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
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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Published on
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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Published on
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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May 7, 2019

U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) filed legislation on Thursday 2 May that would ban U.S. officials from allowing the establishment of new commercial aquaculture operations in federal waters.

Young’s bill, the Keep Fin Fish Free Act, would keep both the Secretary of the Interior and the Commerce Secretary from permitting fish farms in the United States’ exclusive economic zone unless specifically authorized by Congress.

Young

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May 6, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, 5 May, escalated the trade war between the United States and China when he announced his intention to raise a 10 percent tariff on USD 200 billion (EUR 178.6 billion) of goods to 25 percent on Friday 10 May.

That hike will affect numerous types of seafood products already under the 10 percent tariff. 

“The Tariffs paid to the USA have had little impact on product cost, mostly borne

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Published on
May 2, 2019

A group of 25 U.S. Senators signed a letter last week to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to save a federal program they claim has helped the domestic seafood trade and coastal communities.

The letter comes about a month after the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. In that spending plan, the administration called for the elimination of the National Sea Grant program from the

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Published on
April 29, 2019

America’s trout production fell by 10 percent in 2018,  according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last year, the country sold

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April 23, 2019

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico reported an average haul for March compared to previous years, according to data from NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center. However, the harvest was not enough to keep the region from establishing a record-low quarter

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