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.

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January 30, 2020

Preliminary records from NOAA Fisheries indicate that 2019 ranks as the worst year for U.S. shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico, although a trade organization has tempered its comments about what that may mean …

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January 29, 2020

A bill that would allow Virginia’s menhaden fishery to return to compliance took its first step in the state legislature on Wednesday, 29 January ... 

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January 28, 2020

NaturalShrimp, Inc. has announced that a renovation project to upgrade its pilot production facility will be completed by the second quarter of 2020, allowing for full production to begin by the third quarter of the year. Located in Lacoste, Texas, U.S.A. …

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January 24, 2020

Maryland officials are stepping up their efforts to help crab houses in the state get the workers they need to remain viable.

Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan sent a letter to Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia asking them to lift the cap on H-2B visas the country issues.

The H-2B visa program allows companies in non-agricultural industries to fill temporary positions with immigrant labor.

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January 23, 2020

After being grounded since last March, the Hawaii swordfish fishery reported its first landings of the season on Friday, 17 January.

Pacific Business News reported that “The Lady Luck” arrived at Pier 38 Friday morning with about 30,000 tons of swordfish. Within hours, the catch hit the auction floor.

Hawaii is a major provider of swordfish for domestic consumers, accounting for 55 percent of the American harvest. That translates

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January 16, 2020

The Southern Shrimp Alliance is requesting the U.S. Department of Labor to revise policies the trade group claims allow certain seafood imports to avoid being associated with child and forced labor practices.

SSA Executive Director John Williams sent the letter to the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs on Monday 13 January. For more than a decade, the bureau has been responsible for producing a list of products that are

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January 13, 2020

A bipartisan group from Congress is looking to cap the time federal officials have to make a determination on fishery disaster requests.

On Tuesday, 7 January, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-California) and Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) introduced the “Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act,” or Fishery FUNDD Act.

The bill would give the U.S. Commerce Secretary 120 days from either the receipt of the

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January 8, 2020

Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, 8 January, against the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, claiming it has not done enough to protect green sea turtle habitats across the country from a variety of threats.

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Turtle Island Restoration Network, and Sea Turtle Oversight Protection claim NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined

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December 20, 2019

Two members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee are seeking the U.S. International Trade Commission to review the economic impact illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing has on American fishermen.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts), the committee’s chairman, and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), who chairs the Ways and Means trade subcommittee, wrote to USITC Chairman David Johanson on Thursday, 19 December, to

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December 18, 2019

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives and senators from West Coast states have secured relief for groundfishermen in the region as part of the USD 1.4 trillion (EUR 1.26 trillion) spending bill for the 2020 fiscal year the House passed on Tuesday, 17 December ... 

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