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 24, 2022

As the Norwegian salmon-farming community increasingly turns towards land-based aquaculture using flowthrough, recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), or hybrid systems, the emphasis is on volume production, to achieve the economies of scale necessary to make operations profitable. Andfjord Salmon, for example, is building out a farm in Kvalnes, Andøya, Norway with the potential to produce 90,000 metric tons (MT) of head-on, gutted

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Published on
January 14, 2022

“Changing the way that people in the U.K. buy seafood,” is the bold ambition from acclaimed restaurateur, chef, and author Mitch Tonks.

Tonks, CEO of the Rockfish Group, which operates a chain of seafood restaurants and fish shops in the south of England, kicked off 2022 with the launch of “Rockfish Seafood at Home.” The venture, which will be a “fishmonger for the 21st century,” is the result of a COVID-19

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Published on
December 28, 2021

SalmoTerra is the latest company to announce plans for a land-based salmon farming facility in Norway.

Phase one construction of the company’s first fish farm will start in early 2022, at Øygarden, near Bergen ... 

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Published on
December 23, 2021

Plans for the U.K.’s largest shrimp farm were released earlier this month by start-up company Land Ocean Farm.

Land Ocean Farm aims to grow whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) in a biosecure, land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), eventually producing 1,000 metric tons (MT) of shrimp per year. The company is actively fundraising to finance the first stage and hopes to start construction in early 2022 at a site in Cheltenham,

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Published on
December 17, 2021

Threetimes and Lighthouse Finance have invested in Open Ocean Andalusia, a new project to install an offshore aquaculture platform to grow seriola (Seriola dumerili) more than six miles off the southeast coast of Spain ... 

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Published on
December 16, 2021

Unchecked global warming could reduce global aquaculture production by as much as 16 percent by 2090, a new study from the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries shows.

Marine aquaculture, or mariculture, could double its output by 2050, from a current 30 million metric tons (MT) per year live-weight to 74 million MT, but UBC’s researchers modeled that estimate against climate change scenarios and found

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Published on
December 9, 2021

A new report has found the European seaweed industry experienced exponential growth in the number and value of investments over the past decade ... 

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Published on
December 7, 2021

The current high price of electricity has improved Norwegian land-based aquaculture company Andfjord Salmon’s competitive position compared to other land-based facilities, the company said in its Q3 2021 results.

Andfjord Salmon CEO Martin Rasmussen said the company’s flow-through aquaculture system with laminar waterflow technology and its use of land-based pools …

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Published on
December 2, 2021

Fisheries management using maximum sustainable yields (MSY) is key to maintaining healthy stocks, according to Brett Glencross, the technical director of IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organization.

The global fishmeal and fish oil industry has become increasingly sustainable as many of the world’s developed nations have put MSY limits in place, and as an increasing number of seafood companies make the use of sustainably certified

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Published on
November 25, 2021

A bill introduced in the United Kingdom in May 2021, and passed into law in November, formally recognizes animals – including marine invertebrates – as sentient beings.

The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill underpins the U.K. government’s action plan for animal welfare, with the goal of improving the treatment of animals in the U.K. and introducing measures to protect the welfare of animals abroad. The bill creates an animal

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