Tag: covidfisheries

Workers gather outside a square, weathered one-story warehouse building

At closed campus seafood processors, workers swap freedom for paychecks

Workers, many of whom come from out of the country, say they weren't informed of the extreme restrictions before they arrived.
An aerial view of OBI Seafoods showing a blue-roofed processing plant jutting out into the water from a green island.

OBI Seafoods confirms COVID-19 outbreak at remote Kodiak Island processing plant

A total of 37 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the plant.
Fish fillets slide down a stainless steel slide in a processing pllant as a worker inspects in the background.

26 new fisheries-related cases of COVID-19 in Kodiak

The cases were reported in a "remote area of the borough" and the alert level of the island remains at a 'green' status.

Processor settles cannery worker lawsuit for more than $440,000

North Pacific Seafoods was sued for false imprisonment and failing to pay the workers, among other charges.

Juneau processor sanitized, screened, quarantined but COVID-19 still got in

Health officials who investigated the case say it resulted from community spread — not from inside the plant.

Valdez becomes latest Alaska community to pass mask mandate

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 salmon industry contends with a rumor from China that COVID-19 can be transmitted via fish

Fish marketing experts are assessing how the rumors could affect Alaska salmon’s image in the world.

Dockside exams have started in Bristol Bay; the Coast Guard has a new approach

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.

After fears, crew of American Seafoods vessel tests negative for COVID-19 in Unalaska

Over 100 asymptomatic crew members tested positive on three of the seafood company's other factory trawlers.

King Cove confirms first local case of COVID-19 in seafood industry worker

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.

COVID-19 cases for Unalaska fish processor rise to 3

Unalaska officials have reported a third local case of COVID-19, after announcing the city's first two Wednesday.

11 workers at Whittier seafood plant test positive for COVID

The infected individuals were taken to Anchorage, where they are under a monitored quarantine.

After trawler outbreak, American Seafoods tests crews for COVID-19 as ‘precautionary measure’

After 85 people on an American Seafoods vessel tested positive, the company said it would test crew on its other vessels.

Seafood industry workers test positive for COVID-19, marking first confirmed cases in Unalaska

The City of Unalaska has confirmed its first local cases of COVID-19. Two seafood industry workers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

Alaska’s fishing communities have plans to contain COVID-19. Now they’ll be put to the test.

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fish are still available for harvest, and thousands of workers are set to arrive in coastal Alaska communities from Outside, where infection rates are much higher. But seafood companies, fishermen and local leaders say they’ve set up systems to limit the risk that the visitors could spread infection.

Second test on Quinhagak girl suggests false positive

After a girl under the age of 10 reportedly tested positive in the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak, health officials now say that they believe that test result was incorrect.

86 crew members on American Seafoods trawler test positive for COVID-19

Eighty-six crew members of an American Seafoods trawler have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the seafood company Sunday night. Nine tests are still outstanding.

Bristol Bay announces 3 additional cases of COVID-19 since Friday

Two individuals tested positive at Camai Health Center’s walk-up clinic, according to the health center’s announcement on May 29. These two will not be recorded as positive cases in the Bristol Bay Borough, because, the state said, "they are not local residents."