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
August 27, 2020

A new study exploring the potential that COVID-19 can linger on food, including frozen seafood, draws connections between recent outbreaks of the disease in China, Vietnam, and New Zealand.

The study, “Seeding of outbreaks of COVID-19 by contaminated fresh and frozen food,” was filed on preprint server BioRxiv on 17 August. BioRxiv publishes preliminary findings that have not been scrutinized by peer review.

“An explanation is

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Published on
August 25, 2020

United Kingdom-based supermarket chains Tesco and Morrisons are expanding their online and food to-go services.

Tesco is hiring 16,000 new employees to assemble customer orders placed online and an additional 3,000 grocery delivery van drivers, according to The Grocer. The Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England-based company said it has already hired 3,000 new employees in an effort to meet much higher demand for groceries driven by the

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Published on
August 21, 2020

The European Union will immediately eliminate its tariffs on imports of U.S. live and frozen lobster products, according to an announcement from the United States Trade Representative’s office.

An agreement struck between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan on Friday, 21 August will result in the E.U. eliminating the lobster tariffs on a Most-Favored Nation basis, retroactive to 1

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Published on
August 21, 2020

Salmones Camanchaca reported 58.9 percent lower earnings in the first-half of 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019, hurt by the lowest salmon prices since 2015, brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic ... 

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Published on
August 20, 2020

Chris Lishewski, the former president and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, reported to U.S. Penitentiary Tucson (Arizona) Satellite Camp on Monday, 17 August, to begin serving his 40-month sentence for price-fixing.

Lischewski was found guilty of being involved in a scheme between Bumble Bee, StarKist, and Chicken of the Sea to fix the price of canned tuna sold in the United States between 2011 and 2013. As part of his sentence, he was also ordered to

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Published on
August 20, 2020

Trond Valderhaug has been named the chief commercial officer of Salmon Evolution, the Romsdal, Norway-based aquaculture firm currently constructing a flowthrough salmon farm in Indre Harøy, Norway.

Valderhaug, who currently works as vice president of sales, Asia, at Mowi, begins in the position on 1 October. He has more than 20 years of national and international sales experience, according to a Salmon Evolution press release.

“I

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Published on
August 20, 2020

Andfjord Salmon, which is building a land-based flowthrough salmon farm on the island of Andøya, Norway, is continuing to add capacity to its project, but also announced a delay in its smolt release due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic …

Photo courtesy of Andfjord

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Published on
August 19, 2020

The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, a consortium of ocean-dependent countries founded in 2018 to initiate action to improve global marine sustainability efforts, has issued a report detailing the threat that organized crime poses to the fisheries sector.

Also known as the Ocean Panel, the consortium consists of Norway, Palau, Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway,

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Published on
August 18, 2020

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade has placed a Withhold Release Order (WRO) on all seafood harvested by the Taiwanese-owned, Vanuatu-flagged fishing vessel Da Wang “due to reasonable suspicion of forced labor on the vessel.”

The WRO will require detention of seafood harvested by the Da Wang at all U.S. ports of entry. Importers of any detained shipments “will have an opportunity to export their

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Published on
August 18, 2020

A suspected case of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) has been discovered at a Northern Harvest Sea Farms site in Newfoundland, Canada.

The company, owned by Mowi, reported in a statement issued by the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association samples from one salmon taken from one cage at its Cinq Island Cove marine site, located off the south coast of Newfoundland, tested positive for ISA.

The cage contains around 200,000 Atlantic salmon, and

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