Fisheries

COVID-19 outbreak at Aleutian processing plant grows to 135

January 27, 2021 by Hope McKenney, KUCB – Unalaska Trident Seafoods has only tested about half of its 700 workers, and officials say they think the outbreak is still on what they call an upward trajectory. (Laura Kraegel/KUCB) A COVID-19 outbreak at one of Alaska’s largest fish processing plants has infected nearly 20% of workers with testing only partially finished, officials said …

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Board of Fish postpones in-person meetings this spring

By Joe Viechnicki–KSKA  | Jan 26, 2021 Darius Kasperzak delivers testimony at the January, 2020 Board of Fish meeting in Kodiak. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) Alaska’s Board of Fisheries Monday voted to postpone in-person meetings planned for Ketchikan, Cordova and Anchorage this spring because of COVID-19 precautions. But the board decided not to push back their schedule for next year. …

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Another poor sockeye season predicted for Cook Inlet

January 25, 2021 by Sabine Poux, KDLL – Kenai Upper Cook Inlet fishermen should expect another below-average sockeye run this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasts a return of 4,370,000 sockeye to Upper Cook Inlet in 2021, according to a report released Friday. Brian Marston, Fish and Game’s area manager for Upper Cook Inlet commercial fisheries, says the projections aren’t …

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Worker evacuated from Akutan seafood processor after positive COVID-19 test

January 20, 2021 by Hope McKenney, KUCB – Unalaska The four cases mark the first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at any of Trident’s Alaska facilities. (Laura Kraegel/KUCB) A second seafood processing plant in the Aleutian Islands has been hit with COVID-19 infections as the busy winter pollock fishing season is set to kick off. The U.S. Coast Guard evacuated a Trident Seafoods worker …

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COVID-19 takes half-billion dollar bite from Alaska commercial fisheries revenue

By Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg -January 19, 2021 Long-line caught halibut await unloading in Petersburg. (Angela Denning/KFSK) A federal agency has put dollar amounts on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial and charter fishing industries nationwide. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on the virus’ economic impact on seafood and charter fishing through August …

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Four test positive for COVID-19 at Akutan processing plant

Four employees at the Trident Seafoods processing plant in Akutan have tested positive for coronavirus, the company said in a press release yesterday (Monday). The plant has about 700 employees on Akutan island in the Aleutian Chain. The Seattle Times reported that the four employees who tested positive were roommates. They tested negative for the virus before flying to Akutan …

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Surcharge lifted on sport fish permits

By Sabine Poux–KDLL • Jan 15, 2021 A fisherman at the mouth of the Buskin River. (Photo by Lisa Hupp/USFWS) Alaska sport fish permit prices are slightly lower this year, after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game removed a 15-year surcharge. Fish and Game raised the price of permits in 2005 to pay off a $68 million bond debt. …

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