State releases Mandate 017 regarding commercial fishing vessels

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - To slow the spread of COVID-19, the State of Alaska is issuing its 17th health mandate, based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11.

    Given the ongoing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Gov. Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing Mandate 017 to go into effect April 24 at 8 a.m. and will reevaluate the Mandate by May 20.

    Independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports must enact the protective measures and procedures described in Appendix 01 of the Alaska Protective Plan for Commercial Fishing Vessels.

    Vessel captains must enact controls on their vessel to ensure crew member compliance with this Mandate

    This Mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. By issuing this Mandate, the Governor is establishing consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

    The purpose of this Mandate is to enact protective measures for independent commercial fishing vessels operating within Alaskan waters and ports in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

    A violation of a state COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

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