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
September 17, 2012

Long John Silver’s (LJS) executives aim to set the massive chain apart from other quick-service seafood restaurants with a new marketing slogan and by improving the quality of its core products, CEO Mike Kern said in an exclusive interview with SeafoodSource.

“There is an array of exciting ways to prepare seafood, whether it is as an entrée, salad, wrap, melt, or sandwich. We aim to be the leader in filling that space,” Kern said. Several

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September 13, 2012

The U.S. farmed catfish industry is urging Texas to require imported catfish to undergo the same safety testing required of domestic catfish.

“We recommend that Texas start testing as a matter of consumer protection, and consider country of origin labeling (COOL) for catfish served in restaurants,” said Jeff McCord, advisor to The Catfish Institute in Jackson, Miss.

McCord and scientists were invited to testify before the Texas Senate

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September 12, 2012

Louisiana's seafood industry is suffering tens of millions of dollars' worth of losses after Hurricane Isaac swept through the area on 29 August. Oyster harvesting has slowed down and normal supply is expected to resume by late October.

“One week of Louisiana seafood is worth USD 45 million, and 45 percent of the seafood production comes from the areas hardest hit. Dealers and processors lost a week or more out of their lives and, in some

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September 10, 2012

Canned seafood manufacturers have developed canning and packaging techniques that essentially boost the health benefits of a naturally healthy product. And, those techniques are paying off as more consumers look for sustainable canned seafood with a high Omega 3 fatty acid content.

Sustainable seafood company Wild Planet Foods in McKinleyville, Calif., has found that its canned Albacore tuna, for example, has a higher level of Omega 3 fatty acids

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September 5, 2012

Bonefish Grill, a chain of about 160 restaurants operated by OSI Restaurant Partners in Tampa, Fla., knows how to put social media to work.

One of only three seafood-restaurant chains included in Nation’s Restaurant News’ Top 100 Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), Bonefish recently promoted its recent “Here Lobster, Lobster” sweepstakes extensively on its website, Twitter account, Facebook page and other social media outlets. Bonefish

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September 4, 2012
How the global seafood industry can balance opposing points of view is the primary focus of the keynote speech at the 10th Annual International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong, 6 to 8 September.

Stephen Hall, director general of the World Fish Center in Penang, Malaysia, is the meeting’s opening ceremonies keynote speaker on 6 September. The WorldFish Center is an institution dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and

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August 30, 2012

Widespread flooding from Hurricane Isaac is causing significant problems for residents and fishermen in Mississippi and Louisiana. Rural fishing villages in Louisiana bore the brunt of the high winds and heavy rain from Isaac, according to published reports. In Plaquemines Parish, La., today, officials are cutting several openings in a levee to drain water from the flooded parish.

There are also reports of tar balls that washed up on the shore

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August 29, 2012

The challenge of developing sustainable fisheries in corrupt government models will be one of the topics covered at the International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong, 6 to 8 September.

At the “Evolving Policies for New Horizons – Keynote Plenary Panel” on 7 September, Dr. Patricia Majluf will talk about her recent experience as vice minister of fisheries for the Ministry of Production in Peru. The South American nation is home to the world’s

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Published on
August 27, 2012

 

 Gulf fishermen should be back to fishing later this week, provided that Tropical Storm Isaac causes minimal damage to infrastructure in the region. The storm is predicted to increase intensity to hurricane status and make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday in the central Gulf Coast area. 

 “By Thursday or Friday, we should get back to fishing. It all depends on the infrastructure damage and access to ice and fuel,” said Harlon

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August 26, 2012

 

 Sunset Foods’ annual Labor Day lobster sale for the first time includes a three-course dinner with lobster boat captains as guests.
The five-store Chicago-area chain’s annual Maine lobster sale runs from 29 August to 2 September. “Last year, we sold 6,100 pounds of lobster and this year, our goal is 7,500 pounds,” said Dan Humphrey, seafood director for Sunset Foods.

 This year, Humphrey and Sunset executives decided to add a


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