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. 

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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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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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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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