COVID-19 Bristol Bay Survey

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Pandemic Preparedness in Remote Rural Fishing Communities Facing Rapid, Massive, Seasonal In-Migration

Around 13,000 people from outside Alaska in summer 2020 will arrive in the Bristol Bay region of Western Alaska to participate in the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery. This project will take place in Dillingham, the home port of the Nushagak salmon fishery. The National Science Foundation has provided funding for a RAPID project to assess planning needs for the fishery, community, and region. In this project we propose to develop pandemic preparedness scenarios for local residents and decision makers; conduct surveys with fishery participants to better understand costs and benefits of varied mitigation policies; and risk preferences from fisherman, processors, and local policy makers to better understand cooperation and decisions under risk and uncertainty. For a project overview click here.

If you took the survey during the latter part of July / early August, we apologize for the delay in your payment. During this time, we had a malicious attack on the survey that led to over a 1,000 responses. We are currently filtering through the responses and are making payments to valid survey respondents. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.