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
July 29, 2019

Gulf fishermen reported harvesting nearly 11.1 million of shrimp in June, according to data from NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Monitoring Center. While last month’s tally was a slight improvement on last year’s total of 10.8 million, it’s 33.6 percent lower than the 17-year average tracked by the Southern Shrimp Alliance. The last time shrimpers recorded a harvest greater than the current  …

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Published on
July 26, 2019

The letters keep pouring into U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ office from elected officials representing Gulf Coast states.

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi), Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana), Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama), Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), and Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana), each signed a letter supporting the requests submitted by the governors of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi

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Published on
July 25, 2019

A U.S. senator from Mississippi has proposed legislation that would set up a permanent disaster relief fund for the commercial fishing industry.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced the bill, S.2209, on Monday, 23 July. The bill calls for amending the Magnuson-Stevens Act to include a “supplemental revenue assistance” program for fishermen and aquaculture producers.

Under the bill, fishermen and aquaculture operators would be

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Published on
July 24, 2019

Lieutenant governors in the United States have put their weight behind a resolution sponsored by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser (R-Louisiana) calling for additional inspections of imported seafood.

The resolution was approved at the National Lieutenant Governors Association annual meeting, which took place last week in Wilmington, Delaware. It calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “take

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Published on
July 17, 2019

As Louisiana officials prepared for Hurricane Barry to make its way to the state, they were also reaching out to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about another disaster that’s taking place

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Published on
July 15, 2019

The Democratic lawmaker who will spearhead discussions regarding the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act announced last week he will meet with key stakeholders later this year to discuss what should be included in the bill.

U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-California) announced on Wednesday, 10 July, that he will hold a series of roundtable discussions across the country beginning in the fall. Huffman, a member of the House Natural

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Published on
July 1, 2019

Oceana is once again taking the federal government to court over claims it is failing to protect the anchovy stock in Northern California.

Lawyers from Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of the environmental organization on Friday, 28 June in a federal court in California. The suit came nearly a month after NOAA Fisheries published a new rule establishing catch limits on the species, a rule that was required by a federal district judge in a

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Published on
June 28, 2019

A pair of Democratic lawmakers announced on Wednesday, 26 June, that they have filed legislation to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act to enable the federal government to expand the scope of fishery disasters to include trade wars.

In a joint release, Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Massachusetts U.S. Representative Seth Moulton said their bills would require the Department of Commerce to consider the economic impact the Trump

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Published on
June 27, 2019

Starting in 2021, fishermen in segments of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery will have the ability to use electronic monitoring devices to record what they catch for reporting purposes.

The measure, published in a final rule last week by NOAA Fisheries, gives the option to midwater trawl vessels in the Pacific whiting fishery and for fixed gear boats in the individual fishing quota fishery. Vessel owners will be able to receive an exemption

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Published on
June 26, 2019

A record-low May harvest for Louisiana shrimpers led to the Gulf of Mexico states reporting landings of nearly half their average for the month. Fishermen from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s Gulf Coast reported harvesting just

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