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
April 7, 2016

Momentum is building behind a new initiative seeking to embed social development and environmental guidelines into seafood supply chains.

The movement broke into the open in September 2015 with the United Nations Development Programme/Oxfam/Sustainable Fisheries Partnership joint conference in Annapolis, Md., U.S.A.

Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the conference was the first global initiative to explore ways in which the seafood

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Published on
March 23, 2016

There is growing awareness of the omnipresence of microplastics in the world’s oceans, but surprisingly little knowledge about their potential effect on seafood.

One of the most useful properties of plastic is its durability, but this is also a major factor in plastic presenting an environmental and human health risk when it enters our oceans, particularly as small particles. The term microplastics was introduced in the last decade to

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Published on
March 16, 2016

A new report written and edited by seafood industry specialists Pascale Baelde and Marie Christine Monfort is designed to ease the decision-making process when it comes to B2C and B2B seafood labels.

The 85-page report, “Labelling seafood; What a challenge!” is the latest product from the Marketing Seafood/Sea-Matters stable, composed of workshops and reports produced by Baelde and Monfort (Baelde is a fisheries scientist and Monfort is a

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Published on
March 9, 2016

New Zealand has an enviable reputation for seafood quality, and particularly for its farmed fish and shellfish.

Aquaculture in New Zealand has grown from small beginnings some 40 years ago to a significant primary industry, sustainably producing Greenshell mussels, king salmon (Chinook), and Pacific oysters.

Mussel production is currently around 76,500 metric tons (MT), 28,000 MT worth NZD 260 million (USD 172 million), of which is exported,

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Published on
February 26, 2016

0600 on any weekday morning finds the auction bell ringing loudly at Auckland, New Zealand’s fishmarket, with manager and auctioneer Margret Hall at the helm. Owned and run by Sanford, the market has been in operation since the 1890’s on a variety of sites.

The 80 or so registered buyers, many of them representing the new Chinese and Asian communities in the capital, hunch over computer screens in the calm environment of a Dutch auction

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Published on
February 10, 2016

When seafood veteran Mike Berthet retires from his long-held position as fish and seafood director with leading UK foodservice company M&J Seafood later this month, he has no intention of hanging up his hat.

Instead, he will take on another mantle as market development manager of UK foodservice for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and the organization’s Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) standards.

“I joined the board of directors

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Published on
January 26, 2016

With the announcement by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay that he is to open a fish and chip restaurant in Las Vegas, U.S. later this year, global interest in this traditional British dish is on the rise.

However, it’s doubtful that other countries will ever celebrate fish and chips with the same fervor as the UK, which even has a National Fish & Chip Day to encourage more people to enjoy the nation’s favorite supper. 

Fish and chips

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Published on
January 19, 2016

Oyster aficionado Katy Davidson, who has spent the last few years on a campaign to raise the profile of oysters in the British food scene, recently took her efforts to a new level by setting up an Oyster Academy. She is also developing a new ostrelier qualification, which she hopes to have up and running later this year.

“I have a life-long passion for eating oysters and have worked in and around the oyster and food education industries for a

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Published on
January 12, 2016

The announcement this week by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) that more than 200 farms have achieved ASC certification in 23 countries, and 100 more are in the process, is “hugely exciting and a clear indictor of the growing importance of responsible aquaculture,” according to CEO Chris Ninnes.

The programme now has an estimated total production volume of certified and under assessment seafood, of more than one million tonnes.

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Published on
December 30, 2015

Shrimp export turnover in Vietnam is expected to reach just USD 3 billion in 2015, down by one third on the previous year.

The latest figures from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep) show that export turnover from shrimp is likely to reach just USD 3 billion by the end of 2015, which is USD 1 billion down on the previous year, representing a significant drop in revenue.

Shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta, the

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