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
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

Published on
January 26, 2016

With the announcement by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay that he is to open a fish and chip restaurant in Las Vegas, U.S. later this year, global interest in this traditional British dish is on the rise.

However, it’s doubtful that other countries will ever celebrate fish and chips with the same fervor as the UK, which even has a National Fish & Chip Day to encourage more people to enjoy the nation’s favorite supper. 

Fish and chips i… Read More

Published on
January 19, 2016

Oyster aficionado Katy Davidson, who has spent the last few years on a campaign to raise the profile of oysters in the British food scene, recently took her efforts to a new level by setting up an Oyster Academy. She is also developing a new ostrelier qualification, which she hopes to have up and running later this year.

“I have a life-long passion for eating oysters and have worked in and around the oyster and food education industries for a … Read More

Published on
January 12, 2016

The announcement this week by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) that more than 200 farms have achieved ASC certification in 23 countries, and 100 more are in the process, is “hugely exciting and a clear indictor of the growing importance of responsible aquaculture,” according to CEO Chris Ninnes.

The programme now has an estimated total production volume of certified and under assessment seafood, of more than one million tonnes.

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Published on
December 30, 2015

Shrimp export turnover in Vietnam is expected to reach just USD 3 billion in 2015, down by one third on the previous year.

The latest figures from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep) show that export turnover from shrimp is likely to reach just USD 3 billion by the end of 2015, which is USD 1 billion down on the previous year, representing a significant drop in revenue.

Shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta, the main… Read More

Published on
December 23, 2015

The introduction of the EU landing obligation is a ‘game changer’ and arguably the most significant change to the fishing industry since the introduction of quotas in 1983, according to a new report prepared for Seafish by Tegen Mor Fisheries Consultants.

The landing obligation, also known as the discard ban, comes into force on 1 January 2016 for EU fishermen targeting demersal species, and is the second phase of a wider discard ban, which… Read More

Published on
December 16, 2015

A New Brunswick sturgeon farmer is bringing his home-grown caviar to a new audience through a social media campaign and tie-ins with top chefs, with excellent results.

Romanian born Cornel Ceapa, who has a PhD in sturgeon biology, his wife Dorina and son Michael, set up Acadian Sturgeon in 2005, shortly after immigrating to Canada. Ceapa’s dream had always been to have his own sturgeon farm and he set about realising this in a land based syste… Read More

Published on
December 2, 2015

Annual landings of king scallops (Pecten maximus) and queen scallops (Aequipecten opercularis) are up to 35,000 MT per year, with king scallops dominating both production and demand. Imports of a variety of scallop species amount to more than 130,000 MT, and minor volumes are also processed and exported.

In 2013, scallops were ranked as the fourth largest seafood import into France, behind shrimp, tuna and salmon. The top five seafood exporters … Read More

Published on
November 25, 2015

In the developed world, salmon is now available on every fishmonger’s counter, in every retailer, and on every menu. It has grown from an expensive treat to an everyday commodity, and world production is touching 100 million metric tons.

With commodity status comes commodity prices, and intense competition to develop long-term, supply relationships, thereby avoiding a boom and bust cycle. However, large-scale buyers are known for being caprici… Read More

Published on
November 18, 2015

“Foodservice performance is five years behind pre-recession levels despite being in a strong position compared to the rest of Europe,” was the message from data monitoring and analysis specialists The NPD Group, presenting at a recent market data event organized by British seafood authority Seafish.

“The aim was to look at what key consumer trends mean for the foodservice sector and how small changes can make a major difference,” said Se… Read More