The start of my Iki-Jime journey from Australia to Japan and back again, many times, thirty ish years ago.

From the archives, a short explainer about the start of my Iki-Jime journey from Australia to Japan and back again, many times, beginning some thirty years ago. 
This is a short promo produced for the launch of my great supporter @chefbennett23 Shannon Bennett’s Benny Burger by @richardlkeddie
I would like to make a special mention of @chefneilperry who convinced me to start selling my product to Australian customers as well as Japanese. My first Australian customer, all those decades ago. Thanks, mate.
The Iki-Jime technique is gathering followers in Australia. The fewer Mass-Catch operators there are, the better.
Ask how your fish was caught. Can your seller tell you who caught it and how?
Was it caught by an artisanal fisherman? Was it Iki-jime treated? Do you know what Iki-Jime treated product looks/tastes like?
If it was caught using a mass-catch technique it’s not ethical or sustainable.
#yourchoicesmatter Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote. #consciousconsumer
At this rate of mass-catching, there will be no fish in the sea by 2048, perhaps sooner.
#endoverfishing #endmasscatching #endbycatch #endtrawling

#enddredging #knowyourproducer#ethical #ikijime #sustainable #savetheoceans #zerofootprint#makeitdelicious#endmasscatching

#endoverfishing#savetheplanet#raisingawareness

#saveourseas#everypersoncounts#chef#cheflife#chefstalk
#takeastand#racingextinction#markeather#foodie#foodies

#foodiesofinstagram #seafoodlovers

Imagine a healthy ocean. It is possible

Imagine a healthy ocean. It is possible

“Healthy Oceans….The good news is it is possible, but we are standing in our own way”
David Attenborough, what a formidable advocate he is for our planet and oceans.
#Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine species are caught faster than nature can reproduce their supply. If the exploitation for our oceans resources continues at its current rate we can expect to see the total collapse of edible fish stocks by 2048.
Overfishing actually increases the effects of Climate Change
#yourchoicesmatter Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote. #consciousconsumer
If your fish was mass-caught, it’s not ethical or sustainable.
#endoverfishing#endmasscatching

#endbycatch #endtrawling

#enddredging #knowyourproducer #ethical

#ikijime #sustainable #savetheoceans
#zerofootprint #makeitdelicious

#endmasscatching

#endoverfishing

#saveourseas #everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee

#chef#cheflife#chefstalk
#racingextinction#markeather

You’ve been told all “Line-caught” is good , right? – No

One of the more regular questions that I am asked is what defines genuine sustainable and ethical line-caught product. The product being caught in this vision is line-caught but nowhere near ethically in my opinion.

These mass-poling (pole and line) operations are regularly utilised by canners of tuna and fall well-short of sustainable and ethically-caught product on many levels, but the three main ones being: · The quality of the product is very poor
· It is incredibly stressful and inhumane
· To qualify as ethical, surely you must be adding value, such that you are maximising the return/quality for the resource.
This technique shown here actually strips value from the resource by ten or even more. So in practical terms, if this same product were to be genuinely Iki-jime line-caught by an artisanal operator it would attract potential pricing at least ten times greater (for premium quality Iki-jime product) than it will via this mass-poling technique going en-masse into a can.
So, beware “Line-caught” can also be mass-caught guys.

#Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine species are caught faster than nature can reproduce their supply #masscaught
If your fish was mass-caught it’s not ethical or sustainable and at this rate of mass-catching, there will be no fish in the sea by 2048, perhaps sooner.
Overfishing also contributes to the effects of Climate Change
#yourchoicesmatter Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote. #consciousconsumer
#endoverfishing #endmasscatching #endbycatch #endtrawling #enddredging #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime#sustainable #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious #endmasscatching

#endoverfishing #saveourseas #everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #chef #cheflife

#chefstalk
#racingextinction#markeather

#endoverfishing

#Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine species are caught faster than nature can reproduce their supply. If the exploitation for our oceans resources continues at its current rate we can expect to see the total collapse of edible fish stocks by 2048.
Overfishing actually increases the effects of Climate Change
#yourchoicesmatter Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote. #consciousconsumer If your fish was mass-caught it’s not ethical or sustainable and at this rate of mass-catching, there will be no fish in the sea by 2048, perhaps sooner.
#endoverfishing #endmasscatching #endbycatch

#endtrawling#enddredging #knowyourproducer

#ethical#ikijime

#sustainable#savetheoceans #zerofootprint

#makeitdelicious

#endmasscatching#endoverfishing

#saveourseas#everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee

#chef#cheflife#chefstalk #racingextinction #markeather
#repost of graphic by @MAdelAbdelaziz

Fish are disappearing, and will be gone by 2048, if we don’t change things

Pick the ethical method

Legend has it that fish were once so abundant in the sea that you could catch them in your hand.
Then mankind started mass-catching …this was already happening by the 1400’s.
Over time mankind has become exceedingly efficient at scooping life from the sea and leaving carnage in its wake.
At this rate, there will be no fish in the sea by 2048, perhaps sooner.
#endoverfishing #endmasscatching #endbycatch #endtrawling #enddredging
Ask how your fish was caught. Can your seller tell you who caught it and how?
Was it caught by an artisanal fisherman?
If it was caught using a mass-catch technique it’s not ethical or sustainable.
#yourchoicesmatter every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote 

#markeather
#knowyourproducer#ethical#ikijime#sustainable#passionate#perfect#savetheoceans
#zerofootprint#makeitdelicious#endmasscatching#endoverfishing#savetheplanetearth
#savetheplanet#raisingawareness#saveourseas#everypersoncounts#bethechangeyouwanttosee#chef#cheflife#chefstalk
#takeastand#mothernature#fragile#racingextinction

Kylie Kwong has exciting plans for the future

Thank you Kylie Kwong. It’s been an honour to have been a part of your journey. I’m looking forward to what comes next xx

https://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/news/restaurant-news/kylie-kwong-future-plans-17544

Spanish Mackerel Perfection

Stunning Spanish Mackerel dish at Osteria Lubiana

#produceawards #makeitdelicious 2019

One from the 2016 archives…Best wishes to the Producer finalists as they await the results of the 2019 delicious. Produce Awards 
#produceawards #makeitdelicious
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Uni (oo-nee)- let’s #eattheproblem

#eattheproblem

Many people do not know that Sea Urchins are a pest which are wiping out marine biodiversity and leave a barren underwater moonscape-like environment in their wake. This makes it difficult for other species to survive once the Sea Urchin move into their habitat.
From an Ethical and Sustainable point of view, it makes perfect sense to harvest Sea Urchins to allow the endemic species to proliferate. 
It certainly helps that Uni (oo-nee) which is the Japanese name for the edible part of the Sea Urchin (roe) is delicious to eat. 
We are fully supportive of, and endorse, the Sea Urchin divers, particularly here in Tassie. (Photo: @steveo0803 )
Every time, as consumers, we spend money, we’re casting a vote. Each instance where we choose Ethical and Sustainable counts. 

#uni#eattheproblem #winwin
#markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate
#endmasscatching #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious
#endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas
#getwoketotheplanet #everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee
#takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

Line-caught?

I’m often asked about the term ‘Line-caught’. 
There’s a lot of confusion about what ‘Line-caught’ means. This is deliberate. 
To confuse the consumer into thinking they’re buying ethical and sustainable. 
Only one type of line-caught is sustainable and ethical…and that’s Individually Line Caught.

There’s much dishonesty and greenwashing around the term ‘Line-caught’. 
Ask questions.
The seller should know who supplied it and precisely how it was caught.
Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote 


#yourchoicesmatter #markeather #endmasscatching 
#knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable

#passionate #perfect#savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious 

#endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth#savetheplanet #raisingawareness 

#saveourseas #everypersoncounts#bethechangeyouwanttosee 

#takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile 

#racingextinction

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MSC? It’s an ‘Ecolabel’…right?

I’m often asked what I think of the MSC ‘ecolabel’.

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote #yourchoicesmatter #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime

#sustainable #passionate #perfect#savetheoceans

#zerofootprint #makeitdelicious #endmasscatching

#endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet

#raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand #mothernature

#beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

Who caught your fish and how?

Legend has it that fish were once so abundant in the sea that you could catch them in your hand.Then mankind started mass-catching …this was already happening by the 1400’s.Over time mankind has become exceedingly efficient at scooping life from the sea and leaving carnage in its wake.At this rate, there will be no fish in the sea by 2048, perhaps sooner.#endoverfishing #endmasscatching #endbycatch #endtrawling #enddredging Ask how your fish was caught. Can your seller tell you who caught it and how?Was it caught by an artisanal fisherman?If it was caught using a mass-catch technique it’s not ethical or sustainable.#yourchoicesmatter Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious #endmasscatching #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

If not now, then when? If not you, then who? 

The truth hurts #endoverfishing

If terrestial farming happened like this there would be a massive uproar. But this is permitted (and even encouraged (!) by our governments and fishing authorities) to happen in our seas every day. Millions of marine life killed for nothing.

The truth hurts. This brilliant @WWF advert was dropped because the fishing industry didn’t like it. https://vimeo.com/131066980 @GeorgeMonbiot @IcelandFoods
Sometimes the product of these catch techniques is sold to you as ‘sustainable’ or ‘line-caught’. Ask questions. Time for retail activism.

#yourchoicesmatter every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious #endmasscatching #endoverfishing

Beautiful Tasmania, leaves you speechless 

Sometimes the beauty of #tasmania leaves you speechless

#instatasmania #nofilter

INSTA beauty of Tasmania

Stop #overfishing

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There is no doubt plastic is a big issue.

But it’s not the biggest. Climate change and biodiversity are.

Overfishing contributes to both.

“A study in the journal Marine Policy suggests plastic pollution might be reaching a planetary boundary, a term used to describe safe operational environmental limits within which the world can continue to function safely.

Yet, for all the attention given to ocean plastic, it is not the biggest threat to the marine environment. Both climate change and biodiversity loss (much of which is caused by the impacts of overfishing of our oceans) were shown to have exceeded their respective planetary boundaries when the term was first introduced, in 2009. More recent studies also flag CLIMATE CHANGE and BIODIVERSITY as the two CORE planetary boundaries. Excessively exceeding these for a prolonged period could cause rapid and major changes, such as runaway temperature rises or the collapse of important ecosystem functions.”

#overfishing (which severely impacts biodiversity) must be addressed ASAP before it’s too late

ARTICLE here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/12/reusable-coffee-cups-are-just-a-drop-in-the-ocean-for-efforts-to-save-our-seas

📸via change.org

#yourchoicesmatter every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious #endmasscatching #endoverfishing

90% of fish and seabirds have plastic in their stomachs

INSTA Plastics in tray

#repost of a powerful INSTA image and message from @we_saveplanetearth.

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote.

#yourchoicesmatter #markeather

” @we_saveplanetearth While we promote veganism as the most sustainable and ethical lifestyle, we know that many people still eat fish and other animals. But did you know that 90% of fish and seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomach? Feeling like they have a full stomach (full of plastic!), they starve and die a terrible death. We need to seriously change the way we consume plastic!
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A good rule of thumb are the four R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Repair, and Recycle ♻️ 💚
Refuse single-use plastic such as bottles, shopping bags, straws, cups, cutlery, etc. and get reusable alternatives, such as steel or glass bottles, cotton bags, etc.
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Small steps can go a long way 💪🏽🌎💚
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📸 @surfrider
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🌍 Follow us @we_saveplanetearth⠀”
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#zerowaste #zerowastelifestyle #noplastic 

#plasticfree #zerowasteliving#avoidplastic #plasticpollution 

#plasticplanet #govegan #veganfortheplanet#vegan 

#environment #vegetarian #environmentalist #lesswaste 

#saveearth#earth #waronwaste #climatechange #oceans 

#rivers #pollution #change#consumption #plastic 

#weloveplanetearth #wesaveplanetearth

Making choices

Conscience- your choices matter

Anthony Bourdain – MEDIUM RAW

#yourchoicesmatter #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious #endmasscatching #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinctionINSTA Anthony Bourdain quote re conscience

What MSC-Accredited Prawn trawling can look like – Part 1

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote. 

It’s not easy to take action, but do it anyway

Iki-jime methodology/stress minimisation, Part 3. The filleting.

Iki-jime methodology/stress minimisation, Part 2

Spam Onigiri anyone?

INSTA Spam Onigiri Rachel Khooks

They say there’s nothing new under the sun.

I give you Spam Onigiri.

#repost via and thanks to @rachelkhooks for this revelation

#yourchoicesmatter #markeather #knowyourproducer

#ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect

#savetheoceans #zerofootprint #makeitdelicious

#endmasscatching #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth

#savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas

#everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand

#mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

Iki-jime methodology/stress minimisation 

#wordstoliveby

#wordstoliveby #yourchoicesmatter #markeather #knowyourproducer

#ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans

#zerofootprint makeitdelicious #endmasscatching #endoverfishing

#savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas

#everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand

#mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

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INSTA Life is what happens quote

What legacy are we leaving?

#raisingawareness 

Mark Eather Seafood #teamgoals

Not just talking the talk, walking the walk #sustainable #ethical

Honoured to count this guy @chefbennett23 as a client and a friend. He doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to being sustainable and ethical, he walks the walk (…and if you listen closely there’s a really good tip for increasing the ‘size’ of your catch) #yourchoicesmatter#markeather #knowyourproducer

#ethical#ikijime @chefjustinjames @chefsam1988

@iki_jime @vuedemonde@bennyburgerofficial @jardintan

@vueevents@piggerycafeburnhambeeches

@burnhambeechesbakery#sustainable #passionate

#perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint#endmasscatching

#endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet

#raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand  #mothernature

#beautiful #fragile#racingextinction #makeitdelicious

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Mass-catch techniques are how the cheap ‘Fish of the Day’ or ‘Today’s Special’ gets caught. #yourchoicesmatter #buyethicalandsustainable

At the current rate, all commercial fish and seafood could collapse by 2048″- United Nations. Part 3. **Mass catch techniques are how the cheap ‘Fish of the Day’ or ‘Today’s Special’ gets caught.**
What price cheap fish? What cost to the planet? This photo (via NASA) shows trawlers in the Gulf of Mexico. You can see the plumes created by these bulldozers-of-the-sea from SPACE.
The only way we can prevent this from happening is if the consumer drives the change required for the unsustainable, unethical and mass-catch operators of the seafood industry to change their methods to ethical and sustainable practices. The government won’t do it. The Fishing Management authorities won’t do it. The seafood industry won’t do it. I have endeavoured over many years to drive the change required by petitioning these players in the industry. To no avail.
The caged egg debate proves that real change can be driven by the consumer and I would love to see the same level of scrutiny applied to seafood. Maybe we can stop the collapse of fisheries. It would be a tragedy if we didn’t.

INSTA Snapshot Nasa Gulf of Mexico

#yourchoicesmatter#markeather#knowyourproducer

#ethical#ikijime#sustainable#passionate#perfect

#savetheoceans#zerofootprint#endmasscatching

#endoverfishing#savetheplanetearth#savetheplanet

#raisingawareness#saveourseas#everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee#takeastand#mothernature

#beautiful#fragile#racingextinction

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Mass-catch techniques are not only unsustainable and unethical, they trash and devalue the fish.

Tommy Trawler_NO Thumbs down square

“At the current rate, all commercial fish and seafood could collapse by 2048”- United Nations. Part 2.

Mass catch techniques are not only unsustainable and unethical, they trash and devalue the fish. 
The only way we can prevent this from happening is if the consumer drives the change required for the unsustainable, unethical and mass-catch operators of the seafood industry to change their methods to ethical and sustainable practices. The government won’t do it. The Fishing Management authorities won’t do it. The seafood industry won’t do it. I have endeavoured over many years to drive the change required by petitioning these players in the industry. To no avail.
The caged egg debate proves that real change can be driven by the consumer and I would love to see the same level of scrutiny applied to seafood. Maybe we can stop the collapse of fisheries. It would be a tragedy if we didn’t.

#yourchoicesmatter#markeather#knowyourproducer

#ethical#ikijime#sustainable#passionate#perfect#savetheoceans

#zerofootprint#endmasscatching#endoverfishing#savetheplanetearth

#savetheplanet#raisingawareness#saveourseas#everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee#takeastand#mothernature#beautiful

#fragile#racingextinction  @raising.awareness.worldwide

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“At the current rate, all commercial fish and seafood could collapse by 2048”- United Nations.

“At the current rate, all commercial fish and seafood could collapse by 2048”- United Nations.
The only way we can prevent this from happening is if the consumer drives the change required for the unsustainable, unethical and mass-catch operators of the seafood industry to change their methods to ethical and sustainable practices. The government won’t do it. The Fishing Management authorities won’t do it. The seafood industry won’t do it. I have endeavoured over many years to drive the change required by petitioning these players in the industry. To no avail.
The caged egg debate proves that real change can be driven by the consumer and I would love to see the same level of scrutiny applied to seafood. Maybe we can stop the collapse of fisheries. It would be a tragedy if we didn’t.

#yourchoicesmatter #markeather #knowyourproducer

#ethical#ikijime#sustainable #passionate #perfect

#savetheoceans #zerofootprint#endmasscatching

#endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet

#raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts 

#bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand  #mothernature

#beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

@raising.awareness.worldwide

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delicious Produce Awards – From the Sea Award 2018

delicous Produce Awards

Very chuffed to be included! Many thanks to @deliciousaus

#repost

delicious coral trout shot INSTA

Words to live by…

Awe-inspiring Mother Nature

How to convey to the consumer the real price of cheap fish Part 2

How to convey to the consumer the real price of cheap fish Part 1. 

Superbugs. Why reducing antibiotic use in Aquaculture (and other animal husbandry) is crucial. Your life may depend on it.

“Will the rise of superbugs return us to a world without antibiotics?”
An important read…This is why it’s so crucial that the aquaculture industry reduces the densities of farmed fish- which necessitates the use of antibiotics to counter the resultant disease which ultimately impacts on the effectiveness of the very thing (antibiotics) which may save our lives. “Will the rise of superbugs return us to a world without antibiotics?” — #repost BBC Focus Magazine (by: Dan Swain, Berkshire)
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or ‘superbugs’, are certainly a serious problem. It takes 15 years for a new antibiotic to be developed and tested, but just 10 years of widespread use before bacteria resistant to that drug become common. No new classes of antibiotics have been found since 1984, and drug companies are less interested in looking for new ones because treatments for cancer and heart disease are more lucrative. But things will never get as bad as they were before the world had antibiotics. Better hygiene and sanitation has vastly reduced the incidence of infectious diseases and helped to contain the spread of antibiotic-resistant strains. In Europe, 400,000 people a year are infected with superbugs, but only 25,000 (6 per cent) of these cases are fatal. This many deaths still sounds like a lot, but it’s tiny compared to the number that died before we had antibiotics, when half of all deaths were caused by pneumonia, flu, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal infection and diphtheria.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or ‘superbugs’, are certainly a serious problem. It takes 15 years for a new antibiotic to be developed and tested, but just 10 years of widespread use before bacteria resistant to that drug become common. No new classes of antibiotics have been found since 1984, and drug companies are less interested in looking for new ones because treatments for cancer and heart disease are more lucrative.
The superbug problem is serious and getting worse, but antibiotics still save a huge number of lives. In the future, we may need to move away from antibiotics altogether and use bacteria-killing viruses known as ‘phages’ to target the superbugs.”

NB. Important to note also that resistance to the antibiotic-of-last-resort ‘Colistin’ is quietly spreading

Seals. Cute but troublesome.

How does your choice help the mass-caught unsustainable members of the seafood industry change to genuinely ethical and sustainable methods?

So what will happen if you choose genuine, ethical and sustainable product, rather than mass-caught? How does your choice help the mass-caught unsustainable members of the seafood industry change to genuinely ethical and sustainable methods?

#markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical#ikijime

#sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans

#zerofootprint#endmasscatching #endoverfishing

#savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness

#saveourseas #everypersoncounts#bethechangeyouwanttosee

#takeastand  #mothernature #beautiful #fragile

#racingextinction

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How does that atrocious bycatch even happen? Here’s how…

The target species of this catch was actually SQUID….so where’s the squid?

What bycatch looks like. The target species of this catch was actually SQUID. Can you see the squid in this picture? You’ve got to look hard to find squid here. What a disgrace.

#repost thanks to @pastorando and @seashepherd

#markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #endmasscatching #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

 

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Squid Bycatch with border

Be the change you want to see

This.

#everypersoncounts #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #zerofootprint #endmasscatching #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction
 

INSTA If it doesnt challenge you

Mother Nature deserves our protection

Be the change you want to see

This isn’t fishing

Our Happiness Officer

Come along on an Ethical/Sustainable Spanish Mackerel fishing trip

#markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #ikijime

#sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans

#endmasscatching #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth

#savetheplanet #raisingawareness #saveourseas

#everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee

#takeastand #mothernature #beautiful #fragile

#racingextinction

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Adjusting the way you view the world

Can you tell what this is?

Mother Nature brings it again

What about Aquaculture? Part 7

My take on the current state of Aquaculture – a 7 part series, today is 7 of 7

#markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #sustainable

#passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #endmasscatching

#endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet

#raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand #mothernature

#beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

https://www.instagram.com/markeatherseafood/

What about Aquaculture? Part 6

What about Aquaculture? Part 5

My take on the current state of Aquaculture – a 7 part series, today is 5 of 7

#markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #sustainable #passionate

#perfect #savetheoceans #endmasscatching #endoverfishing

#savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet #raisingawareness

#saveourseas #everypersoncounts

#bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand

#mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

 

What about Aquaculture ? Part 4

What about Aquaculture? 3 of 7

What about Aquaculture? 2 of 7

What about Aquaculture ? 1 of 7

A change in methods is needed

I’m not wanting to eliminate other hardworking seafood producers …just to change their practices for the better #markeather #knowyourproducer #ethical #sustainable #passionate #perfect #savetheoceans #endmasscatching  #endoverfishing #savetheplanetearth #savetheplanet  #raisingawareness #saveourseas #everypersoncounts #bethechangeyouwanttosee #takeastand  #mothernature #beautiful #fragile #racingextinction

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Beautiful Tasmania

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Finally my side to the story

Big-name chefs back seafood entrepreneur

A JAPANESE export deal lost to suspected Yakuza involvement, allegations of government negligence and the passionate support of some of Australia’s best-known chefs are part of a long-running, multimillion-dollar dispute.

High-profile seafood entrepreneur Mark Eather, a vocal advocate for sustainable and ethical fishing, claims not only did Austrade cost him a lucrative business, but subsequent actions by fisheries authorities amounted to entrapment and malicious prosecution.

In Mr Eather’s corner are restaurateurs Shannon Bennett, Neil Perry and Philippe Leban as well as Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie, former Greens leader Christine Milne and former Labor trade minister Craig Emerson.

At times, fisheries authorities have attended well-known restaurants in a search for illicit seafood as part of their investigations.

Mr Eather claims the inquiries are driven by his longstanding battles with authorities over sustainable fishing and a vendetta reaching back to his dispute with Austrade officials who introduced him to a dodgy Japanese seafood buyer, who failed to pay for more than $500,000 in exported produce in 2000.

“Anyone who knows what has happened in the past knows that Mark was targeted specifically,” Vue de Monde chef Shannon Bennett said of Mr Eather’s dispute with Austrade and marine authorities.

“He is without a doubt in a small group of friends and suppliers that I would risk everything to say they are 100 per cent what this country was known and made famous on — generosity, hard work, passion, aspiration with the never-give-up attitude.”

Chef Neil Perry, founder of the Rockpool Group, also backed Mr Eather’s integrity and professionalism.

“I know of no other fisherman who cares about the resource or the environment more,” Perry said.

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High-profile seafood entrepreneur Mark Eather.

Mr Wilkie said he was concerned about the treatment Mr Eather had received and the government response to the Austrade issue.

“I did indeed try and assist Mr Eather some time ago when he approached me about his dealings with Austrade because I sensed that he had been poorly treated,” Mr Wilkie said.

“Regrettably the government refused repeatedly to revisit the matter so I can well understand Mr Eather’s deep and continuing concerns about that issue in particular.”

Without admitting liability, government lawyers authored a deed of arrangement whereby part of the losses on the Japanese fish exports to Kyoen Kasamatsu and the company Yamaichi Tsusho were paid in compensation to Mr Eather. But he said it was only a fraction of the overall loss and the terminal impact on his business after he was repeatedly asked by Austrade Nagoya and its representative Ian Brazier to deal with Kasamatsu.

Ms Milne said she discussed the Eather case with then-trade minister Emerson before Labor’s leadership spill in 2013, with a view to a potential “Act of Grace” payment from the government for his unrecovered losses.

“It really upset me at the time and it still does, I hold Austrade totally accountable, it ruined a decade of his life,” Ms Milne said.

“Austrade was asking someone to basically do them a favour and Mark is left destitute at the end.

“My conclusion at the time was that Austrade officials (were trying to) meet their economic targets and they hadn’t done any due diligence (on the Japanese seafood buyers).”

Ms Milne said she believed Mr Eather signed the initial deed of arrangement in 2001 to settle the matter because he was under significant financial duress.

“I did have a meeting with Craig Emerson (then in the Labor Gillard government) and at that meeting he gave me an understanding that the government or the department would look at a one-off payment — an Act of Grace payment,” Ms Milne said.

“As far as I’m concerned the matter will never be closed until there is an Act of Grace payment made.”

Chef Shannon Bennett. Picture: David Smith

Mr Emerson told the Herald Sun he recalled the meeting but said such payments were outside his then portfolio.

“I had sympathy with Mr Eather’s situation and made inquiries of Austrade (but) I did not agree to an Act of Grace payment for Mr Eather, since responsibility for Act of Grace payments lies outside the trade portfolio and I would have had no authority to make such a decision,” he said.

Special Minister of State Scott Ryan’s spokeswoman said the Department of Finance had not received an application for an Act of Grace payment for Mr Eather.

Austrade confirmed a 2001 settlement was made with Mr Eather but claimed it covered “all losses”, an assertion Mr Eather heatedly disputes.

“Austrade introduced Mr Eather to Mr Kasamatsu and … Tsusho 17 years ago for the supply of seafood to Japan. Several months later Mr Eather’s business failed,” an Austrade spokeswoman said.

“Austrade also offered to support Mr Eather in pursuing his claim against his business partners in Japan but Mr Eather did not take up that offer.

“Austrade’s actions in this matter have been independently reviewed by external counsel, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Office of Legal Services, which have all confirmed that Austrade handled the matter appropriately.”

Mr Eather said only half of the losses were covered by the deed.

“I clearly made them aware that 50 per cent was only going to pay (to) temporarily stave off the wind-up orders and the other 50 per cent was essential for my survival — that is why the clause is in the deed (to recover the remainder),” Mr Eather said, adding independent reviews of Austrade’s actions ignored the fact the Kasamatsu and Tsusho entities were fake entities.

 “They must have known that neither party existed, so knowingly drafted a fraudulent deed.”

Chef Neil Perry. Picture: AAP

To rub salt into wounds, on a second battlefront with bureaucracy, Mr Eather was hit with a $7700 fine and $169,666 in penalties in Hobart’s Supreme Court last year for what he said were legally purchased lobsters, but the licensed processor he bought them from was unaware they needed to be tagged.

In another case in January, Mr Eather was also fined $2000 for an administrative licence breach he said was a further example of the “extraordinary” lengths authorities had pursued him.

After the original case was dismissed in the Supreme Court, the Crown appealed and arguments wound all the way to the Court of Appeal and High Court.

Mr Eather said he was compelled to plead guilty after the five-year legal process had imposed another crippling financial burden.

“I couldn’t afford to go through that ludicrous five-year, $500,000 process all over again,” he said.

“The sale was documented as required by law and all forms were completed and the sale was phoned through to the authorities as required by law, and every judge involved has confirmed this.”

Mr Eather said a federal anti-corruption commission needed to be established to investigate such matters.

A Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment spokesman would not comment on specifics of the case but said all decisions on any prosecutions were made in line with the Director of Public Prosecutions policy.

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Shannon Bennett’s new seafood-only restaurant ‘Iki-Jime’ has opened

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https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/article/ike-jime-docks-cbd-bennett

Walking in to Iki Jimē, you may feel you’ve stumbled into a ship: there are drawn curtains, blackened walls and low-hanging lights making the outside world seem far away. This is the latest addition to Shannon Bennett’s fleet of restaurants; it replaces the 11-year-old French restaurant Bistro Vue. Even though the site’s reincarnation retains some of Vue’s physical features, Iki Jimē is setting an entirely new course.

“It’s all about Australian seafood, ethically and sustainably caught,” says Vue Group executive chef Justin James. Iki Jimē plans to do one thing, and do it well, with a menu dedicated wholly to seafood.

“To do anything right, you should dedicate all of your focus and creativity on it,” says James. “There’s no famous rib-eye.”

Instead you’ll find Josper-roasted abalone stuffed with calamari; a Spanish mackerel chop dressed in nasturtium vinaigrette; and a grilled whole barramundi.The man behind the seafood is the Tasmanian-based Mark Eather, who practises the Japanese fishing technique for which the restaurant is named. Iki Jimē involves spiking a fish’s brain as soon as its caught, then immediately freezing it for optimum quality. It’s said the technique harnesses more flavour since the fish doesn’t suffer from distress or rigor mortis. Eather has 17 vessels around the country and supplies seafood to the entire Vue group.“It’s all hand-dived, line-caught, and no trawling,” says James. “We want to take native ingredients and think about ways we can be creative and tell a story with them.“One philosophy you’ll find throughout the Vue group – always start with the best produce.”Sam Homan, who has been with the Vue Group at Bennett’s flagship fine diner Vue de Monde since 2014, is heading Iki Jime’s kitchen. The menu begins with a number of smaller dishes such as oysters, a Moreton Bay bug tart and snapper “snags” followed by four mains and four sides.“We just like to have fun as well, we look at the classics and play around with them,” James says. Specifically, he’s talking about Iki Jime’s play on the prawn cocktail and a nod to the Aussie barbeque with snapper sausages served with a tarragon emulsion and kohlrabi slaw.Things get a little more serious with the mains. The whole barramundi is cooked in a Josper charcoal oven and served wrapped in paper bark with lemon myrtle, chilli and clams.“We put a couple of native logs in there as well,” says James. “It gives it a nice smoke.”Iki Jimē
430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
(03) 9691 3838

Hours:
Tue to Thu 11.30am–midnight
Fri & Sat 11.30am–1am

ikijime.com.au

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Access to Product (Update: No longer available via Calia)

UPDATED 14/04/2018: Thank you to those people who informed us…For further clarification, we do not supply Calia, despite any items that you might read which tell you otherwise.

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UPDATED 03/05/2017: I’ve had various and ongoing queries from people about this, so, for further clarification, contrary to Calia‘s website, menu and social media, as of Friday 21/4/2017  Mark Eather Seafood have withdrawn supply of our products to Calia. If you have any queries about how to access our product, please refer to https://mark-w-eather.com/
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Bringing utopian appetites to the table

Gastronomers! You may be interested in attending this event.

The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy will be celebrated in Melbourne, Australia, from Friday 2 to Monday 5 December 2016. Friday and Saturday sessions are at the University of Melbourne and Sunday and Monday sessions at the William Angliss Institute, with intriguing expeditions elsewhere – see the current Program. I am very honoured to be involved as a speaker.

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