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Clarifying Information Regarding the Governor's Health Mandate 10


Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 020-003
March 25, 2020
Media Contact: Jeremy Zidek, 428-7140
 
Plan Submission Instructions for Businesses Maintaining Critical Infrastructure
 
Clarifying Information regarding Governor’s Health Mandate 10 March 25, 2020 – The Governor’s Health Mandate 10 directs: “All people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Arriving residents and workers in self-quarantine, should work from home, unless you support critical infrastructure.”
 
If your business meets the criteria identified in Attachment A of the health mandate, and your workers must travel to enter Alaska prior to May 1 and begin work on critical infrastructure immediately, you must submit a plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development at akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com as soon as possible. If workers are able complete a full 14-day self-quarantine before starting work, no plan is required. If you have workers slated to travel to Alaska after May 1, a plan must still be submitted for review. The plan must outline how the spread of COVID-19 will be avoided and not endanger lives in the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function.
 
Plan Format: The State of Alaska will accept any plan or format your company already has developed. Once submitted, it will be reviewed for compliance and representatives from the State of Alaska will address any shortfalls during the approval process. At a minimum, your businesses plan must address: 1) How you intend to handle on-boarding employees, and 2) Measures to protect the rest of your workforce and the surrounding community.  Attached are two possible formats. They were developed by private sector health consultants. The State of Alaska is not requiring you to use either format, but they do meet the minimum requirements. If your business does not already have a plan, you are welcome to use these formats. For additional resource on developing plans, please visit: https://ready.alaska.gov/Covid19-WorkerMitigationPlan
 
Self-Quarantine: All workers arriving in the State must follow the 14-day self-quarantine guidance. If your business meets the definitions of critical infrastructure workers, you may put them to work immediately, provided that you have an approved Community/Workforce Protective Plan and that you enact the protective measures in your plan to safeguard the surrounding community and the remainder of your workforce from the newly arrived workers.
 
All newly arrived workers will observe self-quarantine protocols in their non-work times until they have completed the required 14-day period. The intent is that, to the greatest extent possible, workers will self-quarantine at their final destination in Alaska in order to reduce the risk of infection during onward travel. In cases where self-quarantine at the final destination is not possible for some reason, you would need to identify the reason and what the company’s alternate plan is for self-quarantine.
 
Submission of Plans: Businesses should submit their plans to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development at akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com. Businesses that do not submit a plan may be subject to a fine identified in Mandate 10.
 
Submission and Review Process: Once submitted, the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health & Social Services will review plans for compliance. Representatives of those departments will reach out to each submitter to address any questions or shortfalls noted during the approval process.
 
Applicability to Fishing Vessels: For now, parent companies should submit on behalf of their crews and develop measures for ship captains to implement. Further guidance on this may be published at a later date. Independent ship captains should submit their plans. Having in-coming crews self-quarantine on the vessel is a perfectly acceptable plan; in fact, it is probably preferred. If crewmembers are spending any time in apartments or hotel rooms before sailing, ensure that they follow self-quarantine measures. If you need further guidance please direct questions to akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com.

Read the full Press Release: Clarifying Information Regarding the Governor's Health Mandate 10

Helpful Documents for Download


Notification of Waiver of Observer Coverage Requirements in the Partial Coverage Category


As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and consistent with the authority provided under the Emergency Rule signed on March 24, 2020, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region is temporarily waiving the requirement for vessels in the Partial Coverage Category to carry a fishery observer according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region. The waiver will be in effect beginning on March 26, 2020 through April 9, 2020 and future extensions of this waiver will be evaluated by NOAA Fisheries weekly.

NOAA Fisheries is granting this limited duration waiver for observer coverage on vessels in the partial coverage fleet based on the following factors:

  • Limitations on available air travel in Alaska, particularly in many remote Alaskan communities may further limit travel due to increasing concern about the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Absence of State of Alaska Marine Highway System service providing alternative travel methods among certain ports within Alaska;
  • The increasing possibility of additional limitations on travel throughout the State of Alaska, including local “shelter in place” restrictions which request self-quarantine practices for anyone traveling into remote communities. These additional limitations could limit the ability of observers to be able to fulfill their mission critical work; and
  • An ongoing need to be able to conserve our limited observer capacity to be able to provide ongoing coverage capability for other vessels and processing facilities that are participating in the full coverage category.

Read the full Waiver: IB 20-90: Notification on Waiver

Marine Safety Information Bulletin


Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation

The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and National economic well-being. During this National emergency for COVID-19 it is paramount that the Coast Guard safeguards the continued operation of the MTS to ensure our domestic supply chain continues uninterrupted. Commercial vessel compliance activities should, to the extent possible, continue so as to safeguard the MTS and prevent an undue backlog from causing future delays. To facilitate the safe flow of commerce, the Coast Guard will liberally use remote inspection techniques to verify vessel compliance and, if needed, defer inspections. The following is the Coast Guard’s current position on commercial vessel compliance activities:

Prior to boarding a vessel or immediately prior to conducting a pre-exam/inspection meeting, Marine Inspectors, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs), and Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiners will verify with the vessel representative that there are no ill persons onboard. Coast Guard personnel will practice the appropriate protective measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Read the full Safety Bulletin: Marine Safety Bulletin 09-20

Draft COVID-19 Onboard Procedures


Download Discovery Health MD’s  DRAFT COVID-19 Version 1.9 vessel procedures and flowchart for assessing symptomatic crew.

 
These are DRAFT guidelines developed in conjunction with industry stakeholders in order to assist companies in developing their own internal procedures.
It is not intended as a standard of care or as an industry standard.
 
System Assessment Flowchart

COVID-19 Symptom Assessment Flowchart (Updated 3/24/2020)

Please Note: United Fishermen of Alaska is currently working with Dr. Ann Jarris and other stakeholders to create a small boat procedures guide which will likely be distributed it early next week.

Alaska Board of Fisheries Delays 2020/2021 Call for Proposal Deadline


Given complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) is delaying its 2020/2021 Call for Proposals deadline to April 24, 2020.

The board is seeking regulatory proposals for changes in the subsistence, personal use, sport, guided sport, and commercial fishing regulations for Southeast and Yakutat finfish and shellfish, Prince William Sound finfish and shellfish (including the Upper Copper River and Upper Susitna River), and all other shellfish Statewide. The board may also accept subsistence related proposals from other regions if they meet criteria identified in 5 AAC 96.916(a).

The revised deadline for proposals is Friday, April 24, 2020.

Proposals may be submitted online, email, mail or fax at:

Online:            www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov

Email:             dfg.bof.comments@alaska.gov

Mail:               ADF&G, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Fax:                 (907) 465-6094

With current efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the public is requested to not hand deliver proposals to ADF&G offices. Proposals must be received by Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Boards Support Section office in Juneau. A postmark is NOT sufficient for timely receipt.

The Board of Fisheries proposal form, including the online proposal form, is available at the Boards Support website, http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.forms. Proposal forms are also available at any Boards Support office. Proposals must be submitted on the current approved form. Any additional information provided with the form, such as tables, Internet web links, or charts, will not be included in the proposal book.

The completed proposal form must contain a contact telephone number and address. Email addresses are appreciated. Please print or type the individual’s or organization’s name as appropriate.

Responsive proposals received by the proposal deadline will be considered by the Board of Fisheries during the October 2020 through March 2021 meeting schedule.

USCG Marine Safety Bulletin- Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death


An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting mariners and maritime commerce. This MSIB serves as a reminder that the illness of persons on board a vessel must be reported to both the Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reporting delays create significant challenges to protect persons on board vessels and, more broadly, maintain an effective Marine Transportation System. Vessels or masters that do not immediately report illness or death among passengers or crew may face delays and disruption to passenger and cargo operations including a requirement to return to the previous port after sailing. Additionally, vessels and masters are subject to Coast Guard enforcement action, which include civil penalties, vessel detentions, and criminal liability.

Illness of a person onboard a vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). It is critical to report persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other illness to the COTP.

42 CFR 71.1 defines an ill person onboard a vessels as one that has:

(A) Fever (has a measured temperature of 100.4 °F [38 °C] or greater; or feels warm to the touch; or gives a history of feeling feverish) accompanied by one or more of the following:
  • skin rash,
  • difficulty breathing or suspected or confirmed pneumonia,
  • persistent cough or cough with bloody sputum,
  • decreased consciousness or confusion of recent onset,
  • new unexplained bruising or bleeding (without previous injury),
  • persistent vomiting (other than sea sickness)
  • headache with stiff neck;


(B) Fever that has persisted for more than 48 hours;

(C) Acute gastroenteritis, which means either:

  • diarrhea, defined as three or more episodes of loose stools in a 24-hour period or what is above normal for the individual, or
  • vomiting accompanied by one or more of the following: one or more episodes of loose stools in a 24-hour period, abdominal cramps, headache, muscle aches, or fever (temperature of 100.4 °F [38 °C] or greater);

Additionally, as required by 42 CFR 71.21, the master of a ship destined for a U.S. port shall report immediately to the quarantine station at or nearest the port at which the ship will arrive, the occurrence, on board, of any death or any ill person among passengers or crew (including those who have disembarked or have been removed) during the 15-day period preceding the date of expected arrival or during the period since departure from a U.S. port (whichever period of time is shorter). Guidance and forms to report deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj.

Richard Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.

UFA Member Groups

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers
Alaska Longline Fishermen's Assoc.
Alaska Scallop Association
Alaska Trollers Association
Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Assoc.
Area M Seiners Association
At-Sea Processors Assoc.
Bristol Bay Fishermen's Assoc.
Bristol Bay Reserve
Cape Barnabas, Inc.
Concerned Area "M" Fishermen
Cook Inlet Aquaculture Assoc.
Cordova District Fishermen United
Douglas Island Pink and Chum
Fishing Vessel Owners Assoc.
Freezer Longline Coalition
Groundfish Forum
Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Assoc.
Kodiak Crab Alliance Coop.
Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Assoc.
Kodiak Seiners Assoc.
North Pacific Fisheries Assoc.
Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Assoc.  
Petersburg Vessel Owner's Assoc.
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp.
Purse Seine Vessels Owners Assoc.
Seafood Producers Coop.
Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance
Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Assoc.
Southeast Alaska Seiners Assoc.
Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance
Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Assoc.
United Catcher Boats
United Cook Inlet Drift Assoc.
United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters
Valdez Fisheries Development Assoc.

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