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.

Published on
February 26, 2021

As recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) grow in popularity, size, and complexity, their design and operating technology is becoming ever more advanced in order to ensure water quality and safeguard fish health and welfare.

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Published on
February 26, 2021

Hofseth International and Hofseth BioCare founder Roger Hofseth has his sights set on developing Norway's largest fish farm.

The seafood business entrepreneur started Hofseth International as a salmon processor in 2005 and soon became a major supplier to the U.S., before stepping into salmon farming. Sixteen years later, following a series of mergers and acquisitions, the Hofseth Group has become a major global player in the salmon-farming and

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Published on
February 22, 2021

Marine aquaculture has been developing rapidly in Turkey over the past decade, according to a new research paper.

A new 430-page report from the Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), “Marine Aquaculture in Turkey: Advancements and Management,” offers a thorough examination of the aquaculture sector, looking at lessons learned, how Turkey is embracing a “blue economy” model, and the challenges the country faces in

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Published on
February 18, 2021

Geir Nordahl Pederson, the oil millionaire who helped found Losna Seafood, has submitted an application to build a 30,000-metric-ton (MT) land-based salmon farm in Tøfta, Western Norway, under the Averøy Seafood banner.

The innovative facility will comprise 28 biosecure closed units, each with a 20,000-cubic-meter capacity, providing Averøy Seafood a total volume production area of 560,000 cubic meters.

The units will be

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February 12, 2021

Trondheim, Norway-based Norcod, the Norwegian cod-farming venture, has announced a doubling of production volume.

Norcod CEO Christian Riber said the company had achieved “a new milestone”

“I’m really proud of what our team and excellent partners have achieved,” Riber told SeafoodSource.

The current target is for the farm to hit an annual capacity of 9,000 metric tons by 2021, increasing to a year-round supply of

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Published on
February 2, 2021

Smørhamn, Norway-based Smart Salmon is set to join the land-based salmon farming revolution in Norway.

Smart Salmon’s ultimate aim is to produce 50,000 metric tons (MT) of salmon raised in recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities in Norway and France by 2029.

The company is looking to raise private capital for the project before seeking an initial public offering (IPO) in the second quarter of 2021.

According to a Smart

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Published on
January 20, 2021

Nordic Aqua Partners, which is pioneering the use of advanced recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology to produce Atlantic salmon in China, is about to break ground at its site in Ningbo, about two hours from Shanghai.

Head of Nordic Aqua (Ningbo) Co. Ltd. Ove Nodland said China is the world's largest producer and consumer of seafood, and is expected to account for around half of the anticipated global consumption of 178 million MT tons

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January 19, 2021

Stolt Sea Farm, which specializes in the land-based farming of turbot (Psetta maxima) and sole (Solea senegalens), announced last week that it is appraising an initial public offering for its business.

The capital raised will enable the company to consolidate and further develop its position as a leader in land-based aquaculture, and to roll-out its proven RAS and flow-through technology for the production of flatfish, it said in a press

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January 18, 2021

Engaging with consumers on the topic of responsible aquaculture is becoming an increasingly important role for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), which stepped up its promotional campaign efforts in the latter months of 2020, as it celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The ASC now was more than 1.6 million metric tons (MT) of aquaculture products under certification, with Norway, Chile, and Vietnam accounting for the largest volumes. In terms

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Published on
January 15, 2021

Interest in land-based salmon farming is growing in the Nordic countries, with Gaia Salmon and Eco Seafood both planning new recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities in Central Norway, Baring planning a second farm in South Norway, and Ljungdahls Fast applying for permission to build a salmon farm at Strömstad in Sweden - close to the Norwegian border …

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