Thousands of U.S. fishermen could be eligible for a new program designed to help fishermen hurt by the tariff on seafood.
Geoduck fishermen were among the first Alaskans to feel the effects of the coronavirus.
Alaska geoduck clam divers are stuck sitting on the beach until at least March 5.
In January, divers held an emergency meeting of the geoduck committee to talk about what to do next.
Crabbers and dive fishermen returned to Alaska’s Board of Fish this month seeking changes to commercial fishing regulations in Southeast Alaska for crab and other shellfish impacted by a growing population of sea otters in the region.
Alaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.
Sea cucumber season closed in mid-November after the fleet landed a little more than a million pounds of the seafood delicacy.
Legislation allowing geoduck farming to expand north and west is moving in the state Senate.
The measure would allow the large, valuable clams to be grown north of their natural realm. That ends around Juneau.