Environmentalists say the Trump administration is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to advance Pebble as well as other Alaska projects while the public and the press are distracted.
As these heatwaves continue, they may have far more devastating implications to fisheries than previously predicted.
Four new coronavirus cases were reported among Alaska residents on Sunday. Two of those cases were in Anchorage, one was the Lemon Creek staff member in Juneau, and the fourth was reported in Homer.
The state’s plan will likely be overseen by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. But Alaska officials and lawmakers have been pushing for the state to cut the checks directly.
Managers decided that keeping workers on the island would help prevent new arrivals — many of whom come from other countries — from bringing in the coronavirus.
Restaurants may not be reliable buyers of Copper River salmon this year, as owners grapple with reduced business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials have been reviewing the failures to contain the spread of COVID-19 at Outside meat plants, and they’re adjusting protocols for fish processing to potentially include fewer people and barriers between them.
The city of Cordova announced its first positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The infected individual is an Ocean Beauty cannery worker who had recently traveled through Seattle and Anchorage, according to Mayor Clay Koplin.
Thousands of commercial fishery workers coming to Bristol Bay will be operating under a strict set of guidelines this season, laid out in the new mandate released last week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. But some local leaders say it’s not enough.
The protective measures vary from company to company, and the state has not explained its criteria for approving or denying plans across different industries, or even between separate fishing companies.