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
October 1, 2013

Bob Vogel, director of retail operations for Santa Monica Seafood (SMS), had a good laugh when AmazonFresh first approached him about supplying fresh seafood for its Los Angeles Spotlight grocery delivery service.

“They came into Culver City, Calif., and were going to do a 28-mile delivery area. I thought, ‘Do they understand our freeway system?’” Vogel said with a chuckle.

However, after “tearing back the skin and looking at everything

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September 30, 2013

New Zealand launched a new promotional seafood campaign at the 2013 New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference on 1 October in Aukland.

The Healthy Fish campaign is designed to help consumers make informed decisions when shopping for seafood and demonstrate New Zealand seafood’s environmental benefits.

“Our research has shown consistently that the general public like eating fish but many of them lack confidence in selecting, preparing and cooking

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September 26, 2013

Live Dungeness crab buyers are getting ready to pay top dollar for the coming season’s landings.

“Chinese national holidays run from 1 October through 8 October and, from now and until Chinese New Year, demand builds,” Kevin Bradley, director of Asia operations for Victoria, B.C.-based supplier and exporter Tradex Foods, told SeafoodSource.

Puget Sound’s inner waters Dungeness crab fishery opens on 1 October and runs through March or

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September 23, 2013

A Belgium-based aquaculture firm is running commercial tests on a formula meant to help combat early mortality syndrome (EMS) or acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome (AHPNS) in farmed shrimp, which is likely caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus pathogens.

Already, the proprietary mixture of phytochemicals from INVE Aquaculture has successfully produced Vibrio-clean or hygienic postlarvae in experiments and has produced postlarvae

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September 12, 2013

While he was campaigning for Gulf seafood in Washington, D.C. earlier this summer, Harlon Pearce, former chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and owner of New Orleans-based Harlon’s LA Fish, realized that the Gulf states needed more representation and support.

“It really struck me that we need a stronger advocacy organization. We want to include everyone who touches seafood, whether it is a restaurant, processor,

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September 11, 2013

Mislabeling of seafood by restaurants in San Diego, Calif., is not as rampant as was reported in the oft-cited Oceana report on U.S. seafood fraud published earlier this year, a new study found.

However, the DNA testing on seafood samples from the restaurants — along with interviews with the restaurant owners and chefs — was conducted at a handful of eateries that serve only sustainable seafood.

The San Diego-based Ocean Discovery Institute

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September 11, 2013

FarmedShrimp.jpgA University of Missouri (MU) professor has invented a shrimp-farming system that not only grows shrimp quickly but also produces zero waste.

“No one in the U.S. has yet been able to demonstrate profitability with shrimp. Ninety percent of our shrimp [consumed in the U.S.] comes from Asia,” David Brune, professor of agricultural systems management at the University of Missouri, told SeafoodSource.

Over the long-term, Asian shrimp

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September 3, 2013

Aquaculture firms and other organizations are celebrating after Delaware passed a bill allowing shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays. Delaware is the last coastal state in the U.S. to permit shellfish farming.

“Supporting this industry represents another example of how we can enact policies that boost our economy and generate millions of dollars for our state, while also better protecting our environment,” Delaware Governor Jack

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September 2, 2013

After reading an Oceana report on the high rates of mislabeled seafood in the U.S. this spring, the owners of the Destin, Fla.-based Harbor Docks restaurant and seafood wholesaler knew what the company’s new ad campaign would be.

By May, Harbor Docks began incorporating facts from the Oceana report into a USD 50,000 (EUR 37,969) advertising campaign that includes television, print, and online marketing. For example, one of its print ads —

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August 29, 2013

Nearing the end of the wild salmon and summer grilling seasons, U.S. supermarkets are ramping up their seafood promotions during the Labor Day weekend. Many are holding four-day seafood sales and outdoor grilling events to move a volume of salmon, lobster, and other seafood.

On 31 August and 1 September, Dayton, Ohio-based Dorothy Lane Market is holding its annual Labor Day Sidewalk Coho Salmon sale. “This is the time for shoppers to enjoy the

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