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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October 2, 2011

Economic uncertainty continues to affect many of the United Kingdom’s most robust businesses, but the seafood industry is being particularly hard hit, thanks in no small part to a record drop in consumers’ disposable income.

Confirming the very difficult trading environment, for July 2011 the Office of National Statistics recorded the first ever drop in UK food sales when 4 percent less was sold. And as the most expensive protein (and getting

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September 28, 2011

The Faroe Islands’ plan to maximize the value of its limited farmed Atlantic salmon production by marketing the product as an exclusive, premium brand is paying off, according to the project’s leader.

The self-governing Danish islands have been involved in commercial aquaculture since 1967, starting with rainbow trout. They commenced farming salmon in 1980 and at one stage had as many as 69 salmon-producing companies. There has, however,

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September 22, 2011

High-end supermarket chain Waitrose, on Thursday, picked up the Best Seafood Retailer Award at the Retail Industry Awards 2011, held at the Park Plaza, London.

Now in its 16th year, the Retail Industry Awards remains the only competition to celebrate the entire UK retail industry – from the smallest independents to the largest supermarket groups.

There were 17 award categories, including the Seafood Retailer of the Year, which was sponsored by

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September 20, 2011

Just a few months ago, after attending a Sustainable Fish Supper, organized as part of the Project Ocean campaign,  I questioned whether UK consumers were engaged with sustainability. Today, I find myself asking a more unsettling question — are  consumers sufficiently engaged with seafood?

At the supper there seemed to be a genuine lack of concern from the attending diners on sustainability issues, despite the clearly defined nature of the

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September 14, 2011

About GBP 435 million (EUR 495.6 million, USD 688.1 million) worth of seafood was landed in Scotland last year, according to figures published on Thursday by the Scottish government.

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics confirm that 367,000 metric tons of fish were landed by the country’s fleet last year and that, with the exception of 2009, the value of landings was higher in 2010 than in any other year in the last decade.

The Scottish fleet

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September 12, 2011

The 22 boats that land to the Hastings Fish CIC fish merchants in the south east of England have become the first UK fleet to sign up to a groundbreaking campaign designed to create a viable domestic market for all fish species caught by the country’s coastal fishermen.

Launched by Direct Seafoods, the UK’s biggest wholesaler of fresh fish, the Coastal Fish program aims to give long-term support to the UK’s troubled local fishermen and to

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September 4, 2011

A competition to find the United Kingdom’s most forward thinking restaurant or caterer for sustainable seafood has been launched as part of London’s Sustainable City Awards.

The City of London Corp. has teamed up with Sustainable Fish City, the Fishmongers Co., SeaWeb Seafood Choices and chef-patron of world-renowned restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Raymond Blanc to promote the contest.

“Good ethics should be part of everyday

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August 18, 2011

A year ago I wrote about Dragon Feeds — a Welsh company headed by Tony Smith — that had developed what it believed was a sustainable alternative to fishmeal using Nereis Virens polychaetes, a species of sea worm.

Dragon’s feed was being used by several trout farmers and had been endorsed by a supermarket chain as well as a number of high profile chefs and restaurateurs. But its acceptance only went so far, and Smith was particularly

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August 14, 2011

Scientists from Swansea University are appealing to UK fishermen for information on crab and lobster shell disease and the locations of American lobster.

Researchers at the university want to create a map that illustrates hot spots of brown crab and lobster “black spot” shell disease. The work is part of collaborative project, SUSFISH, between Welsh and Irish universities investigating the impacts of climate change on commercial shellfish

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August 4, 2011

Caviar and sustainability is a pairing that many people would feel uncomfortable making, but a UK-Latvian operation believes it has both the quality and the eco-credentials to draw new customers to the highly-prized delicacy.

Mottra Caviar, which trades out of London but farms sturgeon and produces its caviar in Riga, Latvia, has, through considerable effort and investment, developed a black caviar that is fast making a name for itself in the

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