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Cantwell secures $300 million for fishermen hurt by impact of COVID-19

The Daily World
March 27, 2020

The COVID-19 economic stimulus package passed by the U.S. Senate will include $300 million to provide economic relief for the fishing industry, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-WA, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

“The thousands of fishermen in the Pacific Northwest, and across the nation, will now have access to grants and other forms of financial relief from NOAA,” said Cantwell. “We have already seen layoffs and fishing season closures, and it’s crucial that we support fishermen and ensure they have access to emergency grants and other assistance as they face the unprecedented challenges of this pandemic.”

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Aquaculture Workers are Considered “Essential”

According to Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and list of essential businesses, shellfish facilities (including hatcheries, nurseries, and growing areas) are considered essential and employees are able to go into work during the stay home order.

  • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing (packers, meat processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; shellfish facilities including hatcheries and nurseries and growing areas; brewery and wine-making facilities; coffee production facilities; artisan food production; and the production of food packaging.

PCSGA Postpones Upcoming Events

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, PCSGA has cancelled or postponed the following upcoming events:

Walk the Hill (March 23-25) – CANCELLED
South Sound Spring Beach Cleanup (April 16) – POSTPONED

Please check back for updates on rescheduled events.

February Ecosystem Services Winner

Katie Houle: Brilliant green penpoint gunnels guard their eggs in our trays growing rock scallops in Sequim Bay. Gunnels are one of the many colorful species that find these trays a safe haven for feeding and breeding!

Shellfish Farm Manager – Nisqually Tribe

NATURE OF WORK: This position is responsible for managing operations, supervising employees, and leading marketing efforts of shellfish grown at tribally owned or leased properties.


    • Manage and oversee all operational functions of the shellfish farm.
    • Plan, manage, and perform tasks and projects related to farm development, operations, and monitoring.
    • Manage, supervise and train technicians and other shellfish farm employees.
    • Establish and maintain financial records.
    • Establish and maintain inventory and quality control methods.
    • Develop, monitor, and revise shellfish farming plans.
    • Research and purchase equipment and supplies.
    • Develop marketing plan and lead marketing efforts of shellfish grown on tribally owned or leased properties.
    • Schedule farming tasks from seeding to harvest.
    • Work with, guide and educate production staff and management to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements including those from the Department of Health, Thurston County, and WDFW.
    • Other duties as assigned.

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Algologist/Biological Sciences Research Technician – Oregon State University

The Molluscan Broodstock Program is hiring a full-time Algologist/Biological Sciences Research Technician for the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Oregon State University. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 2 years from the appointment start date with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding. The Molluscan Broodstock Program is a research program located in Newport, Oregon that works in partnership with the West Coast oyster industry to improve the performance of Pacific Oysters through genetic selection.

You can review the full job posting and apply using the Classified Staff link on the Oregon State University job page or follow the provided link: Application deadline is February 23, 2020. 

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