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 12, 2022

Speaking at the Global Shrimp forum on 7 September in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Tim O’Reilly, managing director and owner of Taprobane Seafood Group in Sri Lanka, said the country is on its way to hitting its goal of producing 100,000 MT of shrimp annually.

Taprobane has become the largest shrimp producer and processor in Sri Lanka through its introduction and proliferation of the farming of whiteleg shrimpv (L. vannamei) shrimp to the

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September 8, 2022

The inaugural Global Shrimp Forum, taking place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 6 to 8 September, attracted more than 400 delegates from 35 countries, to discuss top-traded seafood product on the planet by volume.

In the forum’s first day, shrimp-sector leaders from India, Ecuador, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia offered insights into the trajectory of shrimp aquaculture in their countries. They also outlined the biggest challenges facing

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August 31, 2022

Ålesund, Norway-based Artec Aqua has signed a contract with Icelandic start-up Geo Salmo to supply a turnkey land-based grow-out facility for Atlantic salmon at Þorlákshöfn, near Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik.

Build-out will take place in several stages, with a planned overall capacity of 18,900 metric tons (MT) head-on gutted (HOG) fish, according to a release. Artec Aqua has been contracted to provide design,

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August 18, 2022

A pilot mentoring program set up by Seafood Scotland and VisitScotland, as part of a “Beyond the Boat” initiative, is proving to be a hit with seafood businesses keen to diversify into the growing food tourism sector.

The program was run earlier this year as a series of one-hour webinars, and included bespoke mentoring from experts in funding, compliance, tourism insights, storytelling, digital marketing, and organizing events. The

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August 9, 2022

A global comparison of reported food fraud across 80 countries and 72 seafood species is the subject of a new paper published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, which found that seafood fraud is a growing international problem impacting food safety.

The 11 sins of seafood: Assessing a decade of food fraud reports in the global supply chain” examined seafood fraud incidents over the past 10 years reported via

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July 27, 2022

Environmental law group ClientEarth and the Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) have joined forces to file legal action against the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority (NVWA) over claims it has failed to police misreporting of fish catches and overfishing, in direct violation of the laws of the European Union.

The move comes one year after the organizations launched a legal challenge against the government of The Netherlands

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July 15, 2022

The Kingfish Company announced strong demand for its yellowtail kingfish in Europe and the U.S.A., and a strengthening financial position, in its Q2 results, issued 14 July, 2022 …

Photo courtesy of The Kingfish

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July 14, 2022

There has been a rapid increase in the amount of capital invested in climate-friendly blue foods in the past five to seven years, and huge growth in the number of companies entering the wider aquaculture space, according to Maggie Fried, head of the ocean and aquaculture investor consortium at CREO Syndicate.

CREO is a New York City, U.S.A.-based non-profit working with a network of approximately 200 global investors, primarily family offices,

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July 12, 2022

At the United Nations Ocean Conference from 27 June to 1 July, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal, more than 30 executives representing the international aquaculture sector issued a call to action to accelerate the development of purpose-driven aquaculture.

It is the first time that sector leaders from fish production, juvenile supply, feed manufacture, fish health and investor organizations, have united behind such a shared vision, according to several

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July 7, 2022

Columbi Salmon, which plans to build a large-scale, vertically-integrated, land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in Oostende, Belgium, is planning to launch an initial public offering toward the end of 2022 or early in 2023 

Image courtesy of Columbi

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