Copper River Seafoods’ new building keeps product in Alaska Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - July 15, 2020 Copper River Seafoods is adding new seafood industry infrastructure to Anchorage and bringing a key part of its supply chain back to Alaska. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-07-15/copper-river-seafoods%E2%80%99-new-building-keeps-product-alaska Kenai launches 2 more grant programs New aid targets smaller businesses, commercial fishing Peninsula Clarion by Brian Mazurek - July 14, 2020 The City of Kenai has launched two more grant programs to offer financial assistance in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are aimed at smaller businesses and commercial fishing operations that may have missed out on the first round of funds. https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/kenai-launches-2-more-grant-programs/ Limiting the catch Kenai Peninsula seafood industry sees relatively few out-of-state COVID cases Peninsula Clarion by Jeff Helminiak - July 16, 2020 The Kenai Peninsula seafood industry is up and running with eight positive COVID-19 cases for out-of-state workers as of Tuesday, according to data from Alaska’s Coronavirus Response Hub. https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/limiting-the-catch/ West Coast The Pacific Council News Reporting on the June 2020 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting An interview with Don Hansen, Enforcement report, Federal disaster relief funding moves forward, Executive Order speeds up environmental review process, Executive order promotes aquaculture, American seafood ... https://mailchi.mp/noaa/pacific-council-news-spring-568905?e=8c33a9b552 East Coast Fishery This City's Coronavirus Safety Measures Could Become Best Practices KUCB by Nadine Sebai - July 16, 2020 When the meatpacking industry in the U.S. started seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, local officials in New Bedford, Mass., worried that their city was next. But the city took action, issuing emergency orders that safety experts say should be a model for workplaces across the U.S., if those orders can be properly enforced. https://www.kucb.org/post/citys-coronavirus-safety-measures-could-become-best-practices Environment/Science Saildrones will conduct acoustic survey of Pacific Pollock Cordova Times - July 14, 2020 Three Saildrones have arrived at Unimak Pass in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, on their way to conduct a two month long acoustic survey of Pacific Pollock, and are expected to reach their first survey station about the second week of July. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/07/14/saildrones-will-conduct-acoustic-survey-of-pacific-pollock/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; St. Matthew Blue King Crab Rebuilding Plan in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/15/2020 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crabs (Crab FMP) (Amendment 50), to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 50 would add a new rebuilding plan for St. Matthew blue king crab (SMBKC) to the Crab FMP. The objective of this amendment is to rebuild the SMBKC stock. In order to comply with provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), this action is necessary to implement a rebuilding plan prior to the start of the 2020/2021 fishing season. Amendment 50 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Crab FMP, and other applicable laws. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/15/2020-15318/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-st-matthew-blue-king-crab-rebuilding-plan-in-the
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