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
October 17, 2017

Recently released data from the state of Maine’s mussel fishery show harvesters collected their lowest total amount of the shellfish in the past 40 years.

Maine’s combined total of wild-caught and farmed mussels totaled less than 1.8 million pounds in 2016, the least since 1976 and continuing a slide in production that has been ongoing since the early 2000s, according to the Associated Press.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Maine’s muss… Read More

Published on
October 13, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has selected AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees management of the country’s fisheries.

Myers has served as the chief executive of State College, Pennsylvania-based weather forecasting firm AccuWeather since 2007. In his new role, he will head an agency with a broad range of responsibilities, including NOAA Fisheries (also known as the Nat… Read More

Published on
October 12, 2017

In a ruling on Wednesday, 11 October, a federal judge approved the seizure of four of fishing magnate Carlos Rafael’s vessels and their associated permits as punishment for his role in orchestrating a quota and tax evasion scheme out of his New Bedford, Massachusetts-based business, Carlos Seafood.

Rafael was sentenced to a 46-month prison sentence and three years of supervised release, as well as a USD 200,000 (EUR 169,000) fine, in Septem… Read More

Published on
October 11, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Oceania has awarded Sealord its “New Product of the Year” prize for its newly released Hoki Fries product.

The Hoki Fries, which are strips of coated hoki fillet, were introduced in New Zealand and Australian earlier this year, according to Sealord Marketing Manager. Melissa Butler.

“Making seafood simple is at the heart of what we try to do, and MSC-certified Sealord Hoki Fries not only tast… Read More

Published on
October 6, 2017

Richard Canastra, who co-owns the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford,, said he and his brother have entered into a memorandum of agreement with Carlos Rafael to buy his fishing fleet and permits for USD 93 million (EUR 79.5 million).

In an interview with WBSM, a radio station in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Canastra confirmed he and Ray Canastra are working to secure financing for the deal, even though it is dependent on a judge&r… Read More

Published on
October 6, 2017

Cooke Aquaculture’s parent company has acquired Texas-based fish oil and fishmeal producer Omega Protein for nearly USD 500 million (EUR 428 million).

The agreement has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each of Omega Protein and Cooke, according to a press release. Cooke Inc., based in New Brunswick, Canada, and Houston-headquartered Omega Protein agreed to a purchase price of USD 22.00 (EUR 18.81) per share for th… Read More

Published on
October 6, 2017

Pablo Trapunsky, the former chief executive officer of Peruvian fishmeal and fish oil producer Copeinca, said in a recent interview with SeafoodSource that he believes the company is being overvalued by its seller.

China Fishery Group (CFG), part of Pacific Andes International Holdings, owns Copeinca but is being forced to sell the firm, as well as three other companies involved in the Peruvian fishmeal industry, as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptc… Read More

Published on
October 4, 2017

Orca Bay Seafoods and Odyssey Foods have announced the creation of a company that will result in the merger of their sales and operations into a single entity. A company representative said the new entity will now seek to maximize the value of Alaska seafood.

Both Orca Bay and Odyssey are based in the Pacific Northwest, and both are owned by larger companies – a majority Odyssey was purchased by Juneau, Alaska-based Sealaska in Ma… Read More

Published on
October 3, 2017

Dutch frozen fish import and export firm Seafood Connection has completed a purchase of Weerstand Beheer, a fellow Dutch company trading in fresh and frozen fish products.

Owned by Japanese conglomerate Maruha Nichiro since 2013, Seafood Connection has been a minority shareholder of Weerstand for several years. The deal, closed on Monday, 2 October, establishes Seafood Connection as a 100 percent owner.

Seafood Connection CEO Jan Kaptijn said in … Read More

Published on
September 27, 2017

Riverence, a premium salmon and trout producer in Washington State, has announced a strategic partnership with Danish trout egg producer Troutex that will see the two companies work together on breeding and quality improvement of some salmon and trout species.

The alliance was announced at the United States Trout Farmers Association Trade Show, which took place in Twin Falls, Idaho, U.S.A., 21 to 23 September.

Riverence, which produces “hig… Read More