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 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

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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

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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

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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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