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 8, 2021

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) on Monday, 8 March announced the launch of its largest-ever public consultations, seeking feedback on two separate changes to its standards.

The public consultation, which seeks input from stakeholders, is looking for feedback on the council’s proposed environmental requirements on the aligned farm standards, which according to the ASC will cover all certified species “bringing

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March 4, 2021

Canada-based XpertSea has announced the hire of Katie Sokalsky to the position of president and chief operating officer …

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March 2, 2021

Salmon farmers in the Discovery Islands – located in British Columbia, Canada – are asking for more time in a planned phase-out of all net-pen farming in the area in order to alleviate some of the economic impacts.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced on 17 December, 2020, it plans to completely phase out all net-pen salmon farming in the Discovery Islands over the next 18 months. Salmon farmers and the B.C. communities –

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March 1, 2021

Cargill has announced a new initiative that aims to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent per metric ton of food by 2030.

Dubbed “SeaFurther Sustainability,” the new initiative would save two billion kilograms of CO2 by 2030 if successful – the equivalent of removing 400,000 cars from the road, according to Cargill. The company said that the first species being targeted is salmon, but that it will

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February 26, 2021

Two former employees of the Buyers and Sellers Exchange (BASE) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A. have alleged that the owners – brothers Raymond and Richard Canastra – were aware of and involved in falsifying quotas performed by the “Codfather” Carlos Rafael.

Rafael pleaded guilty in 2017 to falsifying fish quotas, tax evasion, and conspiracy in the wake of allegations he was connected to a criminal fishing scheme

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February 25, 2021

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster – a national “industry-led transformative cluster” with 370 members – has announced the launch of the “Integrated Operations and Real-Time Analytics Project,” a CAD 27 million (USD 21 million, EUR 17 million) endeavor.

The project will create, according to a release from the Ocean Supercluster, “real-time information, analytics and environmental connectivity” for

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February 24, 2021

High Liner Foods Q4 earnings report indicates that the company managed to increase its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, debt, and amortization (EBITDA) for the second straight year.

The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada-based company saw its adjusted EBITDA grow by 12.8 percent in the fourth quarter, and for the fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales increased to 10.7 percent compared to 8.5 percent in 2019. Net income, as

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February 23, 2021

U.S. State of Maine Governor Janet Mills has written a letter to NOAA Fisheries outlining “grave concern” over the latest Biological Opinion that has been drafted for 10 fishery management plans in the Greater Atlantic Region – including the state’s lucrative lobster industry.

Mills, in a letter to NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator Michael Pentony, said the framework could have drastic consequences for the

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February 22, 2021

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada has announced a plan to better protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale in 2021, carrying over several measures from 2020 and adding new requirements.

Protection of the North Atlantic right whale – one of the most-endangered species on the planet, with roughly 366 individuals remaining – has been an ongoing issue for fisheries in both eastern Canada and the

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February 19, 2021

Crab sales at U.S. retailers have hit record highs, with the category as a whole up over 60 percent, and king crab has been buoyed by the surge.

Customers at the retail level are buying record numbers of king crab, according to Michael Kotok, the president of Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.-based Arctic Fisheries. Kotok was speaking during the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference webinar series; SeafoodSource is

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