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
March 22, 2018

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed U.S. fisheries regulations and his concern about the quality of seafood imports with the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, 20 March, and he said he’s looking for NOAA Fisheries officials to work harder to reduce the country’s seafood trade deficit.

Ross testified Tuesday 20 March before the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to

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Published on
March 20, 2018

Two U.S. senators have reached out to the country’s top trade representative, asking him to support the repeal of a seafood inspection program at the heart of a Vietnamese complaint to the World Trade Organization.

Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) sent a letter to Robert Lighthizer on Monday, 19 March, saying the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Catfish Inspection Program threatens agricultural trade

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March 9, 2018

The push to get a Jones Act waiver for America’s Finest will take a new tack in the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this week, the Senate Homeland Security Committee approved its own version of the Department of Homeland Security reauthorization bill. The Senate’s version did not include an amendment approved by the House of Representatives to grant a waiver for the USD 75 million (EUR 61 million) ship built by Dakota Creek at its Anacortes,

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Published on
March 7, 2018

Trident Seafoods Corp. will pay a fine of nearly USD 300,000 (EUR 243,000) to settle a complaint levied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it violated Clean Water Act regulations at two Alaska plants.

The fine is just one measure the Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based company must take to resolve its issues with the EPA. In addition, Trident has agreed to remove more than three acres of waste from the sea floor near one facility,

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March 2, 2018

A South Carolina company run by two college students that landed a distribution agreement with a major international fish oil company has started shipping its products to

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March 1, 2018

A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday, 28 February that would increase access for recreational anglers. However, critics claim that it comes at a cost to both the environment and commercial fishermen.

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 now heads to the full body after the Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure by voice vote. The bill has bipartisan support, with U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker

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February 28, 2018

Vietnam has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the United States, claiming the U.S. Department of Agriculture program targeting catfish inspections imposes illegal barriers to trade. The Southeast Asian nation is also seeking bilateral talks to resolve the issue.

Vietnam’s filing cites the newly implemented USDA inspection program, which imported pangasius now must pass through inspections performed by both the

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Published on
February 26, 2018

A Louisiana congressman is calling on his state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to establish a “bounty” program for Asian carp, an invasive species fish he said threatens the state’s fishing industry.

Rep. Clay Higgins likened the proposed program to one already in place for nutria. That program to curb the presence of the rodent has seen destruction of vegetation decrease by more than 90 percent over a 15-year

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Published on
February 26, 2018

The public has less than a month to supply comments on U.S. government proposal to streamline the reporting process for participants in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program.

Last month, NOAA Fisheries unveiled a draft rule regarding the creation of a Commerce Trusted Trader Program, a voluntary effort that seeks to reduce costs for both industry and the government. The first public meeting regarding the proposal took place on 15

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February 16, 2018

A consortium of groups with ties to the seafood industry is calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill that gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils greater flexibility to achieve their objectives, but they also looking for federal officials to change how a couple of items are termed.

Saving Seafood’s National Coalition for Fishing Communities is asking Congress to do away with the term

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