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
May 28, 2020

New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based Northern Wind announced 27 May the company has formed a new partnership with Legit Fish, a Boston, Massachusetts-based tech company focusing on seafood traceability.

According to a release from the company, the partnership has been in the works for more than a year, with Northern Wind Chairman Ken Melanson and CEO George Kouri working to “fine-tune the traceability and scalability” of the

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May 28, 2020

Thai Union has announced that it has had a worker test positive for COVID-19 at the company’s European Seafood Investment Portugal (ESIP) plant, located in Peniche, Portugal.

The worker, according to a release from Thai Union, first announced they were feeling unwell on 20 May. Later, that worker tested positive for COVID-19 on 23 May.

As a result, 200 workers at the plant – which is a manufacturer and exporter of canned sardines and

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May 27, 2020

Lusamerica Fish, located in Morgan Hill, California, has become the center of a “COVID-19 cluster,” San Jose Inside reported.

The company, which sells a variety of seafood under the “Tasty Catch” brand, has had 38 employees in the distribution facility test positive for COVID-19, public health officials have stated. According to Mercury News, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said, during a committee meeting

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May 27, 2020

Just over one year ago, the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee held a panel discussing the idea of reviving a dormant portion of the U.S. Fish and Seafood Promotion Act that would establish a National Seafood Council.

The act was put in place back in 1986, with the intention of promoting domestically harvested seafood in the U.S. It established the National Seafood Council in 1987, an entity that ran for five years before it dissolved.

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May 27, 2020

A group representing fishermen in Ghana has decried the recent arrival of three Chinese trawlers into the country’s waters, adding to the already illegal number of trawlers fishing in the country.

The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC), in an open letter to the Fisheries Commission, has opposed the arrival of three new vessels:  Yu Feng 1, 3, and 4. The new vessels are docked at Tema in Ghana, and are awaiting fishing

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May 25, 2020

Aqua Pharma, a company specializing in the treatment of parasites in aquaculture, has purchased a 50 percent stake in Edinburgh, Scotland-based company Pulcea as part of a deal to speed the development of a new sea lice treatment.

Pulcea has pioneered a new sea lice treatment approach that uses sound energy to improve the efficiency of sea lice treatments. The new partnership with Aqua Pharma will allow the company to “accelerate the

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May 21, 2020

Nordic Aquafarms’ Belfast, Maine, U.S.A.-based salmon recirculating aquaculture system plans have moved past a major point in the progress, as the state’s Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) recently met to deliberate four major permits required for the project.

The BEP deliberated four separate permits for the site: A discharge permit, a site law permit, a natural resources permit, and an air emissions permit. All those permits

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May 20, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today released a memorandum of understanding regarding how the two agencies plan to interact during a potential use of the Defense Production Act regarding the production of human and animal food.

The MOU is intended to cover food production other than that under the exclusive jurisdiction of the USDA, and describes how the FDA and USDA will exercise authority over food

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May 20, 2020

Diversified Communications has announced that the 2020 edition of Seafood Expo Asia is planned to take place from 18 to 20 November in Singapore.

The new location for the 10th edition of the  event – which was previously hosted in Hong Kong – is at the Singapore EXPO, in Hall 2. For the first time, the event will also be co-located with Asia Fruit Logistica, the leading continental trade show for Asia’s fresh produce

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May 18, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of USD 88 million (EUR 80.6 million) in disaster-relief funding to Gulf of Mexico fisheries in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to counter the impacts of the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

The Bonnet Carre Spillway is a flood control system for the Lower Mississippi Valley, with its opening releasing massive amounts of freshwater from the river into the Gulf of Mexico. In

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