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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2020-03-23 09:00:00

Sweden is set to become the European leader in land-based fish farming, according to a recent announcement by the Municipality of Sotenäs and Lighthouse Finance A/S.

At a press conference, municipal board chairman Mats Abrahamsson said that Sotenäs had entered into an agreement with Lighthouse to "start a multi-billion-[dollar] class establishment.”

The new fish farm complex will span 75 hectares, making it the largest in

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2020-03-16 09:00:00

The United Kingdom’s fisheries sector can be challenging to work in due to sporadic income, unsociable working hours, and risks to the health and safety of employees, speakers at a recent meeting of the U.K. All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries (APPG) testified. In addition, many fishing communities suffer from socioeconomic deprivation, and it is feared that issues related to Brexit may make their situation even worse.

The APPG,

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2020-03-09 09:35:00

As women all over the world celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday, 8 March, attending rallies, conferences, and gatherings, Marie Christine Monfort, president of the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), used the day for a call to action.

“We call upon the responsible international organisations and national institutions, professional associations, trade unions, and private corporations to end

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2020-02-25 09:25:00

Aller Aqua Support is a series of advanced functional feeds for trout, catfish, carp, tilapia, sturgeon, sea bass, and sea bream

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2020-02-19 09:00:00

Hatch, the global aquaculture accelerator program, has just announced the closure of its first USD 8.4 million (EUR 7.7 million) fund. Additionally, the program has opened the application period for its fourth cohort of entrepreneurs, who will be put through a rigorous development regime.

The Hatch program aims to find, develop, and fund disruptive aquaculture start-ups with “innovative, sustainable, and scalable solutions that solve real

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2020-02-18 09:25:00

Norwegian cod farming company Norcod has just raised NOK 105 million (USD 11.34 million, EUR 10.42 million) in a private placement, enabling it to invest in additional juvenile fish and build up the overall biomass of its cod. The company aims to become the world's top producer of sustainably farmed cod.

Norcod entrusted the deal exclusively to SpareBank 1 Markets, which acted as manager and bookmaker.

Private placements are transacted through a

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2020-02-17 08:00:00

Dongo Films, a Brussels, Belgium-based collective of independent documentary filmmakers, are hoping to raise more than EUR 325,000 (USD 355,700) on public fundraising platform Kickstarter to make a film promoting sustainable aquaculture. Their goal is to reach the ambitious target by 22 March, 2020, which will allow filming to start this summer.

The film, AquaPioneers, is the brainchild of filmmakers Marjolijn Prins and Mathias Ruelle, working

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2020-01-29 09:30:00

Odense, Denmark-based industrial biotech and alternative protein company Unibio International is continuing to attract investment funding to facilitate further development of its protein-from-methane production technology and the rollout of projects worldwide.

Its trademarked product, Uniprotein, has performed well in trials as a high-protein feed ingredient, and has gained approval from the European Union for inclusion in feed for all animal

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2020-01-24 09:10:00

The first cod fry from pioneering aquaculture venture Norcod have been successfully put to sea, taking the company one step closer to realizing its ambition of becoming the world's top producer of sustainably farmed cod.

The fry were shipped by well-boat from a hatchery operated jointly with partner Namdal Settefisk AS, to sites located a 12-hour steam away.

Norcod Managing Director Rune Eriksen said the fish had endured the journey

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2020-01-15 09:50:00

Oceanpick, one of South Asia’s first commercial producer of ocean-grown barramundi (Lates calcarifer), is scaling up operations in response to growing global demand for its fish. 

Barramundi, also known as Asian sea bass, is gaining popularity fast around the globe, with sales developing in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, South Asia, and the Middle East, according to Oceanpick Head of International Sales and

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