Copper River, Alaska salmon fishery kicks off with low prices, slow fishing Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch - May 19, 2020 Alaska’s earliest salmon fishery – the famed Copper River run – kicked off last week with slow fishing and lower year-on-year prices. As fishermen scraped through a scant opener, rumors circulated online and in news outlets that Copper River Seafoods was paying out just USD 3.50 (EUR 3.19) for sockeye and USD 6.50 (EUR 5.93) for kings. That would represent a sharp fall from last year’s starting price of USD 10.00 (EUR 9.13) a pound for sockeye and USD 14.00 (EUR 12.78) for kings. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/copper-river-alaska-salmon-fishery-kicks-off-with-low-prices-slow-fishing Norton Sound fisheries take COVID-19 precautions NSEDC distributes $5.45 M+ to member communities Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - May 19, 2020 Norton Sound Economic Development Corp is developing a COVID-19 Community & Workforce Protection Plan to help mitigate the spread of the virus in communities in which NSEDC and Norton Sound Seafood Projects operate. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/05/19/norton-sound-fisheries-take-covid-19-precautions/ Fifth nonresident seafood worker tests positive for coronavirus in Alaska Alaska Public Media by Lex Treinen - May 17, 2020 A seafood worker has tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the fifth nonresident, seafood worker to test positive in Alaska, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/17/fifth-fishing-industry-worker-tests-positive-coronavirus-in-anchorage/ Gov. Dunleavy to lift most coronavirus restrictions on Alaska businesses Friday Anchorage Daily News by Aubrey Wieber, Morgan Krakow - May 20, 2020 Alaska will fully reopen its economy on Friday at 8 a.m., Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Tuesday evening. Bars, restaurants, gyms, retail stores and all other businesses will be able to open ahead of the Memorial Day weekend without any capacity restrictions imposed by the state. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2020/05/19/dunleavy-to-lift-all-coronavirus-capacity-restrictions-on-alaska-businesses-friday/ West Coast A seafood truck offers customers selection of Alaska fish on Bellingham’s waterfront Bellingham Herald by Dave Gallagher - May 19, 2020 For those looking for Alaskan seafood with no contact during this coronavirus pandemic, Bellingham has a new option. https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/business/article242817431.html Seafood industry seeks to weather coronavirus The Astorian by Katie Frankowicz - May 18, 2020 Two of the North Coast’s largest seafood processors have reopened in time for one of Oregon’s biggest fisheries after an outbreak of the coronavirus among workers. https://www.dailyastorian.com/coronavirus/seafood-industry-seeks-to-weather-coronavirus/article_9a167bb6-991a-11ea-b27e-5fa9d48bab86.html Environment/Science Pandemic strains management of Yukon River salmon KYUK by Johanna Eurich - May 13, 2020 Management of the Yukon River summer salmon season is in flux. Some of that is normal. No one ever knows whether the fish will show up in the numbers predicted. But there is a new factor. This year, the state and the river communities are looking at how best to monitor salmon, while at the same time keeping local people safe from the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/13/pandemic-strains-management-of-yukon-river-salmon/ FYI’s Juneau flight service declares Ravn “dead” and bids to save Southwest Alaska flights from disappearance Alaska Public Media by Nathaniel Herz - May 18, 2020 A Juneau-based flight service says that continuing air service to Southwest Alaska communities like the bustling fishing port of Dutch Harbor could be jeopardized unless its bid to buy regional airline PenAir is accepted by its bankrupt parent company, RavnAir Group. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/18/juneau-flight-service-declares-ravn-dead-and-bids-to-save-southwest-alaska-flights-from-disappearance/ How Are Sea Sponges Alive If They Have No Guts?' Thousands Join Virtual Dockside Discovery Day KUCB by Maggie Nelson - May 14, 2020 ''[An] old scuba diver enjoying watching from Pittsburgh, PA,'' ''Hi from Summerville Oregon,'' ''Enjoying this from Wisconsin,'' read a few of the comments on KUCB's live Facebook event for Dockside Discovery, which took place on Monday in Unalaska. https://www.kucb.org/post/how-are-sea-sponges-alive-if-they-have-no-guts-thousands-join-virtual-dockside-discovery-day
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