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
August 27, 2020

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico reported harvesting 7.8 million pounds of shrimp for the month of July ... 

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August 25, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused only 37 seafood entry lines in July, continuing a trend where federal officials were rejecting a historically low number of products.

According to the Southern Shrimp Alliance, that amount is by far a record low for the month. It’s only 21.3 percent of this historical average the alliance has tracked since 2002. It’s also significantly lower than the previous record low of 91 entry

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August 20, 2020

A crowdsourcing platform, HeroX, launched an initiative on Thursday, 20 August on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find innovative solutions to keep blue-green algae from wreaking havoc on catfish farms.

According to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, catfish exposed to the algae can develop an off-taste. If found, farmers will often delay harvesting their stock for months in an attempt to get a better-tasting fish to

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Published on
August 11, 2020

La Coste, Texas-based aquaculture company NaturalShrimp, Inc. announced on Tuesday, 11 August, that it has entered into a letter of intent to buy Alder Aqua, Ltd., an Iowa-based aquaculture company that produced barramundi under the VeroBlue brand.

NaturalShrimp will pay USD 10 million (EUR 8.5 million) for Alder Aqua’s assets, which include tanks, rolling stock, inventory, permits, customer lists, and contracts. Alder Aqua’s

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Published on
August 6, 2020

A task force looking at bolstering the competitiveness of the U.S. seafood industry submitted its recommendations to do just that to the U.S. Trade Representatives on Wednesday, 5 August, NOAA announced in a release on Thursday, 6 August.

A list or summary was not released. Kate Goggin, a NOAA Fisheries spokesperson, told SeafoodSource the recommendations are “an internal, deliberative document.”

“The final plan will be made

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Published on
August 3, 2020

Catfish production in the United States will be down slightly this year compared to last year ... 

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Published on
July 30, 2020

The ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee took aim Wednesday 29 July at Trump Administration officials on a couple matters important to the fishing industry.

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) used a committee hearing on …

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Published on
July 29, 2020

A bipartisan bill that would eliminate the use of drift gillnets to catch swordfish and thresher sharks in Pacific Ocean waters within five years passed the U.S. Senate last week.

Senate Bill 906 passed by voice vote in the chamber on Thursday, 23 July. It now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives, which has until the end of the year to consider the legislation.

“We are now one step closer to removing these nets from our

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Published on
July 24, 2020

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was joined by three industry groups and a technology company in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and State Department regarding the actions of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to curb foreign workers from entering the country, primarily via the H-1B visa program.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, 21 July, in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California, comes a

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Published on
July 24, 2020

Shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico are on pace for their worst year since 2002, according to data from the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) ...

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Taylor

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