Jason Holland

Jason Holland

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

London-based seafood writer and communications consultant Jason Holland has been a contributing editor to SeafoodSource.com since January 2010. Jason has more than 25 years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor – a career that has taken him all over the world. He believes he found his true professional calling in 2004 when he started documenting the many facets of the international seafood industry and he’s particularly proud of the strong, collaborative relationships he has formed at all stages of the supply chain.


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Published on
December 20, 2023

The U.K. government complemented its recent signing of lucrative deals with Norway and the E.U. for 2024 by announcing five post-Brexit fisheries management plans (FMPs) that outline how the government will collaborate with the fishing industry and other stakeholders to sustainably manage its fisheries in the long term.

The primary goal of the new plans, which mainly cover U.K. stocks of crab, lobster, king scallop, and sea bass, is to improve

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December 19, 2023

As a result of recently concluded negotiations between U.K. and Norwegian fishery representatives, U.K. fishers secured continued access to commercially important whitefish stocks in the Norwegian North Sea for next year.

Following Brexit, the U.K. has been negotiating fisheries deals as an independent coastal state, and this latest bilateral agreement – reached on 14 December – mirrors previous arrangements the country has enjoyed

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December 18, 2023

Mowi Scotland has received council approval for its proposed salmon farm on the Scottish west coast, which it said will create 10 permanent jobs and bolster investment in the local community near Kintyre’s Kilbrannan Sound.

The new farm – North Kilbrannan – will include 12 120-meter compact circular cages, as well as a 400-metric-ton (MT) feed barge, and hold a maximum 2,475 MT of Atlantic salmon.

Mowi Scotland Director of

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December 18, 2023

Norway’s salmon industry posted a 30 percent increase in export earnings last year despite a smaller harvest, with sales to overseas markets totaling a record NOK 105.6 billion (USD 9.6 billion, EUR 9 billion), according to Norwegian seafood data firm Kontali.

The data highlighting this increase, compiled by Kontali Analyst Filip Szczesny in a recent report titled “The Salmon Farming Industry in Norway 2023,” found that the

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December 14, 2023

Wild-capture fisheries and marine and brackish aquaculture operations in the Mediterranean and Black seas produced close to 2 million metric tons (MT) of seafood in 2021, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

The report, “The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi) 2023,” found that these activities collectively

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December 13, 2023

The European Union has finalized bilateral and trilateral agreements with the United Kingdom and Norway, securing access to waters and fishing opportunities for next year.

“While challenges remain, the successful and coordinated completion of this very complex process demonstrates how cooperation between the E.U., the U.K., and Norway can benefit fishing communities and ensure the sustainable management of our shared stocks,” E.U.

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December 7, 2023

Overfishing continues to proliferate in European waters, including in lucrative Northeast Atlantic fisheries, despite E.U. laws that have stated to eliminate the practice, according to NGOs Oceana, Seas At Risk, and ClientEarth.

With a number of important fisheries negotiations set for the end of the year, these organizations are urging fisheries ministers to align management practices with scientific advice and set future catch limits that are

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December 6, 2023

Sheffield, U.K.-headquartered aquaculture biotechnology company Benchmark Holdings recorded revenue growth and improved profitability across all of its business areas, as well as lower losses compared to previous periods, for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2023, despite facing some challenging conditions – particularly within the global shrimp market.

Company-wide revenue for Benchmark in 2023 increased 7 percent year over year to GBP

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December 5, 2023

The E.U. held on to its position as the world’s third-largest seafood seafood-buying market in volume terms in 2022 behind China and Indonesia, as the bloc received close to 11.6 million metric tons (MT) of fisheries and aquaculture products. 

Presented as part of an annual study from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA), the total marks an increase compared to recent years, despite

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December 5, 2023

The European Council unanimously adopted a regulation on 27 November that concerns autonomous tariff quotas (ATQs) on certain fishery products coming into the Union from non-E.U. countries, along with rules for managing these quotas.

The regulation, which covers key whitefish species like cod, Alaska pollock, hake, shrimp, and cephalopods, will enter into effect starting 1 January 2024 and expire on 31 December 2026.

ATQs entail a complete

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