Cliff White

Cliff White

Executive Editor

Cliff White is the executive editor of SeafoodSource, a leading online source for global seafood industry news, trends, expo coverage and business resources. He has 13 years of experience as a professional journalist, including serving as the senior business reporter for the McClatchy-owned Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, where he won state and national awards for his coverage of the development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas deposit and the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Published on
August 9, 2017

Chinese authorities have taken legal action against the owners of a China-flagged vessel caught fishing illegally in Australian waters, drawing praise from the Australian government.

The Yuan Da 19 was found fishing illegally for southern bluefin tuna and other species following an inspection of the vessel by Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force in September 2016. 

In response, Chinese authorities fined t… Read More

Published on
August 9, 2017

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has announced two new hires designed to strengthen its programming and outreach.

The GSSI, launched in October 2015 with support from numerous companies involved in the global seafood trade, seeks to “provide clarity of seafood certification worldwide through a multi-component review that is based upon the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for seafood certi… Read More

Published on
August 8, 2017

New Zealand’s seafood industry is worth NZD 4.2 billion (USD 3.1 billion, EUR 2.6 billion), according to a new economic study disseminated by the country’s seafood trade group Seafood New Zealand.

The study, completed by analytical firm Business and Economic Research Ltd. (BERL), found that seafood is New Zealand’s fifth-largest export by value and represents 3.2 percent of the country’s total exports. The report includes … Read More

Published on
August 7, 2017

AquaChile, one of Chile’s largest salmon farming companies, has signed an agreement with the labor union representing many of its workers.

The union, Trabajadores de la Industria del Salmón y Ramas Afines (Workers of the Salmon and Associated Industries), was formed following last year’s algal bloom in Chile, during which millions of salmon died, and as a result of resulting labor protests.

The agreement includes conditions to … Read More

Published on
August 7, 2017

The appropriations committee of the United States Senate has voted to reduce the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s 2018 budget, but the cuts are less severe than those requested by President Donald Trump.

The Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations subcommittee agreed to a USD 85.1 million (EUR 72.3 million) cut to NOAA’s budget to USD 5.6 billion (EUR 4.8 billion) – much less than the nearly USD 900 mi… Read More

Published on
August 4, 2017

Bumble Bee Foods formally entered its guilty plea for violations of the Sherman Act on Wednesday, 2 August, admitting that it had played a leading role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of canned tuna sold in the United States from 2011 to 2013.

The company, which struck a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to lower the amount it will pay to the government due to the potential it could make the company insolvent, will pay USD 25 million (EU… Read More

Published on
August 4, 2017

Trader Joe’s has asked a federal judge in California to dismiss a class action lawsuit being brought by consumers claiming that the U.S. retailer filled  its canned tuna with less than its labeled amount of product.

Four class action lawsuits against Trader Joe’s were combined earlier in 2017 and the amended case focuses on allegations that Trader Joe’s regularly underfilled its five-ounce cans of store-brand tuna with betw… Read More

Published on
August 3, 2017

Singapore-based tilapia farming company Regal Springs Group has hired Petra Weigl as its general manager of sales for Europe.

Weigl was recruited from Nomads Food Europe, where she had served as channel director discount international since May 2015, according to her LinkedIn profile. She had worked at Nomad Foods and Iglo since 2011, starting as a general manager of the group’s private label and export business. She also worked at Coppenra… Read More

Published on
August 3, 2017

Hilton Food Group, one of the United Kingdom’s largest suppliers of red meat may be talks to acquire Icelandic Seachill, according to media reports.

Icelandic Seachill is owned by the Icelandic Group, which has been offloading assets over the past two years. The group stated its intention in December 2015 to divest itself from all of its seafood-related business by 2019.

Hilton Food Group, a major supplier of processed beef and lamb to U.K.… Read More

Published on
August 2, 2017

Seafarers, a processor, importer, and marketer of fresh and frozen seafood based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.. has opened a new distribution facility in Medley, Florida.

The 56,000-square-foot facility includes 50,000 square feet of refrigerated and freezer space. It has the capability of storing up to 10,000 tons of product and has a capacity of 5,000 pallet positions.

“Seafarers now has the capability to ship to all their customers nationwid… Read More