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 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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Published on
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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Published on
August 13, 2019

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, 12 August, announced changes in how it would administer the Endangered Species Act, a move it said would add transparency to the process.

However, environmental groups lashed out at the move, claiming it would make it harder to protect species and harm wildlife protections, given it will government officials the chance to consider economic factors when determining if action should be

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Published on
August 12, 2019

A trade group and a California-based processing company filed a motion in a U.S. federal court last week seeking to intervene in a lawsuit brought on by Oceana against NOAA Fisheries.

The Oceana suit, filed in June, claims the government agency is not following the best available science to set the catch limit on the anchovy stock in Northern California. That suit was in response to the catch limit NOAA Fisheries set in May after an order from a

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Published on
August 9, 2019

Officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be back later this month to conduct a follow-up inspection on NaturalShrimp’s production facility and determine if the quarantine against the aquaculture company can be lifted.

Robert Adami, a fisheries biologist, told SeafoodSource that TPWD conducted an inspection at the La Coste facility on 18 July. While a sample of the company’s shrimp was inspected, TPWD staff did not

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Published on
August 8, 2019

NaturalShrimp Inc. announced on Wednesday 7 August that the company’s shrimp production has been halted temporarily due to the detection of a viral disease found in shipments earlier this year. However, company officials are optimistic to resume operations in the near future as new shrimp are expected to arrive next week

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Published on
August 2, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday, 1 August, that once again a trade deal had fallen through with China, and as a result, the United States would seek to impose a 10 percent tariff on the remaining USD 300 billion (EUR 270 billion) in goods the U.S. imports from the world’s most populous country.

“We thought we had a deal with China three months ago, but sadly, China decided to re-negotiate the deal prior to

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Published on
August 2, 2019

Scientists studying this year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico announced on Thursday, 1 August, that the size of this year’s zone is about 6,952 square miles.

That determination ended up being smaller than the 7,829-square-mile forecast NOAA officials announced in June. However, in a press conference to discuss the findings, the scientists added a caveat to their findings.

The survey used to develop the estimated size

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