Chris Chase

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.

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August 5, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published new data regarding seafood entry refusals in July 2022, and according to the Southern Shrimp Alliance – which tracks the FDA’s data for shrimp – 72 total seafood shipments were refused.

The data indicates that three of the entry line refusals in July were related to antibiotics in shrimp from a single Indian company …

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug

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August 5, 2022

Nordic Aquafarms has received key approvals from the Humboldt County Planning Commission for its planned salmon recirculating aquaculture system facility in Humboldt County, California, U.S.A.

The approval came on 4 August, 2022, with the commission voting to certify the project's environmental impact report and approve a coastal development permit. The decision came at the second hearing on the permits in a week, after the first public

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August 5, 2022

Oslo, Norway-based aquaculture firm AquaCon has received a key permit for its planned salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Federalsburg, Maryland, U.S.A.

AquaCon is planning multiple RAS facilities along Maryland's Eastern Shore, with an initial production volume target of 50,000 metric tons to be “phased in over six years,” according to the company. AquaCon has received investments from AKVA,

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August 5, 2022

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) reported that Norway had a record-breaking July after an already record-breaking first-half of 2022.

The country exported NOK 11.6 billion (USD 1.18 billion, EUR 1.16 billion) worth of seafood in July, an increase of NOK 2.1 billion (USD 215 million, EUR 211 million) or 23 percent compared to July 2021. So far this year, the country has exported seafood valued at NOK 81.7 billion (USD 8.4 billion, EUR 8.2

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August 4, 2022

The U.K. government announced on 3 August it is extending the life of the U.K. Seafood Fund from 2024 until 31 March, 2025.

The U.K. Seafood Fund is a GBP 100 million (USD 121 million, EUR 119 million) fund established to “support the long-term future and sustainability of the U.K. fisheries and seafood sector,” according to the government. Managed by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, the money in the fund

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August 2, 2022

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans has launched an engagement effort to start planning a transition away from open-net pen salmon farming in the province of British Columbia.

The move comes just over a month after the department announced it was renewing two-year licenses for marine finfish aquaculture facilities in the region, aside from those in the Discovery Islands. At the time of the renewal, DFO Canada announced it planned to

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August 1, 2022

Nordic Aquafarms is facing a second public hearing on its plans for a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility it hopes to build Humboldt County, California, U.S.A. after the first meeting generated so much public commentary the Humboldt County Planning Commission decided to postpone its vote on approving the project.

The hearing, which took place on 28 July, addresssed two different permits for the company’s plans for a

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July 29, 2022

The seafood industry is firing back against recently published articles and books that are taking shots at the farmed salmon industry.

A recently published book, Salmon Wars, the Dark Underbelly of our Favorite Fish, has been gaining attention from some media outlets, including Bloomberg, which listed it among the 10 best summer books shedding light on “today’s most-pressing issues.” Written by Pulitzer Price-winning

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July 29, 2022

The National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA Fisheries announced proposed changes to vessel speed regulations on Friday, 29 July, with the goal of protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

The new restrictions will expand current mandatory seasonal speed restrictions, which limits vessels to 10 knots in designated areas of the ocean, and would extend the speed limits to vessels measuring 35 to 65 feet in

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July 29, 2022

Reedville, Virginia, U.S.A.-based Omega Protein – the largest harvester of Atlantic menhaden in the U.S. – said a recent fish release incident is a rare event that has since been cleaned up.

The fish release incident garnered media attention in Virginia after dead menhaden washed up on local beaches. The Shore Daily News reported on the fish spill soon after it happened, and the Virginia-Pilot reported on closed

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