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 6, 2016

Major players in the Arctic cod fishery have come to an agreement that will limit its future catch in the Northern Barents Sea.

Fishing companies Fiskebåt and Karat, processors Espersen, Nomad Foods, Icelandic Seachill, The Saucy Fish Co., Young’s Seafood and retailers including McDonald’s, Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s have all signed onto an agreement brokered by Greenpeace that will limit the expansion of cod fishing into a

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Published on
June 3, 2016

Representatives of Chile's salmon farming industry are challenging that country’s proposed new rules governing the industry, which are in the process of being reformed in the wake of a deadly algal bloom earlier this year.

According to a report in Chile’s Diario Financiero, Chile’s Sub-Secretary of Fish and Aquaculture (Subpesca) began publishing the new rules in May, with the goal of giving the government greater control over the

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Published on
June 3, 2016

Lerøy Seafoods made a major play in the European whitefish sector Thursday, 2 June by acquiring a majority ownership of Havfisk and Norway Seafood Group.

The roughly EUR 200 million (USD 226 million) investment will give Lerøy 64.4 percent ownership of Havfisk, the largest trawler company in Norway, with 11 percent of the country’s whitefish quota, and a 73.6 percent ownership of Norway Seafoods, one of Europe’s largest whitefish

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Published on
June 2, 2016

Following a yearlong court battle, a Chilean court upheld a request by the environmental group Oceana that requires the Chilean aquaculture industry to disclose details surrounding the antibiotics they use in their salmon farming operations.

The industry, which produced around 895,000 metric tons of farmed salmon in 2014 – good enough to rank it the second-largest producer in the world – has refused to release the details of its antibiotic

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Published on
June 2, 2016

A frantic but little-discussed diplomatic game going on between Beijing and Brussels could have a major impact on seafood trade globally.

The European Union is set to make a decision this summer as to whether to grant market economy status to China. Offering China MES status would make it much harder for the E.U. to put retributive tariffs on Chinese goods if China begins dumping goods on European markets.

While the move appears likely, the

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Published on
June 2, 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council announced Thursday, 2 June that it has certified Tri Marine’s purse-seine vessels fishing for free-schooling skipjack and yellowfin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

Bellevue, Washington-based Tri Marine is one of the world's largest tuna fishing companies. Last year, it listed more than USD 1.3 billion (EUR 1.17 billion) in sales in the United States alone, according to the 2015 Top 25 North

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Published on
June 2, 2016

Randy Spencer, the vice president of foodservice at Handy International, is no longer with the company.

Handy, which is based in Salisbury, Maryland, specializes in crabs and oysters, as well as value-added seafood products. The company has made no official statement regarding Spencer’s employment status. Maureen Johnson, the director of marketing at Handy, did not respond to emails and phone calls requesting comment. But a Handy

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Published on
June 2, 2016

Canada’s minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has resigned from his position and from the Liberal party caucus in order to seek treatment for addiction issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tootoo’s departure in an announcement on Tuesday, 31 May. Trudeau named Tootoo after Trudeau led the Liberal party to a federal election victory six months ago. He previously served as a member of the Canadian

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Published on
June 1, 2016

Hong Kong-based Pacific Andes International, is near bankruptcy, according to an article published by Forbes.

The company, which is controlled by the Ng family and was once the largest fish fillet producer in the world as measured by volume, due mainly to its success in feeding the Chinese market, was nearly liquidated in November 2015 after its subsidiary failed to pay a USD 31 million (EUR 27.7 million) installment on a USD 650 million (EUR

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Published on
June 1, 2016

Vietnamese seafood import/export firm Seafood Connection, which was purchased in 2013 by Japanese seafood giant Maruha Nichiro, has hired Chau Minh Dat as its new commercial director.

Dat, the former vice general director of Hoang Long Seafood, will oversee quality control, product development, sourcing, audits, design logistics and travel for Seafood Connection.

Dat was hired in order to address business opportunities arising from an increase

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