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
June 26, 2019

Bill Williams, CEO of NaturalShrimp, believes he’s discovered the way the United States will produce shrimp – and perhaps other fish – in the future.

In Lacoste, Texas, Williams’ NaturalShrimp Inc. has installed water treatment systems in a warehouse that will be the key to producing the succulent product that’s the top seafood species in the United States. It took 18 years and about USD 40 million (EUR 35.1

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Published on
June 25, 2019

A recently published study has called into question a cornerstone policy argument for segments of the American seafood industry.

For years, government officials, aquaculture proponents, industry experts, and even environmentalists have consistently cited that 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. comes from foreign markets. However, three researchers say that oft-repeated statistic is misleading, and that the actual figure is closer to

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Published on
June 20, 2019

After seeing the Trump administration announce a USD 16 billion (EUR 14.1 billion) relief package for farmers hurt by the ongoing trade war with China, lawmakers in Alaska want to get fishermen included in the package

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Published on
June 11, 2019

Higher than average rainfalls in the midwestern U.S. and central plains have led NOAA scientists to forecast an unusually large dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this summer …

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Published on
June 6, 2019

Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, 6 June, claiming it used a “backdoor maneuver” to permit a new longline fishery off the California coast.

In a statement, the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network said NOAA Fisheries did not comply with the Endangered Species Act when it approved the longline fishery last month. The fishery

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May 31, 2019

Alaska’s congressional delegation has reached out to the U.S. Trade Representative, asking the federal government to reconsider a tariff decision that the lawmakers say will produce unintended consequences for the fishing industry in their state.

While U.S. Representative Don Young and U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan agree with the Trump administration’s objective in ending China’s unfair trade practices, they

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May 30, 2019

A bill that would require Louisiana restaurants to declare if they serve imported shrimp and crawfish is on its way to Gov. Jon Bel Edwards desk. House Bill 335 passed

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May 23, 2019

A U.S. appellate court earlier this week upheld an injunction that bans the importation of seafood from Mexico caught with a drift gillnet

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Published on
May 9, 2019

The Louisiana state House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill earlier this week that would require restaurants in the state that serve crawfish and shrimp to notify customers of the product’s country of origin.

After the 99-0 vote Wednesday, House Bill 335, sponsored by state Rep. Jerry Gisclair (D-Larose) now heads to the state Senate for its consideration. 

Shrimp and crawfish are two of Louisiana’s biggest seafood

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Published on
May 7, 2019

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on announced on Monday, 6 May, it will publish a ruling that paves the way for 30,000 foreign workers to receive H-2B visas through the end of the fiscal year. Now, they want Congress to take action to expand the program.

According to the Federal Register, the ruling – a joint document between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor – will be published on

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