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
March 30, 2021

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden announced on 29 March a new national target for offshore wind energy development and new initiatives designed to achieve the objective.

In a White House announcement, the administration detailed a meeting between National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and

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March 29, 2021

Atlantic Sapphire has announced that it has made changes to its executive management and organization for the U.S. operation of the company.

In a filing on Oslo Børs, the company announced that Bjørn-Vegard Løvik is joining the company as the interim chief operating officer, reporting directly to Atlantic Sapphire USA CEO Johan E. Andreassen, “as part of a restructuring of the organization to improve transfer of

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March 26, 2021

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) has come out in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CPB) new directorate to make forced labor a priority trade issue, while simultaneously opposing the recommendations of the Forced Labor Working Group of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (CCOAP).

The working group is an advisory group consisting of private businesses and non-governmental organizations that aim to

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March 25, 2021

U.S. imports expert and FDAimports.com Founder and CEO Benjamin England said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may try new tactics related to records and documentation in place of actual inspections in order to regulate the seafood industry.

Speaking at a panel during Seafood Expo North America Reconnect, England said he’s seen increased activity from the FDA on records requests. Key to that, he said, is the FDA’s

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March 24, 2021

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced the launch of a new CAD 7 million (USD 5.5 million, EUR 4.7 million) program designed to track vessels deliberately avoiding automatic location devices.

The program, called the Dark Vessel Detection Program, is being launched in collaboration with Canada’s Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, Global

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March 24, 2021

A Benchmark Genetics facility in Iceland has had to deal with a change of scenery after a nearby volcano began erupting on 19 March.

The volcano, at Fagradalsfjall in Iceland, caused minor earthquakes as it spewed lava in the area. Benchmark Genetics announced that the company has been relatively unaffected by the eruption.

“In this area, we have our salmon and lumpfish farms,” the company said in a release. “All our farms are

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March 23, 2021

The Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC), and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) – which represent thousands of employees in the fishing industry in Canada –  have announced opposition to the potential closure of Newfoundland, Canada’s 3P fishery, located off the southern coast of the province

Earlier this week, the FFAW called on Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and

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March 22, 2021

A ramp-up on enforcement of rules designed to prevent forced labor by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to continue, according to an expert in U.S. import rules.

Speaking during a Seafood Expo North America Reconnect panel, FDAImports.com CEO and Founder Benjamin England that a current increase in enforcement will only increase in the coming years. With the U.S.

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Published on
March 19, 2021

A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on 19 March found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been failing to follow its own procedures or meet key goals regarding warning letters sent to seafood companies violating food safety regulations.

The report, which came with a GAO recommendation that the FDA monitor whether it is following procedures and meeting goals for its warning letters, found that out

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March 19, 2021

BioMar announced it is establishing a fourth division targeting activities in the Asian region, following its new partnership with Viet-Uc in Vietnam …

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