Alaska Fisheries Report — June 4, 2020 KMXT by Maggie Wall - June 4, 2020 Alaska’s fishing industry was allocated $50 million in the CARES funding act, which is designed to help businesses suffering losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a report on who is eligible and what comes next. https://kmxt.org/2020/06/alaska-fisheries-report-june-4-2020/ Alaska eases quarantine protocol as COVID-19 cases rise Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch - June 4, 2020 Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy released a revised travel protocol on 3 June that gives travelers options to get around the 14-day quarantine period, but the state is experiencing a hike in COVID-19 cases as the summer fishing season ramps up. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/alaska-eases-quarantine-protocol-as-covid-19-cases-rise Small improvement seen for Copper River run Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - June 3, 2020 The Copper River sockeye run has improved after an abysmal start, but not enough for managers to allow for normal fishing periods in the famed early season fishery. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists appear to have correctly predicted a smaller than normal 2020 Copper River sockeye run, but it is shaping up to be even less than expected. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-06-03/small-improvement-seen-copper-river-run Positive COVID-19 Results Grow To 92 Aboard Factory Trawler KUCB by Hope McKenney - June 4, 2020 The results of outstanding COVID-19 tests on an American Seafoods trawler have come back, according to the company. Earlier this week, 86 crew members on the American Dynasty – a 272-foot factory trawler based out of Seattle – tested positive for the virus, but nine tests were still outstanding. https://www.kucb.org/post/positive-covid-19-results-grow-92-aboard-factory-trawler This fishing season, new safety rules limit access to Dillingham harbor Around 500 boats come in and out of the harbor throughout the season for repairs or to take breaks between fishing openers. But a new set of safety rules changes that. KDLG by Kendra Kapotak - June 5, 2020 Alaska may be opening back up, but the Dillingham boat harbor is not doing business as usual this summer. https://www.kdlg.org/post/fishing-season-new-safety-rules-limit-access-dillingham-harbor International China’s seafood industry asking for favors at National People’s Congress Seafood Source by Mark Godfrey - June 3, 2020 The ongoing annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliament, which began on 22 May, has been dominated by discussions on the impact of the coronavirus, which forced the postponement of the meeting from its original dates in March. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/business-finance/china-s-seafood-industry-asking-for-favors-at-national-people-s-congress Federal Register Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/04/2020 The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee (FDCRC), Pelagic and International Standing Committee, Executive and Budget Standing Committee, and 182nd Council meetings to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/04/2020-12072/western-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings
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