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.

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April 16, 2018

Two nominations made by Alaska Governor Bill Walker to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have irked the mayor of Unalaska, whose city operates one of the largest commercial fishing ports in the

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April 12, 2018

Omega Protein celebrated the launch of its newest vessel over the weekend at its facility in Abbeville, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Elected and state officials joined the company for the christening of the F/V Vermilion. In a press release the company said the vessel, the largest in its fleet of 30 ships, has state-of-the-art features designed to make operations safer and more efficient. 

"The Abbeville processing facility and Omega Protein

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April 9, 2018

The state of Alabama announced last week that it received federal approval for an Exempted Fishing Permit to manage recreational red snapper.

As a result, anglers in the state will have nearly 50 days of fishing starting 1 June. The state also will manage the recreational season for next year as well.

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Department of Commerce, through the National Marine Fisheries Service, has granted Alabama an Exempted

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April 5, 2018

Shrimpers in the state of Louisiana, U.S.A. got a bit of good news last week when the state announced it would open a portion of its waters for

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April 3, 2018

Four environmental organizations have joined forces in an effort to reduce the amount of bycatch produced by longline tuna fishing operations.

In working with Greenpeace, Birdlife International, and The Nature Conservancy, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership released in late March detailing the impact longline practices have on other species. They hope to influence processors and retailers who wish to market sustainable tuna and want to improve

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March 30, 2018

Seafood processors and other businesses reliant on guest worker employment scored a victory in last week’s omnibus spending bill signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The spending plan for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year enables the Department of Homeland Security to work with the Department of Labor and increase the number of H-2B worker visas issued through 30 September.

According to the Society for Human Resource

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March 28, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a public comment period on the scope of the planned Pebble Mine in southwestern Alaska, and some lawmakers want the Environmental Protection Agency to pay attention.

The proposed copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay has been the source of controversy for several years as the fishing industry and other groups have fought against it, claiming such an operation could impact their operations and the

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March 26, 2018

The federal omnibus spending bill that U.S.President Donald Trump signed into law Friday, 23 March, included a provision lifting a fee New England groundfish fishermen paid for at-sea monitors to accompany them on excursions.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) said the spending package now prevents the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from placing the cost of at-sea monitors on fishermen in the Northeast. The charge

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March 23, 2018

Fishermen’s Finest will seek to sell a USD 75 million (EUR 60.8 million) catcher-processor vessel after the latest attempt for a necessary waiver to work in U.S. waters fell through.

Dennis Moran, company president, told National Fisherman that the waiver for America’s Finest did not get included in a Homeland Security spending bill. 

“I honestly don’t know whether that’s the last stop,” Moran said.

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March 23, 2018

U.S. shrimp producers got a major victory from the omnibus spending bill that passed the Senate early Friday morning, 23 March.

The bill, which passed the House Thursday, 22 March, includes a long-sought after provision to lift the stay on when imported shrimp will be included in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. 

However, President Donald Trump threatened to veto the bill for reasons unrelated to the new shrimp rules.

If and when

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