Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Alaska

State delegation visiting health facilities and processors in Bristol Bay today
State and federal officials are traveling to Dillingham, Egegik, and Naknek-King Salmon to tour processing facilities and meet with local health professionals to discuss community needs ahead of the fishing season.
KDLG by Isabelle Ross - May 14, 2020
A delegation of state and federal medical officials is traveling around Bristol Bay today. Among them is the state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, Chief of Staff to the governor Ben Stevens, and Dr. Alex Eastman, senior medical operations officer with the Department of Homeland Security. The group is visiting three seafood processing plants and meeting with local health professionals, as well as city and tribal leaders, all while social distancing.
https://www.kdlg.org/post/state-delegation-visiting-health-facilities-and-processors-bristol-bay-today

A blow to owner-onboard fisheries?
Deckboss - May 14, 2020
Tomorrow is a big day for individual fishing quota (IFQ) halibut and sablefish players.
In a special meeting starting at noon, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will consider emergency proposals to liberalize quota transfer and vessel cap rules.
http://deckboss.blogspot.com/

Informed fishing: Alaska's Mug Updates offer tips on navigating covid-19 restrictions
National Fisherman by Laine Welch - May 14, 2020
Mug Updates tell Alaska fishermen how to navigate covid-19 mandates in place for salmon season.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/informed-fishing-alaska-s-mug-updates-offer-tips-on-navigating-covid-19-restrictions

Unalaska braces for financial hit amid COVID pandemic
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin - May 14, 2020
Widespread nonpayment of city property taxes caused by the COVID pandemic's economic impact? That's one scenario, as the Unalaska city administration is now projecting a deficit unless changes are made to the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year by the city council.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/2020unalaska_braces_for_financial_hit_amid_covid

Herring fishermen challenge monitoring requirements, as study shows promise of Alaska’s fishery
Seafood Source by Ben Fisher - May 13, 2020
Although there was no commercial herring sac roe fishery this year in Sitka Sound due to small average fish size, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game report has provided encouraging data for the fishery to consider an eventual reopening.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/herring-fishermen-challenge-monitoring-requirements-as-study-shows-promise-of-alaska-s-fishery?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVRNMk16UXlNR1l6WldFMSIsInQiOiJsbk5hejQyN1lkcGIwa0plV
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West Coast
Dozens of commercial fishermen tested for COVID-19 ahead of Hake season
61 crew members from more than a dozen trawlers were tested as part of a pilot program in Lincoln County.
KGW by Art Edwards - May 12, 2020
PORTLAND, Oregon — Commercial fishing is big business in Oregon and on May 15, dozens of trawlers will leave Newport for fishing grounds off the coast. 
The west coast Hake season is about to start. There’s an effort to make sure crew members on trawlers are Covid-19 free.
https://www.kgw.com/article/money/business/commercial-fisherman-tested-for-covid-19/283-4c79e2c1-9c9c-4406-83f7-ebcb45b0a5d8


National
Connecting people to salmon in Alaska, the East Coast and the Midwest during COVID-19
A lot has changed almost overnight.
Juneau Empire - May 14, 2020 1:25pm
Some fast food restaurants in the Lower 48 have stopped serving hamburgers. Meatpacking plants have shut down. Grocery stores are frequently sold out of flour and rice. But Americans can buy Alaskan seafood directly from the fishermen who caught it — and, in increasing numbers, that’s what they’re doing.
https://www.juneauempire.com/news/connecting-people-to-salmon-in-alaska-the-east-coast-and-the-midwest-during-covid-19/


International
Alaska halibut gets battered by foreign imports
Fis.com by Laine Welch - May 15, 2020
Sales of Alaska’s most popular seafoods are being hit hard by markets upended by the coronavirus, but perhaps none is getting battered worse than halibut. Along with the big losses in the lucrative restaurant trade, Pacific halibut also is facing headwinds from increasing foreign imports.
https://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=107746&ndb=1&df=0


Environment/Science
Stakeholders to Discuss Transboundary Mining
Fishermen's New - May 13, 2020
Members of the International Joint Commission are set to meet online on Zoom on Thursday May 14 for a dialogue with key stakeholders on the U.S. and British Columbia transboundary watersheds to discuss the role of the Boundary Waters Treaty with respect to large BC mines.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/05/stakeholders-to-discuss-transboundary.html

 

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