Alaska Fish Factor
AK seafood processors pay tens of millions of dollars, most out of pocket, to cover Covid pandemic costs
September 3, 2020
Alaska seafood processors are paying tens of millions of dollars extra to cover costs from the Covid pandemic, and most of it is coming out of pocket.
Intrafish Media¬†provides a first, in-depth look at how costs for providing protective gear like masks and gloves, testing thermometers, extra staff to handle sanitizing demands between work shifts,¬†and modifying worker lines for social distancing¬†are playing out in the nation‚Äôs seafood processing sector.
At Bristol Bay, for example, where around 13,000 workers from outside Alaska come to work on fishing boats and in 13 plants of varying...