Two large seafood processing plants in the Aleutian Islands have been hit with COVID-19 infections as the busy winter pollock fishing season is set to kick off.
Garrett Everidge, an economist at the McDowell Group, says processors have spent $50 million dollars on COVID-19 mitigation plans so far.
One reason for the decline of the Togiak herring fishery is that roe has become less popular in Japan.
Thousands of cans of Bristol Bay sockeye will make their way to school lunches and other federal food programs around the country this winter as part of a USDA bailout.
The MSC label is needed to sell salmon in certain European markets. The two groups have been going back and forth about the terms under which the new group can join.
The newest processing plant in Bristol Bay is about to go online this month. Trident Seafood’s multi-million dollar fishmeal plant should get a test run with Togiak herring.