Steve Bittenbender

Contributing Editor

Steve Bittenbender works as a freelance journalist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides working for SeafoodSource.com as a contributing editor, Steve also works as an editor for Government Security News and as the Kentucky correspondent for the Reuters News Service. He also works as a sports writer for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal and The Associated Press. He has received awards from the Kentucky Press Association and the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his on-going and enterprise reporting work.

Published on
October 14, 2019

The founder of a Texas aquaculture company was convicted earlier this week on sex trafficking charges involving a minor in a federal court in Texas.

A jury found David Keith Wills guilty on 17 of 18 counts. While he was out on bond during the trial, Wills was remanded into custody after the jury’s decision. His sentencing remains to be scheduled, but the 67-year-old faces up to life in prison.

Wills was the co-founder and part owner of

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Published on
October 4, 2019

One of the top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will begin a series of roundtable discussions this weekend to help him prepare a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) will hold the first roundtable on Saturday, 5 October, in Arcata, California. Two days later, he’ll hold a similar session in San Francisco. The events are free and open to the public, though registration is

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Published on
September 26, 2019

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on Wednesday, 25 September, that he approved disaster declarations for Gulf of Mexico states due to the extreme flooding that hit the Mississippi River basin earlier this year.

In the same statement, Ross announced disasters were also declared for multiple fisheries in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina. Those disasters occurred between 2017 and earlier this year.

“Fishing is the

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Published on
August 19, 2019

Connecticut Public Radio reported over the weekend that a final decision to approve the Vineyard Wind Project may not occur until the end 2020, adding a layer of doubt about when the offshore wind power project would actually start. 

Last month, National Fishermen reported Vineyard Wind could miss its planned construction start of later this year due to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s delay in reviewing the 800-megawatt

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Published on
August 13, 2019

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, 12 August, announced changes in how it would administer the Endangered Species Act, a move it said would add transparency to the process.

However, environmental groups lashed out at the move, claiming it would make it harder to protect species and harm wildlife protections, given it will government officials the chance to consider economic factors when determining if action should be

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Published on
August 12, 2019

A trade group and a California-based processing company filed a motion in a U.S. federal court last week seeking to intervene in a lawsuit brought on by Oceana against NOAA Fisheries.

The Oceana suit, filed in June, claims the government agency is not following the best available science to set the catch limit on the anchovy stock in Northern California. That suit was in response to the catch limit NOAA Fisheries set in May after an order from a

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Published on
August 9, 2019

Officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be back later this month to conduct a follow-up inspection on NaturalShrimp’s production facility and determine if the quarantine against the aquaculture company can be lifted.

Robert Adami, a fisheries biologist, told SeafoodSource that TPWD conducted an inspection at the La Coste facility on 18 July. While a sample of the company’s shrimp was inspected, TPWD staff did not

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Published on
August 2, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday, 1 August, that once again a trade deal had fallen through with China, and as a result, the United States would seek to impose a 10 percent tariff on the remaining USD 300 billion (EUR 270 billion) in goods the U.S. imports from the world’s most populous country.

“We thought we had a deal with China three months ago, but sadly, China decided to re-negotiate the deal prior to

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Published on
August 2, 2019

Scientists studying this year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico announced on Thursday, 1 August, that the size of this year’s zone is about 6,952 square miles.

That determination ended up being smaller than the 7,829-square-mile forecast NOAA officials announced in June. However, in a press conference to discuss the findings, the scientists added a caveat to their findings.

The survey used to develop the estimated size

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Published on
July 26, 2019

The letters keep pouring into U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ office from elected officials representing Gulf Coast states.

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi), Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana), Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama), Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), and Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana), each signed a letter supporting the requests submitted by the governors of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi

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