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
March 24, 2014

The new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Korea and Canada will significantly increase Canada’s exports of lobster and other seafood to the country.

The Canada-Korea FTA, finalized by the two country’s governments in mid-March, is expected to boost Canada’s economy by USD 1.7 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) and increase Canadian exports to South Korea by 32 percent. The agreement mandated that all tariffs, which averaged USD 0.165 (EUR 0.119),

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Published on
March 21, 2014

New government regulations could have a devastating impact on South Australia’s seafood exports, which bring USD 250 million (EUR 181.2 million) into the state very year, commercial fishing groups say.

The Labor Government established “no take” sanctuary zones in the 19 marine parks in South Australia waters that will cause “some of the most viable fishing grounds — particularly for Southern Rock Lobster fishers — to be lost,”

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March 17, 2014

The owner of Gradient Aquaculture talks about the company's new line of seafood pastas, as well as its gluten-free seafood pastas that are in

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March 16, 2014

Discounters continue to surpass all other U.K. supermarkets in terms of sales growth and share of the market, according to data released recently by Kantar Worldpanel.

For example, Aldi’s sales jumped 33.5 percent for the 12 weeks ending 2 March GBP 1.1 million (USD 1.8 million, EUR 1.3 million), while frozen foods discounter Farm Foods sales spiked 41.8 percent to GBP 188,355 (USD 314,213/EUR 225,486). Discounter Lidl also realized a

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Published on
March 11, 2014

While the U.K. government said last week it will provide funding to commercial fishermen impacted by this winter’s severe storms, fishing organizations are concerned about how much of the funds will get to those hardest hit.

From mid-December through February, high winds and flooding in many areas of the country have damaged vessels and kept boats out of the water, causing millions of GBP in losses.

At a meeting last week with U.K. Fisheries

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Published on
March 10, 2014

The executive director of The Soy Aquaculture Alliance and organizer of the newly formed Coalition of U.S. Seafood Production talks about CUSP's top legislative priorities this

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Published on
March 3, 2014

 

Why is the U.S. aquaculture industry so vital to the country’s economy?

In the U.S., we import about 90 percent of the seafood we eat, and we have a trade deficit in imports of more than USD 11 billion. If you compare that to terrestial agriculture in the U.S., we have a trade surplus of more than USD 40 billion. That is unacceptable to me. We should be leading the industry in aquaculture, just as we do in every other segment of

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March 3, 2014

Vice president of distributor Albion Fisheries in Richmond, British Columbia talks about the new sustainable fishing projects that Sea Pact will fund and Albion's new land-raised, closed contained Atlantic

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Published on
February 28, 2014

Recognizing that the 5 March through 17 April Lenten season is the best time of year to sell seafood, a number of U.S. restaurant chains recently launched limited-time seafood offers.

“During Lent, we see 25 percent to 40 percent increases in our weekly unit volumes,” Charles St. Clair, chief marketing officer at Long John Silver’s (LJS), told SeafoodSource. Plus, the consumer awareness that LJS generates from its Lent promotions help

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Published on
February 26, 2014

Dungeness crab landings are lower across the U.S. West Coast this season, driving prices higher.

“It is pretty dismal, compared to the banner year we just came off of,” Peter Calvass, marine biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told SeafoodSource. As of mid-February, fishermen landed 10.7 million pounds of Dungeness crab statewide, compared to 24.4 million pounds for the full season in 2013. The ex-vessel value

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