Future airport facility will offer seafood cold storage, processing options Millions in federal transportation funds approved to construction first phase of project Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - September 19, 2020 A cargo storage and warehouse facility scheduled to open by the summer of 2022 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is expected to offer the seafood industry new options for cargo transfer cold storage and value-added processing. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/09/19/future-airport-facility-will-offer-seafood-cold-storage-processing-options/ Fish Factor: Bering Sea crabbers await 2020-21 catch limits Cordova Times by Laine Welch - September 18, 2020 Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can pull up in their pots for the upcoming season that opens Oct. 15. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/09/18/fish-factor-bering-sea-crabbers-await-2020-21-catch-limits/ 49,000 Pounds of Salmon to help with difficult season KINY by Anthony Mallott - September 20th, 2020 Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A partnership between Sealaska and the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association will help families reliant on subsistence fishing from Yakutat to Hydaburg this month. https://www.kinyradio.com/news/news-of-the-north/49000-pounds-of-salmon-to-help-with-difficult-season/ Ketchikan Assembly passes economic disaster resolution KINY - September 21, 2020 Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough passed an economic disaster resolution regarding the fishing industry on Monday. The resolution declares an economic disaster in Southeast Alaska due to fishery losses during the 2020 season and recommends Gov. Mike Dunleavy declare Southeast Alaska an area impacted by an economic disaster, and requests the Alaska Congressional delegation to seek and support an appropriation to provide aid. https://www.kinyradio.com/news/news-of-the-north/ketchikan-assembly-passes-economic-disaster-resolution/ West Coast REPORT: Six Workers at Pacific Seafood Warrenton Plant Test Positive for Coronavirus Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - September 22, 2020 Clatsop County reported on Friday that six workers at the Pacific Seafood Warrenton plant have tested positive for coronavirus. The new cases come a little over a week after the Clatsop County Public Health Director, Michael McNickle, confirmed that one worker at the plant, a male between the age of 40-49, had tested positive. Five of the new cases are part of the nine new local cases that the Clatsop County Public Health Department reported on Friday. According to The Astorian, the sixth case is of a worker that lives in Pacific County. McNickle says that the Oregon Health Authority will be handling the new cases. Pacific Seafood released their COVID-19 preparedness plan early on in the pandemic. The plan highlighted the safety actions that the company was taking to ensure that they would be able to continue operating amid the coronavirus pandemic. Measures included doubling the amount of sanitizing and cleaning protocols in their facilities, as well as doubling their regular cleaning and disinfection of common spaces and "high touch" workspace surfaces. Employees were educated on prevention best practices, including washing hands several times throughout the day, as well as informed that they must stay home if they, or someone in their household, has any of the COVID-19 symptoms. But despite their best efforts to keep the virus out, the Warrenton plant reported their first case of COVID-19 in early May. At the time the company had temporarily shut down to undergo "extensive professional sanitation cleaning." Two additional cases at the Warrenton plant were reported in July, and about two weeks ago another case was confirmed. "We trust that OHA and the local public health agencies are taking appropriate action to ensure the safety of our team members and community," John King, general manager of Pacific Seafood Warrenton, said in a statement earlier this month. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1181136/REPORT-Six-Workers-at-Pacific-Seafood-Warrenton-Plant-Test-Positive-for-Coronavirus FYI’s GAPP Annual Meeting Panel to Discuss Marketing Changes Amidst Global Pandemic Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers by Margery Schelling - September 16, 2020 As companies in the food and beverage space scramble to make sense of consumer preferences that have changed overnight as a result of COVID-19, five leaders in the seafood space will share their insights on marketing in the age of Covid, the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced today. A star-studded panel of some of seafood’s most seasoned marketers will offer their thoughts about which trends—like well-stocked freezers and no-contact grocery delivery—are here to stay and how they are preparing for a new future for Wild Alaska Pollock. https://www.alaskapollock.org/about-us/news/gapp-annual-meeting-panel-to-discuss-marketing-changes-amidst-global-pandemic Fishermen can now apply for new USDA financial aid program KDLG by Isabelle Ross - September 21, 2020 The program is aimed at compensating commercial fishermen in the U.S. who have been negatively affected by certain trade tariffs. Fishermen can apply now through December 14. https://www.kdlg.org/post/fishermen-can-now-apply-new-usda-financial-aid-program
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