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
June 13, 2010

 Efforts to help fishermen and seafood companies impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are under way.

This weekend, more than 100 restaurants in 18 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., participated in the "Dine Out for the Gulf Coast" campaign. A portion of the restaurants' sales from 10 to 12 June will benefit the Gulf Oil Spill Fund. The fund was established by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to help fishermen and their families.

In

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Published on
June 9, 2010

The Louisiana oyster fishery’s supply problems due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have reached a “critical stage,” John Tesvich, president of Ameripure Processing Co. in Franklin, La., told SeafoodSource this week. Tesvich is also chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force and a member of the Plaquemines Oyster Association.

“You will see massive closures of oyster businesses, and restaurants will be taking oysters off the menu,” said

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Published on
June 6, 2010

Chris Lusk, executive chef at Café Adelaide, located in the Loews New Orleans Hotel, was recently crowned the “King of Louisiana Seafood.” Lusk and 11 other Louisiana chefs participated in the annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off during the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience in late May.

The title of “King of Louisiana Seafood” has never been more important, as Lusk will serve as a Louisiana seafood ambassador in the wake of the Gulf of

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Published on
May 30, 2010

U.S. Gulf shrimp is in high demand, as consumers are buying large quantities over fears that it will soon be un available due to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Although the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries opened the fishery in early May, many of the shrimp are still small, suppliers report, and certain areas off the Louisiana coast remain impacted by closures, especially in the southeastern part of the state.

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Published on
May 30, 2010

It's Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the United States, and retailers across the country are promoting seafood, especially grill-friendly fish, for summer gatherings.

Alaska's Copper River salmon run is one of the year's most popular seafood-related events, and grocers are taking advantage of the excitement surrounding the fishery. Appleton, Wis.-based Festival Foods, which operates 13 Wisconsin stores, sent text messages

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Published on
May 26, 2010

Louisiana chefs and officials urged support of the state's restaurants and seafood industry at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago this week, aiming to calm consumers' fears about the safety of Gulf of Mexico seafood in the aftermath of the worst oil spill in the nation's history.

"If it is in the marketplace, it is good. The health department is testing our waters on a daily basis, and fishermen don't want tainted product

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Published on
May 24, 2010

Treasure Bay Resort & Casino survived Hurricane Katrina, but just barely. Situated on the Biloxi, Miss., waterfront, the treasure ship-shaped casino was nearly wiped out after the devastating 2005 hurricane, and the company was forced to renovate its hotel and restaurants.

Five years later, its restaurants have come back strong, selling 42,000 pounds of Gulf of Mexico shrimp annually. The resort's eateries include Infinity buffet; CQ, a

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Published on
May 11, 2010

El sector del marisco de Luisiana lucha esta semana por sobrevivir a raíz de los cierres alternos de vedas de pesca y la disminución de pesca de gambas, ostras, cangrejos de río y otras especies por el vertido de petróleo en el Golfo de México, que pronto cumplirá un mes desde que se produjo.

Sin embargo, algunos barcos pesqueros de Luisiana se lanzaron al agua el martes, cuando el Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) volvió a abrir

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Published on
May 11, 2010

The Louisiana seafood industry is struggling this week with revolving fishing closures and reduced catches of shrimp, oysters, crawfish and other species due of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which is nearing its one-month anniversary.

However, some Louisiana fishing boats took to the water on Tuesday after the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reopened Zone 2, which extends from the eastern shore of south pass of the Mississippi

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Published on
May 9, 2010

Maria’s Fresh Seafood Market, a wholesale and retail outlet in Pensacola, Fla., is among the multitude of Gulf Coast businesses battling consumer misconceptions about the oil spill.

Many restaurants, retailers, hotels and other businesses have watched sales drop over the past two weeks due to public perception that beaches and fishing along the Gulf Coast are closed entirely. The reality is, of course, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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