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
May 23, 2016

A campaign is underway in the United Kingdom to educate chefs about the benefits of using coldwater prawns, instead of the tropical versions that have become ubiquitous on menus. There are signs that the three-year-old project is starting to score points.

British consumers love prawns; they are the fourth most-consumed species of seafood eaten in the United Kingdom. However, the domestic market lacks knowledge about the product, especially the d… Read More

Published on
May 13, 2016

At the start of this decade, Alan Lovewell, living at the time in Monterey, California, set up one of the first community supported fisheries (CSF) in the United States. His vision was to reconnect people to seafood in a way that had not happened before: through a membership-based subscription scheme.

Now Lovewell runs Local Catch, a network of community supported fisheries and small-scale harvesters in the U.S., is helping to change consumers  Read More

Published on
April 25, 2016

Asia is the undisputed leader in shrimp aquaculture and wild shrimp capture, and its important role in terms of market domination and efforts towards sustainability were outlined in a recent report by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

The report, “Asian shrimp trade and sustainability,” by Nicole Portley, SFP’s shrimp and salmon species coordinator, found that Asia accounts for around 85 percent of the world’s shrimp aquacultu… Read More

Published on
April 14, 2016

7_Aqua_1.pngThe offshore sector is currently a small fraction of overall global aquaculture, but it will play an increasingly important role in meeting the anticipated demand for seafood as the world population grows past eight billion people by 2030.

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That was the conclusion of the sixth Offshore Mariculture Conference, which took p

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Published on
April 7, 2016

Momentum is building behind a new initiative seeking to embed social development and environmental guidelines into seafood supply chains.

The movement broke into the open in September 2015 with the United Nations Development Programme/Oxfam/Sustainable Fisheries Partnership joint conference in Annapolis, Md., U.S.A.

Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the conference was the first global initiative to explore ways in which the seafood indus… Read More

Published on
March 23, 2016

There is growing awareness of the omnipresence of microplastics in the world’s oceans, but surprisingly little knowledge about their potential effect on seafood.

One of the most useful properties of plastic is its durability, but this is also a major factor in plastic presenting an environmental and human health risk when it enters our oceans, particularly as small particles. The term microplastics was introduced in the last decade to describe… Read More

Published on
March 16, 2016

A new report written and edited by seafood industry specialists Pascale Baelde and Marie Christine Monfort is designed to ease the decision-making process when it comes to B2C and B2B seafood labels.

The 85-page report, “Labelling seafood; What a challenge!” is the latest product from the Marketing Seafood/Sea-Matters stable, composed of workshops and reports produced by Baelde and Monfort (Baelde is a fisheries scientist and Monfort is a ma… Read More

Published on
March 9, 2016

New Zealand has an enviable reputation for seafood quality, and particularly for its farmed fish and shellfish.

Aquaculture in New Zealand has grown from small beginnings some 40 years ago to a significant primary industry, sustainably producing Greenshell mussels, king salmon (Chinook), and Pacific oysters.

Mussel production is currently around 76,500 metric tons (MT), 28,000 MT worth NZD 260 million (USD 172 million), of which is exported, ma… Read More

Published on
February 26, 2016

0600 on any weekday morning finds the auction bell ringing loudly at Auckland, New Zealand’s fishmarket, with manager and auctioneer Margret Hall at the helm. Owned and run by Sanford, the market has been in operation since the 1890’s on a variety of sites.

The 80 or so registered buyers, many of them representing the new Chinese and Asian communities in the capital, hunch over computer screens in the calm environment of a Dutch auction room… Read More

Published on
February 10, 2016

When seafood veteran Mike Berthet retires from his long-held position as fish and seafood director with leading UK foodservice company M&J Seafood later this month, he has no intention of hanging up his hat.

Instead, he will take on another mantle as market development manager of UK foodservice for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and the organization’s Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) standards.

“I joined the board of directors of… Read More