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
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. 

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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

Published on
July 6, 2017

Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), launched a Business of Seafood Report at its National Seafood Conference on 29 June, setting out the developments, issues, and challenges in the country’s EUR 1.1 billion (USD 1.26 billion) seafood sector. More than 200 delegates from the aquaculture, fishing and processing sectors attended the event, which was officially opened by Ireland’s Minister for Agricultur… Read More

Published on
June 29, 2017

A new free resource launched by U.K. seafood authority Seafish, is set to help seafood companies around the world address social responsibility challenges in their supply chains.

Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing (TESS) is a comprehensive online signposting tool that directs users to a host of other resources that can be used to help understand, manage, and mitigate social risks in seafood supply chains. All the information is publicly available… Read More

Published on
June 26, 2017

U.S. agricultural giant Cargill is taking advantage of its heft to pursue multiple avenues of growth for its aquafeed division, with a focus on the sector's increasing focus on sustainability.

The privately owned company, which is based in Minnesota but has operations worldwide, became a world leader in aquaculture feed and nutrition following the purchase of salmon feed specialist EWOS in 2015. In 2016, Cargill Aqua Nutrition (CQN) pro… Read More

Published on
June 13, 2017

Tilapia farmers around the world are growing increasingly concerned about the growing number of incidences of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV), which has already been reported in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, and Thailand. 

TiLV is a newly emerging and highly contagious virus associated with significant mortalities in tilapia, which is spreading amongst both farmed and wild stocks. In Thailand for example, outbreaks have led to the mortality of… Read More

Published on
June 7, 2017

A new scientific paper by Conservation International, the University of Washington and other partners is calling on governments, businesses and the scientific community to take measurable steps to ensure seafood is sourced without harm to the environment or people that work in the seafood industry.

The paper, presented at the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York and also at the Seafood Summit in Seattle this week,  offers the first i… Read More

Published on
May 24, 2017
Mediterranean seafood

European Mediterranean countries now import almost twice as much seafood as they produce, according to a report just released by WWF.

Decades of rising demand, coupled with falling fish stocks due to increasing use of industrial techniques, poor catch monitoring, the spread of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and numerous environmental factors have all contributed to less seafood productivity from the once-abundant Mediterranean … Read More

Published on
May 22, 2017

A new report from Rabobank shows that international fishmeal supplies are stabilizing, calling into question the current growth strategies for the alternative protein market.

Rabobank’s latest report, which looks at the current state of the global market for fishmeal, finds that after three years of low supply of Peruvian anchovy, the harvest has improved this year. The study found this is due primarily to the absence of El Niño, a w… Read More