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
March 13, 2019

A new study shows that for some U.S. consumers, attitudes about aquaculture might be changing. The market insights report on aquaculture and mariculture, produced by culinary consultants at Changing Tastes in partnership with food service market researchers at Datassential, shows that

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Published on
March 8, 2019

Minnesota-based trū Shrimp has announced a partnership with a Minneapolis public relations and communications firm to help it develop a brand strategy for the aquaculture-based shrimp products it plans to take to consumers.

Jamie Brink-Thordson, trū’s sales and marketing director, told SeafoodSource that Padilla was one of four finalists for the contract. The process, which also included fielding pitches from firms outside of Minnesota,

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Published on
March 8, 2019

Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico will be able to catch more red snapper this season thanks to an announcement from NOAA Fisheries. The agency has given final approval for a nearly 10-percent increase in both the commercial and recreational catch limits, meaning

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Published on
March 5, 2019

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has made a change in leadership for the agency that oversees NOAA Fisheries.

In a memo dated 25 February, Neil Jacobs told NOAA employees that Ross assigned him to the “nonexclusive” role of undersecretary and NOAA Administrator. He replaces retired Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, who had served as the agency’s acting administrator.

The switch will not change NOAA’s mission or

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Published on
March 5, 2019

According to data from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center, shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico got off to a better start in 2019 than 2018, but the total landings still lag behind previous years. January’s landings for 2019 totaled more than 2.4 million pounds

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Published on
February 28, 2019

Thanks in part to a record low year for Louisiana, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico states suffered a below-average year for shrimp production. Fishermen from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s west coast harvested just

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Published on
February 26, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a new strategy in how it plans to monitor and inspect food imports.

In a statement released on Monday, 25 February, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Frank Yiannas, the FDA’s deputy director, said the agency will work harder to ensure that food grown abroad meets the same standards as food produced domestically. One of the new ways the FDA will do that is through the creation of a

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Published on
February 21, 2019

Former employees of an East Coast Seafood lobster facility in Groton, Connecticut that was closed last month are now eligible to seek federal benefits.

According to a statement from the Connecticut Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Garbo Lobster workers to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. TAA allows those impacted to learn new skills and get the resources needed to find new work. 

“We are

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Published on
February 20, 2019

Eight environmental firms filed for an injunction against the federal government on Wednesday, 20 February, in an attempt to block five companies from conducting seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean until a lawsuit on the matter can be settled.

The request comes as the federal government could issue permits for the blasting as soon as 1 March, after NOAA announced in December that five permits could be issued for blasting in the

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Published on
February 15, 2019

President Trump on Friday, 15 February signed an omnibus spending bill into law that guarantees funding for NOAA Fisheries and numerous other federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year.

Facing a midnight Friday deadline to avert a second government shutdown this year, the Senate, by an 83-16 vote, and House, by a 300-128 vote, both passed the plan on Thursday.

In addition to funding NOAA Fisheries through the end of September, the bill

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