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    Argentina : Fishing companies fund 10,000 Covid-19 tests in Mar del Plata

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    Mayor Guillermo Montenegro with CEPA directors and staff. Image: CEPA

    Member companies of the Council of Argentine Fishing Companies (CEPA), together with other firms within the fishing sector, have pledged to make a contribution to the local government to carry out Covid-19 testing in Mar del Plata and Batán.

    This will provide the community with 10,000 new laboratory tests, focused on staff from the health and security sectors.

    ‘Thanks to an important donation from five fishing companies in Mar del Plata associated with CEPA and the collaboration of members of other chambers of fishing activity, the municipality will have new resources to combat the coronavirus,’ explained the municipality’s Darío Socrate.

    The contributing companies belonging to CEPA are Luis Solimeno e Hijos SA, Pedro Moscuzza e Hijos SA, Giorno SA, Ardapez SA and Xeitosiño SA. The directors of the companies held a meeting with mayor Guillermo Montenegro, after which it was reported that the donation will cover equipment for lab tests, while municipal health personnel will carry out swabs. Cámara de la Industria Pesquera Argentina (Caipa) and Cámara de Armadores Poteros Argentinos (CAPA) are also contributing to the initiative.

    The municipality has highlighted the work carried out by the industry entities to prevent infection within the fishing sector. She coronavirus pandemic was declared, the companies in the sector have been operating in compliance with strict protocols agreed with the unions and that in this framework, 2000 tests have already been carried out for Covid-19.

    The efforts made by companies within CEPA, Caipa and Comercial INAL in providing significant donations of fish weekly so that it can be distributed through the Emergency Neighbourhood Centres, dining rooms and other institutions dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable population have also been highlighted by the municipality.

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    Fresh fish delivery service in North Devon and Torridge thanks to grant

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    Fraserburgh fisherman says he has been forced to sell boat over ‘lack of support’

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    Ireland : Creed rejects fisheries sector plea for COVID-19 support

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    Ireland’s Voluntary Fleet Tie-up Scheme has been slammed as being unfit for purpose. Image: aquartier78/Creative Commons

    Irish Producer Organisations are accusing the Minister of ‘failing to recognise the gravity of unprecedented crisis.’ They claim that in rejecting impassioned appeals for specific COVID supports from a beleaguered fishing industry which is fighting for survival in the face of the pandemic, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and his officials have effectively turned their back on the sector.

    ‘Earlier this month, the Minister did announce a Covid-19 Voluntary Fleet Tie-up Scheme which is completely unfit for purpose. Instead of achieving the key objective of matching current supply and demand, the scheme will do the reverse with very little voluntary uptake as almost all vessels will continue to fish thus making an already over supplied market worse,’ said Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue.

    ‘Crucially, not one single cent of new financial support is being made available to the industry. We have met with the Minister and his officials and set out clearly what we need to survive this pandemic. Moreover, we have already successfully lobbied at EU level to have amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund provided for under EU Regulation 2020/560 to mitigate the impact of the COVID‐19 outbreak.’

    Seán O’Donoghue commented that the industry is struggling desperately in the new ‘normal’ that it has found itself in. Demand has fallen to such an extent that some fishermen are actually receiving no bids for their fish. The closure of restaurants, markets and other outlets has seen prices for all fish plummet.

    He said that over the last few weeks, the price drop across many popular species has been in the region of 50% to 70%.

    ‘This has created a serious and unprecedented crisis for Irish fishermen. As an industry, we have never faced anything like it. The capitulation in demand and prices combined with the vulnerability and complexity of the supply chain has made the operations of fishing fleets and seafood production, a loss-making enterprise,” he said, adding that that the industry is doing everything in its power to ensure consumers continue to have access to essential nutrition in the form of high-quality sustainable seafood. At the same time, it has stepped up to the plate to protect fishermen through increased health and safety restrictions and extensive surveillance and monitoring of crew.

    ‘The entire industry is united in our unequivocal rejection of a botched and ultimately useless ‘scheme’ which does nothing to provide reassurance to fishermen. We’ve been endeavouring to try to manage a safe passage through Brexit and its consequences, now we’re hit with this,’ Seán O’Donoghue said.

    ‘I’ve never witnessed anger like it in the sector and I’d implore the Minister to review the scheme, deliver the very basic support that we need to survive. We are more than willing to meet him halfway and continue to operate, thereby providing a sustainable and very important food supply.’

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    UK PO's look forward to nephrops fishery and market recovery

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    POs have voiced their concern that some operators are supplying nephrops at prices that can be seen as undermining the market’s pre-existing price structures

    According to a statement by a group of nine UK Fish Producer Organisations, the slump in demand for nephrops due to the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already precarious over-supply situation in the UK nephrops (langoustine) sector.

    Higher than normal landings volumes of whole prawns and prawn tails due to good fishing throughout 2019 had already begun to have negative effects on market prices during the first quarter of 2020, before the effects of the lockdowns in domestic and export markets fully took hold.

    Throughout April and into May, most nephrops vessels have been tied up and most factories have remained closed. However, during that time, some vessel operators continued fishing, with some supplying nephrops to buyers at prices that many inside the sector have viewed as undermining the market’s pre-existing price structures.

    One of the roles of UK fish Producer Organisations (POs) is to help facilitate a level of raw material supply that matches with market requirements to support price integrity throughout the supply chain. UK POs share the desire of fishermen and processors to return to some form of normality as soon as practically possible.

    ‘Naturally, the fleet wants to be back at sea, fishing for a fair price, while the onshore sector want to restart production and see an upswing in demand as soon as possible,’ the group states.

    ‘While the resumption of activity will at least partly be determined by factors out-with industry control such as lockdown rules in target markets, it is necessary to consider how a managed, gradual resumption of activity can best be achieved in practice, to avoid filling up cold stores which are already well stocked and putting excess downward pressure on quayside prices, resulting in fishing and processing becoming unviable.’

    ‘Affected UK POs are therefore united in their belief that a combination of effort and output restrictions will be necessary to restrict supplies to an already over-supplied market due to the ongoing low level of demand. The reality is that landings need to balance with the new level of demand to prevent excess supply ending up contributing towards the establishment of a cheaper and for some, unviable, market.’

    UK POs are currently in dialogue with the nephrops processing sector to establish both what the current market demand requires and what is viable for vessels with a view to finding a solution that leads to an acceptable outcome for all concerned.

    The statement has been made by the Anglo North Irish, Anglo Scottish, Fife, North East of Scotland, Northern, Northern Irish, Orkney and West of Scotland Fish Producers Organisations and the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation.

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    UK factory trawler’s double trip

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    UK Fisheries’ freezer trawler Kirkella spent a double trip at sea. Image: UK Fisheries

    Hull freezer trawler Kirkella is alongside in its home port for the first time in three months following a trip that was doubled in length due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    After 90 days away, the crew of 30 are looking forward to time ashore after agreeing to extend their time at sea to prevent the ship becoming infected with coronavirus.

    During its double trip off northern Norway, Kirkella encountered heavy seas and storm-force winds, and covered 6000 nautical miles during the two trips after travel restrictions and safety concerns made a crew change in Tromsø impossible.

    Kirkella has remained Covid-free throughout.

    ‘We’re all massively looking forward to getting home. Kirkella is about the best fishing trawler there is to work on, but three months is a long time to be away and it will be very good to see Hull again,’ said first mate Mark McGorrin as Kirkella docked in Hull earlier this week.

    Kirkella, which mainly fishes for cod and haddock in and around the Barents Sea, recorded a 3900 tonne liveweight of fish to produce 1376 tonnes of fillets over the two trips.
To minimise risk, relief crew have been in quarantine in a hotel for two weeks.

    Once fully supplied, Kirkella will head back to fishing grounds at the end of this week.

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