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
November 27, 2019

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has asked U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to act against a company that has exceeded the catch limit on menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

In a letter sent last week, Northam called on Ross to set a moratorium on menhaden fishing in the bay. That action comes less than a month after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission unanimously found the menhaden fishery out of compliance for surpassing

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Published on
November 27, 2019

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ended its annual meeting on Monday, 25 November, with members unable to approve a recovery plan conservationists believe is essential for the long-term survival of shortfin mako sharks.

At least two groups pinned the blame on the United States and the European Union. During the weeklong meeting in Mallorca, Spain, it was decided that the commission would continue to use

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November 26, 2019

A bill that prohibits people from selling or buying shark fins cleared its first hurdle in Congress last week.

H.R. 737, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands) and co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), passed 310-107 on Wednesday 20 November.

In a statement, Sablan said the measure would help get the United States out of the business of trading shark fins.

“Our legislation is an effective, no-cost

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Published on
November 15, 2019

A U.S. Senate committee earlier this week passed a bill that would make changes to how NOAA Fisheries disaster relief program is managed.

On Wednesday, 13 November, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed S. 2346, the Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act. The bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), the committee’s chairman, calls for the disaster declaration to be

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Published on
October 31, 2019

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously on Thursday, 31 October, to rule Virginia out of compliance for its menhaden fishery. The move comes two days after its Atlantic Menhaden Management Board recommended the action.

The ASMFC had been considering action for at least 18 months, since the state of Virginia has failed to codify the 51,000-metric-ton catch limit on menhaden in Chesapeake Bay. Last month, Omega Protein

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Published on
October 30, 2019

An Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission panel voted earlier this week to seek a vote of noncompliance for Virginia’s menhaden fishery.

The commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board voted on Tuesday, 28 October, in New Hampshire. It now will be reviewed by the ASMFC’s policy board on Thursday, 31 October.

Even if the commission agrees with the noncompliance finding, it will be up to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur

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October 18, 2019

A California congressman on Thursday, 17 October filed a bill in Congress that he claims would restore and protect the country’s salmon rivers and watersheds.

By drafting H.R. 4723, dubbed the Salmon Focused Investments in Sustainable Habitats (Salmon FISH) Act, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman in a statement said he wants to make the rivers that support salmon populations more resilient. The Democrat’s bill would call on NOAA

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October 16, 2019

A South Carolina congressman filed a bill on Tuesday, 15 October, that calls on the government to determine what actions fishery managers are taking to address climate change and provide recommendations for what else can be done to address it.

The bill, titled the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-South Carolina) would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to identify fishery

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October 14, 2019

The founder of a Texas aquaculture company was convicted earlier this week on sex trafficking charges involving a minor in a federal court in Texas.

A jury found David Keith Wills guilty on 17 of 18 counts. While he was out on bond during the trial, Wills was remanded into custody after the jury’s decision. His sentencing remains to be scheduled, but the 67-year-old faces up to life in prison.

Wills was the co-founder and part owner of

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Published on
October 4, 2019

One of the top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will begin a series of roundtable discussions this weekend to help him prepare a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) will hold the first roundtable on Saturday, 5 October, in Arcata, California. Two days later, he’ll hold a similar session in San Francisco. The events are free and open to the public, though registration is

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