What’s new at SeafoodSource?


Steven Hedlund

Published on
July 12, 2009

Take a deep breath. It’s mid-July, and seafood professionals across the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying the summer weather, taking a little time off from work and looking ahead to the latter half of 2009.

I know I am. It’s been a whirlwind since SeafoodSource re-launched more than four months ago. But it’s also been a pleasure bringing you timely, comprehensive coverage of the global seafood trade.

That’s why I’m elated to announce the addition of three members to the SeafoodSource editorial team. Collectively, they bring around 70 years of seafood industry experience to the industry’s leading news source.

You’ve probably already seen her byline, but let me officially welcome Nicki Holmyard to the SeafoodSource editorial team. Holmyard has written about the global seafood trade in various newspapers and magazines for the past 20 years and has contributed to numerous books on sustainable seafood sourcing. She also serves on a few committees, including the North Sea Regional Advisory Council and North Sea Women in Fisheries Network.

Holmyard, who lives in Scotland, contributes news stories to SeafoodSource, with a focus on the European seafood market.

Mike Urch brings nearly 40 years of experience to the SeafoodSource editorial team. Urch is a former editor at Seafood International magazine, which he helped establish in 1986. He also played a role in launching Seafood Processor, a Mandarin Chinese version of Seafood International and a Japanese newsletter. Though a journalist at heart, Urch has also worked extensively in marketing, product development and quality control, as an independent technical seafood consultant and as head of market development at the White Fish Authority (now the Sea Fish Industry Authority), among other positions.

Urch, who resides in England, will contribute commentaries and analysis to SeafoodSource, with a concentration on the European seafood market.

Finally, Seafood Business contributing editor Lisa Duchene, who has been writing about the U.S. seafood trade for the past 10 years, brings extensive knowledge of the sustainable seafood movement to the SeafoodSource editorial team. Duchene, who’s monthly “Going Green” feature appears in Seafood Business, will contribute a sustainability-minded commentary to SeafoodSource. Her first entry, “New eco-index scores fisheries,” is posted on the Web site.

Let me be the first to welcome Holmyard, Urch and Duchene to the SeafoodSource editorial team.

Looking ahead, SeafoodSource will continue to improve its coverage of the global seafood trade. Don’t forget about our news feed located at the bottom of the home page, which is updated each weekday with seafood-related news from newspapers and magazines worldwide. Check out our discussions and blogs, too, and don’t be shy to participate. There’s a discussion about U.S. Gulf oysters going on right now, if you’re interested. And, from a technical standpoint, we’re constantly improving the Web site to make it faster and easier to navigate.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and I hope you enjoy reading SeafoodSource as much as I enjoy bringing you the news.

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