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
December 11, 2019

The New England Fishery Management Council has approved Framework Adjustment 32 to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery Management Plan, giving the first look at what the 2020 scallop season in New England could look like.

The new specifications will most likely result in 52 million pounds of projected landings in 2020, lower than 2019’s projection of more than 62 million pounds. While lower than 2019, the projection is still higher than average,

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Published on
December 10, 2019

The Western Australia sea cucumber fishery has become the first sea cucumber fishery in the world to gain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

The fishery, located off the Western Australia coastline, catches two species of sea cucumber: deep-water redfish (Actinopyga echinites) and sand fish (Holothuria scabra). The certification was granted after an independent assessment by Lloyd’s Register, which determined that the fishery

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Published on
December 10, 2019

Cermaq has announced it has partnered with Labeyrie – a company with one of the leading brands of smoked salmon in France – on a blockchain project that will enhance the traceability of the two companies’ products.

The new project will allow customers buying Labeyrie’s salmon products that were sourced from Cermaq to quickly get information in text and photos on where it was farmed, what it was fed, and more traceability

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Published on
December 9, 2019

A recent report by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has recommended the continuation of a ban on all wild-caught shrimp from India following an inspection that found a lack of turtle-excluding devices on vessels involved in the fishery.

The decision came after the NMFS inspected the fishery and found it out of compliance with rules set by the U.S. State Department, which instituted a ban on imports from fisheries that don’t do

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Published on
December 5, 2019

Three companies involved in the Mexican bay scallop fishery have launched a collaborative effort to create a fishery improvement project (FIP) in the hopes of securing Marine Stewardship Council certification of the fishery. 

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, of Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A., Northern Wind of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Don's Gulf Select of Louisiana have announced a joint FIP to bring the fishery into line with

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Published on
December 4, 2019

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced a temporary closure of herring Management Area 1A (inshore Gulf of Maine) due the area reaching its catch threshold.

Starting last week, fishermen in the area can no longer attempt to fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land or sell more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring per trip. In addition, all permitted dealers cannot acquire more than 2,000 pounds of herring that was acquired in a

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Published on
November 25, 2019

Cermaq Canada is recovering from a harmful algal bloom that impacted three of the company’s farms along the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

The three farmare all located in the Tofino area of operations on Vancouver Island. A pair of harmful algae, chaetoceros concavicornis and chaetoceros convolutes, was detected at the two locations and has caused mortalities to salmon in the three farms.

“Three of our

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Published on
November 22, 2019

Commercial-scale farming of cod has been tried before, but has never made mainstream success. Trondheim, Norway-based Norcod is hoping to change that.

The company recently announced that it is moving forward with plans to create the first successful commercial-scale cod farm. The company already has its first batch of 260,000 fry in production, and is aiming for the fry to be transferred to the sea in December 2019.

The current target is for the

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Published on
November 21, 2019

Barry Myers, U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination to lead NOAA, has withdrawn from consideration for the position, according to a report by the Washington Times.

According to the Times, Myer’s is citing health concerns as the reason for the withdrawal, saying that he had recently undergone surgery for cancer and chemotherapy and would be unable to serve the NOAA administration. He was first selected for the role in 2017, but his

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Published on
November 21, 2019

In the wake of rumors about Bumble Bee Foods potentially filing for bankruptcy, and that that filing could come this week, the company appears to be in talks with Fong Chun Formosa (FCF) Fishery Company regarding a possible buy-out.

The story, reported by Bloomberg, indicates that FCF would be a “stalking-horse bidder” in the bankruptcy reorganization. Stalking-horse bidders set a low-end bidding bar, which any other companies

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