I entered the seafood industry in 1972 and since then I have traveled extensively gaining an understanding of global issues relevant to seafood.
Qualified trainer with seafood qualifications and consultant; I work for a number of organisations through my consultancy and write for a number of magazines, etc.
Having a good working knowledge of Commercial fishing, Fisheries and Aquaculture and being experienced in all post-harvest activities I am in regular demand to present at Conferences, events, etc.
I am a believer in continuous improvement and in collaboration and always striving for innovative ways to improve our industry. I have taken a lead role with the Association of International Seafood Professionals and I am very proud to be leading Aquaculture without Frontiers, which is simply fantastic work done by many volunteers who share their skills, knowledge and time to improve conditions for the poor who are struggling with hunger and malnutrition.
In my 'spare time' I aim to help raise the profile and consumption of seafood and I do that in many ways including being involved with Global Initiative of Life & Leadership through Seafood (GILLS), working with Royal Sydney Fine Food Show (NSW RAS) and assisting Globefish-FAO in getting seafood information out to the politicians, media and consumers.
In 2016 I will be completing my Board involvement with WAS & WAS-APC and will be taking on a role with World Bank and increasing my activities with my other involvements.
I believe that aquaculture will become the most important farming that the world does. “We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.” Jacques Cousteau
Strong background in the Australian seafood industry (Fresh, chilled, frozen), marketing, food safety training, QA, environmental issues, corporate governance, training and education and communications/networking.
21 February 2017
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04 January 2017
Seafood Safety Specialist – Expert in sensory assessment of fishery products; quality and quality assurance of fishery products; post harvest handling and processing of fish
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.
11 August 2016
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
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
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
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...