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 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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Published on
July 12, 2016

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is loosening fishing restrictions on Atlantic herring in an attempt to address a shortage of the baitfish most commonly used for catching lobster.

New rules put in place by the U.S. state for this year’s fishing season have increased the percentage of Atlantic herring caught inshore, threatening to exhaust the inshore quota during prime lobster season, according to an article in the Portland Press

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Published on
July 11, 2016

After a biological review of catch sizes, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA) has announced it will open federal waters offshore from Texas to trawling for brown shrimp starting the evening of Friday, 15 July.

The waters off Texas are closed to shrimp fishing annually to allow brown shrimp to reach a larger and more valuable size prior to harvest, and to prevent waste of brown shrimp that might otherwise be

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Published on
July 8, 2016

U.S. grocery chain Kroger has announced new seafood sourcing guidelines that include a pledge to source 90 percent of its seafood volume from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council-certified.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger operates 2,778 retail food stores in 35 states. The guidelines are part of the company’s larger plan to improve its eco-stewardship by 2020, according to the Progressive Grocer.

“Our goal is to be a positive force

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Published on
July 8, 2016

An Alabama, U.S.A.-based seafood company has been ordered to cease production after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documented serious food safety violations at its processing plant.

BEK Catering, which operates as Floppers Foods in Daphne, Alabama, was handed a permanent injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Tuesday, 5 July after the FDA showed the court the results of multiple inspections it

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Published on
July 8, 2016

Several wild salmon fisheries in Russia are nearing Marine Stewardship Council certification following a multi-year effort by industry representatives, government officials and scientists to improve their sustainability.

A draft certification report performed by MRAG Americas of pink, chum and coho salmon fisheries in Kamchatka, in Russia’s far east, recommended full MSC certification with seven conditions for continued improvement, according

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