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Delegation Announces Paycheck Protection Program Fix for Commercial Fishing Businesses

Alaska's congressional delegation announced a fix to the Paycheck Protection Program to help operators of commercial fishing businesses that were left out of the COVID-19 relief program. Here's the press release from Senator Murkowski's office: Delegation Announces Paycheck Protection Program Fix for Commercial Fishing Businesses U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) today applauded a rule released by the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration that will allow commercial fishing businesses to account for crew member payroll when applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Over the past several weeks, the Alaska Cong

Good News on DMV Vessel Registration

A little good news for Alaska commercial fishermen: the Alaska Department of Public safety announced today that state troopers will not be issuing citations to operators of documented vessels that have not been registered with the Alaska Department of Vehicles. Here's the text of the announcement. Department of Public Safety Advisory Location: Statewide Advisory Text: During the last legislative session, Senate Bill 145 (in collaboration with companion House Bill 185) was introduced to ensure vessels registered with CFEC be exempted from the need to also register with the State of Alaska. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, the bill did not quite make it into law. T

No Change to Alaska's Self-Quarantine Requirements for Fishermen Arriving from Out-of-State

Commercial fishermen heading to Alaska for the summer may have hoped they would get some relief in the state's update to COVID-19 Health Mandate 010: International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine. The update gives many travellers to Alaska the option to avoid the state's mandatory 14-day self-quarantine requirement as long as they obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 test, no more than 72 hours prior travel. However, the test option does not apply to commercial fishermen travelling to Alaska. According to the state's official guidance, "Arriving commercial fishing vessel crewmembers or independent harvesters must follow the procedures in Health Mandate 017 – Protective

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