Chris Chase

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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.

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June 24, 2022

Food Export Northeast, a nonprofit organization aimed at assisting companies in the Northeast United States with building up their export markets, is leading a trade mission to Europe for shellfish growers.

The mission, according to Food Export Northeast, will consist of visits to Yerske, The Netherlands and Paris, France in September. The goal is to expand the market for U.S. shellfish growers hoping to export live shellfish.

The trade mission

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June 24, 2022

Maynard, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based AquaBounty announced it has hired Chris Beattie to serve as the company’s chief scientific officer starting July 2022.

Beattie has more than 20 years of international experience in aquaculture and the nutrition, health and technology sectors. He will replace current AquaBounty Chief Technology Officer Mark Walton …

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June 24, 2022

After four years of input from over 1,000 stakeholders, the Marine Stewardship Council’s fisheries standard review process has finally concluded.

The MSC announced on 24 June its board of trustees unanimously approved the new version of the fisheries standard, which it has hailed as a “major achievement.” The new standard includes a new approach to how the MSC will manage its endangered, threatened, or protected (ETP) species,

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June 23, 2022

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced a two-year renewal of licenses for marine finfish aquaculture facilities outside the Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada.

The decision by the government impacts salmon farms run by Mowi, Grieg, and Cermaq, and according to a release by the DFO, is part of a planned transition from open-net pen salmon aquaculture in B.C. The decision is part of an ongoing government push to

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June 23, 2022

The Scottish Salmon Company announced on 21 June it is renaming its operations to Bakkafrost Scotland.

Faroe Islands-headquartered salmon producer Bakkafrost purchased a majority stake in the Scottish Salmon Company in 2019, paying NOK 3.76 billion (USD 411.1 million, EUR 374 million at time of sale). According to a release from the company, since that time it has been working to “align the businesses” in Scotland, and the renaming

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June 21, 2022

Thai Union North America has announced it has chosen Blake Stok to serve as its new director of sustainability.

Stok will take over the role and work with the company’s subsidiaries in the U.S. – Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods and Chicken of the Sea International. He will also be a member of the company’s global sustainability team and work with the company’s sustainability teams in Thailand and Europe on

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June 20, 2022

Sinaloa, Mexico-based Del Pacifico Seafoods, which specializes in wild-caught Mexican shrimp, is expanding the sales of its “Fair Trade-Certified Shrimp Burger” to Central Market stores.

Central Market, an American gourmet grocery store chain, is owned by H-E-B Grocery Company and operates in the U.S. state of Texas. Del Pacifico’s product, the company said, is made with sustainable wild-caught shrimp chopped by hand, with no

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June 20, 2022

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) of North America has announced a first-of-its-kind “shrimp summit” seminar in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The new seminar, taking place 12 to 13 July, 2022, was facilitated in partnership with the Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP) – also based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. According to the ASC, the new summit aims to unite local market sectors around reducing the environmental and social impacts of

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June 20, 2022

A cadre of international NGOs focused on environmental conservation have written a letter to the Marine Stewardship Council claiming its proposed new standards – the product of MSC's fisheries standard review begun in 2018 – would “tarnish” its reputation.

The letter was sent by the WWF, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Birdlife Marine Programme, The Nature Conservancy, Ecology Action Centre, Earthworm Foundation, IPNLF, and

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June 20, 2022

Dundee, Scotland-based aquaculture technology supplier Ace Aquatec announced it has signed an agreement with Norwegian smolt farmers Sævareid Fiskeanlegg to provide smolt-stunning technology …

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