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
August 13, 2021

Four months after fishing industry leaders wrote a letter to the head of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management about the then-pending decision on the Vineyard Wind project, the federal agency finally responded and agreed to work on improving communications between the two sides.

In a release, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) said it received the five-page letter from BOEM Director Amanda Lefton on Tuesday, 10 August. In

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Published on
August 10, 2021

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman to protect marine ecosystems in northern California recently got its first hearing in a subcommittee he chairs.

The California Democrat included H.R. 4458, the Keeping Ecosystems Living and Productive (KELP) Act, before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife during a 29 July hearing. The bill calls for creating a new grant program within NOAA to fund projects to restore

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Published on
August 5, 2021

NOAA announced on Tuesday, 3 August that its scientists have determined the size of this year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico to be more than 6,300 square miles, a figure that’s both above the recent average and well above what officials initially forecasted in June.

The “dead zone” is term applied to the hypoxic zone that is annually established in the Gulf of Mexico. Fed by agricultural runoff, the

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Published on
August 3, 2021

Starting Sunday, 1 August, a new law took effect in Louisiana that expands the testing requirements for foreign-produced seafood sold by state businesses.

Under the law, commercial seafood permit holders who sell imported seafood will be charged a USD 100 (EUR 84.24) annual fee. According to a fiscal note for the bill, the fee will raise USD 7,500 (EUR 6,317) annually.

State Rep. Timothy Kerner (R-Lafitte) sponsored the bill, H.B. 317, in the

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Published on
August 2, 2021

After reports of a strong start to the year for Gulf of Mexico shrimpers, a drop in June and a significant revision on reporting from Texas now shows the beleaguered regional fishery on pace for another historic low …

Photo courtesy of Leigh

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Published on
July 30, 2021

Editor's Note: Due to a reporter’s error, the nature of the Senate vote was reported incorrectly. The 67-32 vote was to start debate on the infrastructure bill. We have updated the article and regret the error.

Washington, D.C., U.S.A was a busy place Thursday, 29 July, as lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate moved forward on large appropriation bills, both of which included seafood-related

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Published on
July 28, 2021

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance is seeking input from commercial fishermen regarding how the industry should pursue compensation for losses caused as a result of offshore wind energy projects …

Photo courtesy of archna

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July 27, 2021

In the moments on Monday, 26 July, after U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman officially announced the filing of a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, statements supporting the legislation started to flow out from the press offices of seafood and fishing interest groups and environmental non-governmental organizations.

Conservation groups lauded H.R. 4690, sponsored by the California Democrat and U.S. Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii). In particular, those

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Published on
July 27, 2021

The total area used in the top three U.S. states for catfish production shrank 3 percent last year, according to a report released in July by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... 

Photo courtesy of Alabama A&M and Auburn Cooperative

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July 26, 2021

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) announced on Monday 26 July, 2021, that he introduced a reauthorization bill for the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal law that oversees fishery management in the United States.

In a statement, Huffman said it’s time for a new reauthorization of the landmark legislation because of changes within the industry and the challenges it faces.

“We know that the MSA has worked well, but new approaches

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