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
January 17, 2019

A consortium of seafood industry trade groups and businesses announced on Thursday, 17 January a first-ever agreement with an energy company to foster collaboration between commercial fishing interests and offshore wind developers.

The pact between the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind creates a task force with members of both parties. Currently, the sides have begun discussing such issues as where

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January 16, 2019

Two environmental organizations have requested a meeting with federal officials this month over the concerns they have about groundfish stocks in New England.

Representatives from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Environmental Defense Fund sent a letter last month to Timothy Gallaudet, the assistant secretary for oceans and atmosphere in the U.S. Commerce Department, and Chris Oliver, NOAA Fisheries’ assistant administrator. The

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Published on
January 14, 2019

Clammers in New England are taking action in an attempt to reverse a fishery management council decision to close parts of Nantucket Shoals they say is crucial to their business.

When their boats go out to harvest clams, they’re also taking high resolution video and images of the surface below to show their fishing areas are not key habitats. They’re hopeful the pictures will help them in their effort to continue fishing in an area

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Published on
January 14, 2019

Less than three months after announcing plans to build a 67-acre shrimp hatchery in its home state, an aquaculture company has had to change course and move forward with constructing the production facility in a neighboring state.

On 4 January, South Dakota officials announced trū Shrimp would build its first production facility in Madison. That facility will replace one planned for Luverne, Minnesota. Madison is located about 50 miles

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January 10, 2019

The number of food safety inspections conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has dropped since the country’s federal government shutdown began nearly three weeks ago. However, the FDA’s top official went to social media on Wednesday, 9 January, to outline his agency’s actions while lawmakers and the Trump administration attempt to settle their impasse.

“We’re taking steps to expand the scope of food

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Published on
January 9, 2019

House Democrats on Tuesday, 8 January, introduced a series of bills that would block the Trump administration from permitting offshore drilling in various regions of the U.S. exclusive economic zone.

Opponents of offshore drilling claim the practice could devastate both the environment and the economies of coastal communities, with the fishing industry particularly at risk.

“President Trump’s dangerous plans for offshore drilling

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January 7, 2019

Attorneys for fishermen who seek to overturn a marine monument designation – and a subsequent fishing ban – for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts said they plan to file documents in federal court this week that could trigger future hearings on the case.

Jonathan Wood, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, told SeafoodSource through a spokesperson that he expects opening briefs to be due next month, but he added that

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January 4, 2019

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act is now officially a law.

The White House announced on Monday, 31 December, that President Trump signed U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s bill, which the Mississippi Republican has said would improve conservation efforts and also help communities that rely on recreational fishing for their economies.

In a statement, Trump said the act strengthens regional fishery management councils. Namely, it

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Published on
December 21, 2018

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, 19 December, and now heads to President Trump’s desk for his consideration.

Two days after the Senate voted unanimously to pass a revised version of the legislation U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) proposed, the House’s vote, too, was overwhelming. However, in the 350-11 tally one name stood out among the “No”

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December 18, 2018

The U.S. Senate on Monday, 17 December, unanimously passed a bill that would urge regional management councils to revise policies and take into account the needs of anglers in mixed-use fisheries.

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act, proposed by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), would require the Government Accountability Office to review how the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic management councils allocate catch limits

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