What’s new on SeafoodSource

By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
May 12, 2011

The week following the European Seafood Exposition is an ideal time to catch your breath, reflect on your achievements and, if necessary, adjust your objectives. The first quarter is always a whirlwind, and if you don’t take a break from your day-to-day responsibilities now, the next eights months will be over before you know it.

So, in spirit of spring, I’d like to take the opportunity to update you on what’s new on SeafoodSource, or, for loyal readers, remind you of what premium features are available.

• Q&A Tuesday: You can listen to newsmakers answer questions from the editorial team as part of our new “Q&A Tuesday” series. For months, we’ve been adding to our audio archives with one-on-one interviews that SeafoodSource contributing editors Lindsey Partos and Christine Blank conduct with the industry’s top newsmakers. Look for a new interview to be posted to the site every Tuesday.

For example, this Tuesday’s interview is with T.J. Tate, executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance, which partnered with celebrity chef Rick Moonen to create a Gulf Wild seafood brand. Next Tuesday’s interview is with Blendle Scott, VP of innovation and supply chain for British Columbia-based retailer Overwaitea Food Group. Finnian O’Luasa of Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), Scott Landsburgh of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organization, Aldin Hilbrands of Royal Ahold and Moonen of RM Seafood are among the interviews that will be available in June.

• Market Report Monday: Since SeafoodSource’s launch in March 2009, weekly markets reports have been part of the mix. You can look for a new market report to be posted to the site every Monday. Market reports comprise five categories — shrimp, salmon, whitefish, shellfish and spotlight (a species that may not necessarily fit into one of the other four categories) — and are chock full of the supply, demand and price information you need to make seafood-purchasing decisions.

As part of our market report coverage, we recently welcomed Ben DiPietro to the SeafoodSource editorial team. Ben is an experienced seafood journalist who will be responsible for covering the salmon market, and his first report will run late this month.

• Columns: If you’re a regular SeafoodSource reader, you’ve come to rely on the insight and analysis of our seasoned columnists — Mike Urch, Jason Holland, Nicki Holmyard (all three are based in the UK) and myself. And you can continue to do so. Look for columns from Mike and Jason every Monday, and from Nicki and I every Wednesday.

• Ask the Editor: Early last month, we introduced “Ask the Editor.” The concept is simple: You ask a question, and I answer it, with the help of our editorial team. It’s been a blast researching and answering your questions. The first question — How can consumers continue to trust eco-labels like the Marine Stewardship Council if unsustainable fisheries get certified? — generated a lot of reader feedback. But I’m looking for more, so please e-mail your question to [email protected] or tweet it to @seafoodsource.

I’m passionate about seafood, but I’m also passionate about education. The more transparent, engaged and knowledgeable an industry is, the stronger it is. That’s especially the case for seafood — trust is the foundation of this industry.

I recognize the importance of value. Every day, you’re faced with the challenge of delivering a quality seafood product that consumers perceive as a value, and SeafoodSource is no different. Much of the news and opinion on the site, including our columns and Ask the Editor, is free. And for just USD 95 a year, you can become a premium member and access all of our audio archives, market reports and other premium features like webinars. I think you’ll find this valuable information is well worth it.

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