Alaska Climate legislation 'to fix a problem that doesn't exist' imperils livelihood of towns The Washington Times by James Varney - November 23, 2020 There isn’t a hospital in Akutan, Alaska. Nor are there office buildings, parks, or scores of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and the like. What Akutan has is a fish-processing plant. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/nov/22/joe-bundrant-says-environmental-legislation-threat/ Congress to take up safeguarding fisheries Seafood industry seeks protection from Russian military exercises in U.S. waters Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - November 21, 2020 U.S. Coast Guard capability to safeguard national interests and promote economic security in the Arctic will be the subject of a congressional hearing on Dec. 8, one in which Alaska’s commercial fishing entities have a special concern. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/11/21/congress-to-take-up-safeguarding-fisheries/ After a summer of pandemic disruptions and poor salmon runs, Alaska fishermen await more federal relief money Alaska Public Media by Abbey Collins - November 20, 2020 Many of Alaska’s commercial salmon fishermen faced a summer of poor fish runs and market impacts driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/11/20/after-a-summer-of-pandemic-disruptions-and-poor-salmon-runs-alaska-fishermen-await-more-federal-relief-money/ Fisheries Employment in 2020 KMXT by Jared Griffin - November 20, 2020 COVID-19 has upended many industries, sending energy prices down, for instance. But the news isn’t all bad for Kodiak’s fishing sector. KMXT’s Jared Griffin takes a look at the new employment report from the Alaska Department of Labor about seafood processing. https://kmxt.org/2020/11/fisheries-employment-in-2020/ West Coast Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition AP News by Gillian Flaccus - November 17, 2020 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled to almost nothing in recent years. https://apnews.com/article/dams-fish-salmon-oregon-environment-71045373e7063bfff75fc43d15885639 National USDA Eyeing Bids on Alaska Pollock, Salmon Products Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - November 24, 2020 The USDA is looking for offers to sell salmon and pollock products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. The Department is looking for just shy of 2 million pounds of Alaska pollock fillets and fish sticks. Acceptances will be announced by midnight, December 11, 2020 and deliveries will be made between March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. Find the Alaska pollock solicitation here. The USDA is also eyeing bids for 208,240 cases of canned pink salmon. Acceptances will be announced by midnight, December 4, 2020. Deliveries are to be made between January 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021. Find the salmon solicitation here. Earlier this month, the USDA was also searching for bids on 342,000 pounds of frozen, unbreaded, raw catfish fillets. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1186024/USDA-Eyeing-Bids-on-Alaska-Pollock-Salmon-Products
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