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
May 14, 2021

The latest report on the caviar market from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) shows that in 2018, global aquaculture production of sturgeon was around 115,000 metric tons (MT), and production of caviar was 380 MT.

China accounted for 84 percent of global sturgeon production with 97,000 MT, followed by Armenia at 3 percent, or 3,900 MT; and Russia at 3 percent, or3,800 MT. Much of China’s

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May 6, 2021

The row between the United Kingdom and France over post-Brexit fishing rights continues to escalate.

On Thursday, 6 May, dozens of French fishing boats set off for Saint Helier, the main port of Jersey, a British Crown dependency, threatening to mount a blockade. In response, the U.K. sent two Royal Navy gunboats to keep watch. Fishing crews set off flares, sounded their horns and displayed banners. The two sides currently remain in a

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Published on
April 30, 2021

A recent benchmarking study by WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, found that seafood supply companies underperform significantly when it comes to gender equality compared to public-facing companies in retail, foodservice, and hospitality.  

The organization has long suspected that there is disparity within the supply chain in the way that seafood companies relate to and act upon gender issues, WSI

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Published on
April 29, 2021

A new land-based flowthrough is being planned in Bulandet, an archipelago off the west coast of Norway ... 

Photo courtesy of Bulandet

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April 22, 2021

Avramar – formed in 2020 through the merger of Andromeda Group, Nireus, Selonda, and fish feed producer Perseus – has engaged G4S to provide a bespoke security package.

The vertical integration of the company’s operations in Greece and Spain, farming sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), sea bream (Sparus aurata), corvina (Argyrosomus regius), and pagrus (Pagrus major), created what is now the largest aquaculture company

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April 20, 2021

The Netherlands has lost a fight to overturn a European Union-wide ban on use of the trawls that implement electric impulse current, a practice known as electric-pulse fishing.  

The technique uses electrodes that emit pulses of electricity to stun fish, which then float into beam trawl nets. Pulse fishing was originally banned by the E.U. more than 20 years ago, in 1998, but the Dutch government argued that research and innovation to

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April 15, 2021

Nordic Halibut has announced it will renew its plan to seek listing on the Euronext Growth market (formerly the Oslo Børs) market to help it enter “a new era in halibut farming.”

Averøy, Møre og Romsdal, Norway-based Nordic Halibut was founded in 1995, but has suffered biological and operational challenges, racking up losses of around NOK 200 million (USD 23.9 million, EUR 20 million) between 1998 and 2018,

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April 8, 2021

Måløy, Norway-based Maiken Foods is the latest company to propose a land-based salmon farm in Europe.

The company’s founder and chairman, Arve Gravdal, has announced his intention to construct the farm using a unique system of individual production units (IPU) in the resort town of Figueira da Foz, Portugal. If successful, the project will be the first land-based salmon farm ever built in the Western European country.

Gravdal,

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April 5, 2021

The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC), a stakeholder representative organization created to provide official advice to the European Commission, European Parliament, member-states, and various committees, has issued a report stating that aquaculture can play an important role in the implementation of the European Green Deal.

The report was issued as the AAC works through the process of developing advice on consumer information, seaweed

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March 25, 2021

Leading an industry he firmly believes in to an economically and environmentally stable future is a task that Tavish Scott, the new CEO of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), is relishing.

A former longtime member of the Scottish Parliament and leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scott left his position as head of external affairs at Scottish Rugby last year to tackle the salmon industry’s challenges head-on,

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