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
September 15, 2017

As Congress gets ready to address reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, representatives from commercial fishing interests are urging lawmakers to revisit some of the current law’s regulations they feel have hindered the industry.

In particular, they’re urging officials to do away with language that caps rebuilding plans for overfished species to 10 years. It’s an arbitrary figure that has too rigidly applied across all

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Published on
September 11, 2017

Four nonprofit groups devoted to marine conservation and ocean preservation causes will receive a total of USD 2 million (EUR 1.7 million) in grants from the Pacific Life Foundation to help them fund various environmental endeavors.

Two organizations will receive funding to help them reduce the amount of bycatch taken in during fishing seasons. The World Wildlife Fund will use its grant award to help develop and push emerging technologies,

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Published on
September 6, 2017

For the first time, the National Marine Fisheries Service has taken action to protect forage species in the Atlantic Ocean.

The new regulation, initially approved last year by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, covers such species as anchovies, herrings, mackerel, and sardines up to 200 miles off the coastline from New England to central North Carolina. The Fisheries Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

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Published on
September 6, 2017

Officials in the United States have reported the country’s first-ever case of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS), raising concerns from shrimp industry leaders about what the government will do to contain it.

The disease targets farmed Penaeid shrimp, usually affecting shrimp postlarvae within a month of stocking. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health the disease, technically called

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Published on
September 1, 2017

Representatives from countries that fish for Pacific bluefin tuna have reached an agreement on a long-term plan to restore the species’ population. 

However, while conservationists applauded the pact, they said they now want to see the countries follow up their words with action.

The pact between members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s Northern Committee and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

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Published on
September 1, 2017

Creation Gardens, a Louisville, Kentucky-based foodservice company, is venturing into the seafood business.

The company announced in a press release Thursday it had acquired Bluefin Seafood, also based in Louisville. The deal has closed, company officials said, though terms were not revealed. The purchase, the company’s third this year, will allow Creation Gardens to sell more than 300 fresh and frozen seafood products in Kentucky,

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Published on
August 30, 2017

Earlier this year, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used the Lisa Marie, a private fishing boat, to collect data for its annual coastal pelagic species survey. The more was part of an effort to increase collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Earlier this summer as officials with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed work on an annual survey of coastal pelagic species

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Published on
August 29, 2017

Representatives from the countries in the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission met on Monday to start a five-day conference where the main topic will be the Pacific bluefin tuna.

The tuna, which is considered a prized delicacy, has reached population levels that are alarming some activists, who blame overfishing, especially of young fish in the species. Organizations such as The Pew Trust have called on a

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Published on
August 25, 2017

Ahead of an international conference scheduled next week to discuss rebuilding the Pacific bluefin tuna population, several organizations and influential leaders have urged countries to act quickly to stop what they claim is a steep decline in the species’ numbers.

For years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch initiative has urged people to avoid the fish because of its low numbers, but the campaign has picked up steam in

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Published on
August 22, 2017

A new law in Wisconsin aims to put the state's aquaculture industry on more equal footing with other states, in hopes of allowing commercial fish farmers to grow their businesses and attract new investment in the state that produced a quarter of the nation’s cheese last year.

Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 160 into law in late June. The legislation adds aquaculture to the state’s definition of agriculture and streamlines some

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