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.

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June 18, 2021

Andfjord Salmon plans to increase production volume by around 50 percent at its land-based farm in Kvalnes, located on the Norwegian island of Andøya …

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June 17, 2021

Six years after setting up Gaia Salmon, founders Bjarne Bjørkan, Geir Skarstad, and Morten Bjørkan are looking forward to breaking ground on their first land-based farm in early 2022.

Bjørkan, Gaia Salmon’s CEO, said the company has a vision of becoming a leading player in the production of sustainable salmon through the use of recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology.

“It’s a long process,

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June 9, 2021

Fredrikstad, Norway-based start-up Pronofa is hoping to become its home country’s largest producer of sustainable proteins for use in aquafeed ... 

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May 27, 2021

Oceanium, the Oban, Scotland-based biotech start-up focused on the development of innovative biodegradable materials and products derived from sustainably-sourced kelp, closed a GBP 2 million (USD 2.7 million) seed II funding round this week.

The investment – led by Green Angel Syndicate, with WWF as an anchor investor, alongside SyndicateRoom, Glass Wall Syndicate members, Kingfisher Capital, an ultra-high-net-worth family office and

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May 24, 2021

Sea Eight has signed an agreement with the government of Asturias to invest EUR 75 million (USD 91.3 million) over the next six years to develop a recirculating aquaculture system farming Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis).

Senegalese sole is similar to common or Dover sole (Solea solea), both of which are recognized as premium sole species.

The company, part of the Valencian group Atitlan, plans to build an RAS farm in the port of

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May 14, 2021

The latest report on the caviar market from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) shows that in 2018, global aquaculture production of sturgeon was around 115,000 metric tons (MT), and production of caviar was 380 MT.

China accounted for 84 percent of global sturgeon production with 97,000 MT, followed by Armenia at 3 percent, or 3,900 MT; and Russia at 3 percent, or3,800 MT. Much of China’s

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May 6, 2021

The row between the United Kingdom and France over post-Brexit fishing rights continues to escalate.

On Thursday, 6 May, dozens of French fishing boats set off for Saint Helier, the main port of Jersey, a British Crown dependency, threatening to mount a blockade. In response, the U.K. sent two Royal Navy gunboats to keep watch. Fishing crews set off flares, sounded their horns and displayed banners. The two sides currently remain in a

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April 30, 2021

A recent benchmarking study by WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, found that seafood supply companies underperform significantly when it comes to gender equality compared to public-facing companies in retail, foodservice, and hospitality.  

The organization has long suspected that there is disparity within the supply chain in the way that seafood companies relate to and act upon gender issues, WSI

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April 29, 2021

A new land-based flowthrough is being planned in Bulandet, an archipelago off the west coast of Norway ... 

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April 22, 2021

Avramar – formed in 2020 through the merger of Andromeda Group, Nireus, Selonda, and fish feed producer Perseus – has engaged G4S to provide a bespoke security package.

The vertical integration of the company’s operations in Greece and Spain, farming sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), sea bream (Sparus aurata), corvina (Argyrosomus regius), and pagrus (Pagrus major), created what is now the largest aquaculture company

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