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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January 13, 2014

The managing partner and founder Of Aqua-Spark, a global investment fund for sustainable aquaculture-related businesses, reveals how aquaculture firms can get financial

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January 9, 2014

While many mainstream media articles spread the notions that coastal aquaculture is not safe for its surrounding environment, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a new report dispelling those myths.

In its extensive Marine Cage Culture and the Environment report, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences (NCCOS) evaluated more than 400 studies reviewing environmental interactions

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January 9, 2014

A partir de esta semana, Chile exige una “completa trazabilidad” y la certificación de la información de descargas de barcos pesqueros industriales de fuera del país que desembarquen productos del mar a sus puertos.
La última medida de la Ley de Pesca del País, que exige una certificación que realizará una entidad auditora acreditada por  Sernapesca, pretende verificar la información  de los desembarques, según la

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January 7, 2014

The polar vortex weather pattern has not only caused deaths and severe traffic problems in Midwest and northeastern states, but has also hampered seafood deliveries.
In addition to snow and rain, many states are experiencing record cold temperatures this week, such as minus 63 Fahrenheit wind chill (-52.8 Celsius) in Montana. Illinois declared a state of emergency as the state faced a combination of black ice, extremely low temperatures and snow

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January 7, 2014

Mike Monahan, owner of Monahan's Seafood Market in Ann Arbor, Mich., discusses how the market's cafe and prepared seafood offerings have boosted the store's

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January 3, 2014

Starting this week, Chile is requiring “full traceability” and certification from foreign commercial fishing boats delivering seafood to its ports.

The latest amendment to the country’s Fisheries Act, which requires certification from auditing entities accredited by Sernapesca, is intended to verify landings data, according to Chile’s Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca).

"International markets are increasingly

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December 31, 2013

Long John Silver’s has been through a major transformation over the past two years, since LJS Partners LLC purchased one the nation’s largest fast food seafood chains from Yum Brands. SeafoodSource recently caught up with Mike Kern, CEO of LJS, to talk about the restaurant chain’s initiatives set forth in 2013, and how it is planning to grow in 2014.

Blank: What are the major initiatives you put in place in 2013 to boost LJS’s

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Published on
December 31, 2013

As the culprit of millions of dollars in annual losses in fresh seafood departments, shrink is probably retailers’ most elusive problem. As a result, many seafood retailers — along with their distributors — have developed programs and techniques to combat waste.

Things began to turn around in the world of fresh seafood shrink after the 2008 economic crash forced the issue. Reducing waste in every facet of retail became an absolute

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December 23, 2013

American supermarkets benefitted from increased fresh seafood sales for the first nine months of 2013, led by crab, lobster and cod increases.

The total volume of crustaceans sold in grocery stores rose 16.2 percent, while sales increased 11.3 percent for the 52 weeks ending 28 September 2013, according to recent data from the Nielsen Perishables Group.

"Crab and lobster saw improvement because more retailers/stores carried crab and lobster,

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December 11, 2013

Seafood imports to the U.S. spiked 32 percent over the past year, according to new data from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The value of U.S. imports rose 32 percent to USD 1.76 billion (EUR 1.28 million), and volume climbed 9 percent to 213.4 million kilograms (kg). in October, 2013, compared to October, 2012. The import increases were led by shrimp imports, which spiked 70 percent from USD 396 million (EUR 287.7 million)

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