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 12, 2018

Niceland, a new brand of seafood from Iceland, will hit the shelves of several major retailers in the U.S.A. next week. Flown in directly from Reykjavik, Niceland Seafood’s initial offering will be fresh wild-caught, Marine Stewardship Council-certified haddock, cod, redfish, wolfish, and plaice, plus farmed Arctic char. 

The initiative is the brainchild of tech mogul and branding expert Oliver Luckett, the former head of innovation

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Published on
May 31, 2018

A new study, led by the University of Stirling in Scotland, has led to a major discovery about the way in which omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are produced in the ocean. 

According to lead scientist Oscar Monroig from the university’s Institute of Aquaculture, the breakthrough challenges the generally held principle that marine microbes, such as microalgae and bacteria, are responsible for virtually all primary

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Published on
May 18, 2018

Brits are eating more seafood in restaurants but buying it less in supermarkets, according to a new study by Seafish, the United Kingdom’s seafood authority.

Seafish CEO Marcus Coleman said at a recent conference in London organized by the Shellfish Association of Great Britain that he was optimistic about seafood’s future in the country, despite challenges facing the market.

“Seafood is the way forward, and these are exciting

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May 8, 2018

Results of a new poll commissioned by the Make Stewardship Count coalition, released at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, on 25 April, have given the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) cause for concern.

The MSC is already the subject of increasing scrutiny by marine conservation, species, and industry experts who are concerned about the credibility of seafood certifications in the marketplace, but this study shows that consumers are now

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May 7, 2018

Clean Seas, Australia’s largest commercial producer of farmed yellowtail kingfish, is doubling its European marketing efforts with its recently rebranded Spencer Gulf Hiramasa Kingfish, and introducing a new ‘Sensory Fresh’ frozen product range to complement its traditional fresh offering. 

Clean Seas Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Head, who was hired more than two years ago to turn the company around

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Published on
April 25, 2018

Fifty leading stakeholders in the global tilapia industry were hosted at a conference in Egypt last month, by feed giant Skretting. The event was convened to discuss ways to stimulate increased production and productivity, and included visits to a Skretting fish feed plant as well as Worldfish Nutritional Research Unit in Cairo.

The global tilapia industry has expanded rapidly in the past few decades, changing from a small-scale rural

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April 25, 2018

A high-level Thai delegation to Seafood Expo Global reinforced the country’s commitment to become IUU free in the near future.

Thailand received a yellow card warning from the European Commission in 2015, after the commission said the Southeast Asian nation had not taken sufficient measures to tackle its problems with illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

“We have one of the most advanced reformed fisheries laws in the

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Published on
April 18, 2018

Kingfish Zeeland, a new high-tech, land-based seawater recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in The Netherlands, officially opened its doors on 6 April, 2018. 

The new facility is dedicated to the production of Dutch yellowtail (Seriola lalandi), also known as kingfish and hiramasa, and is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands. 

To create a sense of drama for the 250 guests, a drone was deployed to remove a large key from the

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Published on
April 2, 2018

Thailand has long been the subject of scrutiny and controversy due to poor working conditions and practices sometimes found in its fishing and wider seafood industry, but matters are slowly improving. 

Three years ago, the government was spurred into action to start making changes after being handed a yellow card by the European Union. Since then, Thailand has made improvements to its labor laws, increased the accountability of employers,

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Published on
March 27, 2018

With the goal of preserving and increasing the value generated by the world’s oceans, corporate, environmental, non-profit and other participants in the Economist World Ocean Summit, held in Mexico from 7 to 9 March, created a new set of voluntary guidelines for institutional investors to create a path toward greater aquatic sustainability.

The annual economic value generated by the world’s oceans is estimated to be at least USD 2.5

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