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
January 2, 2018

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled last month that a decision to expand longline swordfishing in Hawaii was arbitrary and went against laws designed to protect endangered species, namely loggerhead sea turtles.

The decision rendered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals partially overturns a federal district court ruling that allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue a permit in 2012 to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Published on
December 22, 2017

As new guidelines requiring U.S. seafood importers to maintain records for certain products are set to take effect next month, federal officials have announced they will allow companies to ease into the program at its outset.

On Monday, 18 December, officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it would take an “informed compliance” approach when the Seafood Import Monitoring Program starts on 1 January. That means

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Published on
December 21, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has reached an agreement with two environmental advocacy groups that took it to court over a decision to extend the recreational red snapper fishing season by 39 days in the Gulf of Mexico.

Under the agreement, approved Wednesday, 20 December by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the government announced that the extension of the 2017 season “was a one-time action” it has opted not to defend 

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Published on
December 20, 2017

The U.S. tax reform bill that’s expected to clear Congress on Wednesday, 20 December will not include an extension of an economic development credit for American Samoa. However, American Samoa’s delegate in Congress said she’s hopeful the program, which StarKist’s chief executive officer has called critical to the company’s operations in the South Pacific territory, will be taken up next year.

The bill still will

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Published on
December 15, 2017

The Red Snapper Act wasn’t the only bill that passed the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee this week that would have an impact on domestic fisheries.

In the same meeting, the panel also approved the bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. That bill included provisions from the Modern Fish Act, which advocates say give NOAA Fisheries flexibility in applying annual catch limits to species in the South Atlantic and the

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Published on
December 14, 2017

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed a bill Wednesday, 13 December that would give states in the Gulf of Mexico more power to manage recreational red snapper fishing.

Filed by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), the Red Snapper Act would allow Gulf Coast states to manage recreational fishing up to 25 miles off the coast. Currently, state management extends to just nine miles off the coast. States also would be able to be able to

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Published on
December 13, 2017

A consortium of commercial fishermen is calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Coalition for Fishing Communities wrote the letter in support of Barry Myers to U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida), the committee’s ranking minority member.

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Published on
December 8, 2017

Members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission concluded a five-day conference in Manilla, The Philippines, earlier this week by increasing catch limits on tropical tunas. It’s a move at least one conservation group fears could threaten the bigeye stock.

Beginning next year, Japan will be able to catch up to 18,265 metric tons of bigeye tuna. South Korea was allotted a nearly 14,000-metric-ton limit, while Taiwan will be

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Published on
December 7, 2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has officially recommended making changes to three marine national monuments, which could open the door to commercial fishing in some of those areas, if President Donald Trump signs off on the plan.

Zinke’s recommendations include allowing regional fishery management councils make decisions on commercial fishing opportunities in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off

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Published on
December 6, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has announced that – for the first time – all of the companies participating in a voluntary movement have reached full compliance with measures designed to improve the long-term health of global tuna stocks.

The 28 companies participating in the movement represent about three-quarters of the canned tuna market worldwide. That includes such companies as Bumble Bee, General Tuna,

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