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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Published on
February 12, 2024

The salmon-farming industry in Tasmania, Australia, is facing increasing opposition to its operations in Macquarie Harbour, with an activist shareholder activism campaign pushing major retailers to stop buying Tasmanian salmon.

Environmental groups blame the industry for the decline of the endangered Maugean skate, a type of ray. The Maugean skate is endemic to the harbor, and scientists found the population of the species has dropped by 50

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February 9, 2024

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia has released a film targeting the salmon industry in Iceland as part of a campaign calling on the country to ban the practice.

The new movie, “Laxaþjóð | A Salmon Nation,” premiered at an event in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 8 February, featuring prominent anti-salmon-farming activists. 

“Without drastic action, wild salmon faces extinction. That’s why I

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February 9, 2024

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) concluded its latest meeting on 2 February, during which labor and human rights at sea, transshipment monitoring, and observer coverage were addressed.

However, the regional fishery management organization failed to pass measures intended to increase the organization’s transparency.

SPRFMO manages fisheries in the Southern Pacific Ocean, including the region's jack

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February 8, 2024

The Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has wrapped up charges related to a major two-year investigation of the halibut fishery in Nova Scotia, Canada, that resulted in heavy fines and multiple convictions.

The DFO announced a total of four trials for five individuals and three companies that collectively perpetrated 18 violations of Canadian halibut fishing regulations. Charges include failing to have catch verified at the dock and

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February 8, 2024

Wayzata, Minnesota, U.S.A.-based Cargill is a provider of aquaculture feed, operates 38 feed facilities in 20 countries and is one of the largest suppliers of feed to salmon producers in Norway, Chile, Scotland, the U.S., and Canada, and is also a leading supplier of feed to shrimp and tilapia farmers in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. In recent years, the company has continued to invest in aquaculture development by investing in research on

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February 6, 2024

Garðabær, Iceland-based processing equipment manufacturer Marel has entered a strategic partnership with Fosnavåg, Norway-based seafood-processing, -handling, and -cooling equipment provider MMC First Process.

Marel announced on 6 February that the new partnership will enable both companies to drive efficiency and sustainability in fish handling, processing, and water treatment. The two companies “fill complementary

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February 6, 2024

Merck Animal Health, a medical company with a focus on veterinary pharmaceuticals, has signed an agreement to acquire the aquatic-focused business of Elanco Animal Health for USD 1.3 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) in cash.

Merck Animal Health said the deal includes all of Elanco’s portfolio of medicines, vaccines, nutritionals, and supplements for aquatic species, two related manufacturing facilities in Vietnam and Canada, and a related

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February 6, 2024

Norway earned a record amount from its seafood exports in the first month of 2024, but a big portion of the high value continues to stem from a weak krone and high salmon prices.  

According to data gathered by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries-owned Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), Norway exported seafood worth NOK 13.3 billion (USD 1.24 billion, EUR 1.15 billion) in January an increase of NOK 640

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February 5, 2024

Canada is officially reopening its redfish fishery for the first time in 30 years as part of a larger transitional plan for fisheries in the nation's coastal communities.

The Canadian redfish fishery consists of two species of redfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel areas – deepwater redfish (Sebastes mentella) and Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus). Populations of the two species collapsed in 1995, but

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February 2, 2024

Russia reported its efforts to establish substitutes for aquaculture feed imports have been making progress as the country’s domestic output has increased by almost 40 percent.

According to the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo), from January to November 2023, the production of aquaculture feed in Russia increased by 39 percent compared to the same period of 2022, amounting to 48,000 metric tons (MT) of

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