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 24, 2020

The controversial Pebble Mine, proposed for a location near the headwaters that feed the Bristol Bay, Alaska, sockeye fishery, has received its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SalmonState, an advocate for salmon fisheries in Alaska, has called the new impact statement a “rubber stamp” that is largely the same as the initial draft of the EIS. Opposition to the Pebble Mine from

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July 23, 2020

NaturalShimp, a Texas-based company developing a recirculating aquaculture system for shrimp, has announced it is planning to expand its facility in Texas.

The company announced that it plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot production facility adjacent to one currently under construction in La Coste, Texas. The facility will contain 20 2,000-gallon nursery tanks, 40 20,000-gallon grow out tanks, two 10,000-gallon settling tanks, and one

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July 23, 2020

Oceana has announced the launch of a new online tool called “Ship Speed Watch” that allows anyone with an internet connection to track the speed of ships in special slower-speed zones designed to protect North Atlantic right whales.

The new tool comes in the wake of an Oceana study that found ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada were ignoring a voluntary slowdown area, which asked ships not to exceed 10 knots while in an area

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July 22, 2020

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt sat down with a number of fishing industry leaders on 21 July to discuss the industry’s concerns related to a number of offshore wind energy projects.

The projects are located off the coast of New England, and groups representing fishing industry interests in the area have repeatedly objected to the proposed layouts of the projects, particularly Vineyard Wind, one of the

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July 21, 2020

The arrival of six large Chinese trawlers in Liberia has drawn criticism from local artisanal fishing associations, making it the third West African nation to see an influx of trawlers this year.

The Liberia Artisanal Fishermen’s Association, along with community fishing associations, are calling on the government to reject the requests for fishing licenses by the trawlers, according to the Environmental Justice Foundation. The six

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Published on
July 20, 2020

After years of work, the New England Fishery Management Council is closing in on taking final action on Groundfish Monitoring Amendment 23 during its September meeting …

Photo courtesy of the New England Fishery Management

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Published on
July 16, 2020

A new Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force is seeking input from individuals and companies in the United States seafood and fishing industry as it begins examining ways to boost the competitiveness of domestic seafood

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July 15, 2020

Several months into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. shrimp market remains hard to nail down, as ever-shifting market conditions continue to make it difficult to predict where prices and demand will end up.

As early as April, experts were predicting that the shrimp supply chain would see impacts into the summer months as COVID-19 related lockdowns and disruptions hit both supplies and the amount of shrimp demanded in the U.S.

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July 13, 2020

Mowi Canada West is countering claims from SeaChoice that its recent announcement that all of the company’s salmon farms in British Columbia, Canada are now Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)-certified is misleading.

Mowi announced the milestone last week with the certification of Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass and Cougar Bay salmon farms, the last two of the 28 farms in the province to be certified to the ASC standard. However,

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Published on
July 13, 2020

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced it has submitted an application for The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) benchmark for its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program.

The benchmark application is the first step in achieving SSCI recognition for meeting “industry expectations for third-party social compliance programs,” according to a press release from GAA.

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