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
June 22, 2016

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries published an open letter on Wednesday, 22 June stating their opposition to legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) that would transfer oversight over of the Gulf of Mexico’s red snapper fishery from the federal government to those of the Gulf states.

In his letter, the governor said the legislation, H.R. 3094, would not provide

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June 22, 2016

Maine lobstermen are eagerly anticipating this year’s peak season, when they will bring in the majority of a catch that was valued at USD 495 million (EUR 438 million) in 2015 – but they aren’t seeing any signs of it yet.

Historically, peak season for Maine lobster starts two weeks before or after July 4, but according to the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, those who work in the industry are anticipating “a typical start to the

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Published on
June 22, 2016

In the past week, Thai Union published a Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement and hosted a meeting with leaders of the Migrant Worker Rights Network, as part of the company’s efforts to address slavery and human rights abuses in its supply chain.

The statement, published in support of the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015, outlines the activities undertaken by the company to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from its

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June 22, 2016

Canada’s government, First Nations, industry partners including Cooke Aquaculture and scientists representing several of the country’s academic institutions have come together to create one of the country’s first designated wild Atlantic salmon conservation marine sites near Grand Manan in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.

The once-numerous wild Atlantic salmon population in the Bay of Fundy now numbers around 250 total animals, qualifying it

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June 22, 2016

AquaBounty, the maker of the world’s first genetically engineered salmon, has asked a federal court to allow it to assist the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in defending a challenge to the F.D.A.’s authority to regulate GE animals.

The F.D.A. ruled in November 2015 that AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon, which is Atlantic salmon modified with a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon and a promoter sequence from an ocean

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June 21, 2016

Seafood Expo Asia will return to Hong Kong 6 to 8 September, offering buyers and suppliers of seafood a trade event focusing on the lucrative Asia Pacific market, show producer Diversified Communications announced in a press release on Tuesday, 21 June.

More than 240 seafood suppliers from at least 30 countries will attend this year’s Seafood Expo Asia, which is the seventh annual edition of the event, Diversified (which also owns

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June 21, 2016

Connecticut, U.S.A.- based enterprise research planning software company NECS has announced a partnership with Ohio-based Schoneman, the makers of the VistaTrac traceability system, to allow customers to integrate the technology of both companies into one system.

VistaTrac provides real-time inventory, plant-floor data collection, raw materials tracking, yield reporting and full traceability to the food processors. Customers using VistaTrac

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June 21, 2016

A new set of rules designed to reform the salmon farming industry have been proposed by the Chilean government.

The rules will set higher sanitary standards and set limits for growth rates of salmon farms, as well as encouraging lower use of antibiotics, according to Chile’s Diario Financiero.

In an announcement on Monday, 20 June, Chile’s Minister of the Economy, Luis Felipe Céspedes, said the laws are designed to make the

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June 21, 2016

Young’s Seafood has made two board-level appointments as part of an effort to focus on virtual integration.

The British producer and distributor of frozen, chilled and fresh seafood named Scott Johnson, who has been with Young’s since 2005, to its operating board as its new technical director. It also promoted Stuart Caborn, who was already a member of the operating board, to chief supply chain and procurement officer.

“Young’s Seafood

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Published on
June 21, 2016

Shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico were down more than 25 percent off the historical average, but prices for large shrimp are near historic highs, according to the latest data provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

The May catch totaled 10.3 million pounds and, for the year, 23.6 million pounds of shrimp have been caught in the Gulf, 8.6 percent below the 14-year historical average. However, the May catch

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