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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February 3, 2014

 

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February 3, 2014

The Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI) and other interested parties are testifying about proposed changes to the Magnuson Stevens Act on 4 February in Washington, DC.

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing on the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which will improve and strengthen many provisions of the Magnuson Stevens Act.

GSI wants to ensure that federal government uses

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Published on
January 30, 2014

Traditional supermarkets continue to lose market share to alternative outlets in the U.S., which is impacting how and where perishables are sold, Jim Hertel, managing partner of food retail consulting company Willard Bishop, said during a recent webinar.

During the Grocery Industry Outlook Webinar hosted by BMO Financial Group on 28 January, Hertel explained how the change in the types of retailers selling food, along with generational shifts,

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Published on
January 27, 2014

 

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January 24, 2014

AquaBounty’s CEO is defending the company’s actions in Canada after a lawsuit was filed earlier this week against the company and the Canadian agency that approved the company’s genetically modified (GM) salmon.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not issued final approval of AquAdvantage salmon, making Canada the first country in the world to approve GM salmon production.

Canadian environmental groups Ecology Action Center

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January 23, 2014

La tormenta perfecta que se cernía sobre el mercado del salmón fresco de acuicultura y la industria del salmón salvaje congelado está dando lugar a un aumento del precio del salmón a comienzos de año.
La producción chilena se ha reducido debido a la normativa del gobierno, que pretende frenar los brotes del virus ISA. Asimismo, las exportaciones de salmón del país se han complicado esta semana tras el cierre de una docena de puertos

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January 22, 2014

The Canadian lobster industry is well on its way to developing a national branding campaign after a series of meetings establishing the desired promotional messages.

Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Lobster Council of Canada is in the midst of a three-month research project to develop a national brand identity for the lobster fishery and its multimillion-dollar processing industry.

“We have commoditized lobster in some ways, but it is still a

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January 22, 2014

In nearly every fish market and supermarket perishable purchasing department, the cry rang out loud and clear in 2013: High prices on shrimp and fish are hurting business and smarter ways of sourcing, utilizing and selling seafood are needed to remain competitive.

As a result, many stores are implementing new promotional programs and sourcing initiatives in an effort to boost sales in 2014.
“The biggest challenges we faced were rising prices

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January 21, 2014

The new chef de cuisine at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando talks about how he is bringing Hawaiian seafood and flavors to Emeril's Orlando

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January 20, 2014

A perfect storm has been brewing in both the fresh farmed salmon market and the frozen wild business that is leading to higher salmon prices to start out the year.

Chilean production is down as stricter government regulations seek to completely stem ISA outbreaks. Plus, salmon exports from the country may have been hampered this week after a dozen ports shut down in a strike. The impact on overall exports, including copper and fruit, is

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