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
July 22, 2021

The Vineyard Wind project, an 800-megawatt offshore wind energy installation slated to be built off the coast of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, is now facing a federal lawsuit.

The suit is challenging the permit for the Vineyard Wind offshore energy. It was filed by a solar energy generation company, but the potential impact on the commercial fishing industry is a cornerstone of the suit’s argument against the project.

The

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Published on
July 9, 2021

Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico said they were shocked to see their share of the red grouper quota cut by 600,000 pounds.

A statement released Tuesday, 29, June by the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance said the reallocation to recreational fishermen means a loss of about USD 3 million (EUR 2.5 million), a significant loss for “fishing families.” They also fear it could lead to overfishing of the

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Published on
July 6, 2021

A nonprofit conservation group has given notice to NOAA Fisheries that it plans to file a lawsuit after the federal agency did not respond in a timely manner to a petition to list black teatfish sea cucumbers as either an endangered or threatened species.

In May 2020, The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition the U.S. government. Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the agency had 12 months to make a determination.

The letter,

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Published on
July 5, 2021

Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico reported landings of about 6.6 million pounds in May. That total was the lowest for the month since 2014 ... 

Photo courtesy of Leigh

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Published on
July 5, 2021

A budget deal reached between state lawmakers and California Governor Gavin Newsom includes funding that will complete the state's buyout of drift gillnets from commercial fishing operators who catch swordfish. 

The USD 1.3 million (EUR 1.1 million) will help fishermen purchase safer gear that doesn't threaten other marine wildlife.

California is the last state in the U.S. where such nets, which are typically cast at night, are used. The

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Published on
June 28, 2021

An agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean took effect on Friday, 25 June …

Photo courtesy of nesrin

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Published on
June 25, 2021

The University of Missouri and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have teamed up to conduct a study that may help officials better control the spread of carp species across the country …

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological

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Published on
June 22, 2021

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management head Janet Coit was named to lead the National Marine Fisheries Service, also known as NOAA Fisheries, on Monday, 21 June, a move met with wide approval from a variety of stakeholder groups.

Coit will oversee a governmental agency that employs 4,800 people in five regional offices, six science centers, and more than 20 laboratories in 15 states and U.S. territories. It is responsible for the

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Published on
June 15, 2021

A week after receiving class-action status in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, and NOAA Fisheries, a nonpartisan civil rights group has filed an amended lawsuit regarding NOAA Fisheries plan to monitor charter boats in the Gulf of Mexico.

A group of 11 small businesses and fishing-boat owners claim that a policy requiring electronic monitoring and reporting infringes on their operations. Last July, NOAA Fisheries issued

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Published on
June 10, 2021

Fresh off announcing its intent to explore wind energy initiatives on the U.S. West Coast, the Biden administration is now looking for opportunities to do the same in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Tuesday, 8 June, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it would release a request-for-information (RFI) solicitation to determine if there’s interest in employing wind technology off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and

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