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
June 23, 2020

NOAA Fisheries and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s (NEFSC) Fisheries Sampling Branch is preparing for a 1 July restart of the Northeast Observer Program.

NOAA Fisheries first announced on 20 March that it was waiving observer requirements in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. That initial waiver was extended on 29 May, with a planned restart date of 1 July.

That date is now fast approaching, and the science

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Published on
June 19, 2020

A new amendment from the New England Fishery Management Council, which has been approved by NOAA Fisheries, will provide “sweeping protections” for deep-sea corals in areas off the New England coast, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

The new amendment, the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, is expected to take effect this summer and applies to two regions in the Gulf of Maine and the Continental

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Published on
June 19, 2020

Europol announced earlier this month that the fourth edition of its “Operation Lake” – which ran from October 2018 through April 2020 – resulted in the arrest of 108 suspected elver smugglers and the seizure of EUR 6.2 million (USD 5.5 million) worth of smuggled elvers.

The operation targeted smugglers and traffickers of endangered species throughout the E.U. and involves agents from the E.U. Wildlife/CITES Enforcement

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Published on
June 18, 2020

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has filed a lawsuit against the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to reopen the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to fishing via executive order.

The new executive order revises the national monument – which was created by President Barack Obama in 2016 – granting full rights to commercial fishing companies to fish in the area. Prior to

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Published on
June 17, 2020

Two migrant workers who worked in a Louisiana-based seafood processing facility have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board claiming they were fired due to leaving company housing to seek hospital treatment.

The two workers, Maribel Hernandez and Reyna Isabel Alvarez, were in the country on temporary H-2B visas, according to Reuters. The two workers claim that their employer, Acadia Processors LLC., told them and other

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Published on
June 16, 2020

Former Bumble Bee President and CEO Chris Lischewski was sentenced to 40 months in prison and given a USD 100,000 fine (EUR 88,000) as part of his role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of canned tuna sold in the United States from 2011 to 2013.

The sentence comes after a three-week-long trial in December ended with a jury finding Lischewski guilty of being involved in a scheme between Bumble Bee, StarKist, and Chicken of the Sea to fix the

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Published on
June 15, 2020

A recent study performed by Oceana Canada, using data from Global Fishing Watch, has shown that the majority of large vessels continue to exceed 10 knots in the Cabot Strait – an area with large populations of the highly-endangered North Atlantic right whale.

The data, taken over the period from 19 to 25 May, has shown that 72 percent of ships were not complying with a trial voluntary slowdown in an area including the Cabot Strait inside

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Published on
June 11, 2020

The biannual Food Outlook report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, released earlier this month, is predicting that seafood will see lasting impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, including reduced demand and pricing.

The report had a special focus this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted supply chains, forced the cancellation of industry trade events, and lead to widespread restaurant

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Published on
June 10, 2020

Newport International announced on 10 June that the company’s founder, John (Jack) McGeough, has passed away.

McGeough was at the helm of Newport International for 50 years, before selling his interest in the company to Sea Pride in 2013. He founded the company – which sells the Jack’s Catch and Pacific Cove brands – back in 1964, and continued to act as an external consultant until his retirement.

According to the

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Published on
June 9, 2020

The U.S. state of Maine’s elver fishery, which last year was the second-most valuable fishery in the state, ended on 7 June with drastically lower prices for the year.

Preliminary data from the Maine Department of Marine Resources indicates fishermen managed to catch 9,650 pounds out of 9,688 available in the quota. That’s a positive result, considering the state temporarily closed the fishery at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in

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