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 20, 2010

The ongoing dispute between the United Kingdom and Iceland over the latter’s decision to set its own, much higher mackerel quota is almost certain to crank up another notch or two with the arrival in the British market of significantly increased amounts of Icelandic cod.

Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Jon Bjarnason increased Iceland’s annual cod quota by 10,000 metric tons, to 160,000 metric tons, as of 1 September.

A lot of Icelandic cod

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Published on
September 16, 2010

British tilapia is now being sold in leading U.K. supermarket chain Tesco. The Fish Co. is producing the fish on four fish farms across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in northern England.

“There is a growing market for sustainably and ethically produced white fish, which we believe we can help fulfill,” said Hamish Bichan of The Fish Co. “Our fish are 100 percent U.K. produced and are not hormone treated. The quality-reared stock is fully

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August 8, 2010

For the last six years, the UK oyster industry has anxiously watched while disease has obliterated France’s Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) production. Then, UK producers’ worst fears were realized a few weeks ago when that same disease — the recently discovered OsHV-1 (oyster herpesvirus type 1) — was found on the Kent coast, in southern England.

According to reports, OsHV-1 wiped out between 8 and 10 million oysters at the Seasalter

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July 25, 2010

Eight years ago, a realization came to Dragon Feeds Managing Director Tony Smith that while in the years and decades ahead aquaculture will have to provide more and more of the world's seafood, to use feeds that use marine oil and protein from wild stocks isn't a viable long-term solution.

Smith foresaw a point when all natural supplies would be accounted for. He is adamant that today the aquaculture and fish-feed industries have reached that

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June 22, 2010

The future of seafood is aquaculture and the future of aquaculture is offshore, delegates were told at last week’s Offshore Mariculture 2010 conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This biennial event, which pulls together producers, suppliers, scientists and many other stakeholders, has, since its inception, been an arena of fierce debate. In Dubrovnik, it quickly became apparent that the fish farming industry had evolved dramatically since the

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Published on
June 22, 2010

Croatia is not a major player in the European aquaculture industry and it won’t be in the future unless it completely changes its focus, according to a leading fisheries professor from the University of Dubrovnik.

Branko Glamuzine told delegates at the Offshore Mariculture 2010 conference, held last week in Dubrovnik, Croatia, that rather than trying to rival the production capabilities of Greece or Turkey, Croatia should instead use its

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Published on
May 30, 2010

While the falling value of the euro has caused headaches in international money markets and highlighted a lack of confidence in Europe's economic outlook, it has provided an environment conducive for many of the region's seafood producers to ramp up their exports.

After years of watching Europe's single currency appreciate against the U.S. dollar, exporters operating within the 16 countries that use the single currency could now be briefly

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Published on
May 16, 2010

Richard Luney, wild fish and aquaculture manager for Marks & Spencer, talks to SeafoodSource about bycatch, the retailer’s new Passionate about Seafood campaign and raising awareness of the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label.

This is part two of a two-part interview. Part one ran earlier today.

Holland: Are you working with WWF on the controversial subject of discards, and, if so, how could eliminate the practice be eliminated?
Luney:

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May 16, 2010

Richard Luney, wild fish and aquaculture manager for Marks & Spencer, talks to SeafoodSource about the retailer’s commitment to sustainability, teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund and reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy. This is part one of a two-part interview.

Holland: You recently changed roles at Marks & Spencer. What will you focus on in your new position?
Luney: I have been at M&S for over 12 years now,

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April 25, 2010

SeafoodSource caught up with Clifford Ashby, managing director of Cleanseas, to talk about the Australian company’s future. This is part one of a two-part interview; part two will run on Monday.

Holland: You were appointed managing director of Cleanseas last December, coming from outside the seafood industry. What do you bring to the business, and what will you focus on over the next 18 to 24 months?

Ashby: Whilst from outside the seafood

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