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 19, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on pace to reject the fewest entry lines of shrimp imports because of banned antibiotics in 14 years, according to the Southern Shrimp Alliance, which tracks historical data for the industry.

Through October, the FDA has rejected just 27 entry lines for antibiotics, less than half the number refused for all of 2019. Barring a sharp uptick in the final two months, 2020 will be the third-lowest year

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Published on
November 16, 2020

A Canadian company has launched a new dog food product that provides pooches with protein while removing an invasive species from North American waterways.

Wilder Harrier already has its Asian carp dog food on shelves in pet food stores in Quebec, and the Montreal-based company plans to make it available elsewhere in Canada starting in January. It’s also available online at Wilder Harrier’s website.

The company works with fishermen

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Published on
October 30, 2020

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico reported a historically low landings total for September ... 

Photo courtesy of Larry

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Published on
October 28, 2020

California officials on Monday, 26 October, announced new Dungeness crab fishing regulations designed to reduce encounters with several endangered species.

The new regulations, which will take effect on Saturday, 1 November, call for fishermen to lower the number of traps in areas where a higher number of whales or sea turtles are present. The state also reserves the right to close an area if an entanglement occurs.

In addition, the state will

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Published on
October 26, 2020

The Trump administration was taken to court on 21 October by three seafood-related companies that claim the federal government’s trade policies has harmed their businesses.

Texas-based Houston Seafood Company, LLC along with Gulf Marine Product Co., Inc. and Ningbo Trading Company, LLC, both based in Louisiana, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for Southern Texas.

The businesses say China serves as a significant market for them,

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Published on
October 23, 2020

A group of Massachusetts lawmakers in Washington wrote to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, 21 October, to say they were thankful the Department of Agriculture has included Atlantic seafood in its purchases for public food programs. Now, they want to see more of it.

Since announcing a USD 20 million (EUR 16.9 million) Section 32 program solicitation for Atlantic pollock, haddock, and redfish in May, the USDA has made just

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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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