Biologists are forecasting another massive run of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay this summer, raising questions in commercial fishing circles about whether the industry will be able to keep up.
A draft released this month by Fish and Game recommends dividing the allocation evenly among seafood processors, charters and lodges.
Garrett Everidge, an economist at the McDowell Group, says processors have spent $50 million dollars on COVID-19 mitigation plans so far.
With cases rising in Alaska, seafood companies must now work to keep residents from infecting seasonal workers.
Public health experts have credited measures like the quarantine order with holding Alaska’s COVID-19 case count below every other state in the country, and at least one warns that revoking it could cause a flare-up.
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 federal government can once again continue processing H-2b visas, the program that traditionally allows foreign roe technicians to work in Alaska seafood plants.