Coastal Villages Region Fund’s COVID-19 Safety Protocol:

Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. With the health and safety of our employees and communities we operate in remaining our top priority, CVRF has deployed comprehensive safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 aboard our vessels and in the communities.

We are taking every precaution, including imposing a mandatory quarantine prior to boarding the vessel that exceeds other fishing companies’ requirements and prohibiting crew from leaving the vessel while at port. Below is a summary of the safety measures we are taking during the pandemic:

Preventative Measures

14-day Mandatory Quarantine: All crewmembers are screened through a questionnaire and required to quarantine for 14 days prior to boarding our vessels. During quarantine, crewmembers must take their temperature twice daily and keep a log of their symptoms.

Screening: Each crewmember is tested for COVID-19 on day one of quarantine and day 14. Each crewmember must test negative twice prior to boarding.

Rotations: We are minimizing rotations and replacements of crewmembers aboard each vessel. Each crewmember rotating in and out is subject to the same mandatory quarantine and screening process. Onboard Procedures

Living Onboard: All vessels are taking precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 including practicing good hygiene, social distancing and wearing PPE when appropriate.

Visitors: No visitors are allowed on the vessels and only essential crewmembers that have tested negative for COVID-19 will be permitted.

Port Guidelines: Crewmembers are not permitted to leave the vessel while at port unless there is an emergency. Crewmembers are permitted to offload product but are not to interact with dock personnel or community members.

• Increased Sanitation Levels: Common areas and workspaces will be frequently and systematically cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized. Cleaning efforts will be logged and monitored. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available throughout the vessels.

 

Identifying COVID-19

• Caring for the Sick: If a potential COVID-19 case is identified, CVRF will deploy its pandemic response plan which includes immediately isolating the crewmember in a separate room and quarantining those with high-risk exposures under the care of a medical professional. If the volume of quarantined crew members poses a risk to the vessel’s operations, CVRF will follow instructions from its medical service, CDC and port authorities to determine the minimum necessary crewmembers to bring the vessel safely to port, triage quarantined crewmembers to allow the lowest risk, and have crewmembers wear surgical masks and gloves while working.

 

Our Bering Sea operations fund the benefits CVRF is able to offer residents. We have developed these stringent policies and procedures in coordination with the broader fishing industry, the United States Coast Guard, and other state and local port and harbor operators, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and continue to invest in the future of our residents.