Alaska Fisheries Report — June 25, 2020

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  • You may recall last week we reported that coronavirus was found in China on chopping boards used for European salmon. Many wondered how it might impact Alaska’s market. In a follow-up story this week we look at what one economist calls a bigger hurdle for the industry how the coronavirus is disrupting the logistics in terms of processing and delivery—including the safety of workers.
  • A Seattle-based processor is being sued for false imprisonment by more than 100 workers from California and Mexico who say they were forced to quarantine without pay in Los Angeles.
  • The number of fishing and seafood industry workers testing positive for COVID-19 is increasing in coastal Alaska.  We look at some of the numbers reported around the state.

 

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We had help from Izzy Ross and Sage Smiley at KDLG in Dillingham. Hope McKenny with KUCB in Unalaska. Eric Stone at KRBD in Ketchikan. And Nat Herz with Alaska Public Media.

A big thank you to all the listeners of the Alaska Fisheries Report and to all the radio stations that air our program.

For you fishermen, be careful, please follow the COVID rules—for your sake and for those whom you might come in contact with out fishing.

 

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