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 14, 2021

Fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable seafood all were strong performers in the U.S. grocery scene in August 2021 ... 

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Published on
September 14, 2021

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) is calling on the federal government to declare his state a “fishery disaster” area, following the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida.

Graves is calling for the U.S. Department of Commerce to immediately make a “Fishery disaster determination” due to “both the biological resources and fishery infrastructure sustaining major damage related to Hurricane

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Published on
September 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking wild-catch U.S. shrimp producers to bid on 229,800 cases of shrimp under its Section 32 program.

Bids are due by 20 September, and the accepted bids will be announced by midnight on 28 September, the agency said in a notice.

Suppliers must make deliveries of the peeled and deveined shrimp as well as shell-on, tail-on shrimp between January and March 2022.

Earlier this year, the USDA made its biggest

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Published on
September 10, 2021

More than 82 percent of independent restaurant operators say they will likely permanently close if U.S. Congress does not quickly replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), according to a new survey.

Independent restaurant operators from across the country called on members of the U.S. House Small Business Committee to make restaurant relief a priority during a markup of the budget reconciliation package at an Independent Restaurant

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Published on
September 7, 2021

A new survey of U.S. consumers is showing some pushback on the recent increase in seafood prices.

Food prices continue to rise across most categories, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index and several recent consumer surveys. The U.S. consumer price index soared 5.4 percent in July 2021, compared to July 2020, and 95 percent of consumers noticed an increase in retail prices over the past month, according to

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Published on
September 6, 2021

Upscale restaurants and retailers across North America are now carrying premium, wild-caught Arctic char from the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada ... 

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Published on
September 6, 2021

The United States’ largest foodservice distributor is facing another delivery disruption, this time due to striking workers.

Sysco warehouse workers in Des Plaines, Illinois, members of the local Teamsters union, are striking over a contract that expired in February 2020, but was extended due to the pandemic. One union member said the employees are asking for a wage increase.

The Houston, Texas, U.S.A.-based distributor said the strike

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Published on
September 3, 2021

The Fresh Market is hiring more seafood and deli employees as it prepares for an initial public offering and expansion ... 

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Published on
September 2, 2021

Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada-based importer S L Dried Seafood Co. has been fined CAD 65,000 (USD 52,000, EUR 44,000) for illegally importing shark fins.

SL Dried Seafood was fined CAD 60,000 (USD 48,000, EUR 40,000) while the company’s manager, Wang Cheung, was fined CAD 5,000 (USD 4,000, EUR 3,400) after pleading guilty in the Newmarket, Ontario Court of Justice to unlawfully importing protected shark species without a permit from the

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Published on
September 2, 2021

The National Restaurant Association is projecting an uptick in restaurant sales in 2021, but concerns about the COVID-19 delta variant, labor shortages, and rising food costs could reverse gains made during the first half of the year, the organization said …

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