Looking Ahead | Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

Mike Flores is the owner of several Alaskan companies including Ninilchik Charters, Destination Alaska, Soaring Eagle Lodge, and Seward Fishing Club. Earlier this year, Flores was gearing up for another amazing summer in Alaska full of fishing. Quickly things have changed because of coronavirus.

Flores states, “It is absolutely devastating to think about not having a fishing season.” This is the thought of many Alaskan companies that rely on the summer season to make their incomes for the rest of the year. After having to cut his summer staffing nearly in half, he is working to get support through the programs that are out there for supporting small businesses.

“Recovery will be a long road ahead, but we hope to come out of this whole thing stronger and more successful after pausing and focusing on projects with the staff we do have” Flores states.

This is a sentiment among many Alaskans, as they hope for brighter days ahead.

Photos provided by Ninilchik Charters,