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 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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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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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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Published on
June 13, 2013

After an attempt to tack on an amendment supporting a national seafood marketing program to the Farm Bill failed in the U.S. Senate, the National Seafood Marketing Coalition will try other avenues.

The Senate voted on the Farm Bill earlier this week, and left out any mention of Senator Mark Begich’s (D-AK) proposed legislation that would create a national seafood marketing and development program. In fact, Begich was not given the opportunity

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Published on
June 9, 2013

New Zealand’s recently formed seafood trade group is spreading the word about the sustainability and plentitude of its fisheries, including hoki, dory, and orange roughy.

Seafood New Zealand’s positive publicity on the country’s seafood stocks aims to boost consumption of New Zealand seafood around the globe and counter false allegations by NGOs, Tim Pankhurst, chief executive of the organization, told SeafoodSource. Seafood New Zealand

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Published on
June 6, 2013

NOAA’s proposed stricter scales at-sea rules came about in response to American Seafoods’ violations but also because of technology advancements, according to a NOAA official.

NOAA fined American Seafoods $2.728 million after the company allegedly under-reported catches of pollock on several occasions from 2007 through 2011.

“It’s a combination of the American Seafoods fine and we have the technology now to revisit it. It is pretty rare

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Published on
June 2, 2013

The Copper River sockeye salmon season’s third opening was the highest third opener on record, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) reports.

“We took a period off the week prior, some of the fish may have built up. Plus, the Copper River is so cold, which may have helped supply build,” Jeremy Boatz, area management biologist for the ADF&G, told SeafoodSource.

Fishermen landed 311,000 sockeye salmon, 3,200 kings, and

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Published on
May 29, 2013

A Louisiana House of Representatives committee on Wednesday approved a measure shifting operation of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to the state’s Culture, Recreation, and Tourism department. The state’s Senate had already approved S.B. 167, and now the bill will be voted on by the full house.

“It is likely to pass,” said Chef John Folse, owner of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans and Chef John Folse &

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