Day of the Prawn – Global shrimp festivals listings

The Prawn Gastronomic Festival in Sant Carles de la Ràpita

King Prawn Festival in Vinaròs, Spain Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida, USA Morgan City, Louisiana, USA Honfleur, Normandy, France Delcambre, Louisiana, USA Oostduinkerke, Belgium Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, USA Cork, Ireland Palamós, Catalunya, Spain Galveston, Texas, USA Howth, Dublin Bay, Ireland Urbana, Ohio, USA Denia, McClellanville, SC, USA South Korean Shrimp Festival (source: Glen Cho)


BBC News: ‘Fear’ of killer shrimp may threaten rivers

Other shrimp shredding capabilities reduced in presence of “killer” shrimp.

‘Fear’ of killer shrimp may threaten rivers

Antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels, global study finds – News and events, The University of York

A concern for Bangladeshi freshwater prawn and even shrimp farmers?

Actually a worry for market consumers, exporters and importers.

Recalls have happened in past and EU monitoring has led to bans.

In the name of shrimp (2)….prison in Ecuador….

Ecuador 1985.

Supporting the construction of a shrimp farm near El Morro, Guayas, I had the pleasure of receiving the local concejal, Carlos Ortiz, who came onto the site and declared “in the name of Abdalá Bucaram we requisition your D7’s immediately”.

I said “No, ask Abdala to talk to the owners of the equipment and when they come back on radio to me then I will release use”.

Concejal Ortiz went off in a huff and came back 3 hours later with 3 policemen.

He said “Abdala does not go to the people – the people go to Abdala. Get in the car we are going to Guayaquil.”

I got taken straight to prison in Guayaquil and was put in a 2m x 2m cell shared with 2 others. No seats or beds.

Released next day with apologies from police General with whom I shared a great shrimp ceviche for breakfast.

The bulldozers were for making a football pitch in El Morro.

How much seafood does China consume? | Undercurrent News

So here is the headline News Media from Undercurrent News:

How much seafood does China consume?

In front of a large audience of industry professionals, Lan Xiang of the US Soybean Export Council claimed Chinese seafood consumption is just 56% of the global average.

I read and my takeaway is that Chinese seafood consumption is 44% below global average.

Great market growth potential. This will come mainly from aquaculture as fishing is a peaked controlled resources.

BBC News: Salmon farming giant Mowi probed over chemical use

When it gets to BBC News level then the shit has really hit the fan..

BBC News – Salmon farming giant Mowi probed over chemical use

Primer camarón en el mundo en incorporar la tecnología Blockchain para la trazabilidad – a word of warning.

A fundamental misconception about blockchain but great long term marketing play for IBM Food Trust.

Shrimp traceability for consumers has been around longtime. I had records to farmers, processed lot codes and day codes on shrimp boxes in the 1990’s.

Then as importers and distributors we had efficient data on documentations and hosted on SAP ERP supply chain modules back in 2005.

Trace Register started out with shrimp back in 2006. At that time it was an option for SC and was supported by BAP standards. ASC did not exist.

Traceability with preferred and trusted suppliers has never been a real issue for companies with well setup supply chains.

Effective rapid traceability from supermarket shelves back to farm has been around long time for shrimp. Goes hand in hand with retailer recall requirements.

In this “blockchain” system promoted here there is nothing different but it is interesting that it is being promoted as inmutable information for consumers along each step of the way downstream. Its part of a marketing/PR program now. A future B2C program for ASC. Not just B2B.

Of course IBM wants to be storing the data. This can later be developed for insight into markets and marketing. Food Trust is a great platform but….

…. it is only as good as the data inputted.

Therefore if put in wrong…..comes out wrong. Internally if 55% of those signed on to a blockchain deal agree to a change it can be done..

….it is not a 100%. It will help traceability of packaged product (as data is accessed via code) but not necessarily the actual product.

Blockchain is nice marketing that farmers are buying into and because perhaps it is ASC supported will help get EU traction.

Imagine though that theoretically even with chain of custody a repack in the EU could result in a product switch…

Marks & Spencers shrimp DNA trace will however track the shrimp themselves.

A copyrighted (immutable information) document, holding multiple photos can be held in a third party US legally supported vault for under $1.

Hope this IBM/SSP does not raise costs on shrimp just gives consumers a rapid method to see origin product as mandatory under food.

Lastly – does not guarantee food safety at all.