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
October 31, 2019

The European Commission has confirmed that it has issued the Republic of Ecuador with a so-called “yellow card” and has informed the South American country that it needs to step up its actions in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Its decision, officially made on 30 October, is based on identified shortcomings about the country's ability to comply with agreed standards under international law of the

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Published on
October 31, 2019

Mowi has posted operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 148 million (USD 164.6 million) for the third quarter of 2019, down from the record EUR 207.1 million (USD 230.3 million) achieved a year previously. In its Q3 2019 results statement, the Bergen, Norway-headquartered salmon producer attributed the lower results to reduced prices and higher farming costs, driven by biological issues.

“The third quarter has been

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Published on
October 30, 2019

The European Union, Faroe Islands, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Russian Federation have reached an agreement on the management measures for mackerel, blue whiting, and Atlanto-Scandian herring for 2020.

All three stocks have a total allowable catch (TAC) set at the recommended scientific advice.

Regarding mackerel, the three coastal states parties to the sharing arrangement (E.U., Norway, and the Faroes) have agreed to set next

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Published on
October 29, 2019

Government funding totaling GBP 15.4 million (USD 19.8 million, EUR 17.9 million) can now be applied for by England’s fishermen and seafood businesses.

The United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said the funds, which were announced last year, are designed to encourage innovation and technology, as well as improving port infrastructure and safety at sea.

“We are taking back control of our waters and

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October 29, 2019

The European Union and the Seychelles have agreed a new six-year Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) that allows E.U. vessels access to the Indian Ocean nation’s waters to catch tuna.

According to the European Commission, this is the most important tuna agreement in place for the E.U., both in financial terms and in terms of fishing opportunities. It will allow an E.U. fleet of 40 tuna purse-seiners and eight longliners to

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Published on
October 28, 2019

Norwegian aquaculture feed ingredients laboratory ORIVO has entered into a strategic collaboration with marine genetic technology company PatoGen AS to develop new analytical tools for the animal feed and pet food sectors, starting with a DNA-based species detection tool.

In a statement, ORIVO and PatoGen explained the reason for the collaboration is to meet the increasing demand for a reliable quantitative DNA-analysis tool for feed ingredients

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Published on
October 28, 2019

The Fishyleaks website, launched in July by NGO Our Fish with the aim of providing a confidential and anonymous way for people to report what they believe to be improper, unethical, or illegal fishing practices, is now available in a Dutch-language version, with more languages planned for the future. 

"With Fishyleaks we wanted to create a platform for those who want to share information in a secure way," said Frederieke Vlek, campaign

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Published on
October 24, 2019

Donna Fordyce has been appointed as the new interim head of Seafood Scotland. She replaces Patrick Hughes, who led the trade marketing body since January 2017.

Fordyce has been Seafood Scotland’s industry engagement specialist since October 2017, working with businesses across the country to identify new market opportunities and facilitate greater commercialization of the seafood sector.

Previously, Fordyce has spent time as an observer on

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Published on
October 21, 2019

Gustav Witzøe has taken over as CEO of SalMar with immediate effect as former CEO, Olav Andreas Ervik, becomes managing director of new ocean-based fish farming subsidiary SalMar Ocean AS, the Norwegian salmon farming company has announced.

SalMar’s initiatives in ocean-based fish farming have to-date been organized as a business area within SalMar and headed by Gustav Witzøe. These activities have now been transferred to a

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Published on
October 18, 2019

The tide is turning for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and this emerging technology has the potential to change the face of aquaculture over the next decade, claims a new report from Rabobank.

Analysis in the “Aquaculture 2.0: RAS Is Driving Change” report, compiled by RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, states that while the “RAS concept is still under development and the future holds uncertainties,” the

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