Alaska Fisheries Report– March 19, 2020



The Alaska Legislature is working on the state’s budget which begins on July 1. No surprise that there are a lot of cuts planned. One thing on the chopping block is state funded PSP tests for commercial shellfish. Shellfish farmers and divers fear they will be put out of business if they are forced to pay for testing. We look at the costs of keeping up with the testing requirements.

The Coast Guard has been steadily repairing faulty VHF radio sites around southcentral and southeast Alaska. This past week they announce three more sites fixed, two of which had been down for more than 120 days.

The coronavirus is causing problems with Alaska exports, with seafood piling up in freezers at the docks causing chaos around the world.

The state’s longest running commercial fisheries trade show gets rescheduled over coronavirus concerns. ComFish Alaska, hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is now set for September instead of later this month.


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We had help from Laine Welch from Alaska Fish Radio.

For you fishermen, be careful fishing and on the shore. Please take time to be aware of the dangers of the coronavirus and how you can keep your family and community health. Wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and prepare to self-isolate for up to two weeks, if necessary.


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