The exporter community must be better prepared to tackle the changing global scenario, according to Mr. D. B. Ravi Reddy, President of the Seafood Exporters Association of India. Speaking at the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the Association held at Seafood House, Willingdon Island, Cochin, he stressed that working on compliance, increasing interactions with foreign markets and formulating a long-term marketing strategy were the key to survive in the international scene.

Mr. Ravi Reddy presented the Annual Report 2011-12. He exhorted the members to improve upon the achievements of the sector during 2011-12. He said that trade issues such as EIC executive instructions, Antidumping Administrative Review, registration of seafood processors under FSSAI, Ethoxyquin issue, Infrastructural and Regulatory issues in Aquaculture, and Trade issues with importing countries, etc., were being taken up by SEAI.  He added that decisions were being implemented through an executive and administrative setup, making SEAI a real professional body, which has earned recognition in various ministries and forums.

The President also recalled various achievements of SEAI during the year, such as, organising the India International Seafood Show 2012 jointly with MPEDA, supportive Foreign Trade Policy, participation in the European Seafood Exposition 2102 at Brussels, participation in ISO/TC 234 held at Boulogne Su Mer and the progress of work on the Common Pre-processing Centre at Balramgarhi, Orissa.

Mr. Norbert Karikkassery, Hon. Treasurer, presented the Accounts for 2011-12. Mr. Elias Sait, Secretary General, delivered the Vote of Thanks.