Chris Chase

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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 19, 2024

Norwegian farmed salmon producer Nova Sea has purchased a 33.4 percent stake in Torghatten Aqua, becoming a major shareholder in the company and starting a “close and long-term collaboration.”

Nova Sea said the investment comes through a capital expansion at Torghatten Aqua and the purchase of new shares. The purchase makes Nova Sea the company’s second-largest shareholder, behind Trøndelag Helgeland Invest – which

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February 16, 2024

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) is planning to maintain the same quota in the Maine elver fishery for at least the next few years, even as preliminary data indicates an abundance of the eels.

Maine’s elver, or glass eel, fishery has grown to be the state’s second-most valuable fishery, earning USD 20.1 million (EUR 18.7 million) in 2022 and USD 19.3 million (EUR 18.1 million) in 2023, with an average price per

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February 16, 2024

A study recently published in Fishes found that krill meal in the diet of farmed Atlantic salmon has no benefit when used in conjunction with other animal protein like poultry meal. 

During a 90-day post-smolt feeding trial, scientists found that krill meal had no effect on the growth rate or feed intake of salmon in animal-based feeds, meaning krill meal has potentially no benefit when poultry-based protein is present.

“Our findings

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February 16, 2024

A group of U.S. lawmakers has called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to impose Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (GloMag) sanctions on Chinese companies named in the October 2023 Outlaw Ocean Project report on forced labor in Chinese processing facilities.

U.S. representatives Jared Huffman, Mike Gallagher, Raul Grijalva, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Betty McCollum, James Moylan,

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February 15, 2024

A congressional delegation from the U.S. state of Massachusetts has sent a letter to New York City-based private equity firm Bregal Partners asking the firm to explain how it managed to walk away from over USD 100 million (EUR 93 million) in debts owed to more than 1,000 creditors in the state when it sold now-bankrupt Blue Harvest Fisheries. 

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, as well as U.S. Rep. William Keating, all

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February 15, 2024

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has launched a new lawsuit against NOAA over proposed permanent area closures related to protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, soon after the Maine lobster industry scored a court win over NOAA rules. 

The MLA submitted its lawsuit on 9 February, claiming NOAA’s plan to permanently close the Massachusetts Restricted Area Wedge – and include the

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Published on
February 15, 2024

Norwegian land-based salmon farming company Gigante Salmon has revealed it lost 300,000, or roughly half, of its January smolt release in a “significant mortality” event it referenced during its Q4 2023 report.

Gigante Salmon said that the second batch of smolt released at its Rødøy faced challenges and that it would eventually provide a full update on the scope of the mortality once it became clear. However, in a

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Published on
February 14, 2024

Norwegian land-based salmon farmer Salmon Evolution reached breakeven earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) in its farming segment during Q4 2023, ending its first full year of operation on a high note even as its planned farm in South Korea through a joint venture with K Smart Farming faces challenges.

In its Q4 2023 results, Salmon Evolution said its farming segment achieved an operational EBITDA of NOK

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February 12, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor is reportedly expanding its child labor investigation into New Bedford, Massachusetts-based seafood processing companies and the staffing firms that provide them with labor.

The U.S. Department of Labor started investigating Atlantic Red Crab and Sea Watch International, as well as staffing agencies Workforce Unlimited and B.J.’s Service Company, in late 2023. A Labor Department spokesperson told SeafoodSource

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February 12, 2024

A vessel formerly owned by Carlos Rafael – aka the “Codfather” – that was later relaunched by the now-bankrupt and defunct Blue Harvest Fisheries has been declared a total loss after a recent fire. 

The fire department in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, U.S.A. said the F/V Carrabassett is a total loss after welding aboard the vessel caused a large fire. 

“Upon arrival, heavy fire was coming from the pilot house

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