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“Federal Agency Tells Employees ‘No Reference To Anything COVID Related'”

“A federal fisheries management agency has barred some of its employees from making formal references to the COVID-19 pandemic without preapproval from leadership, according to an internal agency document.

The National Marine Fisheries Service, part of the Commerce Department, manages federal fish stocks in partnership with appointed regional councils. Fishing crews and seafood businesses have been asking the agency to relax regulations as the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated their operations. There have also been outbreaks among industry workers.

The National Marine Fisheries Service's guidance document, dated June 22, says it applies to the agency's formal rules and management announcements.”

Nat Herz reports for NPR June 26, 2020.