Bristol Bay Fisheries

The Bristol Bay Partnership has been working closely with communities, the Comm Fish sector, State and Federal Government and health care professionals to try and strategize how/if a fishery can be conducted safely.

Click here for a follow-up letter to the Governor from the Bristol Bay Partnership, outlining additional safeguards that need to be implemented before the fishery can happen and Bristol Bay Protocols for the 2020 Salmon Season.

Click here for COVID-19 resources for fisherman from Alaska SeaGrant.

The BBEDC Community Block Grant (CBG) program may be used at this time of emergency as a resource for projects to assist the response to the economic impacts of the Coronavirus situation in our 17 communities.

Click here to access their website for more information.

If you are fishing crew or a captain whose season usually occurs between April and June 30, 2020, but has been disrupted by the pandemic you may be eligible for assistance.

Click here to view the Alaska Fishermen’s Network article about the CARES Act and commercial fishermen. 


The U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary announced the allocation of $300 million in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funding to states, tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19.

Participants eligible for funding include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, processors, and other fishery-related businesses.

For more information and FAQ’s, visit:

Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) has updated the COVID-19 Fishermen’s Handbook. The update contains information about new State mandates for setnetters and interstate travel, provides additional clarification on Dillingham ordinances, fixes the logbook link, and now includes a version with a fully printable Appendix. This handbook clearly lists COVID requirements for Bristol Bay fishermen, puts all the relevant Mandates in one place, and is loaded with best practices to keep everyone safe this season.

Click here to visit BBRSDA’s website and download the handbook.