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.

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December 17, 2018

Huon Aquaculture, in collaboration with AKVA Group and Crisp Bros. and Haywards, celebrated the launch of their newest feed barge. 

Launched on 14 December from Crisp Bros. in Tasmania, Australia, Huon’s latest vessel, the Hogan, is one of the most technologically advanced feed barges in the world and “designed for the most exposed fish farm in the world,” according to a release by the company. The new vessel, weighing 600

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December 14, 2018

A new report released by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership on 12 December indicates that the world’s farmed shrimp production has lingering sustainability concerns with little improvement likely on the horizon. 

The new report, which is a part of SFP’s “Target 75” initiative, classifies just 8.8 percent of the global production of farmed shrimp as “improving,” and none is classified as sustainable

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December 12, 2018

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership released its annual report on shelf-stable tuna on 10 December, and it indicates that almost half of the sector is being sustainably sourced or improving with potential for more in the near-feature. 

The report, which is part of SFP’s Target 75 Initiative, showed that 41.1 percent of global production of shelf-stable tuna is considered either sustainable or improving, with avenues for increasing

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December 7, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Thursday, 6 December that indicates 2017 was a worse than average year for the entanglement of large whales, but an improvement over numbers in recent years. 

That news was of a worse-than-average year was also tempered by the fact that of the large whales entangled, right whales had fewer entanglements in the U.S. Northeast than in previous periods. The most

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December 6, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian company planning to build a USD 500 million (EUR 439 million) salmon recirculating aquaculture system in Belfast, Maine, announced that it has officially opened an office in the city. 

According to a 6 December company newsletter, the office “will serve as our local base of operations while our salmon farm is being permitted and built, as well as an information center and exhibit space where the public

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December 5, 2018

An investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation has discovered shark-finning operations and the killing of rare dolphins and turtles onboard five Taiwanese longline vessels fishing in waters around the world. 

The vessels, which all either fly a Taiwanese flag or are linked with Taiwanese ownership, are part of the country’s distant-water longline fleet and participate in the international tuna market. The crews on all five

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December 4, 2018

SAI Global, one of the leading certification bodies for the Marine Stewardship Council, announced on 4 December that it's recommending the Atlantic menhaden fishery be certified as sustainable. 

The recommendation is a key step in the fishery attaining MSC certification. Now, the certification will go to a 30-day public comment period. 

Omega Protein, by far the largest fisher of menhaden, has been the company leading the drive for MSC

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November 30, 2018

Thailand is set to ratify International Labor Organization Convention No. 188, which would make it the first country in Asia to ratify and support the effort to improve working conditions for millions in the fishing sector. 

Convention No. 188 sets binding requirements to address the main labor issues that the fishing sector faces, namely occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, work agreements, and

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November 27, 2018

Whole Ocean’s proposed Maine-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) salmon farm recently cleared a hurdle when the Maine Department of Environmental Protection granted the company a wastewater discharge permit. 

The planned facility, which was announced in February, would be located on the site of a former paper mill in Bucksport, Maine. Whole Oceans has an initial goal to produce 5,000 metric tons of salmon in the RAS

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November 21, 2018

Shrimp fishing in Maine has been closed since 2014, and regulators decided on 16 November that that’s not going to change for another three years. 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to close the 2019 Maine shrimp season, and in a first decided to close 2020 and 2021 as well. Regulators first closed the shrimp season due to research trawls finding little recruitment, and since then the story has remained the

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