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
September 16, 2016

Salmon will soon replace shrimp as the largest single global seafood commodity in terms of value. That stunning fact will have sizeable repercussions in the global seafood industry.

Perhaps no sector will have as big of a challenge on their hands as fish feed manufacturers, who are being asked to supply high-quality feed to salmon farms around the world while at the same time reducing the industry’s fish-in, fish-out ratio. One of the

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Published on
August 23, 2016

Anne McColl, new CEO of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, set out her vision for the industry during an interview with Seafood Source, and explained why this fish has become a world-renowned icon.

SeafoodSource: Scottish salmon has an enviable reputation all over the world as a high quality product. What do you attribute this to?

McColl: Scottish salmon sits alongside Scotch whisky as an iconic product, particularly in the

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Published on
July 29, 2016

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) drew industry, regulators and economists together at the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland this month to examine how the fishing industry is adapting, innovating and starting to overcome the significant challenges posed by the European Union discard ban.

Erik Lindebo, an economist and a senior consultant to EDF, chaired the panel, leading a

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July 19, 2016

A recent workshop hosted by Seafish, the United Kingdom’s industry authority on seafood, introduced the concept of a social license to operate in the seafood industry; what it means, why individuals and organizations should embrace it, and how it can help to boost sales.

A social license to operate (SLO) grew out of, and has become an extension of, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement, which is actively embraced by many, if not

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June 28, 2016

The global tuna industry is worth more than USD 40 billion (EUR 35.1 billion), of which pole-and-line and hand-line fishing are playing an increasingly important part. Emily Howgate, International Coordinating Director with the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) explained its significance in an interview with SeafoodSource.

SeafoodSource: How important are pole-and-line fisheries for global tuna trade?

Howgate: Pole-and-line and

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June 10, 2016

Seafood-lover Alan Gibb, resort executive chef at Gleneagles, Scotland’s top hotel, finds that seafood sales are increasing in his restaurants, with fish and shellfish now making up more than 65 percent of all starters. He spoke to SeafoodSource about his mission to get even more people enjoying it.

SeafoodSource: What is the biggest influence when choosing seafood for Gleneagles’ famous restaurants?

Gibb: Freshness of product is really

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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

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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

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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

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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.

[Interested in offshore aquaculture innovation? Check out the 7 cutting-edge offshore aquaculture innovations and designs]

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

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