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
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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Published on
September 22, 2017
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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

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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

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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

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