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    Confusion over ‘key workers’ should not be allowed to affect fish industries

    https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2020/03/2...sh-industries/

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    Maine fishermen turn to direct-to-consumer outlets

    https://www.mainebiz.biz/article/mai...nsumer-outlets

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    Cornwall’s rekindled love for fresh fish

    https://fiskerforum.com/cornwalls-re...or-fresh-fish/


    Cornish consumers rediscover a love of fresh fish. Image: Through the Gaps

    Seafood Cornwall’s #FishToYourDoor campaign, which was launched within hours of the first Covid-19 impacts on South-West fish markets, has seen overwhelming response within first week.

    The new campaign that facilitates quick match-making between Cornish fish merchants and fishmongers and would-be buyers across the country has been inundated with orders since launching last week.

    Cornwall-wide seafood promotion initiative Seafood Cornwall launched the #FishToYourDoor campaign alongside the Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation on 17th March.

    Responding to the closing-down of restaurant trade and export markets, and aiming to keep sales routes open for domestic catch, the scheme was designed to connect individuals and households with fresh Cornish fish – via fish merchants with capacity to deliver.

    ‘Thanks to the #FishToYourDoor initiative, plus our own efforts, we have kept the doors open. We are delivering fish individually portioned, prepped and packed, and calling our customers to notify them that their contact-free delivery is on their doorstep,’ said Naomi Bullus of family-run business Celtic Fish & Game, one of the companies participating in the scheme.

    ‘I’m delighted to see a scheme like this come together so quickly in the face of all the troubling impacts of this Covid-19 pandemic,’ commented local MP Derek Thomas.

    ‘Fishing communities and seafood businesses deserve our support more than ever at this time – and it’s reassuring to see a system delivering healthy, local fish directly to households when many are struggling with supermarket shops. I hope this demand continues to grow over the coming months, and beyond the current circumstances.’

    Requests have been flooding in via the Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation Facebook page, and the Seafood Cornwall twitter account. More than four hundred new customers have been connected to merchants, many offering messages of support for Cornwall’s fishermen.

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    SFF : Statement on Scottish Government Covid-19 funding

    https://www.sff.co.uk/statement-on-s...id-19-funding/

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    The package for the self-employed is coming on THURS. Chancellor will announce it at the daily briefing

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    Scotland’s support for seafood fishing industry

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    The Scottish government has announced a package of support measures for the under-12 fleet. Image: SFF

    The Scottish seafood sector is to receive an initial package of more than £5 million in financial support to assist businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Funding will be offered to over 650 seafood fishing companies, many of which have lost livelihoods with the collapse of export and hospitality markets for Scottish delicacies such as langoustine, prawns and crab.


    Scottish Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing

    An initial payment of 50% of two months’ average earnings will be made to owners of all full-time Scottish registered fishing vessels of 12 metres length and under – the vast majority of which are in the creel and dive sectors, many of whom operate in remote and island communities.

    Support is also being developed for the onshore processing industry – one of the largest employers in Scotland’s coastal communities – and others in the shellfish growing sector which is being affected by the loss of trade and markets.

    ‘The economic impact of COVID-19 is global, and is reaching into the heart of our fragile coastal communities. I have spent the last week listening to and liaising with our fishing industry, and there are many who have lost their livelihoods with little prospect of an early recovery. The need for action is immediate,’ said Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing.

    ‘I am therefore announcing an initial package of support, and Scottish Government officials are working as hard as possible to get this money out of the door as fast as we can. We recognise that more needs to be done, particularly to try and create some alternative markets – at least in the short-term. I will be discussing with retailers how that might be achieved, and I would also encourage the public to play their part by buying Scottish seafood if they can. By working together we can all play a part in securing the immediate future of some of the key contributors to Scotland’s food and drink success.’

    The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed the funding package for smaller vessels.
    ‘The markets that these boats sold into have largely disappeared due to the Covid-19 pandemic, depriving many fishermen of their livelihoods almost overnight,’ said SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald.

    ‘The Scottish Government’s announcement of this initial financial support is therefore a very positive and much-needed development. It is clear however from the regular reports we are receiving from our members that other markets, particularly for shellfish, have evaporated, and the whitefish market has contracted rapidly as a result of the pandemic.’

    She commented that SFF will continue to make the case or similar support for other parts of the fleet that are at imminent risk of hardship.

    ‘Both the Scottish and UK governments are reacting daily and hourly to a fast-changing situation that is impacting on individuals and business right across the economy,’ Elspeth Macdonald said.

    ‘Continued supply and production of foodstuffs is clearly a high priority and we hope that means can be found to keep supply lines open for nutritious, high-protein seafood during this unprecedented crisis.’

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    Shetland : Fish markets keep going in unstable situation

    https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2020/03/2...ble-situation/

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    Calls grow to delay all spring lobster fishing in eastern Canada

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...nada-1.5510268

    Scotland’s fishing industry faces a storm like no other

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp...like-no-other/

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    https://twitter.com/RishiSunak/statu...22963337510912

    Details of the help for self employed

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    USA : Bristol Bay fishermen urged to delay travel as communities, industry formulate COVID-19 plan

    https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Br...569152571.html

    Worry as shellfish selling couple not eligible for coronavirus compensation

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp...-compensation/

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