Another COVID-19 First: Five Key Surveys Canceled in Alaska, Sablefish Survey Still Planned
In an “unprecedented” move, NOAA Fisheries alerted the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council last Friday that it is cancelling five critical surveys this year in Alaska.
“Due to the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unique challenges those are creating for the agency” the Aleutian Islands bottom trawl survey, the eastern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, the northern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, the Bering Sea pollock acoustics survey, and the Fall Ecosystem Survey have all been cancelled.
The annual Alaska Longline Survey ...
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