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
March 21, 2018

The organizers of the global Offshore Mariculture Conferences have announced that the brand is to evolve this year, to reflect a change in direction for the aquaculture industry. As a result, its biannual European conference has been renamed High-Energy Mariculture Europe.

For the past 15 years, Mercator Media has alternated the conferences between Asia and Europe and has seen interest and attendance grow in line with the increasing global focus … Read More

Published on
March 6, 2018

Danish seafood equipment suppliers are hoping to play a strategic part in Scotland’s plan to double the economic value and production of its aquaculture sector by 2030, according to Martin Winkel, head of the Danish Fish Tech Group. 

With close to 100 members, Winkel’s organization is the largest Danish export network of suppliers to the global fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing industries.

The ambituous ”Aquacult… Read More

Published on
March 5, 2018

French consumers benefitted from a dedicated Sustainable Fish Week (“La Semaine de la Pêche Responsible”) at the end of February, organized by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The aim was to highlight how choosing ASC and MSC certified seafood gives people a quick and simple way to buy products that help to protect our oceans and environment and supports the live… Read More

Published on
February 23, 2018

A new course run by Billingsgate Seafood School in London is aiming to eliminate the stigma of farmed seafood.

The course, “Is farmed fish our future?,” was designed to help seafood buyers and sellers, foodservice managers, chefs, fishmongers and the media to understand the reality behind fish farming; why it is needed, what it involves, what is being done to make it sustainable, and how to answer consumer queries.

The short program o… Read More

Published on
February 13, 2018

The Moroccan government recently announced ambitious plans to strengthen its aquaculture industry, aiming to take full advantage of the country’s 3,400 kilometers of marine coastline, which fronts both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. 

A national fisheries plan, Halieutis, which has been in place since 2009, contains provisions for significant growth and development in aquaculture, alongside sustainable fisheries. However,… Read More

Published on
January 31, 2018

The recent death of Scottish shellfish farmer Hugo Vajk in an accident on his oyster farm on the country’s west coast has dragged the dangerous nature of the business sharply into focus. It also highlighted the fact that, despite being one of the most hazardous industries in the world, the risks posed by fish and shellfish farming are poorly understood and mostly neglected.

A new study led by Professor Andrew Watterson of the University of … Read More

Published on
January 11, 2018

A technical paper just released by FAO explores ways in which countries involved in seafood supply chains can contribute to maximizing the effectiveness of catch documentation schemes (CDS).

The report details how countries can use their status as coastal, flag, port, processing, or end-market states to promote and support sustainable fisheries management.

Written by Gilles Hosch and Francisco Blaha, “Seafood traceability for fisheries comp… Read More

Published on
December 14, 2017

UK seafood industry launches ambitious 2040 vision

The English seafood supply chain has just launched a strategy framework, setting out a vision for the development of a thriving and sustainable seafood industry over the next few decades.

Seafood 2040 (SF2040) is the first document that encompasses all seafood sectors in a road map. It sets out the current state of the industry and the scope of ambition, together with a gap analysis and 25 recomm… Read More

Published on
December 7, 2017

A new online interactive tool launched Wednesday, 6 December will help fishermen from the European Union meet the requirements of the E.U.’s landing obligation, which was introduced under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. 

The landing obligation is gradually being phased in across regulated commercial species, and by 2019 will require all catches onboard to be landed and counted against quota. It is seen as a vital measure in … Read More

Published on
November 30, 2017

iFarm, a new salmon farming concept developed by BioSort in conjunction with fish farming company Cermaq, is one step closer to becoming a reality. 

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has declared iFarm to be within the scope of its development license system, under which Cermaq has submitted applications for 10 licenses to implement the new technology, and take it from research phase to a viable system.

According to Harald Takle, techno… Read More