This is the first known paralytic shellfish poisoning fatality in Alaska since 2010, although serious illnesses are reported more frequently.
The sale to Float Shuttle has been cleared by federal bankruptcy court, the company says, and the new owners aim to have federal approval to resume flying in about a month.
The positive test result of a crew member came just hours after the vessel arrived in Unalaska.
If companies can put appropriate quarantine procedures in place before boarding, fishing crews stand a good chance of remaining uninfected with COVID-19, largely because of vessels’ isolation at sea.
It was the first trip back in service for the ferry, it stopped at 8 communities between Homer and Unalaska.
The total number of nonresident coronavirus cases now stands at 41. The majority of those have been seafood workers.
Alaska’s seafood industry sprawls across dozens of communities and thousands of miles of coastline. But one common theme is that this summer’s fishing season represents uncharted waters.
The factory trawler was most recently in Bellingham, WA, and has returned to the Port of Seattle where it is currently under lockdown.
The new group springing from the merger of Icicle Seafoods and Ocean Beauty Seafoods will own 10 shoreside processing plants across coastal Alaska.
If they receive the grant, GCI plans to pay for the remainder of the project – $35 million – with it’s own capital.