Commercial Fishing

Seafood Industry Letter To Unalaska Regarding COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020

Dear Unalaska Community:

Along with the rest of the nation and the world, the seafood industry of Unalaska has been coping with the fast-paced turn of events in the face of the national health pandemic created by the exponential spread of the coronavirus.  Like you, we are very concerned about what the coronavirus pandemic means to our families, neighbors, and livelihoods in Unalaska and other Alaskan coastal communities, and the Alaska seafood system overall, both in the short and long term.

Holland Dotts & the Alaska Marine Conservation Council

The Unalaska City Council has endorsed the rationalization of two derby-style Pacific cod fisheries.

On Tuesday, councilors voted to support the development of Limited Access Privilege Programs (LAPPs) for trawl catcher vessels targeting cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, as well as for pot catcher vessels 60 feet long and longer.

Alaska State Troopers

A Kodiak man died May 2 while fishing in the Bering Sea.

Alaska State Troopers report 55-year-old Christopher O’Callaghan was struck in the chest with a line when the F/V Ocean Hunter was transferring fish to another vessel.

Officials say the line caused bruising and internal injuries resulting in his death. Multiple crewmembers witnessed the incident.

O’Callaghan’s body was transported to Unalaska and then the State Medical Examiner by request of his next of kin.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

 

The abandoned boat that plagued western Alaska for months is now on the bottom of the ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the state by performing an emergency scuttle of the F/V Akutan Thursday, three miles outside U.S. waters.

 

The processor was abandoned in Unalaska in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay where the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and it’s 158,318 pound haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.

ZOË SOBEL/KUCB

The state has taken possession of a derelict vessel anchored in Captains Bay and Tuesday night, the Unalaska City Council moved one step closer to helping pay for its removal.

The F/V Akutan was abandoned in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay — in which the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and its 158,000 haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.

Clark Cox works for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

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