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
November 8, 2019

The United Nations’ Climate Action Summit in New York, which kicked off Climate Week at the end of September, may be long over, but the activities that took place around the world – and the strong messaging about the need to find solutions to save the planet from global warming – reached an unprecedented number of people this year.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a post-summit special report which

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Published on
October 24, 2019

Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier Raw Seafoods is hoping to rebuild consumer trust in the seafood market through use of blockchain technology and QR codes, starting with its fresh and frozen scallop products.

Consumer confidence in seafood in the U.S. is low, which may be leading Americans to eat less seafood. Average annual per capita U.S. consumption is just 16 to 17 pounds and between 80 and 90 percent of

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Published on
October 16, 2019

NGOs and retailers are seeking to distance themselves this week from a new report prepared by the Dutch-based Changing Markets Foundation, which claims to have found links between them and unsustainable fishing operations in Africa and Asian countries that supply feed ingredients for aquaculture.

Changing Markets undertook a comprehensive mapping exercise of fishmeal and fish oil supply chains from sea to plate, which is set out in the report

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October 15, 2019

The end of September and beginning of October are traditional times for national seafood celebrations in the northern hemisphere, and this year is no exception.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have just finished celebrating their Think Fish Week (23 to 29 September, 2019) awareness campaigns in the Netherlands and Belgium. This popular event, which helps to raise public awareness about the

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Published on
October 2, 2019

Doctor Craig Rose, also known as Doctor Seaweed, has started a social media conversation he calls #notweirdbutwonderful that he hopes will open up the fascinating world of seaweed to the general public.

“Seaweed is an incredibly healthy, sustainable and tasty food ingredient, and my vision is to see everyone enjoying and benefitting from it. There’s nothing weird about seaweed – it’s wonderful!” Rose told

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Published on
September 30, 2019

Since its inception in the 1970s, the global salmon farming industry has struggled to manage the severe economic, animal welfare, and ecological impacts of sea lice infestation, which are preventing salmon farming from reaching its true potential. The economic impact has been estimated at between USD 400 to USD 600 million (EUR 366 million to EUR 549 million) per year. 

Sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis and members of

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Published on
September 13, 2019

Women from Spain, India, and Peru have won the top three prizes in the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry’s (WSI) annual short film competition, run for the third time this year.

The competition brief asked women to document their observations and experiences in the industry, and offered a cash prize of EUR 1,000 (USD 1,108) for the winner and EUR 500 (USD 554) for two runners up. 

“We hoped to reach

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Published on
September 9, 2019

In the year since agri-biotech company Arbiom announced that samples of its innovative wood-to-food protein ingredient SylPro were available for trials, the product has been undergoing intensive assessments with hybrid striped bass at Texas A&M University and Atlantic salmon and tilapia at Matis in Iceland. 

Arbiom has its foundations in bioconversion processing technology, specifically in woody biomass as an undervalued carbon

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August 19, 2019

An Australian filmmaker is hoping that his debut feature film entitled, “Buoyancy,” will help to raise greater awareness of human trafficking and slavery on Thai fishing vessels.

Rodd Rathjen’s award-winning film highlights the plight of thousands of migrant Cambodian workers trapped in modern slavery in the Thai seafood industry. Shot in Cambodia in the Khmer and Thai languages, the film centers on the plight of an

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Published on
August 6, 2019

The United Kingdom’s top fish-and-chip shops are now easier to locate, following publication of the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) latest “Official Guide to the U.K.’s Quality Fish and Chip Shops.

The guide, which its authors say is the industry equivalent of the esteemed culinary handbook known as the Michelin Guide, was started four years ago to publicize shops that achieve the NFFF’s Quality

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