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 28, 2015

“Can we make farmed shellfish as popular as farmed salmon, because that is our challenge,” asked Stephen Cameron, MD of the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) at the recent Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers conference in Oban, Argyll.

“Scottish salmon has an impressive market penetration, with fresh retail sales alone valued at GBP 765 million (USD 1.2 billion, EUR 1.1 billion) in 2014, not to mention the diverse range of ad… Read More

Published on
October 20, 2015

Seafood is important to Morrison’s supermarket, which employs more than 1,000 craft trained fishmongers in stores, along with trained fish filleters at its Grimsby production facility. In the past couple of years, the retailer has taken both primary processing and value adding back in-house, and has put a firm focus on delivering a top quality, fresh product.

“Many people don’t realize that we are the second largest fresh food manufacturer… Read More

Published on
October 7, 2015

German seafood restaurant and fast food giant Nordsee entered a new arena this month, with the introduction of a new line of delicatessen products designed specifically for sale in major retail outlets.

The products, which have been developed with German delicatessen specialists Homann, include triple breaded Alaska pollock with remoulade sauce, salmon pate with lemongrass, gravadlax topped with a mustard-dill sauce, three hot and cold smoked sa… Read More

Published on
September 30, 2015

While the Pacific halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis features on what to eat lists as a sustainable choice, and some longline fisheries for this fish even enjoy MSC status, Atlantic halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, is at the other end of the scale and is a definite no-go choice, unless it is farmed.

However, farming halibut is not an easy task, as Alastair Barge (pictured), MD of Otter Ferry Seafish in Scotland can testify; he has spent the pas… Read More

Published on
September 23, 2015

“Sustainability” has been the key word in seafood supply for the past decade, but as more and more stocks are certified as sustainable or acknowledged to be better managed, it is fast being overtaken by “ethics” as a non-negotiable market requirement.

This change comes as consumers, led by NGOs, become concerned not just about the future of fish and the oceans, but also about the human cost involved in seafood production. In short, they … Read More

Published on
September 9, 2015

Nephrops norvegicus, more commonly known as langoustine, but also confusingly called Nephrops or prawns by fishermen, and scampi, Dublin Bay prawns or Norway lobster by consumers, is one of the most important commercial stocks in Europe, and Scottish coastal waters support the world’s largest share of this crustacean.

Landings of Nephrops have increased in the United Kingdom from less than 52 metric tons (MT), with a market value of GBP 4,042 … Read More

Published on
September 2, 2015

Until a serious crash put an end to his professional motorbike racing career a few years ago, Scotsman Magnus Houston had given no thought to any other job, let alone one at sea.

While recovering from his injuries, Houston joined a friend on a creel boat and realized that pitting his wits against the natural elements might just satisfy his need for adrenaline. And so began a new life as a fisherman, on the east coast of Scotland, catching lobste… Read More

Published on
August 26, 2015

Getting up at 5:30 a.m. to visit a fish market is probably not on everyone’s list of things to do on holiday, yet once a fortnight throughout the summer, around 20 intrepid tourists sign up for a tour of the market in Brixham, U.K. (pictured, file photo courtesy Chris Talbot).

Brixham is England’s largest port, landing more than GBP 26 million (USD 40.8 million, EUR 35.74 million) worth of fish each year, and its market was made famous in th… Read More

Published on
August 19, 2015

Deck to Dinner, a new initiative launched in the United Kingdom last week, aims to repair damage done by years of ignorant information printed in the media, which have given the seafood industry a poor reputation according to Barry Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO).

Inspiration for the initiative comes in the form of data from a survey by Research Now, which reveals that despite two thirds of … Read More

Published on
August 5, 2015

When J Pieroni and Sons was awarded Scottish Fishmonger of the Year 2015 in the Scottish Independent Retail Awards, third generation owners Johnathan and Mark Pieroni and their business partner, Derek Bentley, were delighted.

“It was all down to a tremendous team effort, offering a friendly, personal touch in the shop, and making every effort to provide the sort of service that brings customers in from all over the West coast of Scotland,” s… Read More