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
June 13, 2017

Tilapia farmers around the world are growing increasingly concerned about the growing number of incidences of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV), which has already been reported in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, and Thailand. 

TiLV is a newly emerging and highly contagious virus associated with significant mortalities in tilapia, which is spreading amongst both farmed and wild stocks. In Thailand for example, outbreaks have led to the mortality of… Read More

Published on
June 7, 2017

A new scientific paper by Conservation International, the University of Washington and other partners is calling on governments, businesses and the scientific community to take measurable steps to ensure seafood is sourced without harm to the environment or people that work in the seafood industry.

The paper, presented at the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York and also at the Seafood Summit in Seattle this week,  offers the first i… Read More

Published on
May 24, 2017
Mediterranean seafood

European Mediterranean countries now import almost twice as much seafood as they produce, according to a report just released by WWF.

Decades of rising demand, coupled with falling fish stocks due to increasing use of industrial techniques, poor catch monitoring, the spread of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and numerous environmental factors have all contributed to less seafood productivity from the once-abundant Mediterranean … Read More

Published on
May 22, 2017

A new report from Rabobank shows that international fishmeal supplies are stabilizing, calling into question the current growth strategies for the alternative protein market.

Rabobank’s latest report, which looks at the current state of the global market for fishmeal, finds that after three years of low supply of Peruvian anchovy, the harvest has improved this year. The study found this is due primarily to the absence of El Niño, a w… Read More

Published on
April 30, 2017
Marine Stewardship Council 20th Anniversary

The Seafood Futures Forum, hosted by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) at the 2017 Seafood Expo Global last week, proved to be a powerful forum for a discussion on how to safeguard seafood for future generations. 

Hosted by MSC CEO Rupert Howes ASC CEO Chris Ninnes, the event included a panel forum featuring Mars Petcare, Sanford, Simplot and Aqua Spark. Panelists discussed how producing and s… Read More

Published on
April 27, 2017

Salmon company Lerøy, feed producer BioMar, and specialty ingredients company TerraVia announced collaboration on Tuesday, 25 April at Seafood Expo Global that is set to enhance the sustainability and omega-3 profile of farmed salmon.

Following successful full life-cycle tests, Lerøy is about to start feeding its one-kilogram and larger salmon with a new feed formulated with AlgaPrime, a sustainable, DHA omega-3 rich whole algae ing… Read More

Published on
April 26, 2017

Shrimp producers from Eucador are out in force at the 2017 Seafood Expo Global, promoting products that have been made more commercially attractive through a trade agreement between Ecuador and the European Union that eliminated tariffs for all seafood products starting at the beginning of 2017.

Ecuador was the first South American country to commercialize shrimp; however, shrimp from Ecuador entering the E.U. previously faced a tariff of from 3.… Read More

Published on
April 25, 2017

Seeking to convert seafood into a larger driver of its economy, the country of Peru announced the launch of a new brand, Superfoods Peru, on the eve of the 2017 Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium.

Peruvian Minister of Production Bruno Giuffra Monteverde announced the launch at a special event at the Press Club of Brussels on Monday, 24 April.  The launch is part of a strategy to promote the country’s 30-plus highly valued “… Read More

Published on
April 19, 2017

Well-known seafood industry veteran Jon Harman died this week, following a short illness.

During the course of his career, Harman worked in the pelagic, whitefish, shellfish and salmon sectors, in production, processing and governance. He was a former chief executive of Seafood Scotland and Director of the U.K. Seafish Industry Authority. In this former role he introduced the concept of ‘care of the catch’ and weighing at sea to fishe… Read More

Published on
April 7, 2017

Food fraud is not a new problem; from tales of adulterated grain in Biblical times to species substitution today, unscrupulous manufacturers and traders have always sought the means to cheat the system.

According to Mike Mitchell of Fair Seas, who specialises in product integrity, sustainability and ethical trading, food fraud remains an ever-present risk, with reports appearing frequently in the media. 

“The vulnerability of the whole… Read More