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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August 30, 2012

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) farming was first commercially explored in Norway in the 1980s following the breakthrough of juvenile production, but the industry disappeared after just a few years. Cod aquaculture re-emerged around the start of the millennium, again mainly in Norway but also in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Iceland.

At that time, juvenile cod production technology was further developed and large hatcheries, based on

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August 26, 2012
Editor’s note: This is the second part of an interview with Rusnadi Padjung, deputy assistant for investment with the Indonesian Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT). Padjung says the growing international demand for pole-and-line tuna could revitalize Indonesia’s fishery within five years.  Click here to read part 1 of the interview.

Holland: In your opinion, what’s needed to get Indonesia’s pole-and-line industry back on track, and

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August 23, 2012

Indonesia is a traditional pole-and-line tuna producing country, but its interest in this traditional catching method has been decreasing in favor of the large volumes of fish that can be caught by purse seining. However, Rusnadi Padjung, deputy assistant for investment with the Indonesian Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT), told SeafoodSource the growing international demand for pole-and-line tuna could be of huge benefit to the

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August 9, 2012

Sainsbury’s new retail report, “Our Future with Fish,” delivered valuable insight into the seafood purchasing trends of UK consumers. It found that not only are Brits starting to eat a more diverse range of species and consuming two percent more fish per capita head than they were in 1975, but that their purchasing decisions are being increasingly influenced by what they watch on TV and view online.

With the country’s strong celebrity

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August 8, 2012

Recession is good news for the frozen food category — the tougher the economy gets, the more consumers turn their backs on fresh products in favor of comparably cheaper frozen foods.

In an economically weakened Europe, food producers have responded well to the needs of families looking for more cost-effective ways to keep everyone fed. In many cases, this has required the expansion of frozen product ranges or the creation of completely new

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July 26, 2012

Seafood labeling is once again a hot topic in the European retail arena, thanks in no small part to a new survey published by consumer watchdog Which? that claims labels on fish sold in some supermarkets don’t give shoppers the right information about how and where their fish is caught.

Which? is calling for clearer labeling, and gave the example that many brands and supermarkets label their tinned tuna “dolphin friendly,” but said this is

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July 24, 2012

Recession is good news for the frozen food category — the tougher the economy gets, the more consumers turn their backs on fresh products in favor of comparably cheaper frozen foods. 

In an economically weakened Europe, food producers have responded well to the needs of families looking for more cost-effective ways to keep everyone fed. In many cases, this has required the expansion of frozen product ranges or the creation of completely new

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July 18, 2012

Brown crab (Cancer pagurus) is one of the most recognizable shellfish in Europe thanks to the “pie-crust” edge to their shell, their distinctive brown coloring and large claws with black pincers.

Around 60,000 metric tons of brown crab are caught in European waters, making it the region’s most commercially important crab species. Thanks to their natural abundance in waters off the British Isles, the U.K. fleet takes close to half the

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July 16, 2012

With European cod stocks at unprecedented levels and quotas set to soar over the next few years, there’s heavy pressure on exporters to find new markets for the additional fish or see prices slide further toward unprofitability. In traditional cod markets, however, it’s the producers of other whitefish products that should expect to lose the most ground.

For the Barents Sea, the world’s largest cod fishery, the International Council for

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June 28, 2012

New Zealand’s Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) industry has navigating rough seas for the last two years as a result of an outbreak of the ostreid herpes virus-1 (OsHV-1), but there are at last encouraging signs that the worst of the storm has passed. 

The virus, which is harmless to humans but deadly to juvenile Pacific oysters, first hit the Northland region’s oyster farms in April 2010 but wasn’t properly diagnosed until November of

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