After a summer of pandemic disruptions and poor salmon runs, Alaska fishermen await more federal relief money

Not only were fishermen catching fewer fish, in many cases they were getting paid less for them. Processors faced steep bills for implementing COVID mitigation strategies, and the value of sockeye was the lowest it’s been in more than 10 years.

‘Southeast has just been hammered’: Economists try to see what’s ahead for Alaska’s pandemic recession

The COVID-19 pandemic came at a rough time for Alaska. The state was just beginning to climb out of its recession and was projected to see economic growth. Instead, as the pandemic unfolded and shut down the tourism season, businesses closed and a record number of Alaskans found themselves out of work.