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
October 5, 2017

An aquafeed sustainability panel at GOAL 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, moderated by Dan Lee from Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), provided heated debate as panelists looked at the challenges for the industry over the next 20 years. 

Kevin Fitzsimmons from the University of Arizona, who heads up the F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge, which announced its 2017 winner at GOAL of 4 October, explained that in order for the aquaculture industry to develop f… Read More

Published on
September 27, 2017

The global shrimp market is expected to expand at a significant compound annual growth rate over the next 10 years, with the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan, likely to dominate the market with more than a 35 percent share, according to a new report from Future Market Insights.

The report, “Shrimp Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Opportunity Assessment (2017-2027)”, estimates that the current market value is around… Read More

Published on
September 22, 2017

Antibiotic resistance in fish farms is passed on from fishmeal, claims an article in the 7 September, 2017 edition of The Economist. 

The article reports on a paper published in “Environmental Science and Technology,” which finds that the benthic sediment below fish farms harbors antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Antibiotics may be used to prevent or cure disease in fish, but a group of scientists, led by Jing Wang of Dalian U… Read More

Published on
September 13, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has strengthened the way in which independent peer reviews for MSC assessments are carried out by setting up a peer review college, from which all reviewers must be sourced. 

The college was set up as a pilot in 2016, following an independent review of the MSC’s processes, and consultation with stakeholders. It was formalized on 1 September, 2017. The aim of the new body is to strengthen the review … Read More

Published on
August 31, 2017

A new study by University of California, Santa Barbara marine scientists led by Professor Rebecca Gentry, along with researchers from the Nature Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), shows considerable potential for aquaculture to develop around the globe. 

Fish farming is now the fastest-growing food sector in the world, and is frequently cited as having the p… Read More

Published on
August 22, 2017

Global shrimp producers had a good year in 2016, according to a report by Globefish – especially on the export market. 

The total was happy news for producers, as early forecasts predicted lower totals as disease and adverse weather conditions took their toll in the first half of 2016. However, the situation recovered during the second half of the year.

Asian countries led the way in national comparisons of production of shrimp. In tot… Read More

Published on
August 10, 2017
Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Fighting increasing competition for attention amongst other proteins – especially chicken – seafood companies are seeking novel ways to promote their products. In particular, they are keen to entice members of the millennial generation to eat more seafood.

Industry body Seafood Scotland recently tackled the issue with a series of pop-up events in Glasgow and London, that paired Scottish beers with a seafood menu designed to overturn t… Read More

Published on
July 24, 2017

The United Kingdom’s fishing fleet registered its best economic performance for eight years in 2016, according to the latest report from U.K. industry body Seafish.

The Economics of the UK Fishing Fleet report, now in its eleventh year, gives a comprehensive overview of the financial and operational performance of the sector, based on face-to-face interviews with more than 700 skippers and vessel owners, as well as fleet statistics. 

I… Read More


Cliff White

Published on
July 17, 2017

Since it was first introduced in Europe in 2006, the use of electrical pulse fishing for flatfish and shrimp has raised questions from skeptics about the unknown effects on marine organisms, the potential detriment to biodiversity and the benthic ecosystem, and the way in which it alters fishing effort and catch efficiency.  

Such concern over their use means that pulse trawls are currently banned under European Union legislation. However, 8… Read More


Cliff White

Published on
July 13, 2017

A recent three-day residential course designed to give Scottish fishermen a better grasp of the structure of the industry and opportunities that are available to improve fishing as a business is being hailed as a massive success.

Twenty-five representatives for the pelagic, whitefish and shellfish sectors of the industry attended the workshop, which was organized and managed by the nonprofit Fishing into the Future. The group said “The Busi… Read More