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    Iceland : Crews wait for corona screening results

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    Pelagic vessels alongside in Norðfjörður as the crews’ resulted are awaited. Image: Síldarvinnslan/Smári Geirsson

    Síldarvinnslan’s pelagic vessels are alongside at Norðfjörður in eastern Iceland and are staying there while the crews wait for the results of their Covid-19 screening tests.

    The three pelagic vessels expect to head for blue whiting fishing grounds in the grey zone south of the Faroe Islands as soon as the test results have been returned.

    The crews of Börkur and Beitir underwent their tests in eastern Iceland on Saturday and Bjarni Ólafsson’s crew have also been tested. Results are expected tonight or tomorrow.

    Börkur’s skipper Hjörvar Hjálmarsson commented that there will be no obstacles to them sailing.

    ‘This is something we have never experienced before and for fishing in distant waters, it’s vital that we sail with a ship free of infection,’ he said.

    ‘Last year we started fishing in the grey zone on the 6th of April and normally fishing starts there between the 5th and the 12th of April. We don’t have any reports of fishing there at the moment. It’s nothing unusual to start the fishery on the fish that stays in that area, and then the migrating fish make their way into the region and there can often be some good fishing there.’

    Síldarvinnslan CEO Gunnthór Ingvason had nothing but praise for the speed at which deCode Genetics and the Health Institution of East Iceland responded to the company’s request for the crews to be tested before sailing.

    ‘Twenty crewmen from our pelagic vessels went to them for screening on Saturday. They responded very quickly to our request and set up the tests at short notice. So we are highly grateful to deCode Genetics and the Health Institution,’ he said.

    ‘All the same, despite being screened, it’s important the crews respect rules of behaviour on board, maintaining a distance, taking care to wash hands and disinfect, and other requirements. Even though screening finds that people aren’t infected, there is still the possibility that they could carry the virus with them, so all of the hygiene requirements must be followed to the letter.’

    He commented that it is encouraging to see how the company’s staff have made efforts to adapt to the requirements concerning Covid-19.

    ‘There are challenges, some restrictions and changes. I’m extremely grateful for the co-operation that our staff have demonstrated in this difficult time, during which we are determined to make every effort to avoid the virus,’ Gunnthór Ingvason said.

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    Pressure Mounts on Government for Fishing Support Package

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

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    France : Activity picks up at Normandy auctions

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    Activity is returning to Normandy fishing ports such as Port-en-Bessin

    After a tough time as the restaurant trade disappeared and demand fell, auctions in Normandy are seeing activity returning as the fleet makes its way back to sea.

    Earlier this week the auctions in Normandy saw 115 tonnes of fish and shellfish sold – roughly 65% of the volume sold in in the previous week.


    Port-en-Bessin trawler l’Alliance. Image: NFM

    Granville has been the busiest port, with most of the whelk boats back at sea, followed by those targeting shellfish and whitefish. In Cherbourg activity at the Monday, Wednesday and Friday auctions is mainly around the inshore fleet, while the larger boats are expected to be back at sea shortly.

    Port-en-Bessin’s larger trawlers, l’Europe, l’Alliance and Vauban, are no longer the only ones at sea as the coastal boats are returning to activity and in Fécamp Monday’s auction saw 16 tonnes of shellfish, whelk and whitefish.

    Dieppe had already been getting busier, and 62 tonnes of shellfish, whelks and inshore fish went through Monday’s auction, making it the most dynamic of the Normandy auctions so far this week.

    ‘The market is still fragile and we need to have a rotation of boats so the market isn’t flooded,’ said l’Alliance’s owner. ‘The aim is to fit in with consumers who needs fresh fish.’

    Franck Gouix of Groupe Normandie Seafood agreed, confirming that work towards organising a suitable schedule is taking place at regional level.

    ‘We have to find ways to rotate the boats’ activity,’ he said, commenting that a gradual recovery needs to be orchestrated so as to avoid any potential market overload.

    He added that 30 to 35% of usual activity could be the initial objective, which could be reached this week.

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    Covid-19 NFFO Briefing Note for MPS

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    Mackerel and herring a great source of Vitamin D during pandemic

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    Norway : Drive to maintain seafood production and exports

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    Norwegian producers and exports are making efforts to maintain the flow of seafood to export markets. Image: Norwegian Seafood Council

    In the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Norwegian wild fisheries and aquaculture are both considered of key importance. According to the Norwegian Seafood Council, government, industry and the transport sector are working to maintain the production and supply of seafood from Norway.

    ‘We have seen a real drive to keep Norwegian seafood production and exports going amid the Corona pandemic. Producers and their customers all over the world are finding solutions and overcoming hurdles to deliver nutritious and top-quality seafood, despite the crisis. So far, production levels and catches are at a relatively normal level,’ said Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen.

    Many markets are reporting increased demand for processed and pre-packed seafood, as well as products with longer sell-by dates, such as clipfish and frozen fish. But the logistics are challenging and efforts are being made to maintain all shipments and cargo activities to ensure a steady supply of Norwegian seafood.

    Currently the main challenges are related to the closure of the restaurant segment globally, while there is still considerable uncertainty related to future demand and logistics. There is a noticeable tendency towards a gradual normalisation in Asian countries such as China and South Korea.

    ‘As in previous weeks, we are seeing a continued reduction for fresh seafood and an increase in frozen and conventional products,’ said Paul Aandahl, seafood analyst at the Norwegian Seafood Council.

    ‘Easter sales are about to start in earnest and fresh salmon exports to the UK and Sweden increased by 27% and 52% respectively last week. Saltfish and clipfish also increased by 42% and 23% respectively in week 13. It is reported that planned Easter promotions in grocery stores in several markets are going as normal. This helps to reduce some of the negative impact we have seen as a result of the loss of the restaurant segment,’ he said, commenting that the weakness of the Norwegian currency continues to compensate for reduced demand.

    ‘In week 13 we see a 22% reduction in the value of NOK against the euro and 27% against the US dollar. While the export price to the EU for fresh whole salmon fell by 10% in NOK, the price measured in euros was 27% lower than last year.’

    According to Victoria Braathen, the Seafood Council’s country director in China, gradual steps towards a more normalised everyday life are visible.

    ‘There has been a steady growth in salmon exports to China, from 10 tonnes in week 5 to 519 tonnes in week 13. However, it is still 18% less than the same week last year. Week 13 in 2019 was also one of the strongest weeks in all of 2019. The export of fresh salmon to China of 519 tonnes in week 13 shows a market with gradually increased demand. Conditions this winter have favoured grocery and online sales, and we are now seeing that some restaurants are on the way back. Still, several precautionary measures are in place and great attention is paid to how the pandemic evolves outside of China,’ Victoria Braathen said.

    ‘The reduction in fresh fish exports affects most of our white fish species, including cod,’ commented seafood analyst Ingrid Kristine Pettersen.

    ‘In week 13 we see the largest fall for fresh whole cod that we have seen so far, down 43% compared to the same week last year. After a very good start to the year for the export of fresh whole cod, we see the fall that started in week 11 has continued into week 13.’

    She said that both frozen whole cod and haddock have experienced significant growth in week 13, by 28 and 80% respectively.

    ‘The frozen cod is mainly exported to China. A weak Norwegian krone contributes to prices in NOK remaining stable for both fresh and frozen products, compared to week 13 last year,’ Ingrid Kristine Pettersen said.

    ‘Saltfish and clipfish exports continue the good development, especially to Portugal. There was a 17% increase in exports of clipfish to Portugal in week 13, and a 47% increase in exports of saltfish. While the price in Norwegian kroner goes up, in Euro it remains relatively stable.’

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    Coronavirus: Shellfish industry calls for government support

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    Frustration Mounting

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    English fishing left behind by government

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    England has been left behind the devolved administrations in implementing support measures for the fishing industry

    The Chief Executive of the Cornish FPO has written to all of Cornwall’s MP, which includes Secretary of State Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice, requesting a specific package of support for suffering financially as a result of Covid-19.


    Cornish FPO Chief Executive Paul Trebilcock

    Paul Trebilcock points out in his letter that English fishermen have been left behind as the devolved administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have already put in place measures to support their fishing sectors.

    ‘DEFRA is behind the curve, leaving English – and our Cornish – fishermen facing the economic onslaught of Coronavirus without a safety net. When will this be addressed?’ he writes, adding that the UK Government has put in place generous, but generic, support packages for the employed and self-employed – but these fail to recognise the unique conditions of many fishermen.

    ‘With the Devolved Administrations acknowledging this and acting swiftly, fishermen across England are losing confidence in the Government as they await similar recognition,’ he warns the Cornish MPs.

    ‘The very real short-term pain of coronavirus impacts on the Cornish fishing industry must not be allowed to erode our ability to reap the rewards of our withdrawal from the EU – support to bolster the industry through this time will be critical in positioning us to maximise benefits to fishing communities once the pandemic is over.’

    ‘As UK consumers look for new avenues to fresh, healthy food – there is an opportunity to stimulate some demand in the domestic market through direct sales to households (see the excellent work of Seafood Cornwall #FishToYourDoor campaign). As a foothold in securing a taste at home for UK-caught, local fish species, this is not to be ignored. The industry must be shored up in order to capitalise on this in future, as we leave the EU.’

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    Scottish fishermen turn to food banks as Covid-19 devastates industry

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    Fisheries rescue plan to guarantee Seychelles food security

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    The Seychelles government has agreed a package of measures with local fishermen to buy catches to supply fish to the local population. Image: CAOPA

    With the closure of the airport, hotels and restaurants, and the departure of tourists from the island, the Seychelles artisanal sector has lost most of its markets.

    The Ministry of Fisheries is introducing measures that will allow the artisanal sector to continue its activities by guaranteeing them its fish will be bought and in turn, to ensure there is a supply of fish for local people.

    After meeting with key fisheries stakeholders, including the Fishermen Boat Owners Association (FBOA, a member of CAOPA), the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture announced the rescue plan.

    During the crisis, the fishermen have agreed to sell their catches at a lower price, while the government will provide financial assistance via a loan from the Fisheries Development Fund to the fish processors to cut, pack and freeze the fish.

    Production will be distributed to retailers by the Seychelles Trading Company (STC) to ensure access to fish to the population.

    The government will also support fishermen by contributing up to two-thirds of the bait prices (usually 15 Seychellois Rupee (SCR)/kg) and to half the price for the ice bags (SCR30 for 60kg).

    This, in addition to the worldwide decrease in fuel prices will reduce costs for the artisanal fisherman. The final cost for a kg of snapper, the most common fish caught by artisanal fishermen in Seychelles, will be approximately SCR100, around US$7.

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