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
August 5, 2019

Sea fisheries and processing businesses in Scotland are to share more than GBP 5.6 million (USD 6.8 million, EUR 6.1 million) of funding, aimed at increasing growth and creating local jobs.

Comprising GBP 4.2 million (USD 5.1 million, EUR 4.6 million) from the European Union and GBP 1.4 million (USD 1.7 million, EUR 1.5 million) from the Scottish government, this eighth round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) includes GBP 1.3

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Published on
July 31, 2019

More than 50 metric tons (MT) of shark fins have been exported from the United Kingdom in the past two and half years despite the country’s government being strongly opposed to the practice of shark finning, claims Greenpeace UK.

An investigation by the campaign group’s Unearthed project said that data from HM Revenue and Customs points to shark fin exports from the United Kingdom totaling hundreds of thousands of pounds since the

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Published on
July 31, 2019

Ireland has been officially asked by the European Commission to conduct an administrative inquiry to evaluate its capacity to implement the rules of the E.U. common fisheries policy (CFP). The country has been given three months to conduct this inquiry.

The commission’s request follows the detection of “severe and significant weaknesses” in the Irish control system during an audit carried out in 2018. 

Principally, it

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Published on
July 29, 2019

George Eustice has returned to the post of minister at the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), a position that he quit in February due to delays to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, which he called a “series of undignified retreats” in his resignation letter.

Eustice, a Brexiteer, was replaced in the role that covers fisheries, agriculture, and farming by Robert

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Published on
July 26, 2019

With European Union rainbow trout farmers facing unfair competition from imported subsidized portion-size Turkish producers and exporters, the Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) has called on the European Commission to find a “lasting mutually agreeable solution” with the Turkish government that grants the E.U. trout farmers an equal chance of success. 

E.U. farmers welcome competition from third-countries if such competition

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Published on
July 25, 2019

The European Union and Senegal have signed a new five-year protocol to an existing Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) that allows E.U. vessels access to Senegalese waters to fish for tuna species and hake. 

The new protocol replaces the current protocol, which is due to expire in November 2019, and allows a maximum of 28 tuna seiners, 10 pole-and-liners, five longliners, and two trawlers from the E.U. This limit is based on

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Published on
July 25, 2019

Grupo Amegrove, the world’s largest mussel fishing cooperative, has been recertified according to the Friend of the Sea sustainability standard. 

Founded in 1977, the Pontevedra, northwest Spain based society has been certified to the standard since 2013. 

“In our experience, leaders set an example for others to follow. This is one of the many things that is impressive about Grupo Amegrove and its commitment to the marine

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Published on
July 24, 2019

Following its recent acquisition by the Karro Food Group, Young’s Seafood Ltd. has announced that Bill Showalter is vacating the CEO position and will be replaced by Simon Smith.

On 17 July, Young’s advised that Showalter would continue to be CEO after a statement published with Companies House on 16 July said that he had stepped down as a director of the company on 4 July. However, the U.K. seafood company has now confirmed

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Published on
July 24, 2019

Emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse have been announced by the European Commission. With immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod is banned in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December, 2019.

The ban covers all fishing vessels and applies in all those areas of the Baltic Sea where the largest part of the stock is present, namely subdivisions 24-26, except for some specific targeted

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July 23, 2019

The CalaMarine, CodMarine and LipidMarine omega-3 product lines manufactured by Norwegian company Pharma Marine AS have been re-certified according to the Friend of the Sea sustainability standard.

CalaMarine is produced from trimmings of squid left over from food production, while the crude cod oil used to make CodMarine is from onboard factory trawlers fishing in the Barents Sea. LipidMarine is made from sustainable anchovy and sardine

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