Cliff White

Cliff White

Executive Editor

Cliff White is the executive editor of SeafoodSource. He has 15 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
January 16, 2020

Kingfish Zeeland, which is seeking to build a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Jonesport, Maine, U.S.A. to eventually grow up to 6,000 MT of yellowtail annually, has announced a partnership with the University of Maine.

Kingfish Zeeland has begun to use hatchery and business incubatin services provided by the university’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine, according to the company.

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January 15, 2020

The so-called “Phase One” trade deal, which cancels current and proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for structural economic reforms in China, was formally by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Wednesday, 15 January at the White House in Washington D.C.

The deal, which includes specific provisions pertaining to seafood, will go into effect in 30 days.

In conjunction with the signing, the

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January 15, 2020

Irura, Spain-based seafood firm Angulas Aguinaga has completed the acquisition of a majority stake of Riunione Industrie Alimentari, with the aim of increasing its portfolio of Italian products.

Genova, Italy-based Riunione Industrie Alimentari is a marketer of smoked salmon, swordfish, tuna, and bottarga in Italy. In a press release, Angulas Aguinaga said it will use its stake in the Riunione Industrie Alimentari to make Italian-themed seafood

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January 14, 2020

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada-based Cube Automation has acquired La Pocatière, Quebec-based Oceatec.

The transaction closed in October 2019, according to the companies’ LinkedIn pages, but it wasn’t publicly announced until 13 January.

Both companies are specialists in the design of automated equipment for the food processing and seafood industry. The acquisition will allow for further geographic expansion of Cube

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January 10, 2020

The creditors of Bumble Bee Foods, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2019, have asked the judge overseeing the case to prevent the company from paying year-end bonuses to some of its employees.

Bumble Bee is hoping to pay 37 of its employees enrolled in its Key Employee Incentive Program (KEIP) – created after the company filed for bankruptcy – between USD 1.3 million and USD 3.2 million (EUR 1.16 million

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January 9, 2020

Facing criminal investigations by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice as well as a bevy of civil lawsuits filed in American courts, four Norwegian salmon-farming companies now must deal with additional civil action in Canada.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of salmon consumer Irene Breckon of Elliot Lake, Ontario, was filed on 3 January in Federal Court in Toronto, according to the CBC. The suit seeks up to CAD 500 million (USD

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January 7, 2020

Health authorities in France have put in place a ban on shellfish farming in Brittany after an outbreak of norovirus, or gastric flu.

While a local health official told Ouest-France the norovirus was caused by heavy rains causing sewage overflows into local waters, a representative of the regional shellfish committee (CRC) in the area said a lack of adequate water treatment infrastructure was a constant problem for local aquaculture

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January 2, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will sign the so-called “Phase One” trade deal with China, first announced on 13 December.

Trump said on Twitter he would sign the deal on 15 January at the White House. He also announced plans to travel to Beijing for negotiations on Phase Two at an unspecified later date.

The South China Morning Post reported that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He would lead his country’s delegation to Washington

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December 27, 2019

There may be no seafood company with more on the line when it comes to innovating new products than High Liner Foods.

The Canadian seafood giant, which has made its name with old-time seafood classics like fish sticks over the course of its 120-year existence, has struggled as of late as customers’ tastes have shifted. Under the leadership of recently-hired president and CEO Rod Hepponstall, the company has changed course, slimmed down its

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December 24, 2019

A fire at a Mowi Canada West salmon farm in British Columbia, Canada, has resulted in a large-scale escape.

The fire, which began either the evening of Friday, 20 December or the early morning of Saturday, 21 December, caused significant damage to a net-pen at the Robertson Island site, off Port Hardy, on the northern end of Victoria Island. Approximately 21,000 in the pen during the time of the fire had the opportunity to escape, and many did,

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