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
February 3, 2022

A report released by Oceana on Tuesday, 1 February, calls on the U.S. to expand the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), saying that the federal legislation designed to prevent fraudulently labeled products and specimens harvested from illegal fishing practices from entering the country includes too many loopholes.

The 36-page report notes a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission found that of the seafood imported into the U.S.

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February 2, 2022

Atlantic herring fishermen who lost their case in 2021 against the federal government regarding an at-sea monitoring program filed their opening brief late last week to an appellate court seeking to overturn the decision.

That brief, which was filed to the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday, 28 January, claims Rhode Island U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Sullivan erred last year when she ruled the Magnuson-Stevens Act allowed the

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February 1, 2022

A group of fishing businesses and industry organizations filed a lawsuit Monday, 31 January, against several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior and NOAA Fisheries, for approving the Vineyard Wind offshore energy development project in 2021 ... 

Image courtesy of Vineyard

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January 28, 2022

Citing a combination of record job growth and depressed workforce participation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor announced on Thursday, 27 January, an increase in H-2B visas for the first half of the current fiscal year ... 

Photo courtesy of Sundry

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January 21, 2022

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced Friday, 21 January, 2022, her office has approved disaster declarations for eight Alaska fisheries.

The rulings means those fisheries are now eligible to federal assistance through NOAA. No funding total was mentioned in the NOAA release, with the amounts to be determined at a later date.

“Helping communities to bounce back from the impacts of fishery disasters is essential, and we are

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January 18, 2022

Starting in February, NOAA Fisheries will enact a ban prohibiting port access for all Mexican fishing boats that operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

The federal agency said in a statement that the move, which will become effective Monday, 7 February, comes as the U.S. issued a “negative certification” against its southern neighbor for illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in a report to Congress last August. American

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January 13, 2022

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, 10 January, saying a permit NOAA Fisheries authorized for sablefish further endangers Pacific humpback whales.

In December 2021, NOAA Fisheries approved the use of pot gear for harvesting sablefish. The pots sit on the ocean floor in a two-mile long string with vertical lines tied to each end of the string, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for

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January 12, 2022

U.S. Representative Andy Harris is calling on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to make more H-2B visas available to cover the need crab houses have in the Maryland Republican’s district.

It’s not the first time Harris has called for an increase in the temporary worker permits that enable companies to bring nonimmigrant workers to the U.S. for temporary, non-agricultural work. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland

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December 28, 2021

Through 20 January, 2022, NOAA Fisheries is accepting pre-proposals to fund projects designed to reduce bycatch.

In an announcement made on Wednesday, 15 December, the agency said about USD 2.4 million (EUR 2.1 million) is expected to be available for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP). The program looks to support new technologies or fishing practices that will minimize the amount of protected and endangered species that are

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December 22, 2021

For the second time in four years, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has taken the federal government to court to keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from approving projects in Washington state that expand shellfish aquaculture without considering their environmental impact.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, 19 December in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, by CFS claims the Corps’ policies violate the Clean Water Act, the National

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