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 31, 2017

Two U.S. senators announced on Thursday, 27 July they have included language in an appropriations bill that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to include shrimp in a regulation designed to monitor seafood imports.

Domestic processors hailed the move to include shrimp in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, which requires importers to track various species from the time it was harvested through the point it

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Published on
July 28, 2017

An international nonprofit group filed suit against the U.S. government earlier this month, saying the National Marine Fisheries Service improperly withdrew a proposed regulation to curb what it called one of the country’s “dirtiest fisheries.” 

On 12 June, the NMFS announced it would not proceed with a plan to put set limits on the number of endangered animals maimed or killed as a result of drift gillnets deployed off

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Published on
July 26, 2017

Domestic shrimp producers scored a recent victory as a federal appellate court upheld a decision by the Department of Commerce to change how it assesses imports from Vietnam.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of International Trade approved the change by Commerce officials to adjust the duty assessment rates from Vietnam. Because the southeast Asian country does not have a market economy, U.S. officials must use an applicable country with a

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Published on
July 25, 2017

For the second straight congressional session, a representative from Texas has introduced a bill he claims would level the playing field between American fishermen and their foreign counterparts.

Late last month, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold filed the “Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of 2017.” The legislation calls for all seafood sold in America to be traceable from the time it was caught to the time it was served. Under current

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Published on
July 24, 2017

An Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.-based seafood company has big plans in store as it plans to invest USD 4 million (EUR 3.4 million) to relocate some operations and develop new projects and products at its facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

Inland Seafood announced it will renovate an existing storage and distribution center and transform it into a state-of-the-art production plant, where it will make its value-added seafood and meat products. The

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Published on
July 24, 2017

An announcement made last week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand a guest worker program was met with a mix of cheers and frustration by seafood industry representatives and elected officials from key states in the trade.

DHS Secretary John Kelly said he agreed to expand the H-2B visa program through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September. The visa program, designed for temporary workers coming to the country to

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