Nicki Holmyard

Contributing Editor

Nicki Holmyard lives and breathes the seafood industry. As a specialist freelance writer for 25 years, she has travelled the globe to research in-depth articles, interviews and news stories on all aspects of fishing, aquaculture and processing for international journals and newspapers. She has contributed to books on sustainable seafood sourcing and the effects of climate change on the oceans, and acts as a communications consultant for leading fishing and aquaculture concerns. Nicki is also a director of Offshore Shellfish Ltd, which is developing Europe’s largest rope-grown mussel farm.

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March 12, 2019

A new collaboration between Scottish distillery Glenglassaugh (pronounced Glenglassa) and smoked salmon producer Sutherlands of Portsoy, has led to the creation of a luxury smoked salmon infused with Glenglassaugh Peated Torfa Single Malt Whisky. 

The new product took several months to perfect, and is the result of extensive testing with a range of whiskies from the distillery, Sutherlands Managing Director Elaine Sutherland told

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February 27, 2019

When former chef Daniel Pawson decided to listen to his customers and sell his signature crispy fried salmon skins as a snack, he had little idea that Sea Chips would become so successful.

“I have never liked waste and was always looking for ways to use up the bits that most people throw away, such as salmon skin. Instead, I used it as a garnish, and so many customers really liked the taste and texture and encouraged me to investigate its

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February 15, 2019

The International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) launched its latest video competition this week, which aims to build on the success of the previous two years. 

“Men, women, groups and institutions are all welcome to submit a short film, no longer than 4 minutes, which portrays observations or experiences of woman involved in the seafood industry,” said WSI founder Marie Christine Monfort.

The brief is wide

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February 11, 2019

An investigation by French state television broadcaster France 2 into the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) to catch juvenile yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean, aimed to highlight the dark side of the industry to consumers. 

Use of FADs has been widespread since the 1980s, but their use now sits at the center of global discussions on the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks and the ecological impact of tuna fisheries. An addition

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February 7, 2019

University of Exeter researchers, studying the DNA of shark products sold in fishmongers, fish and chip shops, and Asian wholesalers in England, believe they have uncovered serious cases of mislabeling and a potential trade in critically endangered species.

However, their findings have been largely dismissed by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), which said in a statement that the fish sold in fish and chip outlets is all legally

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January 25, 2019

Husband and wife team Tim and Kelly Barnes, from Krispies Fish and Chips located in Exmouth, Devon, United Kingdom, joined an elite team in January, as they were announced winners of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2019.

Their new title makes them one of just 31 fish and chip shops to have been awarded the title since 1988, when the competition began.

Today, there are around 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops in the U.K. They dramatically

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January 16, 2019

Niels Alsted, the former executive vice president of business relations at BioMar, recently retired after 45 years in the aquaculture industry. 

Alsted, known to his colleagues as "Mr. Aquaculture," admitted to having mixed feelings about leaving a job he loved, but explained that he had prepared for this day for the past few years.

“Everything has an end, but for the next few years at least, it is not a total goodbye to the

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January 14, 2019

The performance of the aquaculture sector in the European Union is improving across the board, with all sectors displaying strong economic growth, according to the latest report from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF).

The 2018 Economic Report of the EU Aquaculture Sector is a comprehensive overview of the latest production figures, value, structure, and competitive performance of the sector at both country

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January 9, 2019

The latest technical paper on catch documentation schemes from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), discusses how such schemes benefit, or could benefit, deep-sea fisheries by protecting them from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

The paper’s author, Giles Hosch, found in his research that catch documentation schemes (CDS) are a useful tool for addressing the IUU fishing practices known

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January 7, 2019

Results of a new study into the market for mussels in France show that imports from outside the European Union have increased substantially over the past few years, particularly from Chile, with further growth expected.

Mussel farming in Chile has grown from a standing start in 2000 to become a force to be reckoned with, and now has an annual production of more than 300,000 metric tons (MT).

Seafood experts Via Aqua have continued the work of

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