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    Denmark : Trawl door producer adapts to meet deadlines

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    Thyborøn Trawldoor has taken rapid steps to adapt to government restrictions, as is so far keeping to its delivery deadlines

    This week Danish trawl door manufacturer Thyborøn Trawldoor is shipping new doors to customers in the USA, Scotland, Canada, the Russian Far East and Spain, after having made some radical changes to working practices as the company adapts to strict restrictions.

    ‘The situation around the world is frightening, with companies shut down and people losing jobs, but we have to keep sight of what matters the most these days – which is human lives,’ said Henrik Andreassen.

    ‘For now our production is still running, as is the design team, and the sales team are still available around the clock for service and sales.’

    With all of its manufacturing located in Denmark, production at the Thyborøn factory is split with the morning shift relieved at 1400 by the late shift which works to 2300. The office team is also split to keep people safely separate.

    ‘We have to co-operate and work as a team – but apart or at a distance. We are still getting orders done,’ he said. ‘Fortunately, shipping is still running, and this makes us capable of still delivering trawl doors to our customers in different parts of the world. So we are managing to keep to deadlines and deliver on time.’

    He commented that there is no choice but to follow the government restrictions aimed at bringing the Covid-19 outbreak under control.

    ‘Here in Thyborøn we understand and appreciate the terrible situation we find the world in,’ Henrik Andreassen.

    ‘We are carefully following the guidelines laid down by the Danish government, and we take pride in ensuring that we stick to the precautions.’

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    Ireland : Industry associations condemn blockades

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    Irish fishing industry associations have condemned the blockades aimed at denying port access to French and Spanish fishing vessels

    Irish fishing associations have jointly condemned the wildcat blockades that took place recently in Dingle and Castletownbere, where French and Spanish fishing vessels were prevented from offloading catches – apparently over fears that there could be coronavirus on board.

    Seven Irish fishing organisations – the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO), Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation (ISEFPO), Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO), Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-Op, Clogherhead Fishermen’s Co-Op, Galway and Aran Fishermen’s Co-Op and Foyle Fishermen’s Co-Op – have all stated that blockades of this kind will only damage the Irish industry in the long run.

    They have sought to reassure the wider public that extremely strict and enhanced conditions apply with regard to movement of crew in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Department of Transport has introduced emergency measures for all vessels entering Irish ports whereby a Maritime Declaration of Health must be furnished ahead of arrival. The authorities may refuse entry in case of incomplete reporting.

    In tandem with the already existing HSE guidelines and Government restrictions which came into effect at midnight on March 24th, this means that the fishing industry has stepped up to the plate, not just in terms of restricting the spread of COVID-19 but ensuring supplies of food remain in place.

    The organisations have jointly reiterated their unequivocal commitment to do everything in their power to play their part in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 and underlined the fact that there is now effectively a double-layer of protection in place regarding both Irish and foreign trawlers entering Irish ports. In addition to enhanced surveillance, the concerns raised by those protesting this week had already been taken on board.

    However, juxtaposed with that obligation to protect human health is the need to maintain a supply of seafood to both the Irish and European markets and preventing trawler access to Irish ports means a critical food supply is put in jeopardy.

    The organisations emphasised that they enjoyed cordial and professionally-sound working relationships with their French and Spanish counterparts as well as the wider European industry, and stressed that protests such as those in Dingle and Castletownbere were not in anyone’s interests and should not be repeated.

    Finally, they stated that fisheries are caught in an extremely precarious economic position as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. They said they are working with the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the European Commission as well as their sister organisations at European level in examining a number of potential solutions to the seismic challenge facing the sector.

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    'Dire' crisis for the Manx fishing industry

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    New November dates for Scottish Skipper Expo 2020

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    The Scottish Skipper Expo 202 has been rescheduled for November

    The Scottish Skipper Expo 2020 has been rescheduled to take place on 13-14th November 2020 at the P & J Live arena in Aberdeen following its earlier postponement due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

    ‘We are grateful for the incredible support we have received from exhibitors, the wider fishing industry, and the P & J Live arena,’ said Hugh Bonner, managing director of the event’s organising company Mara Media.

    ‘The feedback we received was that there was a real desire for the Scottish Skipper Expo to go ahead this year, and the new November dates will provide the fishing industry with a showcase event to look forward to, which will reinvigorate the sector and the numerous businesses which support it,’ commented Mara Media’s Sharon Boyle.

    The new rescheduled date was agreed following close consultation with both the fishing industry and the event venue.

    ‘Postponing the Scottish Skipper Expo scheduled for May in Aberdeen was the right and responsible decision. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the fishing industry, like many others, is having to deal with difficult and uncertain circumstances, and the weeks and months ahead will not be easy for many involved. We must look forward however, to better days ahead, and I am very hopeful that this proud industry will regroup and regather again at the rescheduled Expo in November, where we can all be optimistic for the future,’ said Elspeth Macdonald, CEO of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

    ‘I’m really pleased to hear that this year’s Scottish Skipper Expo has been rearranged for November,’commented Simon Potten, Head of Training, Safety and Services at Seafish.

    ‘This is welcome news at a time when the fishing industry is really struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Having Scottish Skipper Expo to look forward to in November is a light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. The Skipper Expo in Aberdeen is always a great event and an opportunity for our fantastic industry to showcase itself and network. Seafish will be there and will be promoting all its services that support the fishing industry.’

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    French vessel owners seek clear guidelines

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    French fishing companies are keen to continue supplying seafood, but are crippled by the seafood industry’s supply problems

    French fishing companies are waiting for clear guidelines, according to a statement by the Union of French Fishing Vessel Operators (l’Union des Armateurs à la Pêche de France), signed by the presidents of French POs and fishing industry bodies.

    The signatories state that with the current unprecedented health crisis, the fishing sector is ready to continue to supply France with seafood, but the reality has been that most of the fleet is tied up and will remain at the quayside as long as the demand for fish is not enough to justify going to sea.


    Cartons of seafrozen fillets landed from a factory trawler

    ‘Fish production is sold at very low prices which eliminates the economic viability of fishing companies. A large proportion of fish landed is traditionally for export or the catering market, with both of these shut down. With days and weeks of lockdown ahead, it is not possible to expect remaining sales outlets to sell fish production. In addition, it is not possible to change the habits of French households in a few days to increase their appetite for cooking fish,’ the Union states.

    The expectation is that most fishing companies will remain at a standstill due to the lack of a market for their products.

    In an appeal to President Macron, the Union asks for support mechanisms to sustain French fishing beyond the current pandemic crisis.

    ‘We need now, after days of uncertainty, clear messages to enable us to act effectively and take the appropriate decisions to both organise the economic survival of companies and employees, and to guarantee the food supply, in particular with a support system.’

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    Iceland : Drastic changes – in just two weeks

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    Samherji’s trawler Kaldbakur. Image: Samherji

    Markets for fresh seafood have changed dramatically, with fresh fish exports dropping significantly compared to their pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels, according to Kristján Vilhelmsson, director of vessel operations at Icelandic fishing and processing company Samherji.

    ‘Our markets have changed drastically in two weeks, and further changes are not foreseeable at all, but they will unfortunately happen. Similarly, we have had to implement changes in fish processing,’ he stated in a letter to the crews of Samherji’s fishing vessels.


    Samherji’s director of vessel operations Kristján Vilhelmsson. Image: Samherji

    ‘Fresh exports have fallen to as much as 25% of what they were before and what will happen in the next few weeks is uncertain. The volume also fluctuates, so it is often difficult to determine in advance how much we can fish. It comes down to you, and we have always been able to count on you to deliver in the value chain,’ he said.

    He comments that the current situation is unparalleled and is something that could hardly have been foreseen, while stressing that it is everyone’s social responsibility to do anything to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Advice from the authorities is on how to respond to these circumstances, with hygiene and interaction measures aimed at minimising infection pathways.

    ‘At the same time, life must go on, and companies must continue their operation. Samherji’s owners and staff have made efforts to abide by the Civil Protection instructions, and fish processing operations have therefore been disrupted.

    He said that there are numerous new rules of conduct, including increased cleaning, distancing, a visiting ban, selection and minimising repairs/maintenance, a complete shuffle in the canteen, staggered arrival and departure times at the workplace, recommendations for travelling to and from work, recommendations for lifestyle and behaviour outside of working hours and the installation of walls in processing rooms to reduce proximity.

    ‘This week things went even further in UA and Dalvík, and operations were reduced by almost half, with only 50% of staff working at the same time (employees work every other day). All this is done according to rules to reduce the likelihood of transmission so workers can perform tasks assigned to them with the utmost safety,’ he said.

    ‘A ship is a workplace where the crew members are very close to each other, so you have to think of the best solutions. In itself, there is no risk of infection at sea as long as no-one is infected. Because of this proximity, the idea was brought up that the crew could be in some kind of quarantine on board for as long as possible, thus reducing the likelihood of transmission,’ Kristján Vilhelmsson said.

    ‘How long that time will be is entirely up to the crew. This is a new idea that came up as an experiment in the fight against this pandemic and seemed to make some sense. We are aware that this is not easy for many and maybe especially because it is not a tradition to take many trips in a row without time ashore.

    He states that with such an arrangement, Samherji believes there is an increased likelihood of keeping the fleet in operation.

    ‘Samherji’s goal is to do what is possible to keep employees safe from infection while protecting their jobs at the same time. It is only possible with a synchronised effort. This way, we believe we can return to normal operations when the pandemic is over, and no customers overseas will have forgotten us,’ he said.

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    Denmark : Good news and bad for Danish fishing

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    The Danish Fishermen’s Association has advised ending nephrops fishing due to the fall in demand

    With the demand dropping and cold stores filling up, the Danish Fishermen’s Association (DFPO) has recommended that direct fishing for nephrops should stop.


    DFPO chairman Svend-Erik Andersen. Image: DFPO

    ‘Due to the coronavirus crisis, the European market for nephrops has disappeared. It makes no sense to have a direct fishery when nobody is buying. This isn’t an easy decision to take, and will have serious consequences for fishermen, but we need to do this to secure future fisheries,’ said DFPO chairman Svend-Erik Andersen.

    The Association has set up a nephrops committee chaired by Claus Hjørne Pedersen, who is also chairman of the fishermen’s association in Strandby, one of the ports hit by the change in the nephrops market. The committee’s task is to monitor the situation and to stay in contact with fishermen and processors, and may propose regulation for the nephrops fishery.

    ‘We have to stand together to tackle the crisis. Therefore the committee must work on ideas to ensure there is also a fishery and a market for nephrops after the corona crisis ends,’ said Claus Hjørne Pedersen.

    DFPO is in contact with the Ministry of the Environment and Food on the possibilities of regulating fishing for nephrops in the light of the corona crisis.

    Strong sandeel quotas

    On the positive side, the 2020 sandeel quotas for the Danish fleet are double their 2019 and fishing can start today (1st April).

    ‘Sandeel fishing is important, both for Danish fishermen and for the Danish fishmeal industry. It is therefore pleasing that the quotas are now in place, so that fishing can start on 1st April. In particular, I am pleased to see that scientific advice has led to a doubling of the quotas’ said Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mogens Jensen.

    This increase follows a lean year in 2019, and the indications are that there are real fishing opportunities off the coast of Jutland (Area 2r) and the UK coast (Area 4).

    As sandeel are a short-lived species, advice is issued relatively shortly before the fishery opens and this year ICES published its advice at the end of February – and for Denmark this is a key fishery with 94% of the quotas.

    The quotas in 2019 for the Danish fleet were 106,000 tonnes and for this year the fleet has a 215,863 tonne quota.

    The sandeel fishery is one that could be seriously affected by Brexit, and the Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture states that the government is working to secure an agreement that will continue to allow Danish fishermen access to UK waters.

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    Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

    https://nffo.org.uk/news/claim-a-gra...rt-scheme.html

    NFFO Pressing Government for Bespoke Fishing Support Package

    http://nffo.org.uk/news/nffo-pressin...t-package.html

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    Canada : SUSAN BEATON: Our markets gone, call fishing season off

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