Alaska Prince William Sound catch jumps to 35.7M fish Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - August 6, 2021 Commercial harvests in Prince William Sound have reached over 35.7 million fish, including nearly 32 million pink salmon, up by over 5 million fish from a week earlier, according to the state’s latest preliminary commercial harvest reports. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/08/06/prince-william-sound-catch-jumps-to-35-7m-fish/ COVID-19 resulted in 651 area jobs lost Cordova Times - August 5, 2021 COVID-19 struck a blow to employment in the Valdez-Cordova area in 2019-2020, resulting in an overall decline of 15%, or 651 jobs, with truncated ferry traffic the probable drag on Cordova, and heavier losses in Valdez, said state labor economist Neal Fried. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/08/05/covid-19-resulted-in-651-area-jobs-lost/ International 3MMI- China Update: Freight Rates Are Rising; COVID-19 Outbreaks Causing Major Delays TradexFoods - August 9, 2021 Freight rates to North America are continuing to climb, and are forecasted to jump even higher when Chinese New Year closures begin near the end of January 2022. With Covid-19 cases on the rise at major China ports, drastic production and shipping delays are imminent creating a struggle for sellers and buyers. Raw material supply in China is scarce and the pricing is up. We recommend securing everything you can as supply will be an issue the remainder of the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIM0MCpxiPs Federal Register List of Fisheries for 2022 A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/09/2021 The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2022, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The LOF for 2022 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/09/2021-16653/list-of-fisheries-for-2022 FYI’s New airline brings competition to Unalaska-Anchorage route KUCB by Maggie Nelson - August 5, 2021 A new airline startup says it will soon be offering daily flights between Unalaska and Anchorage. The new carrier, branded Aleutian Airways, is a partnership between Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes, Florida-based Sterling Airways and two venture capital firms. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2021/08/05/new-airline-brings-competition-to-unalaska-anchorage-route/
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