are buying into a brand which has 25 years (see video) of recognition. Apply through

Trade News
Red Tape holding back Aquaculture Industry in Australia
Pip Courtney. Landline presenter “ Of all the world’s agricultural production systems, aquaculture has the greatest opportunity for increased growth and efficiency gains.So says the World Bank.But in Australia where we rely on imports for nearly three quarters of our seafood, investors have been slow to capitalise on the potential of fish farming. That market reluctance could have something to do with the tangle of regulation and red tape faced by potential operators.”

Kofi Annan talks of imperative Aquaculture growth – Aust Govt on different planet…
Kofi Annan left a deep impression on world aquaculture leaders when spoke this morning, June 12 2012, on how aquaculture can contribute to feeding nine billion people by 2050.
He was addressing the fully-subscribed global aquaculture business conference AquaVision 2012 in Stavanger, Norway.
It is a mark of the rising recognition of aquaculture as part of the solution to feeding the planet in the coming decades that Kofi Annan, two times Secretary General of the United Nations, found time in his hectic agenda to give a presentation on this important topic. Around 100 local students who had prepared reports on sustainable food production attended the conference to hear Mr Annan speak. After his presentation, he met with those students with the highest rated reports.

Seafood Trade & Market Access Database
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$4 million in Rebates
Revised agreements with state regulators and the use of Approved Auditors will provide benefits to fish and egg exporters in the future.
First Assistant Secretary Biosecurity Food, Greg Read, said “The changes supported a smooth transition to new certification and inspection arrangements.These new arrangements will provide more robust and efficient export certification systems, reducing the cost of doing business while improving confidence in Australian food exports. The department is determined to improve service delivery and reduce costs, to improve the profitability of our export industries at every opportunity,” Mr Read said.

New Zealand has a PLAN for aquaculture
Aquaculture has potential to grow as an export industry for New Zealand. As the global supply of seafood from wild fisheries is limited, aquaculture has the opportunity to meet this growing world demand through increased production. Aquaculture is the world’s fastest developing source of animal protein, growing by more than 60 percent over the past decade. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that by 2025 over half of all seafood consumed globally will be farm produced. People around the world want to eat more seafood and New Zealand can supply a safe and sustainable product.

Marketing Update
Polish your Marketing
Alisha & Polly address marketing issues important when working with seafood distributors this month.

India’s Fisheries Output to Soon Reach 10 Million Tonnes
Fisheries output in the country could touch the 10-million-tonne-mark soon, the Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Mr Sharad Pawar, has said. From 6.5 mt six years ago, the output increased to 8.4 mt last year.
Addressing a gathering to mark the seventh meeting of the governing body of National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) here on Wednesday, he said that the segment was growing at about five per cent.
The Government also proposes to set up a National Freshwater Fish Brood Bank (NFFBB) at the fish farm of the Department of Fisheries at Kausalyaganga in Orissa. It would be managed by NFDB in association with CIFA (Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture) at Bhubaneswar. The executive committee of NFDB had given the in-principle nod to establish the bank.
During 2011-12, the Government spent Rs 100 crore for development of fisheries through National Mission for Protein Supplements. Under this scheme, cage culture in reservoirs and intensive aquaculture in ponds and tanks were being promoted.

Country of origin labelling differentiates imports from local produce but it is not a panacea for the producers’ costs-price squeeze – it has not generated lasting price rises — action plans addressing specific problems are needed.

Growth in NZ Aquaculture
In the past 30 years aquaculture in New Zealand has grown from very small beginnings to a significant primary industry, currently estimated to be worth in excess of $380 million, with a target goal of reaching $1 billion in sales by 2025.
Sustainable aquaculture has the potential to make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy. Currently offering employment to over 3,000 people, this figure is expected to increase significantly within the coming years. New Zealand’s aquaculture produce is currently exported to 79 countries worldwide.

Fishermen warned to take more notice of animal welfare issues
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Executive Director, Dr Patrick Hone, says “Australian fishermen need to become more aware of animal welfare concerns. The seafood industry has recently changed in Germany, where catch and release fishing has now been banned. Both the commercial and recreational sectors would be affected by a similar move in Australia. It changes the whole dynamic, because for some species, for example, your barramundi, the catch and release is so critical to the way we manage that stock,” he said.
“If that sort of process happened here, it would really change not just the behaviour of the fishers, but also the fishing experience. There would just be fewer fish to be caught.” also for more extremes see and for those looking at an antidote re PETA look no further than

Media’s fear mongering on dangers of seafood consumption
In the USA the National Fisheries Institute has come out strongly defending the industry and attacking the media for scaring the public from eating seafood. Reportedly in USA over $100million dollars per year is spent on anti-seafood campaigns. Gavin Gibbons the Media Director for NFI highlighted in his article that the ‘good news’ from independent authorities is drowned out by the negative approach of the majority of the media.
Gavin says “Seafood offers enormous health benefits. To suggest otherwise is simply misinformed — and harms those it purports to help. False-alarm health crises — from arsenic in apple juice to the debunked dangers of vaccines — all speak to the public health damage done when activists drive an agenda intended to frighten instead of the facts intended to inform. When you read these dire warnings, consider the source. Remember, these are activists with an agenda sounding the alarm bells — not nutritionists. And since you’re clearly not suffering from brain damage, you know better than to trust an activist for nutrition advice.” Who is looking after the Seafood Industry in Australia? The FRDC will step into the public arena to more actively promote the science that underpins a sustainable future for Australian fisheries it said so many industry people are looking forward to seeing this with the draconian MPA process currently facing the industry.

Gulf of Carpentaria banana prawn better than average harvest
Trawlers full of banana prawns are returning to port in far north Queensland.Skippers are reporting a better-than-average banana prawn season in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Austral Fisheries general manager Andy Prendergast says catches are down on last year’s bumper harvest, but that should mean prices are slightly better.
When I say theyve been good, 4,500 tonnes is about 1,200 or 1,300 tonnes less than we produced in the banana season last year, he said.
So it’s still in the order of a high catch, but nowhere near as much as last year.

Norwegian consumption of salmon fell by three thousand tonnes in 2011
Marit Stagrum Ottem of the Norwegian Seafood Council says that too much is being read into the figures and that the data has been interpreted incorrectly. Ms Ottem says that the decline is due to the fact that the Norwegian retail sector continues to evolve and that fish is now more likely to be sold in portion sized packs. Previously, shoppers opted to buy whole fish or full sides which represented a much larger sale. Now shoppers buy just enough for the specific meal and thus are buying less.
Ms Ottem’s explanation for the fall in demand certainly does sound plausible. Yet, the trend can also be put into the context of fish consumption of other countries too. Norway may be a nation where fishing is part of the culture but so is Japan and there consumption of fish is dropping rapidly for all sorts of reasons. Only recently, meat sales overtook sales of fish in Japan for the first time ever. Norway too is seeing similar shifts in food consumption. Andreas Viestad, Director of the Food Culture Centre said that chicken and pork is taking over from the traditional dependence on fish as a major food. He suggests that such shifts are a very sad development for Norwegian communities.
It is easy to offer explanations for these trends but much less so with regard as to how to alter the direction of these declines. Callander McDowell have always argued that fish will become less important to consumers unless we, as an industry, can look at what why consumers are changing what they eat and adapt the salmon offering to fit in with the changing diets. Unless the salmon industry adapts it may find there may be not such a ready market for farmed salmon in the years to come.

Portugal – consistent high seafood consumption
Portuguese families give the Japanese a good run for their money on fish consumption. David explores seafood retailing in Lisbon and explains why comparative per capita meat consumption figures across the globe should be taken with a pinch of salt!

Sealect canned tuna with 200 million baht rebranding campaign
T-Holding Co, the distributor and marketer of Sealect canned tuna, is rocking Thailand’s 6.3-billion-baht canned fish market with more aggressive marketing plans, including 200 million baht for rebranding.
It plans to double its sales to 4 billion baht within five years.
Managing director Wichai Iamsangchan said the budget will be used to relaunch Sealect canned fish brands and Fisho fish snacks.
Sealect tuna will have a different logo and packaging to create a premium look. It relaunched the new look early this month, with TV commercials slated for the end of the month, followed by cooking shows and a roadshow.
The company estimated the total market for canned fish at 6.3 billion baht last year, up by 6-8% year-on-year.

Event Info 2012

Training & Education Update
Review of the standards for the regulation of vocational education and training
The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has called for submissions to inform a review of the standards for the regulation of vocational education and training. You can access the full consultation paper from the NSSC website.
AgriFood would appreciate being made aware of the content of any such submission with a view to capturing the full range of issues from our colleagues and stakeholders – contact or ring Jeannie at 0459 981293 or 02 6163 7235

Seafood Executive Program announced
Kate Ferguson (Ferguson Australia), Graham Potter (A.Raptis & Sons) and Wayne Dredge (Piscari Industries) the successful bursaries for this year’s inaugural Seafood Executive Program will get the chance to link with around 20 other seafood professionals on this course. The Institute of Food & Grocery Management has now announced the Program which can be seen on line. The FRDC People Development Program invests in this concept and SEA manages the program.

All the presentations made at this fabulous event are available on line and photos can also be seen.

Failing to communicate with young people and train them in Primary industry is no way to create the “Food Bowl”
Want to know what is going on regarding attracting young people into our industry then check out this website – this group just secured funding of $225,000 ov er 3 years for their important work from the Federal Government – are we really serious in the Year of the Farmer and the Prime Ministers comments that we are the food processing hub of the Asia Pacific Basin?

PICSE to receive $125,000 in funding support
“I am a great supporter of the work PICSE does to build links between schools, universities and industry,” said Mr Sidebottom. “We all need to work together to actively promote the breadth of career pathways available in our primary industries. In doing so we are planting the seeds of Australia’s future.
“After all, agriculture is the backbone of our economy. Everyone, especially our young people, need the knowledge and skills to participate in this continuously developing industry.
Mr Sidebottom made the announcement today at the Rebuilding the Agricultural Workforce roundtable in Canberra hosted by PICSE, the Business/Higher Education Round Table, AgriFood Skills Australia, and the Agribusiness Council of Australia.
“This funding will assist PICSE to develop and deliver strategies to encourage more young people to enter primary industries and associated research and agribusiness organisations,” Mr Sidebottom said.

Business News
Fish Heads Cut Retailer Costs
Tesco Plc (TSCO), Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, along with Marks & Spencer Group Plc (MKS), John Lewis Partnership Plc’s Waitrose, William Morrison Supermarkets Plc (MRW) and J Sainsbury Plc are testing how meat and fish, cooking oils and leftover sandwiches can lower energy bills and landfill costs when they’re transported to plants for converting into power.

Looking for some help for no charge?
Ever thought of engaging a student to assist in June/July or January/February when they have downtime and have to get ‘on the job’ experiences? All universities are keen to connect with industry and ensure that the students have great opportunities to further their knowledge. Is this the time to get some food safety research done or some other project that you have been putting off? Make sure insurance cover is organised – generally paid by the university. You never know what it could lead to….

Are YOU aware of carbon tax assistance?
Thousands ofbusinesses across Australia are missing out on potential financial aid that could help them combat the impact of the carbon tax, research has shown.
Apparently nearlythree quarters (71 per cent) of organisations believed they would not receive sufficient compensation from the Government against the carbon cost impact, with a further 19 per cent saying they are unsure if they will.

Government backsdown on increases
The tourism industry was vocal in its opposition to the tax increase and had warned that the departure tax, along with the carbon tax, would harm the long-term viability of the industry.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012
No submissions were received hencethe committee concludes therefore that the bill is uncontroversial as it only contains technical corrections. Accordingly, the committee recommends that the bill be passed.

How many Fishermen are there in Australia?
How many public servants are there controlling what they do?

Live Better (Health News)
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Heart health
Evidence reviewers calculate a 15 percent drop in risk among people who eat more fish than most Heart failure – also called congestive heart failure (CHF) – simply means that your heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to the rest of the body … especially when you’re active. The most common cause is coronary artery disease, which is characterized by a narrowing of small vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. According to the American Heart Association, one in five people develop CHF after the age of 40, and about half will die within five years. Most of the population studies published to date – and a few clinical trials – have linked higher fish or omega-3 intakes to a reduced risk of developing CHF.

Why Seafood Is So Important
About 600 million years ago the human brain and nervous system evolved in a marine environment. Our human ancestors later became land-dwelling, but our requirement for specific marine nutrients remains. Around the world, populations that consume higher levels of seafood live longer and healthier lives than those that rely mainly on land-based foods.
According to many credible experts, a diet rich in seafood reduces cardiovascular disease, aids pregnancy and early child development, contributes to the prevention of obesity and related diseases, and delays the onset of age-related diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Indeed, seafood’s vital contribution to aged care and the prevention of brain disease (rapidly becoming the world’s biggest health problem) is only now being understood.
Seafood’s role as a healthy food however is universally recognized, and organizations such as the Australian Heart Foundation recommend two or more seafood meals per week.

Get Real About Seafood
National Fisheries Institute continues to spread the messages to Americans about Seafood & Health with yet another website.
“Seafood is a powerhouse food. Science shows it has important nutrients that help keep us in good health at all life stages, from birth through old age.
It’s easy to incorporate more seafood into your weekly meals. For example, canned and pouch tuna are delicious, low-calorie staples that have essential nutrients like protein and omega-3s and are ready to add to many recipes for an additional boost of healthfulness.”

Sea Friendly (Sustainability News)

The right way vs. the wrong way to seafood sustainability
Two news reports – on Austalia’s huge expansion of its Marine reserves, and the EU’s commitment to science based quotas and eliminating discards, show a dramatic contrast of two approaches to seafood sustainability.
The Australian government has announced a huge expansion of their marine reserves, putting fully 1/3 of their EEZ under restrictions. Prior to this 9% of the EEZ was in marine reserves, and in some areas, like Southeast Australia, fully 86% of the waters already had trawling bans.The Southeast Australian fishery association pegged it exactly right: there was no biological reason to create these huge reserves.
It appears that the Australians have bought into the idea that creating marine reserves is a net benefit that does not need scientific study. This is a logical outgrowth of the hysteria over fisheries decline – which has been so effectively disproven.
Dr Bob Kearney (AM) from the University of Canberra and Dr Ray Hilborn from the University of Washington released a paper in February in Australia that said the global picture provides three fundamental messages; the problems are not universal, they are not uniformly distributed and the overly pessimistic view is simply not relevant to Australia. In fact Australians have excellent reasons to have faith in their fisheries management and to consume Australian seafood with confidence and enthusiasm.
The marine reserves will reduce the total amount of seafood caught by the highly regulated and sustainable Australian industry, and will likely replace it with seafood from Asian countries that have much less management and far fewer resources to manage seafood sustainability. This is not a net gain – it is a net loss for the seafood sustainability movement.
In Europe, which incredibly has not yet adopted legislation mandating scientifically established fishery limits known as MSY or maximum sustainable yield, there is some actual progress. The proposed new fisheries legislation from the EU fisheries commission would establish mandatory scientific quota limits, would move towards a system of transferable quotas to address overcapacity, and would eliminate most discards.
The results are easy to predict. Over the next 10 to 15 years the EU will follow in the footsteps of the US, and most of its fisheries will no longer be overfished, and they will be on a glide path to their biomass targets. Despite the problems with enforcement, and the continued politicization of fishery allocations, this is a major step towards bringing the disaster that has been the common fisheries policy under control.
So Australia fares very poorly in this comparison, chasing a magic chimera put forth by WWF, while Europe is taking the hard decisions that have been proven to absolutely lead to long term fisheries sustainability. In the future, who will get the better economic, social, and environmental return? My money is on Europe.

More Marine Parks? We cannot manage what we have…
Sydney Harbour is a beautiful iconic location – our Prime Ministers have lived on the shores for years yet right under everyone’s nose we have allowed Sydney Harbour to become a toxic dumping ground for many years.
Dr Emma Johnson said “If we lost 40 per cent of our mammals in a national park for example, or 40 per cent of our birds, we’d be devastated. It’d be a national calamity. But we can lose 40 per cent of the invertebrates in Sydney Harbour in the sediments and no-one seems to notice.”
This highlights the problems in managing such places. These problems have not been created by the commercial fishing industry by people having a ‘devil may care attitude on land’ enabling the run-off to damage the harbour.

NSW Independent Scientific Report on Marine Parks
At this website you can view the Audit report which has been publiclyreleased and connect to a radio interview on the subject

Fact Sheets on 10 Australian Species
These are produced from known scientific data and therefore present an important guide to the management and sustainability of seafood supply in Australia of these important species. They have been put together by renouned experts in fisheries science and management and they draw conclusions which can be used by buyers of seafood and consumers. Feel free to download from our website.

Seafood Industry Jobs thrown away with MPA – Say “NO”
It has been billed as the biggest conservation announcement in the nation’s history, but fishermen are refusing to get onboard with the new marine parks, claiming it will kill the industry and further drive up seafood prices.
While recreational fishing areas remain relatively untouched by the proposed new 44 parks – which will cover 3.1 million sq km and in doing so become the largest network of marine protected areas in the world – commercial fishermen claim they will be ruined.
Australian Marine Alliance chief executive Dean Logan said South Australian would be hit by a double whammy when the soon-to-be-introduced state marine parks also take effect.

MPAs – A useless solution to a non-problem
MPAs (marine protected areas as currently planned by the Australian Government) are an ill-considered and expensive idea that addresses no demonstrated problem. By-passing full parliamentary scrutiny while permitting a single minister to exercise personal discretion in implementing a vast, costly, unneeded network of them is gross misgovernance.
The claim that international treaty obligations require establishment of the planned MPAs is untrue. Pandering for Green votes is the only real purpose.

Yeosu – A new vision for Marine Protected Areas
The Monaco Blue Initiative promotes a broader vision of Marine Protected Areas, articulating highly protected zones covering the most significant ecosystems and areas where economic activities can coexist and benefit from the preservation of the environment, subject to good management. The Monaco Blue Initiative is committed to pursuing this analysis with involved economic players assembled to discuss the development of Marine Protected Areas. The exchange of experience and capacity building of all actors are determining factors for the conception of new models of development and for the rapid multiplication of Marine Protected Areas. In addition, Marine Protected Areas cannot constitute coherent networks with the functioning of large ecosystems unless Marine Protected Areas are created beyond National jurisdiction.

Food Safety

“Scores on Doors” expanding
The Australian Capital Territory’s Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has released the regulatory impact statement on a proposal requiring Canberra’s food establishments’ inspection results to be displayed at their entrance.
The ACT Government Health Directorate commissioned a regulatory impact statement from KPMG in August 2011, which found that ‘Scores on Doors’ had successfully increased food hygiene standards in the United States, Canada and Denmark.
“We have now received the final copy of a comprehensive regulatory impact statement. The statement explores four options for ‘Scores on Doors’, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each option,” the ACT Chief Minister said.

Victorian Inquiry into PrimeSafe
The Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Parliamentary Committee will assess the competitiveness and regulatory burden of national primary production and processing standards on businesses regulated by PrimeSafe and Dairy Food Safety Victoria. PrimeSafe has responsibility for regulating the safety of meat, poultry and seafood in Victoria under the Meat Industry Act 1993 and the Seafood Act 2003. Its functions include control and review of standards for construction and hygiene at meat and seafood processing facilities through a licensing and inspection system and audited quality assurance programs. Strategic Plan for Food Regulation in Victoria 2011-2014.

Any Excuse – Beware the Oyster – LOL…
BBC reporter – Finally he mentioned that a BBC reporter accused of sexual assault had used as his defence that fact that he had eaten a ‘dodgy’ oyster and was not conscious of his actions……that’s what oysters can do…beware!


Making A Difference Through Responsible Aquaculture

Attend GOAL 2012 to gain a better understanding of the current state of aquaculture and the changing trends it faces to quickly, but responsibly achieve greater production. Network with other industry professionals at GOAL 2012 and discuss solutions to issues that can help guide the future of aquaculture.

SEA hopeful of Skills Set to assist Industry in Certification process
As part of the continuous improvement program of the Seafood Training Package SEA has put forward the opportunity for a Skills Set approach in this specialty area in order that training funds can be made available and the industry can develop the skills required. For more information contact Angela Petty at Agrifood Skills Tel 02 6163 7200

The media fails this test on many occassions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority found that Harbour Radio Pty Ltd, the licensee of 2GB, had breached the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice by “failing to use reasonable efforts to ensure that factual material was reasonably supportable as being accurate”.

It’s Easy

Sales of squid triple as it becomes barbecue hit of summer

Supermarkets say that the ease of cooking squid – which is ready to eat after as little as a minute on a hot grill – is another reason behind the surge in demand.
Part of the rise has been attributed to the Dukan diet, the popular protein-based diet that limits participants’ eating regime to a list of around 100 allowed foods, including squid.
According to nutrition experts, squid is healthy because it helps the body absorb iron, contains high levels of the mineral phosphorus and is rich in vitamin B2.
Squid and octopus recipes have also featured prominently on recent editions of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen television programme.

A look at the five segments everyone will be talking about in 2017.
In the highly competitive restaurant industry, where innovation reigns, a lot can happen in the span of half a decade. Five years ago, the quick-serve industry was a different place. Five Guys was mostly a regional player and the better-burger category had yet to explode. Chipotle started making headlines with its commitment to sustainable food. And operators were raving about hot trends like eco-friendly packaging and the renewed focus on coffee. Now, of course, all of that is old news.
In a similar vein, restaurants in their infancy today could be the heavyweights of tomorrow, spurred to growth by a new generation of customers.
Weaned on social media, scarred by the recession, and increasingly interested in global flavors, today’s consumers are seeking out a different kind of restaurant.

Restaurant at a Tokyo railway station – choose what you want from a vending machine outside; pay your money into machine; collect your receipt; take that to collection point inside; instantly get your food, sit down and eat; put your used crockery into cleaning area and disappear into the city. In less than ten minutes a very affordable nutritous meal in good, clean surroundings –bring it on…

People News

Elinor Ostrom
Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science — an achievement all the more remarkable because she was not actually an economist – died this month, aged 78.
Professor Ostrom’s prizewinning work examined how people collaborate and organize themselves to manage common resources like forests or fisheries, even when governments are not involved. The research overturned the conventional wisdom about the need for government regulation of public resources.

George Hill
Seafood Services Australia Ltd has appointed well credentialled Chef and Trainer/Educator, George Hill to the Fish Names Committee as appointed by Seafood Services Australia Ltd

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Web Review

Important Global Issue
The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition announced by President Obama as part of the G-8 summit elevates the call to action on the global crisis of malnutrition, with a specific focus on improving nutrition in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday. This represents a momentous shift as leaders acknowledge that accelerating action on reducing malnutrition can lead to greater economic growth and poverty alleviation.

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