The annual fishery didn’t happen at all in 2019 and 2020. Most of the herring were young and too small to meet international market demands, and the pandemic posed other challenges in 2020.
The new owner says it will continue to operate plants in Dillingham, King Cove, Port Moller and Valdez, along with support facilities in Naknek and Sand Point. Its headquarters are in Bellevue, Wash.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s denied a permit for the proposed mine back in November.
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska in November won another round in its legal fight with the state over the management of the commercial herring fishery. And next week the court will hear new oral arguments and decide whether the state has upheld its constitutional responsibilities in its management of the fishery.
The UniSea fish plant in Unalaska is under partial lockdown and has shut down all non-essential work after four employees tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday.
Scientists aren’t sure why the razor clam crash started about a decade ago. What they do know is that stocks aren’t rebounding.
The COVID-19 relief bill signed into law this week includes $300 million for fishery assistance nationwide.
Bristol Bay’s run exceeded 50 million fish for the sixth year in a row — 46% above the 20-year average — but many other parts of the state were far below their forecasts.
The U.S. Congress has appropriated more than $3.6 million to monitor transboundary watersheds and for diplomatic efforts in cross-border negotiations with Canada.
It would be the first program of its kind for fishermen. The U.S. government already sponsors comparable professional development programs for young ranchers and farmers.