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 31, 2018

The recent death of Scottish shellfish farmer Hugo Vajk in an accident on his oyster farm on the country’s west coast has dragged the dangerous nature of the business sharply into focus. It also highlighted the fact that, despite being one of the most hazardous industries in the world, the risks posed by fish and shellfish farming are poorly understood and mostly neglected.

A new study led by Professor Andrew Watterson of the University of … Read More

Published on
January 11, 2018

A technical paper just released by FAO explores ways in which countries involved in seafood supply chains can contribute to maximizing the effectiveness of catch documentation schemes (CDS).

The report details how countries can use their status as coastal, flag, port, processing, or end-market states to promote and support sustainable fisheries management.

Written by Gilles Hosch and Francisco Blaha, “Seafood traceability for fisheries comp… Read More

Published on
December 14, 2017

UK seafood industry launches ambitious 2040 vision

The English seafood supply chain has just launched a strategy framework, setting out a vision for the development of a thriving and sustainable seafood industry over the next few decades.

Seafood 2040 (SF2040) is the first document that encompasses all seafood sectors in a road map. It sets out the current state of the industry and the scope of ambition, together with a gap analysis and 25 recomm… Read More

Published on
December 7, 2017

A new online interactive tool launched Wednesday, 6 December will help fishermen from the European Union meet the requirements of the E.U.’s landing obligation, which was introduced under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. 

The landing obligation is gradually being phased in across regulated commercial species, and by 2019 will require all catches onboard to be landed and counted against quota. It is seen as a vital measure in … Read More

Published on
November 30, 2017

iFarm, a new salmon farming concept developed by BioSort in conjunction with fish farming company Cermaq, is one step closer to becoming a reality. 

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has declared iFarm to be within the scope of its development license system, under which Cermaq has submitted applications for 10 licenses to implement the new technology, and take it from research phase to a viable system.

According to Harald Takle, techno… Read More

Published on
November 20, 2017

Fishing, aquaculture, and fish processing have become big business in Ecuador, and seafood is currently the country’s fourth-largest export, generating an estimated USD 896 million (EUR 762.1 million) per year. This figure is expected to grow as Ecuador continues to develop its shrimp and tilapia aquaculture sectors.

Large pelagic species are the mainstay of the fishing industry, particularly the common dolphinfish, escolar, marlin, sailfis… Read More

Published on
November 9, 2017

Netherlands-based investment fund Aqua-Spark is feeding the growth of the sustainable aquaculture movement with an increasingly large and diverse portfolio of investments in the sector.

The fund was launched in December 2013 with the goal of investing in small- to medium- sized enterprises that produce fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants “in ways that create positive social and environmental impact.” 

Aqua-Spark founders Mike Vel… Read More

Published on
October 25, 2017

Following the release of the WWF report “Seafood and the Mediterranean 2017” earlier this year, which found that a very large proportion of assessed fish stocks are threatened by overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea, a new body of work undertaken by WWF  in association with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), provides a more focused perspective.

Reviving the Economy of the Mediterranean Sea: Actions for a sustainable futureRead More

Published on
October 11, 2017

Aquaculture can be a risky business, in part due to the natural volatility of the sector and the potential for losses due to disease, said Rabobank’s Gorjan Nikolik during a panel discussion at the 2017 Global Aquaculture Alliance's GOAL Conference last week in Dublin, Ireland.

“And there have been a few high-profile bankruptcies in the past,” Nikolik said. “However, we should not rely too much on historical events, as tec… Read More

Published on
October 5, 2017

Chinese feed giant Guangdong Evergreen Feed Industry Co. has won the F3 fish-free challenge for their tilapia feed, picking up a prize of USD 200,100 (EUR 169,981) on 4 October at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2017 conference held in Dublin, Ireland. 

F3, set up in 2015 by HeroX, challenged feed producers to come up with alternative sources of primary protein for use in aquaculture, and to sell at least 100,000 metric tons of … Read More