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
July 22, 2021

An ongoing waiver of observer coverage for vessels in the U.S. Northeast has been terminated as COVID-19-related restrictions abate.

NOAA Fisheries initially released the observer waiver in June for vessels if an observer or monitor that is either fully vaccinated or has quarantined for the requisite amount of time is available. That waiver was put into place in March 2020 as COVID-19 became an increasing concern.  

The

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Published on
July 22, 2021

Lobster boat prices have reached record prices this summer, driving some restaurants to shy away from carrying the product to avoid sticker shock for customers.

Boat prices have climbed well north of USD 6.00 (EUR 5.08) per pound when the price is typically around USD 4.00 (EUR 3.39) per pound, the Lewiston Sun-Journal reported. Some restaurants interviewed by the newspaper confessed to removing lobster from menus to avoid charging an exorbitant

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Published on
July 22, 2021

Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is set to take place on 26 to 28 April, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain – the first time the event will be held in Spain and the first event since COVID-19 forced event closures in 2020.

According to even organizer Diversified Communications, participants that have already signed up for the event are looking forward to resuming shows as a means of strengthening business relations with partners.

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July 21, 2021

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based High Liner Foods announced it has appointed Anthony Rasetta as the company’s new chief commercial officer (CCO) …

Photo courtesy of Anthony

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Published on
July 21, 2021

Russian Fishery Company (RFC) has announced that KVEN, a seafood producer in Russia's Far East, has successfully trialed RFC surimi in its products, taking the RFC's surimi a step closer to mainstream sales.

RFC said that the production of surimi was possible thanks to the completion of one of its new modern supertrawler – the Vladimir Limanov – in December 2020. Since that time, KVEN has used RFC surimi to produce products like

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July 20, 2021

Tuna products bearing the AENOR Tuna from Responsible Fishing (APR Standard) seal will be for sale in the U.S. and Italy for the first time as Bolton Food, Salica, and Atunlo canning companies have achieved certification in the standard

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July 19, 2021

U.K. trade body Seafish – a group dedicated to supporting the United Kingdom's seafood industry – has criticized the recently released second report on the U.K. National Food Strategy for its lack of focus on seafood.

The National Food Strategy is a report commissioned by the government, comprising an independent review to set out a vision plan for a better food system for the United Kingdom. Within the latest report, according to

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July 16, 2021

A new documentary based in North Carolina that premiered on 14 July showcases the state’s burgeoning aquaculture industry.

The documentary, titled “Fish Farms,” was created by WRAL, an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, and was sponsored by the state’s Farm Bureau. Throughout the video, multiple types of local aquaculture are harvested – including trout farming, crawfish farming,

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July 15, 2021

Landings in the Atlantic sea scallop fishery – predominantly centered around ports in New Bedford, Massachusetts; Point Judith, Rhode Island; Cape May, New Jersey; and Norfolk, Virginia – are pacing ahead of the totals caught at the same time last year …

Photo courtesy of the School for Marine Science and Technology/New England Fishery Management

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Published on
July 13, 2021

On 5 August, 2020, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission adopted ecological reference points (ERPs) for Atlantic menhaden, changing how the stock’s quota was managed.

The move meant that quota determinations for menhaden – a forage species for a variety of ocean predators on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. – would be based on ERPs. The final quota decision will now be made based on the availability of the stock, and on

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