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 6, 2016

The BBC has aired a report investigating the much-publicized video of the apparent shooting of mariners at sea in the Indian Ocean, ascribing possible blame for the crime to the crew of a Taiwanese fishing vessel.

The video was also the subject of a New York Times article by Ian Urbina, whose series “The Outlaw Ocean” investigated the lack of oversight of high-seas fishing in international waters. 

The BBC report, which aired Tuesday, 6

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September 6, 2016

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, the regional arm of Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture, has acquired Balta Island Seafare, a salmon farming operation in the Shetland Islands.

Terms of the purchase were not announced, but it includes three farm sites capable of producing more than 1,000 tons of salmon. The acquisition gives Cooke Aquaculture Scotland exclusive management over the northernmost salmon farming region in the United Kingdom.

“This

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September 6, 2016

Maiko van der Meer has been appointed general director and CEO of Dutch shrimp processor Klaas Puul following its sale to H2 Equity Partners last week. Van der Meer previously worked for Marine Harvest as managing director of consumer products for five years. Klaas Puul, headquartered in Volendam, the Netherlands, processes both small North Sea and larger tropical shrimp in plants in Morocco, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. It has

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Published on
September 2, 2016

North American lobsters are achieving their highest prices seen in 11 years due to peaking domestic demand and increasing interest from overseas markets, according to an article in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.

A standard-weight, hard-shell 1.25 pound lobster is now selling for USD 8.50 (EUR 7.58), with new-shell lobster selling for USD 6 (EUR 5.35), the most valuable they’ve been since 2005, according to the newspaper.

The newspaper

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September 2, 2016

Clear Springs Foods, an Idaho, U.S.A.-based trout farming operation, has announced the promotion of Brent Fraser to vice president of sales.

Fraser has worked at Clear Springs Foods since 2012, most recently as national sales manager. Prior to his employment at Clear Springs, he worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Girards/GFF, a California-based food company. Brent attended San Diego State University, where he studied business

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September 1, 2016

A collaboration between Mexican governmental agencies and marine aquaculture firm Earth Ocean Farms is aiming to improve the plight of the totoaba, an endangered fish valued in Asia for its supposed medicinal properties.

Officials from Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and National Commission of Aquaculture and Fishing (CONAPESCA) released 15,000 totoaba hatchlings raised at Earth Ocean Farms into the Sea of

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September 1, 2016

High Liner Foods’ seafood processing facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire had to be evacuated on Monday, 29 August after an ammonia leak was reported by an employee.

The employee working at the plant’s batter-cooling machine discovered the leak at 9:40 p.m. and alerted authorities, then helped the 80 other workers at the facility evacuate while first responders located the source of the leak, according to Seacoast Online.

Wearing

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Published on
August 31, 2016

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly addressed the New Zealand seafood industry at its annual conference on Wednesday, 31 August, praising it for its responsible fisheries management.

Connelly, who heads up the United States’ seafood trade association, said New Zealand’s seafood industry “punches above its weight” considering its distance from major markets, according to a press release from Seafood New Zealand. He

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August 31, 2016

Marine Harvest’s global director of research and development sold 15,000 shares of the global salmon farming company’s stock after the company reported an all-time high in operational results during its quarterly shareholder report.

Øyvind Oaland sold the shares on 26 August at a price of NOK 130.21 (USD 15.62, EUR 14.04), netting him USD 234,300 (EUR 210,600). Oaland retained 4,388 shares of the company and also owns 51,089 unexercised

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August 31, 2016

After more than a year of considering a sale, the owners of major Dutch shrimp processing firm Klaas Puul have offered a controlling interest in the company to investment group H2 Equity Partners.

Klaas Puul, headquartered in Volendam, the Netherlands, processes both small North Sea and larger tropical shrimp in plants mostly in Morocco, with additional facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. It has around 3,500 employees

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