Friday, May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020


Vote to reopen businesses fails narrowly
Howarth: ‘The playing field changes almost daily’
Cordova Times by Zachary Snowdon Smith - April 30, 2020
A vote to repeal a rule extending the closure of non-essential businesses failed 3-4 at a Wednesday, April 29 special meeting of Cordova City Council. The rule locally extends a closure of private facilities now being relaxed at the state level. Under the city’s current set of emergency procedures, the closure will expire May 20 if not renewed.

City Of Unalaska Gives Okay For Local Businesses, Restaurants To Reopen
KUCB by Hope McKenney - April 29, 2020
Local restaurants and businesses will now be allowed to reopen — with some state-mandated restrictions.

The Pacific Council News
Reporting on the March and April 2020 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.
Managing fisheries in the time of COVID-19
Just a few months ago, few people would have thought that life was about to change radically for everybody in the Council family and beyond. The March Council meeting slipped through just as the COVID curtain fell. By April many seafood markets were drying up, recreational fishing was closed in some areas, and the entire Pacific Council meeting was held via webinar for the first time in history.

Alaska’s salmon season: Hundreds of fishermen chime in
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - April 30, 2020
Alaska’s summer fisheries are fast approaching.
Although this season is loaded with uncertainty, there are a few things that are given: the salmon are on their way home to Alaska’s cold, clean, free-flowing watersheds, and the tide waits for nobody.

East Coast Fishery
Fishermen Say Possible Meat Shortage Unlikely To Benefit Fishing Industry
CBS by Bill Shields - April 29, 2020
BOSTON (CBS) – For decades, the New England fishing industry has been on its heels. But now, there may a shortage of meat soon after several of the nation’s largest processing plants have been slowed due to COVID-19.

Seafood companies, large and small, adding direct-to-consumer sales
Seafood Source by Cliff White - April 28, 2020
In the midst of a near-nationwide lockdown that has drastically shifted the consumer market for seafood in the United States, companies of all sizes are adding direct-to-consumer sales outlets.

Federal Register
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/30/2020
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a web conference on May 15, 2020.

Alaska Kelp Farming The Blue Revolution
ADFG by Mark Stopha - April 2020
Fledgling kelp farmers are joining Alaska’s wild kelpers in developing a promising new industry in Alaska waters.
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which promotes innovation in Alaska’s commercial fishing and processing sectors, coordinated workshops for Alaska’s emerging kelp farming industry in February 2020. I attended a workshop in Ketchikan, and other workshops were held in Sitka and Kodiak.

Crew contract update: Coronavirus Edition
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - April 30, 2020
Alaska’s Sea Grant program has a long history of supporting the business needs of the state’s fishermen.

Pacific Seafood Processors Association
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail:; Website:
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Please reload