Copper River Fishery Perking Up
Fishermen's News - May 27, 2020
In the wake of two slow openers on May 14 and May 18, and a third period when no fishing was allowed, commercial harvesters on Alaska’s Copper River brought home an estimated 1,467 Chinooks and 33,752 sockeye salmon in the 12-hour Memorial Day opener.
Seafood processors outline plans for Petersburg workforce COVID measures
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - May 27, 2020
Activity is ramping up in Petersburg harbors with just a few weeks before the start of some commercial salmon and crab fisheries in the region. Seafood processing companies bringing seasonal workers to town this summer have outlined their safety plans for the coronavirus. They intend to quarantine and isolate their workforce to protect employees and the community from a potential outbreak.
Four New COVID-19 Cases in Alaska, Two are Seafood Workers
SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - May 27, 2020
As of yesterday at 10:45 a.m. Alaska time, four new positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed, three in Anchorage and one in Sitka. This is Sitka’s second positive case. Two of the four new cases are non-residents in Anchorage for the commercial fishing season.
Alaska has a cumulative total of 428 positive cases of COVID-19, 411 resident Alaskans and 17 nonresident. Of those 17, twelve are connected to the seafood industry.
Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services reports 362 people have recovered, 12 are currently hospitalized, there have been ten deaths, and a total of 44,964 tests conducted statewide. Updates on Alaska's COVID-19 webpage typically occur by 12:00 PM Alaska time daily.
The two new community cases (or Alaska-resident cases) were in Anchorage and in Sitka. Sitka's new case is an asymptomatic woman, according to a statement from the City of Sitka.
Both of the cases identified Tuesday are female; one is age 20-29 and the other is 30-39.
The Sitka Unified Command announced on Monday the Sitka case was a patient who was tested as part of Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center’s admitting process. The person was isolated immediately and the case is being investigated to determine the source of the virus.
Two nonresident cases in Anchorage were identified in seafood industry workers.
Public health nurses and the DHSS Section of Epidemiology are investigating all cases in conjunction with the seafood company and community partners.
The latest numbers change the projection model, which is updated daily, to show a projected rise in the near term (this week) for positive cases. The new data and modeled projection can be found here.
GAPP Co-Invests with European Partners to Support Wild Alaska Pollock Launches
Perishable News by Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers Seafood - May 26, 2020
SEATTLE, Wash.— Innovative new Wild Alaska Pollock products will soon be coming to retailers across Europe as the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) invests alongside major seafood companies. As part of its European Partnership Program, GAPP has awarded nearly one million dollars in funding to four partners who are launching exciting new products made with delicious and sustainable Wild Alaska Pollock to feed more European consumers every day.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; 2020-2021 Annual Specifications and Management Measures for Pacific Sardine
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/27/2020
NMFS proposes to implement annual harvest specifications and management measures for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine (hereafter, Pacific sardine), for the fishing year from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. The proposed action would prohibit most directed commercial fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #6
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/27/2020
NMFS announces one inseason action in the 2020 ocean salmon fisheries. This inseason action modified the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the U.S./Canada border to Leadbetter Point, WA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Alaska Plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/28/2020
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Alaska plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2020 Alaska plaice initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the BSAI.
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