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
January 11, 2024

Aquaculture technology companies GroAqua and Havida have merged to form what they call a strategic alliance that aims to strengthen each company’s position in the global market.

Norway-based Havida is an aquaculture technology company that has developed a range of products like Havida Sense, which integrates technology throughout net pens to optimize and streamline Atlantic salmon production. The company has worked with multiple

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January 10, 2024

For decades, the rivers and shores surrounding the Chesapeake Bay have slowly been taken over by an invasive species – the blue catfish, otherwise known as Ictalurus furcatus.

The U.S. states of Maryland and Virginia, which border the bay, have had to deal with the species ever since anglers introduced it to Virginia’s waters in the hopes of establishing it as a fun and challenging fish to catch. Unfortunately, for all the other

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January 10, 2024

Two aquaculture companies in Norway reported fish escapes in late December 2023 and early January 2024, per the Norway Directorate of Fisheries. 

The first escape incident, which took place on 29 December 2023, occurred at Hardanger Seafood’s Langevågen location, which is south of Bømlo, Norway. That escape, the directorate said, occurred at a slaughterhouse and involved farmed salmon between 4 and 5 kilograms in

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January 9, 2024

American Unagi, a startup eel aquaculture operation in Waldoboro, Maine, U.S.A., has received a new investment from RuralWorks Partners.

RuralWorks Partners Chief Engagement Officer Louisa Schibli told SeafoodSource that it invested USD 1.5 million (EUR 1.37 million) in American Unagi, and the new investment will help the latter company fund its efforts to establish domestic supply to help satisfy part of the 5,000 metric tons of eels the U.S.

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January 9, 2024

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) officially granted a quota increase and established new rules for the upcoming 2024 scallop fishing season in the Northeast U.S. 

The fishery – one of the most valuable in the U.S. – has experienced decreasing quotas for the past four years after a historically high harvest in 2019 saw the fishery land over 60 million pounds. This year, the council predicts the fishery will

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January 9, 2024

The founders of Icelandic seafood company Samherji have started a new company with the purpose of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Eyjafjördur region of Iceland.

Samherji CEO Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson and Samherji Managing Director of Ship Operations Kristján Vilhelmsson, who both helped found the company in 1983, recently created Drift EA to help establish new businesses in Akureyri, Iceland. The new company

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January 8, 2024

In its first operational update of the new year, Norwegian salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire announced water temperature issues it experienced in 2023 are still impacting its production.

The company said in an update posted to the Oslo Børs that it has seen higher levels of early maturation in fish associated with Q3 2023 temperature issues. During June and July, hot weather in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. – where Atlantic Sapphire’s

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January 8, 2024

Huntingdon, U.K.-based Hilton Foods reports that the company’s overall operating profit fell by 3.3 percent in FY 2022 as a result of challenges faced in the group’s seafood business. 

The company’s seafood business, which trades as Hilton Seafood UK and was formerly dubbed Seachill before Hilton purchased it in 2017, faced “challenges” in the year that dragged down several key performance indicators (KPIs) for

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January 5, 2024

Five Maine lobstermen have filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) over recently enacted rules requiring all Maine lobstermen with federal lobster fishing permits to install 24-hour electronic tracking devices on their vessels.

The rule went into force on 15 December and stems from a higher-level decision made by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) calling for individual state departments to

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January 5, 2024

GeoSalmo has successfully completed a EUR 13.4 million (USD 14.6 million) financing round for its planned land-based salmon-farming facility in Iceland.

GeoSalmo plans to build a hybrid, flow-through salmon farm in Ölfus, near Þorlákshöfn, Iceland. When completed, the company said its facility should have the capacity to produce 24,000 metric tons (MT) of salmon annually. The project will be completed in phases, with the

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