Alaska Alaska now to offer vaccines to nonresident seafood-industry workers hit by coronavirus outbreaks Hal Bernton and Zaz Hollander - February 10, 2021 Alaska officials will allow seafood-industry workers from other states equal access to coronavirus vaccines, a policy shift made Wednesday in the aftermath of outbreaks that flared in plants and on offshore processing ships. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/alaska-now-to-offer-vaccines-to-nonresident-seafood-industry-workers-hit-by-coronavirus-outbreaks/?amp=1 Fish Factor: One Alaska king salmon is now worth the same as two barrels of oil Cordova Times by Laine Welch - February 9, 2021 Seafood sales are on fire in America’s supermarkets and one king salmon from Southeast Alaska is worth the same as two barrels of oil. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/02/09/fish-factor-one-alaska-king-salmon-is-now-worth-the-same-as-two-barrels-of-oil/ Alaska Seafood COVID-19 Briefing Paper January 2021 Edition Prepared on behalf of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute by McKinley Research Group (formerly McDowell Group) Second COVID Relief Bill Provides Additional Aid Alaska communities received more than $569 million in emergency COVID relief payments from the March 2020 CARES Act to offset tax revenue declines and pay for COVID-related expenses. The COVID-19 omnibus economic relief bill passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2020 did not include additional assistance to local governments to account for income losses in 2020, but did include support for local public health departments and school districts addressing COVID-related costs. https://uploads.alaskaseafood.org/2021/02/COVID-Alaska-Seafood-Impacts-January-2021-revised.pdf FYI’s Homer offers fishing vessel drill conductor training Cordova Times - February 9, 2021 A fishing vessel drill conductor class will be offered in Homer on Feb. 27 by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, at a reduced cost of $125 for commercial fishermen and $175 for all others. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/02/09/homer-offers-fishing-vessel-drill-conductor-training/ ALFA, Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust to Host Virtual Fishermen’s EXPO Fishermen's News - February 10, 2021 Educational workshops on topics ranging from skipper training, sleep deprivation and emergency skills to loan opportunities and financing for commercial fishermen will be offered during a virtual midwinter Fishermen’s EXPO set for Feb. 22. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/02/alfa-alaska-sustainable-fisheries-trust.html
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