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
February 24, 2010

Given a choice of warmwater or coldwater prawn species, I prefer to plump for the latter, especially if they are large, juicy langoustines (Nephrops norvegicus) or jumbo-sized Pandalus borealis. King prawns (Penaeus vannamei) and black tiger prawns (P. monodon) just don’t cut it for me on the taste front.

Yet the popularity of these warmwater species is continuing unabated in the United Kingdom, taking over other species in both the retail and f… Read More

Published on
February 10, 2010

In the company of 14 of the United Kingdom’s top food writers at a sustainable seafood seminar recently, I was dismayed by their poor understanding of the seafood industry. These are highly influential people who help form public opinion, yet their knowledge was lacking on all fronts.

Only two in the group had ever dressed a crab, and few had ever handled whole fish. There were looks of mild panic from some as they realized they had to prepare m… Read More

Published on
February 8, 2010

The Canadian government last week announced the launch of 11 research networks focused on areas of social and economic importance, including the Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN).

CIMTAN, part of the University of New Brunswick, will aid in the development of responsible aquaculture. The network, along with the 11 others, received a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) of b… Read More

Published on
January 25, 2010

Eel was in the news in the United Kingdom last week, as research published by the Zoological Society of London suggested that stock levels in the River Thames, which runs through the capital, have declined by 97 percent in the past five years.

Traps placed in tributaries captured just 50 eels, compared to 1,500 taken during an annual monitoring project in 2005. The results have dismayed conservationists, as the river has been dramatically cleaned … Read More

Published on
December 16, 2009

The Dutch Producers’ Organization Mussel Culture on Tuesday announced it is seeking Marine Stewardship Council certification for its bottom seed fishery and culture, and also for seed grown in suspended culture.

The Dutch blue mussel fishery is located in the Waddenzee and Zeeland deltas and is comprised of 65 fishing vessels and 220 hectares of suspended mussel seed collection.

The fishery’s collection system uses mussel seed from wild musse… Read More

Published on
December 14, 2009

Fishes, the Dutch sustainable seafood restaurant and retail chain, recently sold its wholesale business and brand to Mayonna BV, part of the Kennemervisgroup.

Launched seven years ago by Bart van Olphen, Fishes has grown, adding restaurants as well as a wholesale arm. However, the diverse interests of the company had become too complex for the small organization to handle, according to Fishes partner Jesse Keus.

"We did not have the infrastructur

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Published on
November 25, 2009

Guus Pastoor is president of AIPCE-CEP (the European Fish Traders and Processors Association) and chairman of the Dutch Federation of Fish Processors and Wholesalers. SeafoodSource recently talked to Pastoor about everything from international trade politics to the current economic climate to sustainability and eco-labeling.

Holmyard: How does AIPCE-CEP represent its members?
The European association has members in the Netherlands, Finlan
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Published on
November 11, 2009

Charles Clover’s most recent venture is consistent with the type of controversy for which the author and director of “The End of the Line” is well known., which rates restaurants on the sustainability of the seafood they serve, launched a month ago, exposing well-known establishments for having unsustainable practices. The tabloids, always eager for a sensationalized news story, quickly picked up on it.

In most cases, chefs’ s… Read More

Published on
October 9, 2009

The Findus Group recently announced the appointment of Mark Escolme as group managing director for its United Kingdom frozen businesses Young’s Seafood and Findus U.K.  Escolme is a consumer goods industry manager with 20 years’ experience working for major brands in the U.K. and overseas.

SeafoodSource spoke with Escolme as Young’s announced what it calls the “fast food breakthrough of the decade,”  the microwaveable Alaska pollock … Read More

Published on
September 28, 2009

The International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) is always on the defensive, correcting misinformation on the fish-in-fish-out (FIFO) ratio for farmed salmon.

Earlier this month, the IFFO refuted comments by Stanford University professor Rosamond Naylor, lead author of the report "Feeding aquaculture in an era of finite resources," which was funded by the Packard Foundation. In the report, she said, "It can take up to 5 pounds of wild f

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