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.

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2020-04-03 15:00:00

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Friday, 3 April, marking the first time in history the flood control system for the Lower Mississippi Valley has been opened for three consecutive years.

The release of freshwater from the river and the pollutants it carries into the saltwater Gulf of Mexico have devastated oyster, shrimp, and other fisheries, leading to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to approve

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2020-03-26 14:10:00

The U.S. Senate late on Wednesday, 25 March, unanimously passed a USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.81 trillion) relief package for American businesses and individuals whose work has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill now heads to the House, where passage is expected by the end of the week. President Trump has also indicated he would sign the bill into law.

The bill, the third taken up by Congress in relatively short order to address the

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2020-03-25 10:00:00

The United States Congress is nearing finalization of a third COVID-19 stimulus bill totaling up to USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.85 trillion) in across-the-board relief.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the package on the afternoon of Wednesday, 25 March, and the House of Representatives – currently in recess – is expected to reconvene for its own vote “as soon as possible,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) told

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2020-03-24 14:25:00

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are no changes at this time to the current plan to add 35,000 visas to the country’s H-2B temporary worker program.

That announcement initially came prior to the coronavirus pandemic that’s shut down several sectors of the U.S. economy. Over the weekend, the U.S. enacted bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico to shut down the borders for non-essential travel, which

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2020-03-20 14:05:00

It appears the H-2B visa expansion announced earlier this month by the federal government may be in a state of flux.

When the Department of Homeland Security made its announcement on Thursday, 5 March, it said that further details about the visa allocation process would be published in a temporary final rule. But it has been more than two weeks since the announcement, and a check of the Federal Register shows no rule has been

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2020-03-19 14:30:00

NaturalShrimp, Inc. announced on Wednesday, 18 March, that the company’s production building at its La Coste, Texas, U.S.A. headquarters was destroyed in a fire the previous day.

The company announced the news Wednesday afternoon, after trading of the over-the-counter stock finished for the day. It said that the fire occurred at its pilot production plant, where its working on a way to grow food-quality shrimp in aquaculture tanks using

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2020-03-12 14:20:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday, 10 March, it will suspend most foreign inspections through April due to the coronavirus pandemic ... 

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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2020-03-10 13:15:00

A second lawsuit has been filed in a U.S. federal courthouse against a rule, scheduled to take effect Monday, 9 March, that would require Atlantic herring fishermen to pay for independent monitors aboard their vessels.

Seafreeze Fleet LLC and two vessels it owns filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island last week. It

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2020-03-05 14:35:00

Gulf shrimpers started 2020 on a good note. According to data from NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center Fishery Monitoring Branch, the total January harvest from commercial fishermen rose for the second consecutive year.

Fishermen in four states – Mississippi did not report data – harvested …

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Taylor

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2020-03-05 14:25:00

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Thursday, 5 March, it will release 35,000 additional H-2B visas over two phases for the second half of the 2020 fiscal year.

The number is down slightly from the 45,000 H-2B visas The Wall Street Journal reported last week would be issued to address widespread labor shortages in the United States.

“This year’s supplemental allocation was determined after extensive consultation

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