Chris Chase

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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Published on
February 21, 2024

Nordic Aquafarms has been attempting to build a land-based salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A. for six years and has recently reaffirmed its commitment to the location, even though the project has yet to break ground.

Nordic Aquafarms announced its plans to build a salmon RAS in Maine in January 2018, with initial projections aiming for the 33,000-metric-ton (MT) facility to become fully operational by 2020.

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February 20, 2024

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is mulling whether to include new regulations for on-demand or “ropeless” gear on black sea bass pots as a means of preventing adverse impacts on whales.

The black sea bass pot fishery uses pot traps that rest on the bottom and vertical line with a buoy attached for retrieval – similar to other pot fisheries like lobster or crab. The fishery has been experimentally using

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February 20, 2024

Cooke USA is closing down a fish offloading and packaging operation located in Wanchese, North Carolina, U.S.A. 

The facility is operated by Cooke subsidiary Wanchese Fish Company – a Suffolk, Virginia-based wild-caught fisheries company that Cooke acquired in 2015, marking one of Cooke’s first forays into wild-capture fisheries.

A supplier of scallops, flounder, and other seafood products, Wanchese had 15

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February 20, 2024

Russian shipments of live and frozen crab to China jumped massively in 2023, as the country’s access to the U.S. and European markets has largely closed off. 

Russia’s seafood industry has been dealing with bans and sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The U.S. announced its first bans in March 2022, and since that time, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has tightened those restrictions even

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February 19, 2024

Norwegian farmed salmon producer Nova Sea has purchased a 33.4 percent stake in Torghatten Aqua, becoming a major shareholder in the company and starting a “close and long-term collaboration.”

Nova Sea said the investment comes through a capital expansion at Torghatten Aqua and the purchase of new shares. The purchase makes Nova Sea the company’s second-largest shareholder, behind Trøndelag Helgeland Invest – which

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February 16, 2024

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) is planning to maintain the same quota in the Maine elver fishery for at least the next few years, even as preliminary data indicates an abundance of the eels.

Maine’s elver, or glass eel, fishery has grown to be the state’s second-most valuable fishery, earning USD 20.1 million (EUR 18.7 million) in 2022 and USD 19.3 million (EUR 18.1 million) in 2023, with an average price per

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February 16, 2024

A study recently published in Fishes found that krill meal in the diet of farmed Atlantic salmon has no benefit when used in conjunction with other animal protein like poultry meal. 

During a 90-day post-smolt feeding trial, scientists found that krill meal had no effect on the growth rate or feed intake of salmon in animal-based feeds, meaning krill meal has potentially no benefit when poultry-based protein is present.

“Our findings

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February 16, 2024

A group of U.S. lawmakers has called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to impose Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (GloMag) sanctions on Chinese companies named in the October 2023 Outlaw Ocean Project report on forced labor in Chinese processing facilities.

U.S. representatives Jared Huffman, Mike Gallagher, Raul Grijalva, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Betty McCollum, James Moylan,

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February 15, 2024

A congressional delegation from the U.S. state of Massachusetts has sent a letter to New York City-based private equity firm Bregal Partners asking the firm to explain how it managed to walk away from over USD 100 million (EUR 93 million) in debts owed to more than 1,000 creditors in the state when it sold now-bankrupt Blue Harvest Fisheries. 

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, as well as U.S. Rep. William Keating, all

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February 15, 2024

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has launched a new lawsuit against NOAA over proposed permanent area closures related to protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, soon after the Maine lobster industry scored a court win over NOAA rules. 

The MLA submitted its lawsuit on 9 February, claiming NOAA’s plan to permanently close the Massachusetts Restricted Area Wedge – and include the

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