Monday, April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

Alaska

Cordova faces big decisions over how to run its famous early-season salmon fishery during a pandemic
Anchorage Daily News by Michelle Theriault Boots - April 12, 2020
Like other Alaska commercial fishing hubs, the Prince William Sound town of Cordova is wrestling with the question of how — or if — it can safely host its summer salmon fishing season in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2020/04/11/cordova-faces-big-decisions-over-how-to-run-its-famous-early-season-salmon-fishery-during-a-pandemic/

Residents vow to keep COVID-19 out of Bristol Bay
Governor asked to consider closing down 2020 salmon fishery in bay
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman - April 10, 2020
Bristol Bay residents determined to keep the pandemic at bay have put in place their own COVID-19 health response plan and are asking the state to consider closure of the famed commercial salmon fishery in 2020.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/10/residents-vow-to-keep-covid-19-out-of-bristol-bay/

Aleutians works to save summer fishery
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin - April 9, 2020
The Aleutians East Borough is scrambling to save the summer fishery, as the region is rocked by coronavirus precautions and the termination of scheduled air passenger service after Ravn declared bankruptcy.
http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/2015aleutians_works_to_save_summer_fishery


West Coast
Press release: West Coast salmon season dates set for 2020
Pacific Fishery Management Council - April 10, 2020
Portland, Or. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the Pacific coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast. Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, all meetings associated with the decision were held via webinar for the first time in the Council’s history.
https://www.pcouncil.org/press-release-west-coast-salmon-season-dates-set-for-2020/


Environment/Science
Sound Science: Salmon researchers share insights at symposium
Cordova Times by Teal Barmore - April 11, 2020
In late February, Prince William Sound Science Center research ecologists Pete Rand and Kristen Gorman traveled, for the second time in the last year, to the upper Copper River Watershed. This time, not to collect data for their Copper River Sockeye Salmon migration energetics research, but to join anthropologists, geologists, climate scientists, other biologists, and indigenous leaders at the Copper River Basin Symposium in Copper Center.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/11/sound-science-salmon-researchers-share-insights-at-symposium/


Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - COVID-19 Market Update; Oregon Pink Shrimp Fishery
TradexFoods - April 13, 2020
To describe the seafood markets last week as an analogy would be like saying the industry was settling into its temporary home. As reported in the previous episode, Salmon, Cod and canned fish were still the movers through the market last week. Supermarkets remain...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=WDrraKLmFhQ&feature=emb_logo


Opinion
Commentary: An open letter to the Cordova community regarding COVID-19
Cordova Times by Christopher Barrows - April 11, 2020
Along with the rest of the world, the Alaska seafood industry has been coping with the fast-paced nature of the national health pandemic created by the exponential spread of the coronavirus. Like you, we are very concerned about what the coronavirus pandemic means for our families, neighbors, and livelihoods in Alaska coastal communities, and the Alaska seafood system overall, both in the short and long term.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/11/commentary-an-open-letter-to-the-cordova-community-regarding-covid-19/

Letter to the Editor: Bringing in fishery workers will lead to disaster
Cordova Times by Roy Robinson - April 11, 2020
As a 45-season veteran of the Alaska salmon processing industry I feel compelled to add my voice to the uproar surrounding the approaching onslaught of coronavirus in Bristol Bay. If processors are allowed to fly thousands of workers and fishermen in from all over the world, there will be no avoiding an absolute viral disaster.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/11/letter-to-the-editor-bringing-in-fishery-workers-will-lead-to-disaster/

 

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