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
February 22, 2022

A proposal by Alaska’s two U.S. senators to ban seafood imports from Russia has met resistance in the form of U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) ... 

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Published on
February 18, 2022

Two U.S. representatives have written a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden’s top trade officials urging them to protect American interests with respect to a source for Chilean sea bass ... 

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Published on
February 16, 2022

Alaska’s U.S. senators have filed a bill that would prohibit the country from accepting seafood imports from Russia.

Republican U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski filed S.3614, the U.S.-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act, on Wednesday, 9 February. The bill seeks to respond to Russia’s embargo of American fish and other seafood products that was put in place after the U.S. and its allies placed a series of sanctions

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Published on
February 16, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the allocation of USD 50 million (EUR 43.9 million) in grant funds to help the seafood industry in 25 states and territories.

The funding, which Congress appropriated in the COVID-19 emergency relief portion of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December 2020, will be awarded to state agencies to help companies that operate fishing vessels and processing facilities reduce the cost of

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Published on
February 15, 2022

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has asked the Mexican government to provide environmental consultations regarding its efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita.

U.S. Trade Representatives Katherine Tai said in a press release on Thursday, 10 February, the request is tied to making sure Mexico “lives up to” the environmental commitments laid out in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

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Published on
February 11, 2022

Preliminary data from NOAA Fisheries shows shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico were at a historic low for December and that the 2021 yearly total was only marginally better than the historically low 2020 campaign ... 

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Published on
February 10, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed surveillance inspections across the country as the number of COVID-19 cases have declined nationwide ... 

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Published on
February 9, 2022

A U.S. congressman representing the state of Louisiana has asked the Biden administration to move quicker on disaster determinations for fisheries in his state.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on Tuesday, 1 February, urging her to expedite her review of claims that hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, and Ida significantly affected fisheries over the past two

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Published on
February 8, 2022

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch is proposing to add several fisheries to its “Red List,” a grouping of seafood products consumers should avoid because the ways they’re harvested impact other species or the environment …

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Published on
February 4, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American COMPETES Act on Friday, 4 February on a near party-line vote.

The USD 350 billion (EUR 305.6 billion) spending bill tackles supply chain and trade issues included several fishing provisions from other bills – including the expansion of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to cover all species that enter American ports.

H.R. 4521 passed by a 222-210 vote. One Republican member

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