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
October 29, 2018

Numerous studies have shown that eating seafood is good for human health, but Professor Baukje de Roos, deputy director of the Rowett Institute at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and an internationally recognized nutrition scientist, believes that shellfish are some of the most important contributors of essential nutrients and should be given a great place in the diet. 

Professor de Roos, who is currently researching the effects of

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Published on
October 9, 2018

In 2017, WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, launched a competition to encourage women to video their experiences in the workplace and tell their stories. The aim was to increase awareness about their role in the industry and to recognize the value they bring to it. 

According to WSI Founder and President Marie Christine Monfort, encouraging women to star in their own films was an uphill struggle at first,

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Published on
September 24, 2018

The so-called “scallop war” in the English Channel between the British and French appears to have ended in a deal brokered via Facebook.

Jim Portus, chief executive of the South Western Fish Producers’ Organisation (SWFPO), said he struck a deal with his French counterpart to end months of escalating tensions between British and French scallop fishermen in the Baie de Seine off the French coast.

In August, French fishermen were

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Published on
September 18, 2018

One in four fish in Africa is still caught illegally, despite the efforts of many African nations to overcome the problem.

According to the organization Stop Illegal Fishing, an independent non-profit based in Africa dedicated to ending illegal fishing in the continent’s waters, ongoing efforts are being made by the majority of African maritime states to end illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, but greater momentum is needed

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September 12, 2018

Relations between France and the United Kingdom have been less than cordial over the past few weeks as the U.K.’s under-15-meter scallop fleet has exercised its right to fish in French waters.

French scallop fishermen, who are currently banned from taking any scallops themselves until the scallop breeding season ends, clashed with their European counterparts in a series of dangerously aggressive high-seas manoeuvres caught on camera.

The

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Published on
August 20, 2018

Hatch, the world’s first aquaculture accelerator, is seeking applicants for its second 12-week program, which aims to develop and scale talented and disruptive aquaculture startups. 

This year’s program is set to take place in Cork, Ireland, from 18 September to 6 December, and applicants have until 24 August to apply with their ideas at hatch.blue.

Program Director Wayne Murphy told SeafoodSource that following a successful

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Published on
August 15, 2018

Spain’s seafood industry is being helped to work towards a more sustainable and responsible supply chain by environmental law group ClientEarth, following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the United Kingdom, which it initiated. 

The SSC aimed to promote and support responsible and sustainable fish and seafood consumption, inform the public debate on seafood, and influence change in policy relevant to seafood

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Published on
August 6, 2018

Sole of Discretion, set up by Caroline Bennett two years ago in Plymouth, in the United Kingdom, is part of a growing and successful trend for ethical fishmongers selling direct from the boat. 

Bennett, a pioneer who started Moshi Moshi, London’s first rotating sushi restaurant nearly 25 years ago, said her new project stemmed from her desire to source better and fresher seafood. 

“It was inspired by E.F. Schumaker’s

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Published on
July 16, 2018

The World Bank Report “FISH TO 2030 Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture” demonstrates a need for 78.6 million MT of aquaculture production in 2020 and 93.6 million MT in 2030. With current production of around 76.6 million MT worldwide, the increase will provide a challenge for feed companies if they are to fulfill sustainability commitments.

Cargill Aqua Nutrition sustainability manager Dave Robb believes his company can be a

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July 10, 2018

WSI, the international organization for women in the seafood industry, released the results of its “Gender on the Agenda” survey, which sought to identify perceptions of position, role, and responsibilities occupied by women in the seafood industry.

The survey evidenced gender-based discrimination at work, unfavorable working conditions, strong prejudices, and unequal opportunities for women. Unsurprisingly, these hurdles were found

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