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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February 17, 2020

Dongo Films, a Brussels, Belgium-based collective of independent documentary filmmakers, are hoping to raise more than EUR 325,000 (USD 355,700) on public fundraising platform Kickstarter to make a film promoting sustainable aquaculture. Their goal is to reach the ambitious target by 22 March, 2020, which will allow filming to start this summer.

The film, AquaPioneers, is the brainchild of filmmakers Marjolijn Prins and Mathias Ruelle, working

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January 29, 2020

Odense, Denmark-based industrial biotech and alternative protein company Unibio International is continuing to attract investment funding to facilitate further development of its protein-from-methane production technology and the rollout of projects worldwide.

Its trademarked product, Uniprotein, has performed well in trials as a high-protein feed ingredient, and has gained approval from the European Union for inclusion in feed for all animal

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January 24, 2020

The first cod fry from pioneering aquaculture venture Norcod have been successfully put to sea, taking the company one step closer to realizing its ambition of becoming the world's top producer of sustainably farmed cod.

The fry were shipped by well-boat from a hatchery operated jointly with partner Namdal Settefisk AS, to sites located a 12-hour steam away.

Norcod Managing Director Rune Eriksen said the fish had endured the journey

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January 15, 2020

Oceanpick, one of South Asia’s first commercial producer of ocean-grown barramundi (Lates calcarifer), is scaling up operations in response to growing global demand for its fish. 

Barramundi, also known as Asian sea bass, is gaining popularity fast around the globe, with sales developing in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, South Asia, and the Middle East, according to Oceanpick Head of International Sales and

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January 10, 2020

Norcod, the Norwegian venture set up to rejuvenate cod aquaculture and become the world’s top farmer of the fish, has signed a collaborative agreement with Namdal Settefisk AS and Namdal Torsk AS, covering farming, processing, and sales.

A partnership was also entered into with Namdal Seafood AS, which will take care of fish slaughtering.

Norcod Managing Director Rune Eriksen signed the deal with Namdal Settefisk Managing Director

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December 17, 2019

Global salmon growth forecasts to 2025 could be overestimated by 6 to 8 percent, according to a new briefing paper from financial think tank Planet Tracker. The culprit is global warming, the paper argues.

In “Salmon Feels the Heat,” researchers analysed reported fish losses attributed to recurring environmental shocks over the past nine years, as reported by the 10 largest publicly listed salmon producers in Norway, Chile, and the

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December 10, 2019

Plastic litter is a serious problem affecting the marine environment, with current estimates indicating there is anywhere from 27 to 66.7 million metric tons of plastic currently in the world’s oceans and rivers. That number now grows every year by more than 12 million metric tons, notes environmental consultancy Eunomia – and the resulting ecological, social, and economic costs are considerable.

Three-quarters of marine plastic

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November 25, 2019

A recent study undertaken by researchers from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Sea Around Us initiative showed that new technology has allowed commercial fishing fleets to double their fishing capacity every 35 years, which in turn increases the pressure on dwindling fish stocks.

The researchers examined more than 50 studies related to an increase in catching power, and concluded that the introduction of, for example, GPS, fish

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November 8, 2019

The United Nations’ Climate Action Summit in New York, which kicked off Climate Week at the end of September, may be long over, but the activities that took place around the world – and the strong messaging about the need to find solutions to save the planet from global warming – reached an unprecedented number of people this year.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a post-summit special report which

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October 24, 2019

Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier Raw Seafoods is hoping to rebuild consumer trust in the seafood market through use of blockchain technology and QR codes, starting with its fresh and frozen scallop products.

Consumer confidence in seafood in the U.S. is low, which may be leading Americans to eat less seafood. Average annual per capita U.S. consumption is just 16 to 17 pounds and between 80 and 90 percent of

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