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
December 5, 2017

Tuesday, 5 December is the final day for the public to submit comments on a series of proposed changes to essential fish habitats and areas within the New England Fishery Management Council’s jurisdiction.

The new regulations were designed to keep the council in compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which calls on the councils to review designated habitat areas and protect those areas as much as possible to allow fish to mature and

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Published on
December 1, 2017

InnovaSea Systems has purchased a Canadian company that officials from the Boston-based firm said will help it build upon its aquaculture base.

Financial terms for acquiring Amirix Systems, a deal which InnovaSea announced on Thursday, 30 November, were not released.

Created in 2015, InnovaSea designs open-ocean aquaculture systems and helps farmers by developing environmentally focused and sustainable technologies for fish

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November 30, 2017

As the United States Senate debates whether to pass a tax reform bill, the tiny territory of American Samoa is hoping a proposed tax credit extension will stick with the proposed legislation.

U.S. Delegate Aumua Amata, America Samoa’s non-voting congressional representative, said extending the American Samoa Economic Development Credit is a needed to entice investment and keep jobs in the southern Pacific territory that relies heavily on

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November 29, 2017

A new leader has taken over at North Pacific Seafoods, Inc.

In an announcement made last week, Dave Hambleton joined the Seattle, Washington-based processor on Monday 27 November. Hambleton, who will serve as North Pacific’s president and chief operating officer, is a veteran seafood executive, having managed millions of pounds of production of pollock, salmon, crab, and other products for over a 25-year span as an executive at Trident

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November 27, 2017

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas concluded its annual conference in Morocco last week, and while the decision to raise bluefin tuna catch limits drew the most attention, the commission made decisions – or in one case, didn’t – on a few other important issues as well.

The commission’s decision to implement harvest control rules as part of its management plan for North Atlantic albacore

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November 22, 2017

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has long been one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, and now visitors have a chance to buy something other than a souvenir during their trip.

Pioneer Seafoods began selling fish straight off its boat late last month. It’s part of a year-long pilot project the Port of San Francisco approved in September. So far, Giuseppe Pennisi’s boat is the only one who has a permit,

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November 22, 2017

Conservation groups reacted with outrage after the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual conference, as the member nations decided to increase catch limits on bluefin tuna.

ICCAT’s decision to raise eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin limits to 36,000 tons by 2020 represents a 50 percent increase from current levels. The move prompted fears the species that was threatened due to

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November 17, 2017

As member nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas meet in Morocco, an international group is calling for the organization to expand an observer program on longline tuna vessels.

Currently, the organization observes five percent of the longline sector. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation wants to see that increased to 20 percent in order to better assess the amount of bycatch that’s

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November 16, 2017

A day after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to raise the catch limit on Atlantic menhaden by eight percent, a trade group claimed on Wednesday that the commission let political pressure affect not only that raise but how quotas were allocated across member states.

The commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board approved an amendment to raise the total catch limit to 216,000 metric tons. However, in doing so, it

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November 15, 2017

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday to allow for a “modest” increase in the harvest of what some call the most important fish in the sea.

The measure, which passed on the last day of a two-day meeting of the commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, means the total allowable catch for Atlantic menhaden will be set at 216,000 metric tons for both the 2018 and 2019

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