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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April 23, 2019

In the past few months, Charoen Pokphand Foods has been making a concerted effort to reduce the company’s environmental impact, both domestically and abroad. 

The company made a pledge in 2018 to reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging, aiming for a 100 percent reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025 for domestic operations, and 2030 for overseas operations. In addition to the packaging commitment, the company has

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April 22, 2019

A range of alternatives recently approved by the New England Fishery Management Council for Framework Adjustment 6 to the Atlantic herring fishery has little positive news for the New England lobster industry, which relies on the fish for bait. 

Framework Adjustment 6 will determine the overfishing definition for the Atlantic herring fishery, and three alternatives are currently on the table. Regardless of the alternative chosen by NEFMC,

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April 22, 2019

Fishing For Energy, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, and Covanta and Schnitzer Steel Industries, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. 

Fishing for Energy collects derelict fishing gear that otherwise would have become marine debris, and then recycles that gear and converts it into energy. So far, more than 4 million pounds of derelict gear have been kept out of the

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April 19, 2019

Upcoming offshore wind projects proposed for areas on the East Coast of the United States will have an impact on NOAA Fisheries surveys, presenting new challenges to scientists by potentially resulting in less-effective fisheries data.

At a special session of the New England Fisheries Management Council covering offshore wind, Wendy Gabriel, of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, outlined a wide number of concerns for the organization

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April 17, 2019

Land-based salmon aquaculture facilities utilizing recirculating aquaculture systems have been a growing topic of interest in the seafood industry.

Between Nordic Aquafarm’s planned facilities in both Belfast, Maine and Humboldt County, California; Whole Ocean’s plans for a facility in Bucksport, Maine; and Atlantic Sapphire’s facility in Miami, Florida, the RAS method for growing salmon is poised to become a breakthrough

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April 12, 2019

There’s just one year left to deliver the 2020 targets for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for Life Below Water (SDG14), and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is making a concerted push to reach those goals.

The MSC’s efforts to help the world reach the goals in SDG14 is a big topic at this year’s Seafood Futures Forum, taking place at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium on 8 May, from 8 to 11

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April 12, 2019

Artisan Catch – formerly Orca Seafoods – has announced the launch of a new comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project for the blue crab fishery in the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora. 

The fishery represented an export market of roughly USD 30.5 million (EUR 26.9 million) in 2014, and has grown at an annual rate of just over 5 percent in the last 10 years, according to Artisan Catch. The FIP tasks will be carried out by

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April 10, 2019

A new cookbook released in the United States by the nonprofit Green Crab R&D is aiming to change the invasive European green crab from a liability to a boon. 

European green crabs have been on the East Coast of the U.S. for over a century, but warming waters and milder winters have caused the species to steadily gain in population and territory in the last decade. Maine, in particular, has been feeling the effects of the small

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April 8, 2019

Less than 10 years ago, Chris Avery and Matt Baumann – co-founders of Boston Smoked Fish – were both practicing attorneys who had burned out on the legal life. 

Baumann, who originally hails from the Midwest, had gotten into smoking fish as a hobby, and at the time was thinking of taking it from a hobby to a full-time occupation after experimenting with some recipes. In January 2013, Baumann approached Avery in a bar and pitched

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April 5, 2019

Maine’s elver fishery got its start on 22 March, and at two weeks in, the average price-per-pound is sitting well above historical averages. 

Maine’s elver fishery made headlines last year as the prices being paid for the baby eels hit historic highs, with some reporting getting prices of over USD 2,500 (EUR 2,225) per pound. Maine Department of Marine Resources landing statistics show that the fishery brought in USD 21.7

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