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 9, 2020

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s recent Red List publication has indicated that the North Atlantic right whale is now officially classified as “critically endangered.”

The classification is reserved for animals that are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Currently, its estimated that only 400 right whales remain, and of those, only one-quarter are reproductive-aged females capable of producing more

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Published on
July 9, 2020

Baltimore, Maryland-based Gaskiya Diagnostics – a company specializing in developing diagnostic tests for aquaculture – has received a USD 100,000 (EUR 88,500) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Published on
July 7, 2020

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), an organization representing fishing industry interests related to proposed offshore wind projects in New England, has officially requested that the U.S. Coast Guard correct a study done relating to port access in parts of the region.

The study, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study (MARIPARS), does not fully take into account the full depth of fishing industry use

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July 7, 2020

Norwegian feed producer STIM announced that it has achieved another success in terms of patenting its feed SuperSmolt FeedOnly as the European Patent Office (EPO) has expanded the company’s patent rights for the feed.

The decision by the EPO expands the range of feed ingredients that fall within patent protection. That means that other feeds, which STIM claims imitate SuperSmolt FeedOnly – a patented product that induces

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Published on
June 29, 2020

An independent adjudicator, analyzing formal objections to the potential Marine Stewardship Council certification of the Usufuku Honten East Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery, has upheld one of the four objections presented.

The objections were presented by the World Wildlife Fund and The Pew Charitable Trusts in January, after the assessment body, Control Union Pesca Ltd., recommended that the fishery be certified in December 2019. Of the four

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June 26, 2020

The U.S. state of Maine’s governor, Janet Mills, has written a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross objecting to a recent petition that aims to prohibit the use of vertical lines in the American lobster and Jonah crab fisheries in four areas off the New England coast.

The petition was submitted by The Pew Charitable Trusts earlier this month, with the intention of protecting the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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June 25, 2020

The Norwegian Seafood Association and IBM on Thursday, 25 June, announced a new, industry-wide collaboration that aims to use blockchain technology to provide traceability throughout the country’s seafood sector.

The new network – which features several seafood companies including Kvarøy Arctic, which announced a move to blockchain back in April, and BioMar – uses “IBM Blockchain Transparent Supply,” which

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June 25, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a new order intended to help the country’s lobster industry, stemming from a 5 June press conference in Maine.

The new order will task the United States Trade Representative (USTR) with keeping close track of the progress made by China under the most recent, “Phase One” of a trade deal signed by President Trump. That deal was beneficial for the U.S. lobster sector, which experienced a

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Published on
June 24, 2020

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC), an industry group aimed at promoting the state’s lobster industry, has released a Maine Lobster Buyer’s Guide, intended for key buyers in the foodservice and retail industries.

The new report, according to MLMC Executive Director Marianne LaCroix, was initially going to be handed out during Seafood Expo North America before COVID-19 forced the event’s

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Published on
June 24, 2020

EuroCommerce, a European organization representing the retail and wholesale sector – with member companies including Amazon, Ahold Delhaize, Ikea, Tesco, and more – has written a letter to multiple coastal states urging speedy negotiations of fishing quotas.

The letter comes as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), along with MarinTrust – formerly IFFO RS – have suspended accreditation of multiple fisheries due to

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