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
October 19, 2021

IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation and the marine conservation organization Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) have announced the creation of a Global Marine Ingredients Roundtable in an effort to drive environmental and social improvement in marine ingredients.

Both organizations are inviting seafood-sector businesses interested in playing a role in motivating improvements in key global fisheries and addressing the challenge of

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Published on
October 12, 2021

Mowi Scotland is seeking a permanent interdict (injunction) against environmental campaigner Don Staniford, an environmental activist known for taking undercover videos of salmon farms and protesting the national salmon industry through organizations like Scottish Salmon Watch and the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture.

As a result of a recent foray by Staniford into one of Mowi Scotland’s facilities, the company is seeking a

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Published on
October 4, 2021

New legislation proposed in the United Kingdom would create an independent animal sentience committee, whose role will be to question the effect of government policy on animals as sentient beings.

The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill has the potential to make sweeping changes to the way in which animals are kept, handled, transported, and killed. The bill as proposed currently only applies to wild and domestic vertebrates – including fish

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Published on
September 27, 2021

A new campaign launched by Greenpeace in the United Kingdom is calling for “urgent measures to protect fishing communities and our oceans.”

The effort has been joined by several inshore fishing groups and associations, along with the New Economics Foundation, Angling Trust, and direct-to-consumer businesses Sole of Discretion and Pesky Fish.

A joint statement was signed and delivered recently to the U.K. government, declaring a

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Published on
September 23, 2021

A recent NOK 162 million (USD 18.6 million, EUR 15.9 million) funding round by Columbi Salmon has confirmed an ongoing interest by some of Norway’s biggest seafood backers in recirculating aquaculture system-based salmon farming.

Amongst others, the shares drew the interest of Broodstock Capital owner Ferd, the majority shareholder in SalMar and Insula owner Kverva Finans; and the company’s founders, the Refsnes family, which remains

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Published on
September 13, 2021

Medina del Campo, Spain-based Noray Seafood has advanced its proprietary “microbiome” technique for shrimp farming to commercial viability, and is now seeking to expand in Europe, according to Bjorn Aspheim, the company’s founder.

Founded in 2008, Noray Seafood took more than a decade and EUR 14 million (USD 16.6 million) to develop and hone its microbial, land-based saltwater system for farming whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus

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Published on
September 7, 2021

Norway-based Andfjord Salmon is advancing its plans to an aquaculture facility using a patented flow-through system, shareholders were told at the company’s quarterly meeting on 3 September …

Photo courtesy of Andfjord

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Published on
August 30, 2021

Kallsjon, Sweden-based Cold Lake AS has announced plans to produce Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility on the edge of Lake Kallsjön, and has signed a deal with Alpha Aqua to design and deliver the project.

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Published on
August 27, 2021

An independent and long-awaited review of fish-farm regulation has been initiated by the Scottish government. It aims to identify the best way to reform and streamline the current system of industry governance and establish a new single determining authority, modeled on the regulatory regime in Norway.

Russel Griggs, an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow, has been appointed to lead the first phase of the review. Griggs, who also

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Published on
August 19, 2021

Norwegian cod farmer Norcod has joined forces with fry producer Havlandet Marin Yngel in a 50-50 joint venture dubbed Havlandet Norcod AS to build a new cod fry facility at Florø, Norway.

The facility, co-financed by SpareBank and Sogn & Fjordane, represents a major investment in cod aquaculture and is licenced to produce up to 24 million cod fry per year. The first fish are expected to go into the water in autumn 2022 and represent

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