In the Aleutian port town of Unalaska, at least five local boats are stuck at the dock with nowhere to deliver their cod after the shutdown of the Alyeska Seafoods processing plant. One has a load of fish worth at least $10,000.
The winter fishery for Bering Sea pollock, which goes into products like McDonald's fish sandwiches, officially opened Wednesday. But two of the region's largest processors are both shut down
A federal agency has put some dollar amounts to the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial and charter fishing industries nationwide in the first part of last year.
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.
UniSea is one of the largest seafood plants in the world.
A proposal would split the money roughly equally between processors, commercial fishermen, and charter guides.
Economists are looking at the cost of the precautionary measures processors took to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Workers, many of whom come from out of the country, say they weren't informed of the extreme restrictions before they arrived.
A total of 37 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the plant.
The cases were reported in a "remote area of the borough" and the alert level of the island remains at a 'green' status.
North Pacific Seafoods was sued for false imprisonment and failing to pay the workers, among other charges.
Health officials who investigated the case say it resulted from community spread — not from inside the plant.
The community has reported just two resident cases but council members expressed concern about limited healthcare capacity in the town of about 4,000.
Alaska's congressional delegation pushed for the changes.
Fish marketing experts are assessing how the rumors could affect Alaska salmon’s image in the world.
The Coast Guard will have a larger law enforcement presence in the bay this year. They will also practice social distancing and other protective measures while conducting vessel exmaniations.
Over 100 asymptomatic crew members tested positive on three of the seafood company's other factory trawlers.
Henry Mack, mayor of the 900-person town, said the individual is an employee at the huge Peter Pan Seafoods plant.
A Seattle fishing company has had more than 100 COVID-19 cases on its ships. They’re heading to Alaska this summer.
With Alaska's summer fishing season still gearing up, the industry has already been shaken by its first major outbreak. Last week, Seattle-based American Seafoods confirmed that 92 crew from its American Dynasty ship had tested positive for COVID-19 -- nearly three-fourths of 124 people onboard.
Unalaska officials have reported a third local case of COVID-19, after announcing the city's first two Wednesday.
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