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 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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Published on
June 1, 2016

Deteriorating finances have led Seattle-based Great Pacific Seafoods to declare bankruptcy.

The company has shuttered its three seafood processing plants in Kenai, Whittier and Anchorage that processed salmon from the Copper River, Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet and cod from the Gulf of Alaska, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. It had already shut down its Arctic chum operations, based in Kotzebue, Alaska, last year, the paper

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June 1, 2016

Ruth Levy grew up the daughter of a fisherman, a fact that would have a lasting effect on her life.

As reported by SeafoodSource last week, Levy is leaving her position as chief business officer at Stavis Seafoods, where she has worked since 1988. Levy declined to discuss the reasons for her departure, other than saying “It’s just time to go.” [Read

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Published on
May 31, 2016

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced four grant awards to universities and community groups to be used for lobster research and education.

The Penobscot East Resource Center will receive USD 37,500 (EUR 33,600) to develop lobster curriculum for its Eastern Maine Skippers Program, an educational initiative for high school students planning to enter Maine’s lobster fishing industry. The Deer Isle-based nonprofit will engage

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Published on
May 27, 2016

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission adopted harvest control rules for skipjack tuna on 26 May at its annual meeting in La Reunion, a decision jointly lauded by some industry groups and many environmental organizations.

The new rules include the identification of target levels of fishing to keep skipjack tuna populations from falling below dangerously low levels. They also call for a reduction of the use of fish-aggregating devices, ban the use of

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Published on
May 27, 2016

In a vote that divided both major U.S. political parties, the United States Senate voted Wednesday, 25 May to eliminate the requirement that all imported catfish be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The controversial measure pitted those favoring more inspections against those wanting to decrease trade barriers and eliminate duplicative inspection systems. The 55-43 vote, which split the votes of both the Republican and

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May 27, 2016

A new report from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) estimates that the commercial fishing and seafood industry in the United States generated USD 153 billion (EUR 137 billion) in sales in 2014, supported 1,390,000 jobs and provided USD 42 billion (EUR 37.7 billion) in income and USD 64 billion (EUR57.4 billion) in value-added impacts nationwide.

The annual report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014,

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May 26, 2016

More than 22,000 attendees from 143 countries attended the 24th edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global from 26 to 28 April, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium.

Companies representing 80 countries exhibited the event, which covered 35,862 square meters of exhibit space, according to Diversified Communications, which operates the expo (Diversified Communications also owns SeafoodSource.com).

Diversified Communications Group Vice

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