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 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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Published on
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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Published on
October 17, 2019
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) spoke out at a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday, 16 October, on the concerns she has about increasing the amount of aquaculture developments in American waters. In particular, she pointed to the escape of more than a quarter-million Atlantic salmon from a Cooke Aquaculture net-pen into Washington’s Puget Sound. The Washington state legislature has since taken steps to close fish farms for… Read More
Published on
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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Published on
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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Published on
October 1, 2019

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico caught just 13.3 million pounds of shrimp in August, continuing the down year they’ve been enduring. That total, reported by NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center, represented the worst August in nine years …

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Published on
September 26, 2019

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on Wednesday, 25 September, that he approved disaster declarations for Gulf of Mexico states due to the extreme flooding that hit the Mississippi River basin earlier this year.

In the same statement, Ross announced disasters were also declared for multiple fisheries in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina. Those disasters occurred between 2017 and earlier this year.

“Fishing is the

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Published on
August 20, 2019

Only one of the five Gulf of Mexico states saw an above-average shrimp harvest in July, as the region is on pace for a near record-low landings total for the year

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August 19, 2019

Connecticut Public Radio reported over the weekend that a final decision to approve the Vineyard Wind Project may not occur until the end 2020, adding a layer of doubt about when the offshore wind power project would actually start. 

Last month, National Fishermen reported Vineyard Wind could miss its planned construction start of later this year due to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s delay in reviewing the 800-megawatt

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