Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Wrangell, Southeast Alaska
I can only speak from what I read of commercial fishing out of Wrangell, Alaska, population 2,400 and is an island. Commercial fishing is considered an essential service in the state of Alaska. Wrangell’s proposed restrictions on people arriving to the island community have been shelved after the state said the Southeast city doesn’t have the authority. City leaders had wanted to coordinate the flow of commercial fishermen and fish plant workers expected to arrive for the season. Workers are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before arriving. Although Wrangell has a small hospital, it is meant for emergency care, acute care, transitional care and long-term care. Just yesterday I read that they are now able to administer Covid-19 testing, which I found impressive. To date, there have been no cases reported. Other island communities in Southeast Alaska have totally closed their doors, even to returning home owners. From this I would assume it will negatively effect the commercial fishing with a smaller harvest and what is available will incur higher prices to the consumer. I have friends who live on the island and over the years their commercial fishing has transitioned into cruise ship tours. Cruise ships are no longer coming into town, so I suspect they will revert to fishing to try to make ends meet. On a very personal level, I sport fish there and the bright spot in all of this crazyness is it will probably cause a lot less stress on a limited spawning fish return and will increase the chance in years to come for more fish in the streams and an overall healthier population for future generations.
Last edited by steelguy; 04-18-2020 at 04:21 PM.