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.

Published on
September 18, 2020

Bergen, Norway-headquartered Grieg Seafood will cease salmon farming operations at its five sites on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, citing the long distance between the Inner Hebrides island and its main operations on Shetland as the main reason for its decision.

An announcement posted on Grieg’s website stated that the distance was too great to operate the two areas as one unit, and that the Skye operation was too small to be operated as

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Published on
September 17, 2020

Family-owned Norwegian salmon and fjord trout processing company Inka AS has confirmed that its new factory in Bergen will soon be fully operational.

Following a EUR 13 million (USD 15.3 million) investment, the 5,500 square meter facility is complete and now going through a series of tests and equipment fine-tuning, reported local independent newspaper Midtsiden.

The 3,000-square-meter ground floor includes a freezer and two Marel production

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Published on
September 17, 2020

German consumers bought 401,000 metric tons (MT) of seafood in retail channels last year, spending EUR 4.1 billion (USD 4.9 billion) in the process. While the volume was on par with 2018, the value represented an increase of 4.8 percent, and set a new sales record, trade assiciation Fisch-Informationszentrum (FIZ) has confirmed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further lifted sales, with Hamburg-based FIZ identifying double-digit increases in both the

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Published on
September 16, 2020

Iceland’s fishing fleet landed a total 131,119 metric tons (MT) of fish and shellfish last month, some 16 percent more than in August 2019 …

Photo courtesy of Johann

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Published on
September 15, 2020

U.K. supermarket chain Lidl GB has disclosed its farmed seafood sources for the first time by publishing a list of its farmed fish and shellfish through the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP). 

Lidl GB made its wild-caught seafood sourcing known through the ODP in 2018 and has now updated its ODP profile to include information on the origin of both wild-caught and farmed seafood sources.

Its profile, which reflects sourcing for all permanently

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Published on
September 14, 2020

Joint-venture salmon farming company Loch Long Salmon Ltd. (LLS) has announced plans to introduce a number of semi-closed production systems in Scotland, with the first harvests expected in 2024.

LLS’s semi-closed systems are designed to improve the health and welfare of its farmed stock by excluding sea lice and therefore preventing the parasites from establishing a breeding population on the salmon, it said. The farming enclosures will

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September 14, 2020

If the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) fails to implement a recovery plan to rebuild overfished yellowfin tuna and billfish stocks at its next meeting in November, then Tesco will stop sourcing these fish for its Own Brand products, the U.K. supermarket chain has warned.

Tesco sells two different tuna species in within its Own Brand: skipjack, which goes into cans and sandwiches; and yellowfin, which it sells in frozen or chilled steaks.

In

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Published on
September 14, 2020

The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment (ENVI) has voted in favor of steps that would bring more transparency to E.U. fisheries activities and traceability to seafood supply chains.

ENVI’s proposed amendments to the fisheries control regulation include:

  • Vessel tracking and catch reporting to be required for all E.U. vessels.
  • The use of cameras on part of the fleet to ensure full and verifiable documentation of seafood
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Published on
September 11, 2020

Allowing the United Kingdom and the European Union to part ways at the end of this year without an agreement on fisheries in place post-Brexit would open the door to overfishing and pose a serious risk to many fish stocks and marine ecosystems, campaign groups have warned.

On 8 September, the E.U. and U.K. began a new round of post-Brexit trade deal negotiations, with fisheries and fishing rights again expected to take center stage as one of the

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Published on
September 10, 2020

New funding has been allocated to help aquaculture companies in Romania weather the severe shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the European Commission’s strategy to try protect the E.U.’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors, which has included amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), Romania has modified its operational program and allocated EUR 5 million (USD 5.9 million) of public support to

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