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Friday, June 19, 2020

Alaska Contact tracing begins for infected fishery worker City considers ‘Orange Alert’ system for rapid outbreak response Cordova Times by Zachary Snowdon Smith - June 18, 2020 Cordova has its second coronavirus case, a recently arrived Ocean Beauty Seafoods employee, the city announced Wednesday, June 17. The coronavirus-positive individual is asymptomatic and is being isolated at a purpose-designated facility owned by Ocean Beauty, said Dr. Hannah Sanders, medical director for Cordova Community Medical Center. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/06/18/contact-tracing-begins-for-infected-fishery-worker/ Survey sheds light on what worries Alaska’s fishermen Juneau Empire - June 18, 2020 Alaska’s fishermen are worried about lost income, spreading COVID-19 to coastal communities and weary of policy decisions made amid a pandemic, according to a recent survey of nearly 800 commercial fishermen. https://www.juneauempire.com/news/survey-sheds-light-on-what-worries-alaskas-fishermen/ Three seafood workers test positive for COVID-19 in Bristol Bay/Lake and Peninsula boroughs The two people in the Bristol Bay Borough tested negative in Seattle before chartering to Naknek, where they were in quarantine, while the newest case in the Lake and Peninsula Borough was a contact from an earlier case, according to the Camai Health Center. KDLG by Isabelle Ross - June 15, 2020 Two seafood workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Bristol Bay Borough. Both individuals are asymptomatic. https://www.kdlg.org/post/three-seafood-workers-test-positive-covid-19-bristol-baylake-and-peninsula-boroughs No COVID-19 cases found on American Seafoods trawler in Alaska Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch - June 18, 2020 Health officials in Alaska found no cases of COVID-19 aboard an American Seafoods trawler that recently arrived in Dutch Harbor to fish for Bering Sea pollock. The ship, the Ocean Rover, docked in the Unalaska port on Sunday, 14 June, where, according to a press release from the city, local health officials worked together with American Seafoods to screen and test crewmembers. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/no-covid-19-cases-found-on-american-seafoods-trawler-in-alaska Salmon season starts out slow around state, including Kodiak KMXT by Maggie Wall - June 18, 2020 The 2020 Alaska salmon season is off to a slow start, but it is too early to draw any conclusions, according to an economist with McDowell Group in Anchorage. https://kmxt.org/2020/06/salmon-season-starts-out-slow-around-state-including-kodiak/ Environment/Science Bristol Bay Fishermen Skeptical of Latest Pebble Proposal Fishermen's News - June 17, 2020 A Canadian mining firm intending to develop a rich copper, gold and molybdenum deposit in Southwest Alaska says they have created a Pebble Performance Dividend that will distribute a percentage of revenue generated by the mine to year-round residents of Bristol Bay. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/06/bristol-bay-fishermen-skeptical-of.html NOAA releases review following 2018 whale entanglement uptick NOAA Fisheries by Grant Robinson - June 17, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Entanglements with fishing gear and other objects in the ocean can pose life threatening risks to whales and dangerous situations for the trained responders called upon to disentangle them. https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/NOAA-releases-review-following-2018-whale-entanglement-uptick-571333151.html Federal Register Fisheries Off West Coast States; Emergency Action To Temporarily Remove Seasonal Processing Limitations for Pacific Whiting Motherships and Catcher-Processors A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/19/2020 This emergency rule temporarily allows at-sea Pacific whiting processing platforms to operate as both a mothership and a catcher-processor during the 2020 Pacific whiting fishery. This action is necessary to ensure catcher vessels in the mothership cooperative sector are able to fully harvest sector allocations. Emergency measures under this rule will allow catcher-processors to operate as motherships later in the year, and replace mothership processing platforms that have chosen not to operate in the cooperative in response to high economic uncertainty in 2020. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/19/2020-13288/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-emergency-action-to-temporarily-remove-seasonal-processing

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