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
April 22, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Wednesday, 22 April, that he would be signing a 60-day ban on immigration into the United States. The move comes as the president deals with the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, leading to rampant unemployment across the country …

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Published on
April 17, 2020

NaturalShrimp announced on Friday, 17 April, that its former chairman, Bill Williams, died on Easter Sunday. He was 85 years old.

A chiropractor by trade until the last weeks of his life, Williams was also an entrepreneur and founded NaturalShrimp 19 years ago. The company is based in Lacoste, Texas, about 190 miles south of Williams’ hometown of Waco.

An obituary in the Waco Tribune-Herald did not disclose a cause of death.

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Published on
April 6, 2020

Members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give New England fisheries a needed boost as they battle through the COVID-19 outbreak.

U.S. senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, along with U.S. representatives William Keating and Seth Moulton, on 2 April sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking him to use part of the USD 9.5 billion (EUR 8.8 billion)

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Published on
April 3, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Friday, 3 April, marking the first time in history the flood control system for the Lower Mississippi Valley has been opened for three consecutive years.

The release of freshwater from the river and the pollutants it carries into the saltwater Gulf of Mexico have devastated oyster, shrimp, and other fisheries, leading to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to approve

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Published on
March 26, 2020

The U.S. Senate late on Wednesday, 25 March, unanimously passed a USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.81 trillion) relief package for American businesses and individuals whose work has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill now heads to the House, where passage is expected by the end of the week. President Trump has also indicated he would sign the bill into law.

The bill, the third taken up by Congress in relatively short order to address the

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Published on
March 25, 2020

The United States Congress is nearing finalization of a third COVID-19 stimulus bill totaling up to USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.85 trillion) in across-the-board relief.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the package on the afternoon of Wednesday, 25 March, and the House of Representatives – currently in recess – is expected to reconvene for its own vote “as soon as possible,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) told

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Published on
March 24, 2020

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are no changes at this time to the current plan to add 35,000 visas to the country’s H-2B temporary worker program.

That announcement initially came prior to the coronavirus pandemic that’s shut down several sectors of the U.S. economy. Over the weekend, the U.S. enacted bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico to shut down the borders for non-essential travel, which

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Published on
March 20, 2020

It appears the H-2B visa expansion announced earlier this month by the federal government may be in a state of flux.

When the Department of Homeland Security made its announcement on Thursday, 5 March, it said that further details about the visa allocation process would be published in a temporary final rule. But it has been more than two weeks since the announcement, and a check of the Federal Register shows no rule has been

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Published on
March 19, 2020

NaturalShrimp, Inc. announced on Wednesday, 18 March, that the company’s production building at its La Coste, Texas, U.S.A. headquarters was destroyed in a fire the previous day.

The company announced the news Wednesday afternoon, after trading of the over-the-counter stock finished for the day. It said that the fire occurred at its pilot production plant, where its working on a way to grow food-quality shrimp in aquaculture tanks using

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Published on
March 12, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday, 10 March, it will suspend most foreign inspections through April due to the coronavirus pandemic ... 

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