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 25, 2017

A U.S. Senate subcommittee considering the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act heard additional testimony Tuesday, with a University of Washington researcher telling lawmakers the U.S. is leaving money in the ocean.

Ray Hilborn, a professor at the university’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, noted that in many cases fisheries aren’t even bringing in half of the total allowable catch in some seasons. For example, in

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October 23, 2017

America’s most valuable commercial seafood port is casting its line toward Washington and hoping to land a federal grant to help it become even bigger.

Officials in New Bedford, Massachusetts, have applied for a USD 15 million (EUR 12.8 million) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant with the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to the city’s proposal, officials want to add 800 feet of bulkhead

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October 19, 2017

U.S. officials accused of allowing red snapper to be overfished in the Gulf of Mexico have called on a federal judge to enter a summary judgement in their case, saying the environmental organizations suing them have a moot point.

The rule challenged by Ocean Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund to extend the recreational fishing season has already expired, said Jeffrey Wood, the acting assistant attorney general for the Environmental

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October 12, 2017

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers removing limitations against a proposed mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, opponents of the measure are making their stances known.

With less than a week before the EPA’s 17 October deadline for public comment, more than 40 Democratic House and Senate members sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to maintain Clean Water Act restrictions against the proposed copper

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October 11, 2017

A Utah congressman has introduced a bill that he claims will restore the original intent of the Antiquities Act.

Bill sponsor U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” aims to rid the 111-year-old law, which gives presidents the ability to set aside areas to protect their natural, cultural or scientific features, of political manipulation. If passed into law, the bill would severely cut back the

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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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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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