Wednesday, September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

 

Alaska
Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 35 new cases reported by state Tuesday, no new deaths
Anchorage Daily News by Zaz Hollander - September 8, 2020
The state on Tuesday reported 35 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska, all involving residents, according to the Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 dashboard.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2020/09/08/tracking-covid-19-in-alaska-35-new-cases-reported-tuesday-no-new-deaths/

32 members of US Congress call for veto of Alaska’s Pebble Mine permit application
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch - September 7, 2020
A group of 32 members of the U.S. Congress have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to veto permits for Bristol Bay, Alaska’s Pebble Mine, a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine at headwaters that feed part of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/32-members-of-us-congress-call-for-veto-of-alaska-s-pebble-mine-permit-application

Chignik area subsistence fishermen share in Bristol Bay sockeyes
Team effort delivers the fish to five villages along the Alaska Peninsula
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - September 7, 2020
Tribal members from five Alaska Peninsula villages who gave up subsistence fishing this year after record-low salmon returns will fill their freezers with Bristol Bay sockeyes, a gift from two Southeast Alaska fishing entities.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/09/07/chignik-area-subsistence-fishermen-share-in-bristol-bay-sockeyes/

USCG Cutter Munro Finishes Alaska Fisheries Patrol, Returns Home to Alameda
SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - September 8, 2020
Fisheries enforcement and international patrols filled the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro's time this summer in the Bering Sea.

The crew returned home Monday to Alameda following a three month, 15,000-mile, multi-mission patrol.

The Munro's crew began their patrol in the Bering Sea and spent 37 days enforcing fisheries regulations from Alaska to the maritime boundary line separating U.S. and Russian waters.

USCG personnel boarded 11 commercial fishing vessels to ensure compliance with U.S. fishery and safety regulations. In addition to patrolling the Aleutian Islands, the Munro patrolled the maritime boundary line to prevent foreign fishing vessel incursions into U.S. waters. The cutter joined a Russian Border Guard vessel to conduct the joint border patrol to promote both countries' economic security.

Following their Alaska Patrol, the Munro represented the Coast Guard by participating in an at-sea-only iteration of the biennial Rim of the Pacific 2020, or RIMPAC, exercise Aug. 17-31, in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands.

"This has been an extremely rewarding patrol," Munro's Commanding Officer, Capt. Blake Novak, said in a press release. "This was Munro's first Alaska Patrol. It was an incredible opportunity to patrol as far north as the Arctic Circle to protect our borders and natural resources, and then transition to leveraging our [Department of Defense] partnership with RIMPAC exercises. Conducting two distinctly different missions within the same deployment is what makes the Coast Guard unique and why I chose
this service.

"COVID has been a challenge, but we met that challenge by establishing processes to maintain readiness and operate safely," Novak continued. "Munro's success is attributed to the young women and men that make up our diverse crew. While we have enjoyed our time at sea, and are proud of our accomplishments, we are excited to return home to our loved ones."

To ensure the safety of Munro's crew deploying during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the crew conducted pre-deployment COVID-19 testing, followed by a 14-day monitoring period. Throughout their patrol, Munro's crew maintained strict health precautions during all interactions with the public, including wearing N95 respirators at all times and undergoing intensive decontamination procedures following the completion of each boarding.

Commissioned in 2017, the Munro is the Coast Guard's sixth 418-foot Legend-class national security cutter and one of four homeported in Alameda. National security cutters have a crew of more than 150 and are among the largest and most technologically sophisticated vessels in the Coast Guard's fleet. The cutters can operate globally in the most demanding open ocean environments, from the North Pacific's hazardous fishing grounds to the Eastern Pacific's vast approaches, where its crews battle transnational crime.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1180014/USCG-Cutter-Munro-Finishes-Alaska-Fisheries-Patrol-Returns-Home-to-Alameda


International
First wave of funding doled out to help food processors with COVID-19 upgrades
The Canadian Press, Bill Graveland - September 4, 2020
The federal government has started providing cash for food processors across the country to help them deal with COVID-19.
https://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/first-wave-of-funding-doled-out-to-help-food-processors-with-covid-19-upgrades-1.24197897


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/09/2020
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the C season allowance of the 2020 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/09/2020-19888/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-610-in-the-gulf-of


In Memoriam
Richard John Marasco
ETV News by Scottie Draper - August 29, 2020
1943 – 2020
Richard John Marasco passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his wife, of 54 years, Darlene Marasco and daughters Carly Marasco and Deina King on Sunday, August 23rd 2020. He bravely lived with the degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease for 12+ years. He had recently celebrated his 77th birthday.
https://etvnews.com/richard-john-marasco/


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