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
April 15, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden has called on Congress to give the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a more than 25 percent increase in funding for the 2022 fiscal year.

In a letter to Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on 9 April, Acting Director for the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young requested USD 6.9 billion (EUR 5.8 billion) for the agency. That’s USD 1.4 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) more than

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Published on
April 7, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on Sunday, 4 April, that six entry lines of shrimp were rejected from entering the country in March because they contained banned antibiotics …

Photo courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug

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Published on
April 6, 2021

Despite being down about 5.5 percent from 2019, U.S. shrimpers in the South Atlantic still enjoyed a strong 2020 with a harvest of 21.9 million pounds of shrimp, according to data from the Southern Shrimp Alliance …

Photo courtesy of Irene

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Published on
April 2, 2021

Later this month, an old U.S. Environmental Protection Agency facility on the waterfront in New Bedford, Massachusetts, will be teeming with seafood industry workers taking the next step toward the industry’s – and the nation’s – recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to nearly USD 4 million (EUR 3.4 million) in funds from the recently enacted American Rescue Plan, the facility will become a COVID-19 vaccination

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Published on
March 31, 2021

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico reported a strong February, landing nearly 3.4 million pounds of shrimp for the month. Not only was that total 22.8 percent higher than the historical average monitored by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, it also served as the second best February in 20 years …

Photo courtesy of Dan

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Published on
March 31, 2021

An additional USD 255 million (EUR 217.3 million) in CARES Act fisheries relief funding has been released to states, territories, and tribal entities to help fisheries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, once again, questions have been raised about the allocation process.

The move comes nearly a year after USD 300 million (EUR 255.6 million) was allocated to U.S. fisheries in the first round of funding.

NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant

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Published on
March 23, 2021

Conservationists earned a victory on Monday, 22 March, when the U.S. Supreme Court opted against taking a case that questioned the establishment of national marine monuments. However, Chief Justice John Roberts strongly hinted the court may welcome future challenges of a similar ilk.

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association had asked the nation’s top court to consider its case against the federal government and its use of the

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Published on
March 22, 2021

For the second straight term, the top members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee have filed a bill seeking to reform the fishery disaster process.

On 17 March, Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) filed the Fishery Resource Disasters Improvement Act. Similar to the Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act the two filed in 2019, the new bill

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Published on
March 22, 2021

Senior officials from NOAA Fisheries speaking at the Seafood Expo North America Reconnect event on Thursday, 18 March, said U.S. President Joe Biden’s emphasis on action on climate change could align well with support for the domestic seafood industry.

The new administration has not even been in office for two month and still have several political appointments waiting to be confirmed. However, NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator

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Published on
March 17, 2021

A study completed by researchers from the University of South Florida has revealed almost every red snapper studied in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill showed signs of liver damage.

Red snapper is the latest Gulf species studied by researchers at the USF College of Marine Science in the wake of the devastating 2010 oil spill. Erin Pulster, a USF researcher and lead author of the study, said the results give

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