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
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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Published on
July 25, 2019

A U.S. senator from Mississippi has proposed legislation that would set up a permanent disaster relief fund for the commercial fishing industry.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced the bill, S.2209, on Monday, 23 July. The bill calls for amending the Magnuson-Stevens Act to include a “supplemental revenue assistance” program for fishermen and aquaculture producers.

Under the bill, fishermen and aquaculture operators would be

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Published on
July 24, 2019

Lieutenant governors in the United States have put their weight behind a resolution sponsored by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser (R-Louisiana) calling for additional inspections of imported seafood.

The resolution was approved at the National Lieutenant Governors Association annual meeting, which took place last week in Wilmington, Delaware. It calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “take

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Published on
July 15, 2019

The Democratic lawmaker who will spearhead discussions regarding the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act announced last week he will meet with key stakeholders later this year to discuss what should be included in the bill.

U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-California) announced on Wednesday, 10 July, that he will hold a series of roundtable discussions across the country beginning in the fall. Huffman, a member of the House Natural

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