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 19, 2020

The U.S. State Department has issued new guidance for certain individuals applying for H-2B and other temporary worker visas after a federal judge in California issued an injunction against the Trump Administration earlier this month.

For H-2B applicants, individuals must be prepared to show that their employer is a member of one of the following trade associations: the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the

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Published on
October 14, 2020

Representatives from 80 seafood businesses and organizations signed on to a letter to U.S. senators on 13 October calling for support of a bipartisan bill designed to expand offshore aquaculture in federal waters …

Photo courtesy of Office of U.S. Senator Roger

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Published on
October 1, 2020

The U.S. International Trade Commission heard testimony Thursday, 1 October, on the effect the trade agreement between Canada and the European Union has had on America’s lobster industry.

The Canada-E.U. pact, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has had a detrimental effect on U.S. lobstermen and exporters since it took effect three years ago, according to Robert DeHaan, the vice president for government affairs

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Published on
September 30, 2020

Bad debt is plaguing the U.S. seafood industry, and the only cure is another federal stimulus package. That was the message Kim Gorton delivered Wednesday, 30 September, to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.

Gorton, the president and CEO of Slade Gorton and a board member of the National Fisheries Institute, the U.S. seafood industry’s primary trade body, told the panel seafood industry businesses like her

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Published on
September 25, 2020

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday, 24 September, filed the Senate version of the AQUAA Act, a bill that would lay out the process for expanding aquaculture in federal waters ... 

Photo courtesy of Ocean

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Published on
September 24, 2020

A Texas aquaculture businessman convicted last year on child sex trafficking charges has been sentenced to life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos sentenced David Keith Wills on Tuesday, 22 September, after he was convicted on 17 of 18 counts after a 10-day trial.

Wills co-founded and was a part-owner of Global Blue Technologies, a shrimp hatchery company in Rockport, Texas that sells broodstock.

Prosecutors said Wills, 68, and

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Published on
September 21, 2020

Several Gulf Coast fishermen’s organizations reached out to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission within the past week as the federal agency wrapped up receiving comments from the public on possible updates to regulations pertaining to “Made in the U.S.A.” labeling ... 

Photo courtesy of Andriy

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Published on
September 17, 2020

Environmental conservation group Oceana announced on Monday, 14 September, that it contributed USD 1 million (EUR 845,500) to California’s efforts to end the drift gillnet fishery in the U.S. state.

Oceana’s contribution matches state funding and goes toward a buyout program for fishermen who have been using the controversial gear to catch swordfish. The buyout program was part of a state law passed two years ago that calls for their

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Published on
August 27, 2020

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico reported harvesting 7.8 million pounds of shrimp for the month of July ... 

Photo courtesy of Dale

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August 25, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused only 37 seafood entry lines in July, continuing a trend where federal officials were rejecting a historically low number of products.

According to the Southern Shrimp Alliance, that amount is by far a record low for the month. It’s only 21.3 percent of this historical average the alliance has tracked since 2002. It’s also significantly lower than the previous record low of 91 entry

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