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
January 21, 2021

The U.S. announced late last week several moves officials hope will curb illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Caribbean and Latin America.

On Friday, 15 January, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a news release stating it plans to make available up to USD 8 million (EUR 6.6 million) in grant funding through its Bureau of International Labor Affairs. The bureau’s mission is to push for a fair playing field for workers

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January 18, 2021

A restaurateur on Florida’s Gulf Coast has started a new endeavor designed to bring the region’s seafood delicacies to individuals and businesses across the country.

Charles Morgan launched Gulf to Table to deliver fresh, flash-frozen fish to markets, restaurants, and private homes. The fish are processed at Morgan’s Harbor Docks restaurant and market in Destin, and shipped overnight. Morgan counts markets in New York and

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January 15, 2021

A report issued by NOAA Fisheries on Friday, 15 January, 2021, shows that COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the country’s commercial fishing and recreational charter operations during the first seven months of 2020.

No U.S. region was spared, as the data shows regional landings revenue since last March fell across the board. Hawaii experienced the worst decline at 42 percent, with the Southeast reporting a 29 percent drop.

“Since

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January 12, 2021

On Monday 11 January, a group of environmental organizations sent notice to Trump administration officials that the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act, and giving notice they plan to take legal action as a result.

The Endangered Species Act requires a 60-day notice when groups plan to sue.

The letter was addressed to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs, and NOAA Assistant Administrator for

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January 11, 2021

The latest round of federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans became available on Monday, 11 January, 2021, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website.

The funding became available through the passage of the USD 900 billion (EUR 739.6 billion) COVID-19 relief bill Congress approved last month. Up to USD 284 billion (EUR 233.4 billion) be available to small businesses and other eligible entities through the federal

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January 8, 2021

Gina Raimondo received praise from fishing industry stakeholders on Thursday, 7 January, after reports broke that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would choose her as his Commerce secretary.

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly called Raimondo, who is currently the governor of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, an innovator capable of balancing the needs of conservation and commerce.

“We are encouraged that President-elect

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January 7, 2021

The Ocean State’s leader is set to become a key player in the U.S. commercial fishing industry.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is set to be nominated by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his Commerce Secretary, according to Politico.

If she is approved – a possibility more likely after Democrats won control of the U.S. Senate following the results of run-off election in Georgia on Tuesday, 5 January – Raimondo

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January 6, 2021

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, 5 January, announced he signed a bill into law that will help bring a new generation of fishermen enter the trade.

House Resolution 1240, titled the “Young Fishermen’s Development Act,” calls for the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish a first-of-its-kind grant program to address the dwindling number of young people who want to work in commercial fishing. The program will

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January 5, 2021

Lawmakers representing the U.S. state of Massachusetts said on Monday, 4 January, they were thankful the USD 900 billion (EUR 732 billion) COVID relief bill – passed late last month and signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump – will include a second round of emergency funding for fisheries.

The latest spending plan sets aside USD 300 million (EUR 244 million) in relief funding for fishermen and others in the industry

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January 4, 2021

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, 1 January, vetoed a bill that would have banned the use of driftnets in federal waters off the California coast.

The move means lawmakers will need to start efforts anew to pass legislation that mirrors what California lawmakers passed in 2018, as a new U.S. Congress was sworn into office on Sunday, 3 January.

In rejecting Senate Bill 906, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Trump said his

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