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27 February 2017

Exactly what are Fishy Filaments?

Written by Ian Falconer, Fish Net Blog

Exactly what are Fishy Filaments?

Your product, made from recycled fishing nets is unique and pioneering, is anyone else doing this?

What you will find is that adidas is working with an NGO called Parley on the west coast of the states and have done a demo with some used fishing nets. What they did was they collected some nets and they've done a demo run and with adidas they've produced some sneakers. Those sneakers have been sold at $7,000 a pair. It's not an economic model. It's a PR demo. I'm not doing demos. I'm trying to make a genuine business. It's embedded in the local community that takes waste from local sources and employs local people and then exports a finished product. 

21 February 2017

Aquaculture America 2017

Written by Roy Palmer, Fish Net Blog

San Antonio Marriott River Center SAN ANTONIO 19-22 FEBRUARY

Aquaculture America 2017

Association of International Seafood Professionals is playing a role at Aquaculture America through the organization of two sessions. One to do with Research and the other with Seafood Promotion and both take place in the afternoon of Wednesday 22 February.

17 February 2017

Aquaculture America 2017 Presenter: Nancy Peterson

Written by Nancy Peterson, Fish Net Blog

Aquaculture America 2017 Presenter: Nancy Peterson

How and where did you first start working in seafood industries?

After completing my MBA I networked with a fellow Babson graduate who had taken a position the previous year at Gorton’s in Gloucester MA. He said great things about the company and it seemed a great place to start my marketing career. Honestly my focus was not so much on seafood back then, but that quickly changed!

14 February 2017

Aquaculture America 2017 Presenter: Dr. Ralston on Ocean Fish and Selenium

Written by Dr. Nick Ralston, Preview Fish Net Blog

As a Biomedical Research Scientist, how and when did you first become interested in looking at seafood?

I was working with the Human Nutrition Research Center which studies selenium physiology and became aware of how important selenium is in brain studies. Along the way I found out that Mercury had a very high binding affinity for selenium. And pretty much the way mercury toxicity causes its problems and the things we'd expect to see if they were interfering with selenium, all lined up pretty much immediately. This was back in about 2001.

08 February 2017

Love Fish? LoveTheWild

Written by Christy Brouker, Preview Fish Net Blog

Will you please share with us how LoveTheWild came to be?

Jacqueline and I started the company in 2014; with a mission to change the way Americans eat fish, as well as change the way they think about farmed fish. Research in the US shows that we don’t eat enough fish here (USDA recommends two 4-6 oz. portions per week, per person), and we believe that’s because people are intimidated by fish, including how to cook it, knowing what’s sustainable, knowing what’s healthy, and more. We wanted to take the guesswork out of fish, what to flavor it with, and what species to trust from a sustainability and health perspective. Fish is the most resource-efficient animal protein on the planet, and there are many reasons to eat more of it—global food security, human health, environmental sustainability, etc.—we wanted to provide a product that was a no-brainer way to get people to do just that. 

01 February 2017

What Everybody Ought to Know About Plastic

Preview Hamilton Articles Fish Net Blog

There are not many places to turn without seeing plastic.  It is literally everywhere and unfortunately in our oceans.  I took a trip to New York recently where I was invited to be a part of Wildlife Conservation Film Festival’s screening event of A Plastic Ocean in Brooklyn, NY. 

Plastic has become such a big part of our lives and we hardly know its effects.  Films like Craig Leeson’s were 7 years in the making but are right on time and a big eye opener.  One key takeaway after the film was that we are really far away from change but at the same time we are very close.  Let me explain.

23 January 2017

Can Seafood be Packaged Sustainably?

Written by Meg Morris, Meg Morris Fish Net Blog Blog Authors

Can Seafood be Packaged Sustainably?

Meg Morris has been in the business of recycling for nearly 30 years and is the 2016 recipient of the National Recycling Coalition’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She spoke about her work with Nancy O'Mallon recently:

17 January 2017

Roy Palmer on Mexico, Rotterdam, AISP and Soccer

Written by Nancy O'Mallon, Nancy O'Mallon Fish Net Blog

Roy Palmer on Mexico, Rotterdam, AISP and Soccer

What do you do?

I’m heavily involved in the seafood industry and have been since 1972. I do a number of different aspects; I’ve got my own family company involved in training and consultancy. But for the last few years my main emphasis has been on establishing the Association ofInternational Seafood Professionals, which is a global seafood association community. And Aquaculture without Frontiers, which is a charity, based in the USA, Australia and now Latin America.

04 January 2017

RIP Peter Howgate OBE

Written by Roy Palmer, Fish Net Blog

Seafood Safety Specialist – Expert in sensory assessment of fishery products; quality and quality assurance of fishery products; post harvest handling and processing of fish

RIP Peter Howgate OBE

R.I.P Peter Frederick Howgate, OBE

Sadly I learned today of the passing of Peter Howgate.

Peter would be well known for sharing his skills and knowledge initially from being involved in research at the famous Torry Research Station, Aberdeen and for his involvement in recent years through the Seafood HACCP Discussion electronic mailing list, amongst other groups.

People like Peter have played a crucial role in the development of the seafood industry. What a charming man; someone who simply loved what he did and was a mentor to so many through various groups and connections – he was always prepared to share. The history and knowledge that he carried was invaluable to so many people and, if you are a member of one of the groups that Peter engaged, you will recognize from the various emails and comments the influence that he had and will appreciate the gap that his departure will cause.

12 December 2016

I Am Standing Up for ... Fisherman

Written by Anaïs Radonich Galvin, Fish Net Blog

I Am Standing Up for ... Fisherman

I am writing this on UN Human Rights Day 2016 and this year’s theme is ‘to stand up for the rights of someone’ so reflecting on our industry I wish to make a case that we need to do something for the fishermen/women of the world.

I doubt that many of us give any thought that when we tuck into a great meal of seafood that about 24,000 people die each year whilst plying their trade as fisher-folk. In fact things are so bad that we do not really know the exact number that perish and that, in itself, is an indictment on us all.

11 August 2016

Day 2: South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit

Written by Roy Palmer, Fish Net Blog

Day 2: South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit

I felt the need to highlight that the discussion was based around the term ‘conservation’ which clearly was seen as a burden and a negative to finance. I suggested that we should be looking at this funding as being all about sustainable development relating to food security and nutrition because that was potentially more exciting, as well as being truthful.

10 April 2016

India faces shrimp industry growing pains

Written by Roy Palmer, Fish Net Blog

India faces shrimp industry growing pains

Some of my friends in India are starting to show some concern about shrimp prices, as they have been sharply declining since last month. The two big issues that are having an effect are anti-dumping charges and antibiotics (rejections). In 2013 and 2014 according to provisional figures from the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), India’s seafood exports were valued at USD 4.5 billion, and for the first time exceeding a million metric in weight. Based on the previous year, this was approximately 30 percent higher than the previous year. Aquaculture shrimp exports were booming, accounting for more than half of that total, and on a deep rising curve.

10 April 2016

COFI 32: An opportunity to promote seafood

Written by Roy Palmer, Fish Net Blog

COFI 32: An opportunity to promote seafood

Last week, I attended the FAO's COFI 32 in Rome and was engaged in making a presentation: “Promoting Seafood Consumption: A Tool for Improving Nutrition, Health and Regional Development – Public Policy and Producers effort.” I am indebted to the Mexican Government who has invested in seafood promotion and is running this ‘side event’ to COFI with a promised seafood lunch.

Not aware of COFI? Well, the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Food and Agriculture...>

28 March 2015

FDA speaks up about the state of seafood

Written by Roy Palmer, Fish Net Blog

FDA speaks up about the state of seafood

While at Seafood Expo North America in Boston I went to the conference session “The Future of Seafood Regulations Post FSMA.” This was led by Benjamin England, the CEO of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Imports.com – an FDA consulting firm serving clients in over 90 countries with FDA regulatory and compliance services. England was joined by a panel consisting of Troy Petrillo, FDA/ORA Investigation Branch in the New England District Office supervisor with responsibility for import...

 

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