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Thursday, June 11, 2020


GAPP exploring how to best position pollock during COVID-19 recovery Seafood Source by Ben Fisher - June 10, 2020 The nonprofit trade group Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is trying to determine the best way to market its fish during the coronavirus crisis, which has caused a massive shift in seafood buying preferences globally. With thousands of seafood workers coming to Alaska, state tries to contain Covid-19 Food & Environment Reporting Network by Miranda Weiss - June 11, 2020 Two months ago, local leaders in southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay, a 250-mile-long inlet in the Bering Sea, begged the state’s governor to consider canceling the commercial sockeye salmon season. They feared that Covid-19 would spread through the region’s small villages, which have scant health resources. Now, preparations for this fishery, which starts in a matter of weeks, are barreling ahead as fishermen and seafood processing-plant workers descend on the region, and the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases shoots up across the state. As of June 9, Alaska had more than 600 cumulative cases. Icicle Seafoods' COVID-19 Case Count Rises To Seven, Marking Eighth Case In Unalaska KUCB by Hope McKenney - June 10, 2020 The positives add to three previous local cases already confirmed among employees at the seafood company, whose sole plant in Unalaska is a floating processing ship called the Northern Victor. A Seattle fishing company has had more than 100 COVID-19 cases on its ships. They’re heading to Alaska this summer. KMXT by Nathaniel Herz - June 9, 2020 As America’s meat producers contend with thousands of COVID-19 cases among processing workers, seafood companies have drafted rigorous plans to ward off similar spread of the disease as their summer season looms in Alaska. FYI’s FISH FACTOR: Grundens partners with Alaskans for recycled net fishing gear Alaska Journal of Commerce by Laine Welch - June 3, 2020 Recycled fishing nets from Cordova will soon help launch a new clothing line by Grundens, the maker of the iconic foul weather gear “built by fishermen for fishermen for over a century.” NOAA Approves Renewal of Prohibited Species Donation Permits to SeaShare Fishermen's News - June 10, 2020 NOAA Fisheries has announced the renewal of two prohibited species donation permits to SeaShare, authorizing the Washington state nonprofit organization to distribute Pacific salmon and Pacific halibut to economically disadvantaged people under the PSD program.

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