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
June 30, 2022

Re:Ocean is seeking SEK 2.3 billion (USD 226 million, EUR 216.4 million) to develop a 10,000-metric-ton (MT) vertically integrated land-based Atlantic salmon farm in Säffle, Sweden.

Formerly known as Premium Svensk Lax, the company and project was recently rebranded. First proposed in 2020, the project calls for the construction of a 58,8000-square-meter inland salmon farm housing 88 tanks of varying sizes up to 25 meters in diameter, where

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Published on
June 24, 2022

Lisbon, Portugal-based food group Jerónimo Martins has become one of the largest shareholders in Andfjord Salmon ... 

Photo courtesy of Jerónimo

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June 23, 2022

Purecod, a Norwegian Atlantic cod-farming firm, has signed a contract with Blue Ocean Technology for a "plug and farm" sludge- and water-treatment facility …

Photo courtesy of Blue Ocean

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June 21, 2022

Seafood plays a vital part in global food security and nutrition, yet only half of the countries with a nutrition strategy identify fish consumption as a key objective in their public policies, Manuel Barange, the director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division of the Food, and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) said in his opening keynote address at the Blue Food Innovation Summit in London, U.K. on 14 June, 2022.

In his

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Published on
June 20, 2022

Andfjord Salmon has received approval to develop a land-based salmon farm in Breivik, Andoya, Norway. The company’s zoning plan application was approved by the local Andoy Municipality, moving forward its plan to build a 25,000-metric-ton capacity farm in Breivik, which is in the Arctic Circle ... 

Photo courtesy of Andfjord

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June 13, 2022

Aquaculture and fisheries concerns in the European Union are receiving additional funding as the European Commission finalizes Partnership Agreements with its 27 Member States.

Partnership Agreements are strategic documents that program investments from the cohesion policy - the E.U.'s main investment policy – and the European Maritime, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for 2021 to 2027.

Denmark is to receive EUR 808

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Published on
June 8, 2022

Andfjord Salmon, the company developing a land-based laminar flow-through system for farming Atlantic salmon in Norway, has just announced that preparations for the first smolt release are on target to take place at the end of June.

The salmon smolts will be released into the first pool at Kvalnes, on the island of Andøya, and take the company one step further toward its stated ambition of creating the most sustainable and fish-friendly

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June 3, 2022

Northern Ireland recently launched a new seafood trail that's taking a fresh approach to increasing local seafood consumption.

The trail precisely targets a local audience, and publicizes a variety of independent seafood shacks and restaurants, heritage centers, and family-friendly activities along the way. Colorful maps guide people along their chosen trail, with each stop color-coded to showcase nature, food, fishmongers, activities, and

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May 27, 2022

Organic aquaculture is accounting for less of the total production of seafood in the European Union than it was in 2015, the result of a range of problems in the industry ranging from its cost to its difficulty.

Total organic aquaculture production in the European Union reached an estimated 74,032 metric tons (MT) in 2020, with Ireland taking the lead as the largest producer, according to the latest report from the European Market Observatory

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May 24, 2022

Nueva Pescanova has submitted a plan to build the world’s first commercial octopus farm in Puerto Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria, in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Nueva Pescanova has spent the past eight years working to develop a method of farming octopus, and recently announced its successful incubation, hatching, and raising of five generations of O. vulgaris octopus in a test facility. The company said it is now ready to

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