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
July 14, 2013

The total Alaska salmon harvest is coming up short this season, with lower than anticipated supplies of sockeye, kings, and pinks. The shortage is expected to drive up salmon prices for the remainder of the season.

As of 7 July, fishermen netted 20.93 million sockeye (red salmon), or 61 percent of this season’s forecast, according to consulting and strategic planning company and Northwest Fisheries Association member, Nickinovich &

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Published on
July 10, 2013

Taiwan and New Zealand’s new Economic Partnership Agreement (ANZTEC) is expected to boost exports of New Zealand seafood to Taiwan in the near future.

As part of the agreement, signed on 10 July, tariffs on all seafood products will be phased out over four to eight years. Seafood products that will be duty-free within four years include: fresh and frozen tuna, rock lobster, blue cod and toothfish.

“Seafood New Zealand understands that the

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Published on
July 7, 2013

Ya que aumentan las exportaciones de productos del mar de Alaska a Brasil, Walmart Brasil está introduciendo una línea de productos del mar congelados de Alaska.

 El distribuidor Noronha Pescados, comenzó a vender recientemente su línea de salmón de Alaska, abadejo y lomos y filetes de bacalao a las 500 tiendas de Walmart en Brasil, junto con el Club de Sam, aPão de Açúcar (Casino), Cencosud y Zaffari.

“El consumidor en Brasil está

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Published on
July 7, 2013

As Alaskan seafood exports to Brazil increase, Walmart Brazil is now carrying a line of frozen Alaska seafood products.

Distributor Noronha Pescados recently began selling its line of Alaskan salmon, Pollock and cod fillets and steaks to all of Walmart’s 500 stores in Brazil, along with Sam’s Club, aPão de Açúcar (Casino), Cencosud and Zaffari.

“The consumer in Brazil is tired of the product from China, and the new middle class is looking

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Published on
July 2, 2013

Recognizing that consumers are gathering for parties and barbecues for the Fourth of July, supermarkets are promoting fish for grilling and Maine lobster for the holiday.

“We try to put items on special that are conducive to grilling. California sea bass is running right now and is a thick fillet for grilling,” Michael Cigliano, executive VP of Santa Monica Seafood, Santa Monica, Calif., told SeafoodSource.

At its two retail locations,

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Published on
July 2, 2013

Stormy weather in the Northeast and Maryland’s blue crab certification program have increased demand for the shellfish this season.

As a result, prices have risen to USD 234 (EUR 180) per bushel retail on average for males.

“This spring, the crab prices are at very high levels. It has to do with the weather — there are thunderstorms every day — but there is also a lot of demand for Maryland crab right now,” said Steve Vilnit, Maryland

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Published on
July 1, 2013

Customers who walk into the Coco Cove convenience store in Honolulu immediately notice that this is a store unlike any traditional c-store they have seen. Fresh foods — from made-to-order sandwiches to a full-service sushi station  — are prolific in the small store.

In addition to 15 different varieties of sushi, the Coco Cove store also features salmon cakes, seared salmon and bento boxes with seafood, all prepared fresh daily. Coco Cove, a

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Published on
June 27, 2013

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) officials are very concerned after Walmart sent an email to salmon suppliers reiterating its policy on purchasing only wild salmon that is MSC-certified or that is from a fishery in Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).

Speaking with SeafoodSource, Walmart called the letter a routine communication with suppliers at the start of the salmon season, but the letter still prompted a strong response from

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Published on
June 25, 2013

Prices on Gulf of Mexico brown shrimp are rising after overseas shrimp producers report problems with disease and the U.S. government set preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) rates for shrimp imports.

“The pricing is the highest I have seen in six years. You are paying twice as much for product after the BP oil spill,” said Randy Pearce, owner of processing company Doran Seafood in Independence, La.

As a result of higher ex-vessel prices on

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Published on
June 19, 2013

As the supply of Copper River salmon rises, retail prices are falling and supermarkets are running a variety of promotions.

On Friday 21 June Whole Foods Market will hold a one-day sale on Wild Alaska sockeye salmon in its U.S. stores. The retailer, will sell the salmon for USD 11.99 (EUR 9.08) a pound — a significant discount compared to the typical wild sockeye salmon price.

Dayton, Ohio-based Dorothy Lane Market is running two different

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