Samaritan's Purse delivers 30-bed field hospital to Bristol Bay Borough KDLG by Isabelle Ross - June 2, 2020 Samaritan’s Purse sent emergency field hospitals to Italy and New York this spring. Both places were badly hit by coronavirus. On Monday, the organization flew one to the Bristol Bay Borough. The borough is the epicenter of fish processing during the short sockeye fishery, and it's population grows exponentially as seafood workers and fishermen come to the region. The 30-bed hospital can be set up within 48 hours. https://www.kdlg.org/post/samaritans-purse-delivers-30-bed-field-hospital-bristol-bay-borough Alaska’s fishing communities have plans to contain COVID-19. Now they’ll be put to the test. Alaska Public Media by Nathaniel Herz - June 2, 2020 In a normal fishing season, Dan Martin would fly straight from the Pacific Northwest to the Aleutian Islands, where his pollock trawler, the Commodore, would be waiting for him to take the wheel. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/06/02/alaskas-fishing-communities-have-plans-to-contain-covid-19-now-theyll-be-put-to-the-test/ Fish Factor: Fishermen give guidance on virus relief funds Cordova Times by Laine Welch - June 2, 2020 A rapid response by nearly 800 Alaska fishermen will provide a guideline for giving them a hand up as the coronavirus swamps their operations. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/06/02/fish-factor-fishermen-give-guidance-on-virus-relief-funds/ National Marine economy in 2018 grew faster than U.S. overall American ‘blue economy’ worth nearly $373 billion NOAA - June 2, 2020 America’s marine economy, including goods and services, contributed about $373 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2018 and grew faster than the nation’s economy as a whole, according to the marine economy statistics released today by two Department of Commerce agencies. https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/marine-economy-in-2018-grew-faster-than-us-overall International Polish processors hope to steal back US business from China Seafood Source by Nicki Holmyard - June 2, 2020 Polish seafood processors are seeking opportunities for cooperation with the U.S. seafood industry, in a project that aims to open up new avenues for business in whitefish and flatfish processing. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/processing-equipment/polish-whitefish-and-flatfish-processors-seek-us-collaboration Environment/Science Autonomous Vehicles Help Scientists Estimate Fish Abundance While Protecting Human Health and Safety An innovative scientific approach to survey Alaska pollock this year. NOAA Fisheries - June 01, 2020 Scientists are capitalizing on existing technological capabilities and partnerships to collect fisheries data. This will help fill the information gap resulting from the cancellation of FY20 ship-based surveys due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NOAA Fisheries plans to use autonomous surface vehicles to collect some critically needed data to support management of the nation’s largest commercial fishery for Alaska pollock. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/autonomous-vehicles-help-scientists-estimate-fish-abundance-while-protecting-human
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