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
November 30, 2022

Norway has received approval for an increased 2023 quota for "mackerel sturgeon" – better known as bluefin tuna – with its total quota for the species rising 23 percent to 368 metric tons (MT).

Norway may transfer 15 MT of unfished quota from 2022 to 2023, which means that Norwegian fishermen can fish up to 383 MT iof Atlantic bluefin tuna in 2023 …

Photo courtesy of Guido

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Published on
November 29, 2022

Germany and Bulgaria are the latest countries to adopt European Maritime, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) programs and will receive EUR 212 million (USD 217.8 million) and EUR 85 million (USD 87.3 million), respectively, in E.U. funding over the next six years.

The E.U.'s total financial allocation for the German program is EUR 302.6 million (USD 310.9 million), while Bulgaria’s is EUR 121 million (USD 124.3 million).

According to

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Published on
November 29, 2022

Bergen, Norway-headquartered Grieg Seafood has put its offshore project Blu Farm on hold in response to the Norwegian government’s proposed rent resource tax for salmon farming.

With an investment framework of NOK 750 million (USD 73.7 million, EUR 71.7 million), Grieg was planning to build the offshore farm in the Rogaland area, having earned approval for it from the Norwegian government in 2017

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Published on
November 29, 2022

The U.K. government has come under fire from UK Fisheries CEO Jane Sandell for letting down English fishers in its bilateral agreement with Norway covering 2023 fishing opportunities.

UK Fisheries operates the freezer trawler Kirkella and the fresh fish trawler Farnella.out of the port of Hull, U.K., fishing for cod and haddock. Since Brexit, UK Fisheries has been calling for the return of a larger quota. In 2019, it fished almost

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Published on
November 28, 2022

The United Kingdom’s fishing industry will benefit from increased fishing opportunities worth nearly GBP 5 million (USD 5.9 million, EUR 5.8 million) in 2023 after reaching an agreement with Norway to secure access to key stocks, according to the U.K. Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The U.K. and Norway negotiate access to each other’s waters, quota exchanges, and control and

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Published on
November 28, 2022

The U.K. government has made an additional GBP 30 million (USD 35.6 million, EUR 34.7 million) in funding available for infrastructure projects that modernize the nation’s seafood sector.

The U.K. government previously allocated GBP 20 million (USD 23.7 million, EUR 23.1 million) in funding to expand processing facilities for popular species like Scottish salmon, mackerel, and herring. The U.K. government announced on 25 November that a

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Published on
November 28, 2022

The Faroese government confirmed that the Faroe Islands and Russia have concluded consultations on the two parties’ fisheries cooperation for 2023.

The new deal factors in next year’s reduced total allowable catch (TAC) for cod in the Barents Sea, with both taking lower quotas.

“As a major stakeholder in the management of some of the world’s largest fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faroese government promotes

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Published on
November 24, 2022

A proposal to expand the margin of tolerance in E.U. catch reporting has drawn flack from the Environmental Justice Foundation and environmental law charity ClientEarth.

Negotiations on the E.U. fisheries control regulation governing reporting requirements are upcoming between the Council of the E.U., the European Parliament, and the European Commission. Proposals being considered from E.U. member-states and the European

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Published on
November 22, 2022

Neskaupstaður, Iceland-based Síldarvinnslan has completed the last conditions of its acquisition of fellow fishing firm Vísir by increasing the number of new shares going to the selling company.

In July 2022, Síldarvinnslan entered a deal to acquire Vísir for ISK 20 billion (USD 140.3 million, EUR 136.5 million). With the interest-bearing debt of Grindavík-based Vísir amounting to ISK 11 billion (USD

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Published on
November 18, 2022

Reykjavik-headquartered Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has announced it will exit the U.K. value-added market and close its Grimsby, U.K. operations.

Delivering its second-quarter 2022 results in August, ISI’s board confirmed it was reviewing the group’s strategy in the United Kingdom. At that time, it advised that the Iceland Seafood UK operation was loss-making in the period, with external challenges continuing to impact the

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