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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Published on
February 26, 2024

Proximar Seafood, the Norwegian company developing a land-based salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Japan, said it continues to be on track to have its first harvest in Q3 2024 even as it takes steps prevent a similar tank breach to one that occurred in early February.

The company began construction on its RAS facility – located in Yama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan near Mt. Fuji – in 2021, using equipment

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February 23, 2024

Plans for a massive land-based prawn aquaculture operation in Western Australia dubbed “Project Sea Dragon” are once again in jeopardy as a federal court has ordered the liquidation of the company and found its administration should be “brought to an end” – with the order staying liquidation for 28 days from 22 February to appeal the ruling before proceeding.

Project Sea Dragon was originally intended to be an

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February 22, 2024

High Liner Foods saw an increase in sales volume but a drop in gross profit and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) in 2023 as challenging market conditions and a supply glut early in the year shrank margins.

The company reported in its FY-2023 results that its sales volume reached 257 million pounds, a 2.4 percent, or 6.1 million pound, increase over the 250.9 million pounds it sold in the same

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February 22, 2024

An arbitrator has found the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) will have to pay damages related to costs incurred by seafood processors in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, when snow crab fishermen refused to fish for six weeks in 2023.

The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), which represents seafood processors in the Canadian province, issued a release on 20 February providing an update on arbitration relating to the

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February 21, 2024

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has extended the deadline for companies importing Russia-origin seafood to get the products into the country.

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on 22 December expanding a U.S. ban on Russian seafood to include imports of Russia-origin seafood products that were processed in third countries. The Biden administration later issued more guidance adding several harmonized tariff schedule (HTS)

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February 21, 2024

Nordic Aquafarms has been attempting to build a land-based salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A. for six years and has recently reaffirmed its commitment to the location, even though the project has yet to break ground.

Nordic Aquafarms announced its plans to build a salmon RAS in Maine in January 2018, with initial projections aiming for the 33,000-metric-ton (MT) facility to become fully operational by 2020.

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February 20, 2024

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is mulling whether to include new regulations for on-demand or “ropeless” gear on black sea bass pots as a means of preventing adverse impacts on whales.

The black sea bass pot fishery uses pot traps that rest on the bottom and vertical line with a buoy attached for retrieval – similar to other pot fisheries like lobster or crab. The fishery has been experimentally using

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February 20, 2024

Cooke USA is closing down a fish offloading and packaging operation located in Wanchese, North Carolina, U.S.A. 

The facility is operated by Cooke subsidiary Wanchese Fish Company – a Suffolk, Virginia-based wild-caught fisheries company that Cooke acquired in 2015, marking one of Cooke’s first forays into wild-capture fisheries.

A supplier of scallops, flounder, and other seafood products, Wanchese had 15

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February 20, 2024

Russian shipments of live and frozen crab to China jumped massively in 2023, as the country’s access to the U.S. and European markets has largely closed off. 

Russia’s seafood industry has been dealing with bans and sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The U.S. announced its first bans in March 2022, and since that time, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has tightened those restrictions even

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