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
July 15, 2024

A group of NGOs have sent a letter to separate seafood distributors and retailers asking for an update on their investigations into whether their supply chains were exposed to Uyghur or North Korean labor. 

The letter calls for an update on the investigations companies said they were performing in the wake of multiple reports by the Outlaw Ocean Project on forced labor in seafood supply chains.

The letter was signed by 18 NGOs: Transitional

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July 15, 2024

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is not measuring up to bycatch-monitoring standards. 

In its 60-page report, GAO outlined a number of ways in which NFMS has failed to adequately tackle bycatch issues and harm to marine mammals and other species. According to the report, a central failing from the NMFS was a lack of observer coverage of fisheries.

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July 12, 2024

Sockeye salmon fishing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay is, as predicted, off to a slower start this fishing season.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) 2024 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast predicted a run of roughly 39 million sockeye salmon, down from the 54.5 million in 2023. AFD&G’s predicted run for 2023 was 49.7 million sockeye, and the state agency acknowledged that its preseason forecasts have generally

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July 11, 2024

Ocean Fleet Services and Ocean Harvesters have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claimed Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Inc. violated foreign ownership laws when it acquired Omega Protein in 2017.

The lawsuit, filed in 2021, was recently unsealed after the U.S. Department of Justice declined to intervene. Filed in New York’s Southern District Court by W. Benson Chiles and Chris Manthey, the lawsuit claims Cooke

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July 11, 2024

The Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) released new numbers indicating the country saw a big uptick in seafood exports to China last year.

According to statistics shared by the agency, Russia shipped 36 percent more seafood by volume to China in 2023 than it did in 2022. That increase, coupled with increases of other agricultural products, boosted agricultural trade to more than USD 11 billion (EUR 10.1 billion), it said.

Based

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Published on
July 10, 2024

U.S. senators and key figures in the U.S. seafood industry are criticizing the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) decision to continue allowing Russian fisheries – particularly Russian pollock – to keep their certifications in the face of economic sanctions.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the MSC announced it planned to continue to certify Russian pollock so long as it followed through on a plan

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