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The state has designated fishing as "critical infrastructure" including sport fishing. But travel mandates could make trips to fishing destinations an upstream battle for people trying to come in from out of state.

 

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BBAHC continues to prepare for a potential outbreak of coronavirus in the region. The state introduced new guidelines for sport fishing this week that will shape Bristol Bay's summer tourism, and the Brooks Camp Development in Katmai National Park will close until at least July 1.

 

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At Katmai National Park, the Brooks Camp Developed area averages around 20,000 visitors in the summer. The lodge and campgrounds are a short walk from Brooks Falls, where tourists flock to view bears. But those sections of the park will be closed off until at least July 1.

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Four communities have asked the governor to consider closing Bristol Bay's commercial fishery. Processors have laid out plans aimed at keeping the fishery safe. And RavnAir has temporarily halted all operations. 

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The Naknek Native Village Council, the South Naknek Village Council, and the King Salmon Tribe have joined Dillingham in asking the governor to take immediate action regarding the commercial fishery. Meanwhile, processors have presented a plan aimed at addressing local concerns about keeping the fishery safe. 

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People traveling to King Salmon and Naknek will be prohibited from visiting public spaces. The Borough Police Department will be enforcing the quarantine and six-foot social distancing.

 

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In a letter to Bristol Bay communities, 11 companies outlined safety protocols for the season. The Naknek Native Village Council, meanwhile, has echoed Dillingham's request that the governor take immediate action to ensure residents' safety during the pandemic. 

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The Curyung Tribe and the City of Dillingham asked the governor to decide the fate of the 2020 commercial fishery immediately, citing the health and safety of residents. 

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Alaska Airlines is aiming to start its seasonal flight service before its normal start date of June 1. Lake and Peninsula Airlines is also opening up charter services for Dillingham and King Salmon.

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Small communities can adopt travel restrictions that are stricter than those the state mandated. Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a travel mandate last week halting travel in the state until April 11. 

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The Dillingham City Council holds a workshop and passes an ordinance restricting travel to the community from 11:59 p.m. on April 6 to May 1. 

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The City of Dillingham has restricted travel to the community for non-essential personnel, as have many communities around the region. Icicle Seafoods is the only processor operating in the Togiak sac roe herring fishery this spring. And educators around Bristol Bay are having to adjust their curriculums and tackle distance learning. 

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Governor Mike Dunleavy mandated that schools remain closed until May 1 to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Teachers are changing their curriculums to accomadte at-home education.

 

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The Dillingham City Council held a special meeting via teleconference on March 26. City council members and residents discussed travel restrictions and community preparedness in light of the coronavirus. 

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The announcement came after bookings with the airline dropped by almost 90% amid the spread of coronavirus in Alaska. Until Sunday, it was still serving 112 communities but has dropped three routes.

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