ADFG: Safe conduct of salmon fisheries is possible Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - April 15, 2020 State fisheries managers insist it is too early to close commercial salmon fisheries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 despite growing concerns from many in small communities about the coming influx of seasonal workers. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-04-15/adfg-safe-conduct-salmon-fisheries-possible Coronavirus concerns play out in fisheries Low returns also an issue The Astorian by Katie Frankowicz - April 13, 2020 Fishermen are looking at a reduced ocean salmon season this spring because of low salmon returns. But the industry is also hoping to buy time for seafood markets that are reeling from the impact of the coronavirus. https://www.dailyastorian.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-concerns-play-out-in-fisheries/article_1492f372-7dac-11ea-b3a6-c755482b3514.html What if there’s no salmon fishery? How covid-19 could affect salmon populations National Fisherman by Daniel Schindler & Curry Cunningham - April 14, 2020 The covid-19 public health crisis spreading across the globe is causing economic turmoil in most industries, including fisheries. For Alaska salmon fisheries, covid-19 presents unique challenges that are an immediate threat to the 2020 season. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/viewpoints/alaska/what-if-theres-no-salmon-fishery-how-covid-19-could-affect-escapement/ Fishing towns object to Alaska’s mandate overruling local COVID-19 restrictions KRBD by Jacob Resneck - April 15, 2020 As the fishing season ramps up, mid-sized coastal towns are finding they have little say over who shows up to work in the industry. A rule updated last week clarifies that only the smallest, most isolated towns and villages can restrict travel or require a mandatory quarantine period for workers in industries the state deems critical. https://www.krbd.org/2020/04/15/fishing-towns-object-to-alaskas-mandate-overruling-local-covid-19-restrictions/ Icicle to Employ Floating Processor for Togiak Herring Fishery Fishermen's News - April 15, 2020 Icicle Seafoods plans to use a floating processor, the Gordon Jensen, to process in the Togiak herring fishery, which is expected to open around the first of May with an 80-million pound quota. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/04/icicle-to-employ-floating-processor-for.html FYI’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council: June 2020 Meeting via webinar North Pacific Fishery Management Council The Council will meet June 8-10, 2020, via webconference, and the SSC and the Advisory Panel will meet beforehand on June 1-5, 2020. The AGENDA and SCHEDULE are now available. You can submit and review comments through each Agenda Item. The deadline for Council comments is Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 12:00 pm (Alaska time). More information about how to join the webconference will be posted in May as well as on the agenda linked above. If you have questions about the logistics of the meeting or concerns about logging in, please email email@example.com. https://www.npfmc.org/upcoming-council-meetings/
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