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
August 17, 2021

The unveiling of the first mussel-vending machine in Yerseke, the Dutch capital of mussel farming, helped to kick off the new ground-culture mussel season this summer.

Former Dutch national soccer player Jan Boskamp pulled the first pack from the machine last month.

Located in Yerseke’s harbor area, the refrigerated machine has 45 compartments and allows consumers 24-hour access to fresh mussels sold in two-kilogram modified atmosphere

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July 29, 2021

Norwegian cod farmer Norcod achieved another milestone this week with the transfer of its latest batch of juvenile fish to sea, to be ready to harvest in a year’s time.

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July 26, 2021

Building climate resilience will be essential to the United Kingdom's seafood indsutry if it hopes to maintain production and account for impendeing changes, speakers from around the world told the U.K. government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries at its most recent meeting.

The panel, which is operated by the U.K.’s Fisheries Secretariat, is a cross-party body focused on issues affecting the U.K. fishing and seafood

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July 13, 2021

Taking advantage of the Norwegian government’s ambitions for the country’s fish farms to produce five million metric tons (MT) of sustainable seafood by 2050, Stavanger, Norway-based industrial group Moreld launched Moreld Aqua in June 2021. The new company will provide advisory services and turnkey solutions to support sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry; a growth that needs to reach four times the current level of

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July 12, 2021

SwissShrimp, a land-based shrimp farming company in Rheinfelden, Switzerland, has announced its intention to raise CHF 8 million (USD 8.7 million, EUR 7.3 million) in new share capital to fund an ambitious expansion plan …

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Published on
July 9, 2021

Dealing with hungry, predatory seals has become a big deal for inshore fishermen, fish farmers, and authorities responsible for safe passage for migratory salmon.

Losses caused through broken nets and half-eaten fish have risen sharply in the past few decades as protected seal populations have expanded globally.

From 2022, the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act will restrict imports of fish from salmon farms and commercial fisheries

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Published on
July 9, 2021

Gigante Salmon, which has plans to build a land-based salmon farm on the island in Indre Rosøya, Rødøy, Norway, listed on the Euronext Growth market on 5 July …

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July 2, 2021

Scotland recently published its annual shellfish-production figures, and they did not make for happy reading for the country’s mussel- and oyster-growers.

Production of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) decreased by 15 percent to 5,661 metric tons (MT) in 2020, the lowest figure for a decade, and Pacific oyster (Crassostrea edulis) production decreased by 33 percent to just under three million shells.

The Scottish shellfish farming industry

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June 28, 2021

Danish wealth management and investment company Artha has furthered its quest to play a leading role in the development of Norwegian cod-farmer Norcod, the world's first industrial producer of high-quality farmed cod.

In an internal share transaction this month, Artha increase its equity position in Norcod with the acquisition of a further 800,000 shares. The shares were purchased through Artha Norcod IV, a fund launched by Artha

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June 18, 2021

A paper published in Nature Communications, “Financing a sustainable ocean economy,” was among a long list of articles, announcements, and pledges that appeared on 8 June, commemorating World Oceans Day.

The paper’s authors, a group of international economists and ocean policy experts, found that public and private investment lags far behind that needed to ensure a thriving, resilient, and sustainable ocean economy.

The paper

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