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 9, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to a Kentucky company it claims has processed seafood in unsanitary conditions.

FDA inspected the MC Fish Company, located in Milton, Kentucky, from 20 to 23 March, and during the visit agency personnel discovered “serious violations” of the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point regulations. 

Milton is a small town located halfway between Louisville,

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Published on
May 9, 2018

Less than five months into year, both Mexico and Japan have exceeded their annual quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna ...

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Published on
May 7, 2018

A spokesman for Omega Protein said his company took exception to the statement released last week by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that put Virginia on notice for not implementing a reduced catch limit for menhaden in Chesapeake Bay. 

Ben Landry, Omega Protein’s director of public affairs, told SeafoodSource that the commission’s decision last November to reduce the Chesapeake Bay cap by more than 36,000 metric

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Published on
May 3, 2018

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has put the state of Virginia on notice regarding the menhaden fishery in the mid-Atlantic state.

However, rather than proceeding with the next steps, the ASMFC’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board chose to postpone any hearing on the matter until August. That still gives Virginia lawmakers time to approve a bill that would cap the state’s harvest at 51,000 metric tons in Chesapeake Bay

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Published on
May 2, 2018

Over the next two months, federal officials will step up patrols in the northeast Atlantic as they look to do more to save an endangered species.

U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA Law Enforcement personnel will monitor for illegally placed fishing gear in the region through 30 June, according to a USCG news release. The air and sea patrols, which started on Tuesday, 1 May, are being done in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act to limit

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Published on
April 30, 2018

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators filed a bill last week that would ban what conservation groups call a controversial and cruel method of fishing.

The legislation would phase out large mesh driftnets within two years and calls on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to devise a program that would create a more sustainable fishery. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both D-California,

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Published on
April 25, 2018

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico harvested nearly 2.5 million pounds last month, according to data from the NOAA Fisheries Statistics Division released last week. While that haul was slightly above the historical average for the

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Published on
April 20, 2018

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressed praise on Tuesday, 17 April, for a pilot program that gives states along the Gulf of Mexico more power in managing the red snapper recreational fishery.

NOAA Fisheries previously unveiled a two-year pilot program giving partial control of the fishery to officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. All five states submitted applications that will enable them to manage the

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Published on
April 19, 2018

Despite its willingness to review the designations made by its predecessor, the Trump Administration is at least defending former President Obama’s ability to create national monuments. That’s according to a filing in federal court earlier this week.

Jeffrey H. Wood, acting assistant attorney general for the environment and natural resources division, entered a motion on 16 April to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by the

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Published on
April 19, 2018

The trade war brewing between the United States and China has thus far not involved seafood products. However, a U.S. senator is asking U.S. President Donald Trump to change

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