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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May 30, 2014

Europe’s new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package contains a strong focus on aquaculture and reviving a sector that has stagnated for more than 20 years. But while this is the first time that a CFP has recognized the need for such an effort and tools are now in place to aid production increases, the European Commission says it’s down to the EU member states to deliver crucial change.

Currently, European aquaculture output totals 1.3

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May 16, 2014

With Europe’s wild fisheries finding a much steadier footing, thanks in part to strategies contained within the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the European Commission’s attentions are turning toward farmed fish and boosting EU aquaculture production.

The EU’s aquaculture industry produces a fairly diverse range of species with about half its output comprising varieties of shellfish, whereas marine fish such as salmon, seabream

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May 16, 2014

The new trilateral agreement on mackerel catch-share allocations in the Northeast Atlantic (NEA) has not ended the long-running dispute over how much of the lucrative catch each coastal state should be entitled to, but there’s little doubt that inter-state relations are more harmonious. 

In March, after more than four years of failed negotiations, the European Union (EU), Norway and the Faroe Islands agreed on a five-year catch-share

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May 2, 2014

It’s fitting that on the eve of the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels, by far the biggest international coming together of the seafood industry, we can confidently draw a line under one of European seafood’s longest running, most bitter disputes — the so-called “mackerel war” in the Northeast Atlantic (NEA).

Iceland’s newly-set mackerel quota of 147,574 metric tons (MT), while unilateral, falls well within the scope of the five-year

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April 18, 2014

Norway’s Atlantic salmon farming industry continues to enjoy a purple patch thanks to sustained high prices. In 2013, the Scandinavian country’s salmon exports achieved a record value of NOK 39.8 billion (USD 6.7 billion, EUR 4.8 billion), which was 35 percent higher than the previous year. This total was reached with 960,000 metric tons (MT) of products, a drop of 3.5 percent compared with 2012.

Last year, the average price for fresh whole

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April 18, 2014

Not so long ago — less than two years in fact — tensions were running very high between U.K. and French scallop fishermen due to an increasingly bitter dispute over the rights to catch the valuable mollusks in the Channel. The problem arose because of fundamental differences in the two countries’ fishing restrictions and escalated to the point that after a particularly violent clash the navy had to intervene.

The situation has eased

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April 4, 2014

Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the United Kingdom, affecting as many as 1 million Brits per year. Unfortunately, thanks to the broader U.K. media it’s a virus that is also heavily and unfairly associated with eating oysters.

In truth, it’s a link that has been taken out of all context: there wasn’t one single proven illness from norovirus or any other virus to do with shellfish in 2012, while last year there were four

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March 21, 2014

It has been a long time coming but the highly valuable Northeast Atlantic (NEA) mackerel stock is now back on a sustainable footing. Well almost. After close to five years of failed coastal state negotiations, three of the main warring parties — the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands — have reached a five-year agreement on catch shares. For the time being, though, Iceland remains out in the cold.

On confirming her delight at the

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March 7, 2014

After almost four years of remonstrating, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight campaign bowed out with the airing of “Fish Fight: Hugh’s Last Stand,” a one-off documentary that mostly tracked back over some of the battles the campaigning broadcaster-cum-chef has had with various sectors and decision makers in the seafood industry.

Fearnley-Whittingstall says he launched Fish Fight in 2010 “to highlight the massive problems facing

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February 21, 2014
The dire state of many Mediterranean sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus aurata) producing countries’ economies is testing most producers, but nowhere more so than in Greece.

In production terms, Greece has always been the world’s bass and bream powerhouse. However, a domestic banking system that’s failing to support the country’s aquaculture sector, along with increased competition from rival nations and the resultant
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