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
March 21, 2016

Frigoríficas Ferrer, a distributor of fresh and frozen seafood based in Vic, Spain, has announced the opening of a new office in Valencia, its first outside of Catalonia.

The company, which posted 8 percent sales growth in 2015 to total a turnover of EUR 64 million (USD 72.1 million), already has offices in Mercabarna, Manresa, Lleida, Figueres, Girona and Tarragona.

Frigoríficas Ferrer’s Valencia office opened 1 January and was created

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Published on
March 18, 2016

Seafood giant Thai Union Group has bought into partner Avanti Feeds’ new frozen foods business by acquiring a INR 1.25 billion (USD 18.8 million, ERU 16.6 million) stake in the unit, according to Indian media website VCCircle.com. The investment will give Thai Union a 40 percent stake in the venture.

Avanti Feeds, founded in 1993, is a shrimp processor and exporter and produces prawn and fish feeds. Thai Union was an early investor in the

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Published on
March 17, 2016

Facing a deadline to make changes to its fishing practices, Taiwan made several moves this week designed to ward off the looming threat of a damaging red card from the European Commission.

A bill increasing the penalties on Taiwan’s long-distance fleets that engage in illegal fishing has been introduced and is now up for ratification by that country’s legislature. Taiwan has also increased coordination with the government of the Philippines

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Published on
March 16, 2016

EU fishing industry group Europêche responded on 14 March to an article in The Guardian (U.K) that claims a new European commission proposal leaked to the news organization reveals plans for much looser regulations of the Baltic cod fishery.

The Guardian article said the commission is planning to allow exemptions on catch limits on Western Baltic cod and North Sea sole expected to become mandatory by 2020. That move would threaten the

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Published on
March 16, 2016

A fishing trawler flying the Chinese flag was sunk by Argentine defense vessels after being caught fishing illegally within the country’s exclusive economic zone, according to media reports and a press release from the Argentine Prefectura Naval, or coast guard.

According to the press release, after the Argentine coast guard ship Derbes discovered the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 fishing off the coast Puerto Madryn, Chubut Province on Wednesday, 14

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Published on
March 16, 2016

Aker Capital AS, the subsidiary of Aker ASA, a holding company operating in the offshore fishing, construction and engineering markets, announced Wednesday, 16 March it sold 8.5 million shares of Havfisk, the Norwegian whitefish fishing company formerly known as Aker Seafood.

The shares were sold for NOK 29 (USD 3.37, EUR 3.05) each, meaning the sale netted the company NOK 246.5 million (USD 28.7 million, EUR 25.9 million). As a result of the

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Published on
March 16, 2016

Americold, a provider of temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation, has hired Carl Fowler as senior vice president, business development – regional accounts.

Fowler will lead the regional development and growth strategy for the Atlanta, Ga.-based business, which provides facilities and logistical support to seafood producers, processors, distributors and retailers. Americold has more than 180 warehouses containing more than 1

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Published on
March 15, 2016

Shareholders put their stamp of approval on the marriage of supermarket giants Delhaize and Ahold on Monday, 14 March, with an overwhelming percentage of votes at a special meeting backing the merger.

The meeting of Delhaize shareholders, which took place in Brussels, resulted in more than 92 percent voting in favor of Ahold’s acquisition of Delhaize. On Tuesday, 15 March, Belgian authorities gave their approval to the deal on the condition

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Published on
March 15, 2016

Blumar’s Caicura salmon fattening center has suffered 100 percent mortality as a result of the algal bloom affecting Chile’s Region X, resulting in the loss of more than 1 million farmed Atlantic salmon, according to Chile’s Diario Financiero.

Since 29 February, when the algal bloom increased in size and began affecting Chilean salmon farmers, Blumar’s total losses related to the algae are 1,152,563 fish worth USD 8.02 million (EUR 7.22

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Published on
March 15, 2016

Brazilian lobster fishery improvement project (FIP) is continuing to build momentum despite a political situation in the country that has made management difficult.

On 8 March, during Seafood Expo North America, all the major parties to the FIP signed a renewal of the FIP agreement and two new companies from Brazil announced their intention to join the partnership.

The FIP is a partnership between the state of Ceará, Brazil, SINDFRIO, the

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