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
September 9, 2016

A recently launched e-commerce site allows customers to send lobster and other Maine-themed foods as gifts across the United States.

Lobstahbox.com was founded in Massachusetts by Annemarie Menelli and Jessica Chang. According to its creators, LobstahBox.com focuses on the complete end-to-end process, with meals that include placemats that explain step by step how to crack and eat lobster, cooking sheets and crackers, bibs, picks and wet

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September 9, 2016

A new study by environmental nonprofit group Oceana has found seafood fraud to be a pervasive problem worldwide, with an average of one in five seafood samples of more than 25,000 taken proving to be different than its labeled identity.

The Oceana report, released Thursday, 8 September, showed fraud occurring at every step of the seafood supply chain, including retail, wholesale, distribution, import/export, packaging/processing and

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September 8, 2016

Australian authorities apprehended a fishing vessel and its 16 crew suspected of fishing illegally for sea cucumber inside the country’s exclusive economic zone.

The vessel, thought to be Vietnamese, was intercepted by the Australian Border Force’s Maritime Border Command and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority on 3 September. It was found near Dianne Bank, approximately 250 nautical miles northeast of the city of Cairns, and 136

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September 8, 2016

The Associated Press released a report on Thursday, 8 September detailing alleged labor abuses onboard Hawaii’s commercial fishing vessels.

Due to a loophole in United States laws, around 700 undocumented workers, mostly from Southeast Asia and Pacific island nations, are allowed to work in Hawaii’s 140-vessel-strong fishing fleet, catching tuna, mahi, swordfish and other seafood sold in Hawaii and throughout the United States. According to

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September 7, 2016

Pacifical, the marketing company for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement's seafood industry, has introduced new social guidelines designed to safeguard the fishermen onboard purse-seiner vessels fishing for tuna in PNA waters, much of which is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainably caught.

The guidelines outline Pacifical’s new minimum requirements regarding the employment, social protection, health and safety,

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September 7, 2016

Clearwater Seafoods will spend CAD 70 million (USD 54.2 million, EUR 48.3 million) to buy a new clam vessel equipped with a more efficient harvesting platform. The investment is “directly tied to Clearwater's strategy of expanding access to supply of high demand, premium, wild and sustainably harvested seafood,” the company said in a press release.

The company, based in Bedfod, Nova Scotia, Canada, has invested CAD 169 million (USD 131

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September 7, 2016

New Zealand’s Mount Cook Alpine Salmon has purchased domestic rival Aoraki Smokehouse Salmon for an undisclosed sum.

Mount Cook Alpine Salmon (MCAS) and Aoraki Smokehouse Salmon both operate freshwater king salmon farms on canals in the MacKenzie District on New Zealand’s South Island. MCAS has a production capacity of 1,000 metric tonnes while Aoraki is capable of producing nearly 600 MT of salmon annually.

“The purchase is a logical

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September 7, 2016

Two companies based in the United States, Dynamic Systems Inc. and Northlake Partners, formed a joint venture in July designed to design and market a fully-automated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Two months in, the companies have announced a successful integration of their applications into an ERP system that is designed to help seafood processors collect real-time production traceability data and shipping information.

“The

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September 7, 2016

Sea Watch International, an Easton, Maryland, U.S.A.-based producer of clam products has acquired Whiting, Maine, U.S.A.-based Look’s Gourmet Foods for an undisclosed sum.

Look’s Gourmet Foods does business as Bar Harbor Foods and is known as a leading producer of branded quality seafood products for retail.

Sea Watch International CEO Bob Brennan said in a press release he expected the transaction to help grow the highly successful Bar

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September 7, 2016

The European Union’s scientific arm announced on Tuesday, 6 September that Sweden has presented enough evidence showing North American lobster presents a threat as an invasive species.

The decision, made by scientific exports on the E.U.’s Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species, moves the review process forward and increases the likelihood the E.U. will enact a ban on imports of live North American lobster.

“This does not prejudge in

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