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 9, 2020

The Cause of Action Institute has filed a motion for summary judgement on behalf of New Jersey, U.S.A., fisherman against a new set of regulations called the “Omnibus Amendment,” which requires some boats in the Atlantic herring fishery carry at-sea monitors at their own cost.

The new rule was designed by the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), and was recently finalized by NOAA and the Department of Commerce. The New

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Published on
June 8, 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has released the latest addition of the biannual “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” report, a flagship publication in the United Nations' “State of the World” series.

The 2020 edition of the publication is devoted to “Sustainability in Action” as the organization continues to focus on meeting Sustainable Development Goals established back in

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Published on
June 5, 2020

On Friday, NOAA’s top administrators recognized U.S. officials working to fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing as part of International Day for the Fight Against IUU Fishing, which occurs on 5 June each year.

The day was created in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, which adopted the day as part of its annual resolution on sustainable fisheries. The date reflects when the Port States Measures

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Published on
June 4, 2020

NOAA scientists announced on 3 June that the forecast for the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic area, more commonly referred to as the “dead zone,” will be larger than average in 2020.

The current forecast of the dead zone – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – predicts an area of roughly 6,700 square miles, which is larger than the recent average measured size of the dead zone of 5,387 square

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Published on
June 3, 2020

NOAA Fisheries has announced it is creating a temporary rule extending portions of carryover provisions in the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan for the 2019 year into 2020, and that it is extending waivers on observer requirements ... 

Photo courtesy of NOAA

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Published on
June 3, 2020

Paul Piazza & Son Inc., a large processor of wild-caught Gulf of Mexico Shrimp based in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., has launched a direct-to-consumer online store.

The new store, according to a company press release, was established to respond to growing requests to purchase its products in locations the company may not have had market penetration. The store offers the company’s most popular products for shipping direct from

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Published on
June 2, 2020

The presence of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has led the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to close certain grid areas to fishing for the season.

The effort is intended to protect the highly endangered right whales, which have in recent years been the victims of entanglement deaths. Current estimates have found that less than 400 North Atlantic right whales remain in the wild.

The first season-long

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Published on
June 2, 2020

A new joint report put together by NOAA and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has found that the country’s marine economy contributed USD 373 billion (EUR 334 billion) to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018.

The new report covers a wide range of the ocean economy, from “living resources” in the seafood industry to transportation and warehousing, offshore mining,

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Published on
June 1, 2020

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) has announced that it has invested in BlueNalu, the San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based company that is researching how to create cell-based seafood products.

The investment, announced on 29 May, was for an undisclosed amount. However, according to the SCOA release, the funding will allow BlueNalu to “develop a good manufacturing practices (GMP) pilot production facility in San Diego, expand its

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Published on
May 29, 2020

United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced on 27 May that the State Department is recommending the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status, which would eliminate special tariff exemptions to the region.

Hong Kong’s special status was created in 1997, five years before the United Kingdom handed control of Hong Kong over to China with special conditions. The status gives Hong Kong special trade and economic status

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