A bill to fund a first-of-its-kind program that will enable sportfishing charters to purchase Pacific halibut quota from the commercial sector is headed to the president’s desk after passing through both chambers of Congress.
The alternative approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council was introduced by the State of Alaska’s representative on the council, but was vehemently opposed by all but one person, group or government entity that provided public testimony or written comment.
Changes are coming to the management of the commercial salmon fishery in Cook Inlet, and fishermen, processors and related businesses fear that federal regulators could close commercial salmon fishing in federal waters and cause an industry that has sustained families for generations on the Kenai Peninsula to collapse.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is accepting public feedback on its draft plan for how the state will spend the $50 million allocated to it for fisheries relief under Section 12005 of the CARES Act.
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation releases a new COVID business impact survey and the President/CEO says it indicates a long economic winter if more federal financial aid isn't made available.
As many Anchorage businesses fight to stay afloat, others have stopped serving customers altogether. Of the latter group, some have closed their doors so that they might hopefully reopen in the future.
Folks on unemployment have gotten extra financial padding in the form of an additional $600 a week from the CARES act. With those benefits about to run out, the Food Bank of Alaska is trying to keep food on the table for those who need help.