Christine Blank

Contributing Editor

Christine Blank, a veteran freelance writer and editor, covers all aspects of the seafood industry, from fishing to processing to selling and serving the final product. When she is not writing for SeafoodSource, Christine gets to taste scrumptious seafood dishes at U.S. restaurants for her food and travel blog, Flavorful Excursions (www.flavorfulexcursions.net). Christine loves to eat seafood of any kind, but lobster, crab and crawfish are among her favorites. In addition to SeafoodSource.com and SeaFood Business, Christine’s articles have been published in hundreds of leading magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, USA Today and Associated Press.

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Published on
June 24, 2022

London, United Kingdom-based restaurant and grocery chain Itsu is removing wild yellowfin tuna from its menu by the end of this year, citing overfishing concerns.

Itsu said the decision stems from the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Scientific Committee report, published in February, showing the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock is overfished and will require a catch reduction of at least 30 percent. The tuna will be replaced with

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Published on
June 23, 2022

Genova Premium Tuna, a Chicken of the Sea International brand, is teaming up with “Top Chef” judge and cookbook author Gail Simmons to “curate the perfect dinner party collection,” Genova said in a press release.

“It's time to make hosting stress-free. Packaged with an easy-to-make recipe guide and beautiful table settings inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, this one-of-a-kind

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June 23, 2022

Chilled seafood sales in the U.K. grocery sector plunged in the quarter ending 15 May, primarily due to record-high price inflation.

Overall chilled seafood sales dropped 11 percent to GBP 489.9 million (USD 601 million, EUR 568 million), according to grocery research firm Kantar.

Sales of all sub-categories of chilled seafood dropped, Kantar said in its latest Meat, Fish, and Poultry report. The largest decline was in battered seafood, with

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Published on
June 22, 2022

South El Monte, California, U.S.A.-based food manufacturer 888 Food Company is recalling certain of its fish ball and fish cake products because they may contain undeclared eggs.

The recall was initiated after the company received a consumer complaint of anaphylactic reaction, the company said in a press release.

“Through investigation, it was determined that the formulation of an ingredient was changed to include eggs,” 888 Food

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Published on
June 22, 2022

Home meal kit company Blue Apron is debuting seasonal meal kits, starting with its Summer Lobster Box ... 

Photo courtesy of Blue

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Published on
June 21, 2022

U.S. senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of up to USD 52 million (EUR 49 million) in Pacific and Alaskan groundfish purchases ... 

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Published on
June 21, 2022

Both Red Lobster and Long John Silver’s are featuring shrimp in new summer seafood promotions. Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based Red Lobster, which operates more than 700 restaurants, is launching a new BBQ Bacon Grilled Shrimp dish as part of the Summerfest promotion, which is running for a limited time ... 

Photos courtesy of Red Lobster and Long John

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Published on
June 20, 2022

Ahold Delhaize USA, which operates more than 2,000 food stores and distribution centers, is now utilizing sustainably-sourced seafood across all of its retailers’ seafood products.

The Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based retailer began a comprehensive initiative in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) to vet and audit all seafood products – whether they were private brand or national brand – on a

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Published on
June 20, 2022

West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.-based grocery chain Hy-Vee and its wholly-owned distribution subsidiary, Perishable Distributors of Iowa, have disclosed a complete list of fishing vessels that supply its fresh, frozen, and canned private-label tuna.

“This is a groundbreaking decision for the U.S. retail sector due to longstanding challenges regarding a lack of transparency into tuna supply chains,” Hy-Vee said in a statement.

The

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Published on
June 16, 2022

The National Fisheries Institute and other organizations lauded the U.S. Congress’s passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act on 14 June.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2022, which the U.S. Senate previously approved. U.S. President Joe Biden signed the bill on Thursday, 16 June.

The bill shifts the burden of proof regarding the reasonableness of detention or demurrage charges from the

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