Amid Virus Fears, An Alaska Fish Processor Plans To Operate

With so much uncertainty regarding how to keep employees safe as some states begin the slow process – and risk – of reopening, a Bethel fish processor plans to be in business as the salmon season unfolds this summer. Here’s the Associated Press:

“We have the necessary equipment and will keep our distance, with no contact with locals,” said Darren Swain, KwikPak medical and safety director.

Fishermen will deliver salmon to Kiwkpak’s tender boats as they have in the past, but crews receiving the fish will wear gloves to winch the haul on board and unload the fish.

There is usually at least 6 feet (1.83 meters) or more between staff on the larger tender boat and the fishermen in skiffs, but this year jumping between boats will not be permitted.