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 13, 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced its support for more than USD 11 million (EUR 9.8 million) in recommended grants to study or improve the nation’s fisheries as part of its Saltonstall-Kennedy grant competition.

The grants, which still must be approved by the NOAA Grants Management Division and the Department of Commerce's Financial Assistance Law Division, and are contingent upon adequate funding

Read More
Published on
June 10, 2016

A regulatory body managing overseeing marine issues in New England, USA, is considering a proposal that would reopen the Maine shrimp fishery by 2018.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering new regulations that would create state-by-state quotas, new reporting methods and mandatory use of specific fishing gear as part of the effort to allow fishermen to once again catch Maine shrimp, according to the Associated

Read More
Published on
June 10, 2016

A new advisory group that includes seafood primary producers, representatives from industry and trade and environmental and consumer organizations held its first meeting as a formal body on 8 June.

The European Market Advisory Council (MAC) for fisheries and aquaculture will investigate key issues affecting the seafood sector and deliver advice on markets to the European Union, according to a press release from the European Federation of

Read More
Published on
June 10, 2016

For many reasons, but highest among them illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and issues related to human and workers’ rights, Thailand’s fishing and seafood processing industry has been the target of scrutiny and threats of sanctions from the European Union for the past five years.

In April 2015, after declaring Thailand had not taken sufficient measures to tackle its problems, the EU issued the Southeast Asian fishing giant

Read More
Published on
June 9, 2016

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is conducting its first full review of the standards for its groundbreaking responsible fisheries management (RFM) scheme since it was implemented in 2011.

ASMI initiated a 60-day public comment period on the standards, which were designed in alignment with the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI), on 6 June. The opportunity for stakeholders to provide ASMI comments on its standards runs through

Read More
Published on
June 9, 2016

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods has added two sustainability veterans to its responsible sourcing team with the hiring of Peter Carpenter and Jennifer Woofter.

Carpenter will lead the company’s quality assurance group as director of technical services and sustainability. He will be based out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and will have responsibility for engaging with suppliers to ensure their supply chains are in compliance with Chicken of

Read More
Published on
June 9, 2016

Stavis Seafoods has had quite a year – numerous staffing changes, the announcement in March of its expansion into a new USD 40 million facility on the Boston waterfront and the tragic ammonia leak in its cold storage warehouse that resulted in the death of an employee.

Company CEO Richard Stavis – who represents the third generation of his family to run the 85-year-old business – told SeafoodSource in an interview that while it

Read More
Published on
June 9, 2016

Massachusetts-based East Coast Seafood, one of the world’s largest distributors of of live and frozen American lobster, and also a seller of scallops and fin-fish, has commenced a search for a new chief executive officer.

Current CEO Michael Tourkistas said he will step down from his position once the new CEO is hired, he said in a press release, though he plans to remain with the company and continue to serve on its executive board.

“I am

Read More
Published on
June 8, 2016

The government of Thailand has ratified the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention, a treaty that establishes enforcement mechanisms to guarantee global standards relating to the working and living conditions of seafarers.

Thailand became the 77th country to ratify the treaty after Thai Minister of Labor General Sirichai Distakul deposited the instrument of ratification to ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in Geneva on

Read More
Published on
June 7, 2016

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has collaborated with scientists from Canada to rebut claims made by the government of Sweden arguing that the European Union should consider the American lobster an invasive species.

Steven Wilson, deputy director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, said the United States and Canada were working together to prevent the issue from

Read More