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COVID cuts into annual fish, crab surveys

 

Image courtesy of IPHC

Revised 2020 halibut survey design. Each circle represents a station targeted for sampling.  

Surveys of Alaska's fish, crab and halibut stocks in the Bering Sea have been called off or reduced due to constraints and dangers posed by the coronavirus. 

In what they called an "unprecedented" move, NOAA Fisheries announced in late May that five Alaska surveys will be cancelled this summer "due to the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unique challenges those are creating for the agency."

NOAA said in a statement that they found "no way to move forward with a survey plan that effectively minimizes risks to staff, crew, and the communities associated with the surv...



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