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
January 30, 2023

The International Organization for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) closed its doors at the end of December 2022, blaming a lack of resources directed at solving gender issues as one of the primary causes of its shuttering.

For the previous eight years, WSI had worked to bring the seafood industry’s attention to the issue of gender, in partnership with governments, international organizations, companies, and individuals. One major

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January 26, 2023

The U.K. environmental campaign group Feedback, a non-governmental organization with the mission of seeking to address historic and current injustices in the food system, is threatening the U.K. government with a lawsuit over its alleged failure to properly regulate Scotland’s salmon-farming industry.

In a letter written to the U.K. government in advance of launching legal proceedings, Feedback said the U.K. government is required to

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January 23, 2023

Ambassadors, product endorsers, and brand promoters are commonplace in today’s seafood marketplace, but their performance doesn’t always match up to the the cost of engaging them.

According to Danish media company Influencer Marketing Hub (IMH), ambassador marketing is a winning strategy – if done correctly.

“Ambassador marketing will always win over paid advertising because of the authenticity of the people involved.

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January 4, 2023

November 2022 marked an important milestone for Norwegian cod farmer Gadus Group, with the launch of its first commercial deliveries to market.

“We have been working for almost three years to prepare for this point, nurturing the fish from eggs to harvest, so it is good for us to finally see our product on commercial sale,” Gadus Group Founder and CEO Ola Kvalheim told SeafoodSource. “We had done a few small trial harvests

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December 19, 2022

Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries had launched an investigation into the mass escape of juvenile cod from three cages operated by the Gadus Group.

The escape occurred in late September, with an 87,000 cod going missing, weighing an average of 600 grams. So far, Gadus has managed to recapture 408 of the escapees.

Norway's aquaculture regulator blamed the escape on faulty design and construction of net-pens at the company’s

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December 16, 2022

A multinational consortium has successfully completed environmental trials for a sea lice treatment concept at a Scottish Sea Farms site in Shetland, Scotland.

The new trial treatment is from BREEZE, a collaboration between Norway and Scotland, which brought together technology developer Pulcea, veterinary services and systems provider AquaPharma, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Driven by increasing resistance of sea lice

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December 8, 2022

The Aquaponic Management Project is planning a venture on the outskirts of Chartres, France, which the company said is intended to become Europe’s largest “aquaponic” salmonid farm.

The farm is being planned for a production of 1,500 metric tons (MT) of trout per year, with a production cost of roughly EUR 10 million (USD 10.5 million). Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics – growing both fish and

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December 5, 2022

Andfjord Salmon, a land-based salmon farming start-up operating in northern Norway, is on track to harvest its first fish by mid-2023, with high survival rates giving the company hope it will maximize revenue from the harvest.

In its Q3 2022 results, Andfjord Salmon CEO Martin Rasmussen the design of the company’s land-based system, which produces a laminar flow in the square-shaped pool, had helped maintain survival rates of its farmed

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December 1, 2022

New research released by genomics company AquaGen has found Norwegian aquaculture production could be significantly increased through more-selective breeding techniques.

A new paper, titled "The power of genetics" and published in the journal Aquaculture, quantified the benefits of achieving rapid growth in Atlantic salmon. The study used a “common garden experiment” eggs from females representing present-day farmed salmon were

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November 17, 2022

From a tentative start a decade ago, Ocean Harvest Technology has grown into the largest global producer of animal feed ingredients made from seaweed blends.

Ocean Harvest Technology’s OceanFeed blends of brown, green, and red seaweed are in high demand across the aquaculture, bovine, equine, swine, poultry, and pet sectors all over the world, and particularly in Europe and the Americas, according to Ocean Harvest CEO Mark

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