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
March 21, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday, 20 March that U.S. tariffs on imported products from China would continue, even as the two countries make strides toward resolving their trade issues.

Earlier this month, media reports indicated Chinese and American officials were close to a deal that would repeal the levies in exchange for China agreeing to purchase additional products. However, Trump’s comments to reporters outside the

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Published on
March 18, 2019

A bipartisan group of congressmen has unveiled a bill that seeks to save the critically North Atlantic right whale.

H.R. 1568, or the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton earlier this month, would provide up to USD 5 million (EUR 4.4 million) in grants annually for the next 10 years to develop technology that would reduce the mortality rates for the species.

Some of the grant

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Published on
March 8, 2019

Minnesota-based trū Shrimp has announced a partnership with a Minneapolis public relations and communications firm to help it develop a brand strategy for the aquaculture-based shrimp products it plans to take to consumers.

Jamie Brink-Thordson, trū’s sales and marketing director, told SeafoodSource that Padilla was one of four finalists for the contract. The process, which also included fielding pitches from firms outside of Minnesota,

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Published on
March 5, 2019

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has made a change in leadership for the agency that oversees NOAA Fisheries.

In a memo dated 25 February, Neil Jacobs told NOAA employees that Ross assigned him to the “nonexclusive” role of undersecretary and NOAA Administrator. He replaces retired Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, who had served as the agency’s acting administrator.

The switch will not change NOAA’s mission or

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Published on
February 26, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a new strategy in how it plans to monitor and inspect food imports.

In a statement released on Monday, 25 February, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Frank Yiannas, the FDA’s deputy director, said the agency will work harder to ensure that food grown abroad meets the same standards as food produced domestically. One of the new ways the FDA will do that is through the creation of a

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Published on
February 21, 2019

Former employees of an East Coast Seafood lobster facility in Groton, Connecticut that was closed last month are now eligible to seek federal benefits.

According to a statement from the Connecticut Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Garbo Lobster workers to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. TAA allows those impacted to learn new skills and get the resources needed to find new work. 

“We are

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Published on
February 20, 2019

Eight environmental firms filed for an injunction against the federal government on Wednesday, 20 February, in an attempt to block five companies from conducting seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean until a lawsuit on the matter can be settled.

The request comes as the federal government could issue permits for the blasting as soon as 1 March, after NOAA announced in December that five permits could be issued for blasting in the

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Published on
February 15, 2019

President Trump on Friday, 15 February signed an omnibus spending bill into law that guarantees funding for NOAA Fisheries and numerous other federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year.

Facing a midnight Friday deadline to avert a second government shutdown this year, the Senate, by an 83-16 vote, and House, by a 300-128 vote, both passed the plan on Thursday.

In addition to funding NOAA Fisheries through the end of September, the bill

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Published on
February 14, 2019

A high-ranking House Democrat called on Wednesday, 13 February, for the Trump administration to withdraw the nomination of Barry Myers to lead NOAA after reports showed his former company paid USD 290,000 (EUR 256,832) in a settlement of sexual harassment claims that happened during his time as its chief executive officer.

Earlier this week, the Centre Daily Times reported the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance

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Published on
February 12, 2019

Federal lawmakers reached a tentative agreement Monday night, 11 February, on a budget deal that would secure funding for multiple agencies through the end of the fiscal year, including NOAA Fisheries.

Specifics about the agreement, reached by the chairs and ranking minority members of the House and Senate appropriations committees, have yet to be released. However, other lawmakers expressed their confidence in the deal.

“It completes all

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