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
October 10, 2017

Despite a recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, a New Hampshire fisherman pledges to continue his fight against having to pay for monitors to accompany them while at sea.

When the court opened its new term last Monday, 2 October, it decided against hearing David Goethel’s case against the U.S. Department of Commerce, allowing the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to stand. The Hampton fisherman filed suit in

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Published on
October 5, 2017

An Associated Press report Wednesday indicated that some American seafood consumers may be unwittingly supporting North Korea.

The article highlighted a group of North Korean workers living in Hunchun, China. In the northeastern Chinese city that borders both North Korea and Russia, AP reporters found workers processing snow crab, salmon fillets, and squid rings for a company that provides products for both Walmart and ALDI. Most of the

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October 4, 2017

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the sale of an American subsidiary of Pacific Andes International, which filed for reorganization last year in bankruptcy court.

Judge James Garrity’s decision means National Fish and Seafood has 10 days to find an investment banker to manage the sale of its assets. The sale of National, which was not listed in Pacific Andes filing, was proposed in a court filing on 7 September.

On 30 June, 2016, Pacific

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October 2, 2017

A Massachusetts-based seafood processor responded late last week to claims made by federal officials that it nurtured a hostile working environment and failed to take care of sexual harassment complaints.

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc. said that some of the claims made by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed suit against the company in federal court last week, took place before the company purchased the packaging plant in

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September 29, 2017

Two students from a South Carolina university haven’t graduated yet, but thanks to the school’s help, they’ve already started their own business.

Sean Edwards and Ross Kunmann have created LYSI U.S., which will serve as the exclusive American distributor fish oil products developed by Iceland-based LYSI. The two celebrated the launch of their company at a reception Tuesday, 19 September at the Conway Innovation Center, a

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September 28, 2017

During testimony at a Congressional hearing Tuesday, officials and lawmakers alike called for the next version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act to include greater flexibility to oversee the country’s regional fisheries.

The House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans discussed three bills and a draft of another all focused on reauthorizing or amending the law that oversees the country’s fishery

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September 27, 2017

Fishermen and others in the seafood industry who were affected by a 2015 oil spill off the California coast are eligible to join a class-action federal lawsuit against the company responsible for the incident.

Written notice to seafood workers and businesses identified as impacted have been sent out, according to lawyers with Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LP. The notice provides details on the rights of plaintiffs in the class as well as

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September 25, 2017

Leaders of South Australia’s fishing community have announced plans for what they call an “alternative business model” for the state’s seafood industry by devising a plan to allow area fishermen sell products to local customers.

The initiative, called Fair Fish, aims to educate consumers about the health benefits of seafood while allowing them to support local businesses. It was created by Wildcatch Fisheries SA, a

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September 25, 2017

The Cape Cod Oyster Company has purchased a historic shellfish grant, believed to be the oldest of its kind in Massachusetts. 

The company, which acquired the 23-acre grant from Atlantic Oyster, will retain a license for the grant on Waquoit Bay through 2026. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The Cape Cod Oyster Company, the largest single-source oyster producer in Massachusetts, now owns the rights to what’s believed to be

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September 20, 2017

The United States Coast Guard intercepted a fishing vessel Saturday it claimed operated illegally in federal waters off the coast of Texas.

USCG law enforcement personnel based at the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi seized the boat and its gear and handed over four Mexican fishermen onboard to federal border enforcement authorities for processing, according to a Coast Guard news release.

According to federal law, the waters in the Gulf of

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