Chris Chase

Associate Editor

Chris Chase is the Portland, Maine-based associate editor of SeafoodSource. Previously, he worked covering local issues at the Coastal Journal in Bath, Maine, where he won multiple awards from the Maine Press Association for his news coverage and food reviews. Chris is a graduate of the University of Maine, and got his start in writing by serving as a reporter and later the State Editor of The Maine Campus, an award-winning campus newspaper.

Published on
June 18, 2019

The loss of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center “HabCam” (short for Habitat Mapping Camera) during a recent scallop survey has raised concerns from some groups about the transparency of the survey process. 

The sea scallop survey of the U.S. Northeast scallop fishery performed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center uses a combination of dredging and the HabCam to determine the densities of scallops at survey stations

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Published on
June 14, 2019

Nordic Aquafarms, the company planning to build a salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Belfast, Maine, has scored a victory as the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has found its permit applications can be considered complete. 

The decision comes after opponents to the project filed multiple objections, one of which claimed that the company hadn’t proved it had sufficient title, right, or interest (TRI)

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Published on
June 13, 2019

The National Fisheries Association of Thailand is threatening protests against the government in the wake of measures by the government to curb illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

According to the Bangkok Post, the association members are threatening to camp out in front of Thailand's Agriculture Ministry due to rules implemented in the last five years. Those rules partially stemmed from the issuance of a yellow card by the

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Published on
June 13, 2019

A new report released during the 2019 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, (SWSS19) has united data from five of the leading seafood sustainability NGOs, giving a comprehensive look at the sustainability of the world’s oceans. 

Sustainable Seafood: A Global Benchmark” has brought together the data and expertise of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Fair Trade USA, Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

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June 12, 2019

A new Greenpeace report criticizes the lack of action from many U.S. grocery retailers in regard to the issues to the marine environment caused by plastic pollution. 

The report, titled “Packaging Away the Planet,” highlights 20 different grocery retailers in the United States in an assessment of the companies’ roles in plastic pollution. According to Greenpeace, every retailer assessed received a failing score for

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Published on
June 12, 2019

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI), with financial support from the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF), announced 11 June it is partnering with IBM’s Food Trust to create a blockchain-based seafood supply chain traceability program. 

NFI is the largest U.S. seafood industry trade group. IBM’s Food Trust is a blockchain-based system that creates a shared record of food data, and that system will introduced to NFI members.

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June 10, 2019

Thirteen human rights and environmental groups have released a statement criticizing the effectiveness of the Marine Stewardship Council’s new Chain of Custody Standard. 

The 13 groups – including Human Rights Watch, Greenpeace, Freedom Fund, the International Labor Rights Forum, and more – have criticized the program’s new standard, saying that the standards will not be effective enough to identify and protect

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June 7, 2019

Nordic Aquafarms has announced that the company has selected Gilbane Building Company and Landry/French Construction as construction managers for the planned salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in Belfast, Maine. 

The two companies will manage the construction of the company’s 850,000 gross-square-foot production facility, which is being planned in two phases. The first phase, according to Nordic, is slated to be operational

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Published on
June 5, 2019

The Gulf of Mexico menhaden purse seine fishery has been recommended for certification against Marine Stewardship Council standards by SAI Global, Omega Protein announced 4 June. 

The recommendation means that both U.S. menhaden fisheries – Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico – have gained recommendation for MSC certification. Omega Protein and Daybrook Fisheries, the two companies that participate in the Gulf of Mexico menhaden

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Published on
June 5, 2019

The Marine Stewardship Council announced on 4 June that the Doggerbank Seefisherei GmbH halibut fishery, off the west coast of Greenland, has achieved certification to MSC standards. 

The announcement comes after a 13-month assessment carried out by Control Union Pesca. With the latest certification, all fisheries in the European Union that are catching Greenland halibut are MSC-certified.

"We are delighted our Greenland halibut fishery has

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