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
December 19, 2019

The heavy reductions made to next year’s permitted cod catches from waters in and around the United Kingdom were difficult, but necessary decisions, with concerns mounting about the state of stocks, according to U.K. Fisheries Minister George Eustice.

At this week’s annual December Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) meeting, the last one attended by the United Kingdom before it becomes an independent coastal state,

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Published on
December 19, 2019

Well before online retail became the juggernaut it is today, The Fish Society was pioneering the idea of selling seafood, via delivery, on a website. 

The Fish Society started life in 1993 as a mail order business with a small advert in BBC Good Food Magazine. At that time, The Fish Society founder Alistair Blair was working as a journalist, writing for the Investors Chronicle and the Financial Times, running The Fish Society as a

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Published on
December 18, 2019

Political agreements on next year’s catch limits for the 89 main commercial fish stocks in which E.U. vessels participate have been agreed by the Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH).

Following lengthy negotiations in Brussels on 16 and 17 December, there were increases for some key stocks, with the overall agreement increasing E.U. landings deemed to be at a sustainable level to 99.4 percent.

“The quota-setting exercise

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Published on
December 18, 2019

Three fisheries arrangements for 2020 have been agreed by the E.U. and Norway, with the two parties settling on a 50 percent cut in the total allowable catch (TAC) for North Sea cod.

Following negotiation rounds in November and December, two bilateral arrangements and a neighboring arrangement were signed. The bilateral arrangements cover the North Sea and the Atlantic, and Skagerrak and Kattegat, whilst the neighboring arrangement covers the

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Published on
December 17, 2019

Salmon producer Mowi has entered into a procurement agreement with AKVA Group for standard products, spare parts, and service assignments.

The agreement has a duration of four years, plus possible extensions. While it does not imply any exclusivity to AKVA, the aquaculture equipment supplier believes the negotiated terms provide the foundation for further trade between the two companies.

According to AKVA Sales Director for the Nordics

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Published on
December 16, 2019

The first-ever fishing proposal put forward by the European Commission for the Mediterranean Sea is expected to be adopted by the Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) at its annual meeting to set fishing opportunities, taking place in Brussels on 16 and 17 December.

Its proposal implements the E.U. multiannual management plan for demersal stocks in the western Mediterranean, adopted in June this year, with a 10 percent reduction in

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December 16, 2019

With E.U. fisheries ministers this week meeting in the European Union’s capital, Brussels, to set fishing levels for the Northeast Atlantic for 2020, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans, and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius, and Minister Jari Leppa representing the Finnish Presidency of the Council, have been presented with more than a half-million signatures from E.U. citizens calling for member states to end overfishing.

The

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Published on
December 16, 2019

Craig Anderson has vacated the position of CEO at The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) and is replaced with immediate effect by Odd Eliasen, managing director of Havsbrún, part of the Bakkafrost Group, which is close to finalizing its purchase of the Edinburgh, Scotland-headquartered producer.

“Following the completion of the acquisition of SSC, Bakkafrost will take leadership of the company to deliver the growth vision of the enlarged

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Published on
December 13, 2019

Europêche’s recent meeting with the new European Union Commissioner for Environment, Oceans, and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius has been described as “positive and constructive” by the European fishing association’s president, Javier Garat.

The meeting allowed Europêche to explain what it sees as key problems and challenges facing the fisheries sector, and to propose potential solutions. Garat, who is also

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Published on
December 12, 2019

Fisheries negotiators for the European Union and the Faroe Islands have reached an agreement on the reciprocal exchanges of catching opportunities in each other’s waters for 2020.

This new agreement allows for the exchange of a number of important quotas for the E.U., such as cod, haddock, saithe, and redfish, with Norway pout and blue whiting for the Faroe Islands. The parties have also agreed to reciprocal access to each other’s

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