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
July 20, 2016

With the Pacific bluefin tuna population at 2.6 percent of its historic size and international commissions failing to agree on a recovery plan, on Tuesday, 19 July, The Pew Charitable Trusts called for a two-year moratorium on commercial fishing to allow stocks to rebuild.

Last month, a dozen other environmental groups including Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice, submitted a petition to the

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Published on
July 19, 2016

The Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, a family-owned company based in Hamburg, Germany, which owns Hydrosol, a supplier of stabilizer systems for the food industry, has increased revenues by 12 percent with a report of record revenues in 2015.

The company, which includes Hydrosol, which supplies the seafood industry with stabilizer systems for cured fish products, cooked fish products, smoked salmon, salmon products and seafood as well as spoilage

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Published on
July 19, 2016

Renton, Washington, U.S.A.-based processor and distributor Orca Bay Seafoods announced five internal promotions on Monday, 18 July.

Dave McGee, previously controller and with 15 years of experience in the seafood industry, has been appointed chief financial officer of the company.

Scott Russell, who has worked for Orca Bay for 20 years, including the past six as operations manager, is now vice president of operations.

Former quality assurance

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Published on
July 18, 2016

A European Commission red card implemented on Guinea in 2013, which prohibited fisheries imports from that country into the European Union, was removed on Wednesday, 13 July.

The commission made the decision to rescind its red card after Guinea made “significant” improvements to its national fisheries governance to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, it said in a press release.

“This is an important decision for the

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Published on
July 18, 2016

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority has reported a solid season of fishing for gummy shark, with a 14 percent increase in catch compared to 2015.

The gummy shark, or flake, is commonly used for fish and chips in Australia. More than 1,500 metric tonnes of gummy shark was harvested in Australia’s Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery in 2013, according to the Australian government.

“This [year’s] improved catch shows

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Published on
July 18, 2016

Fortune Fish and Gourmet has continued its acquisition streak with the purchase of Minnesota-based Coastal Seafood, a supplier of restaurants and co-ops in the Midwestern United States.

Fortune Fish, headquartered in Bensenville, Illinois, is a fresh and frozen seafood and specialty food distributor serving restaurants and grocers in the Midwestern U.S. The deal for Coastal Seafoods will expand its reach into the states of Minnesota, Nebraska,

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Published on
July 15, 2016

Maine Coast Lobster hosted a welcoming event on Thursday, 14 July to celebrate the opening of its new facility in Boston that will allow the company to increase its regional distribution and better respond to requests for rapid-ship orders both domestically and internationally.

The 5,000-square-foot leased facility on the Boston Fish Pier will have the capacity to hold up to 30,000 pounds of lobsters. The building will complement the

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Published on
July 14, 2016

Global fisheries expert and University of Washington Professor Ray Hilborn is fighting back against accusations made in May by the environmental activist group Greenpeace alleging he did not appropriately disclose funding he received from the seafood industry.

In an email to SeafoodSource, Hilborn denied any conflict of interest in his work and attached copies of emails sent from representatives of the academic journals Proceedings of the

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Published on
July 14, 2016

In response to accusations of conflicts of interest made against him by Greenpeace, renowned global fisheries expert Ray Hilborn compiled documents definding his work from leading academic journals in which he published his research, as well as from an official at the University of Washington who helped lead an official review of his work at the university (The documents can be found at the bottom of this story). Hilborn also answered questions

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Published on
July 13, 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council has announced that the Solomon Islands skipjack and yellowfin tuna purse seine and pole-and-line fishery has achieved MSC certification, signifying ongoing adherence to the organization’s sustainability standards.

The certification process was initiated by Tri Marine and its subsidiary National Fisheries Developments (NFD), which last month also achieved MSC certification for free school skipjack and yellowfin

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