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    Newlyn price crash

    https://fiskerforum.com/newlyn-price-crash/


    Prices for pollack crashed at Newlyn from £4.50 to less than £0.50 per kilo. Image: Through the Gaps

    The turmoil generated by the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty over access to European markets has left one Newlyn crew owing money on the boat’s expenses after a landing failed to cover costs.


    Pollack is mainly exported to France and Spain. Image: Through the Gaps

    According to Newlyn harbour blog Through the Gaps, earlier in the week pollack were fetching £4.50 per kilo, but by Wednesday morning the price had collapsed to only £0.41 per kilo for the 8000kg landed by four boats.

    One netter’s catch of prime pollack, which is generally exported to Spain and France, left the crew severely out of pocket as the boat’s quota had been leased for £0.50 per kilo.

    The crew are all share fishermen, paid a proportion of what’s left after expenses have been covered. As a result, earnings failed to come close to covering costs, especially factoring in fuel and other running costs on top of the quota leasing cost.

    Prices for line-caught mackerel were down around 20% on the usual price, while prices for hake, which is increasingly in demand locally but which used to be 90% exported, have continued to hold up.

    The Cornish Fishermen’s PO, along wth other POs in the region, is liaising with the three South-West auctions

    ‘There is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment and in reality that uncertainty is likely to continue,’ said CFPO chief executive Paul Trebilcock.

    ‘Market demand has fallen across the board with demand and price for fish and shellfish, in particular, whitefish. Shellfish merchants (crab and lobster) have almost entirely ceased taking any shellfish. Some prime fish including dover sole is currently holding in terms of price but this should not be seen as assured or long term.’

    The CFPO has already recommended that trips should be kept short, minimising the risks of landing higher volumes from longer trips that could be difficult to sell.

    ‘We are going to keep in close liaison with other South-West POs and markets on an ongoing basis and will endeavour to keep you informed as more information emerges,’ he said.

    ‘Discussions have begun with DEFRA (through NFFO and UKAFPO jointly, as well as by individual POs) regarding a support package for fishermen but this is in early stages and almost certainly won’t be a quick fix. Given the poor start to the year, weather-wise, many parts of the fleet are entering this crisis with very little resilience/money in the bank, therefore measure must be genuine and include both real money and regulatory considerations,’ Paul Trebilcock said.

    ‘We will do everything we can to support you during this worrying period. We will be bringing you a Fathom podcast very soon with advice and guidance on direct selling and updates from Defra on financial support for fishermen. We are also working with our Seafood Cornwall initiative to help keep up the demand for fish and shellfish in Cornwall and support local fishermen and fishing communities.’

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    Funding package to support inshore fisheries during coronavirus outbreak is being worked on, says Ewing

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp...on-says-ewing/

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    Ireland : Fishermen advised to stop fishing this weekend due to market collapse

    https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0318/11...rmen-covid-19/

    Coronavirus: ‘severe shock’ to UK fishing as markets dry up

    https://www.theguardian.com/business...markets-dry-up

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    Joint Action Group on Coronavirus Formed

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    Coronavirus: Fishing industry hit by plummeting prices

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51962904

    Joint Action Group on Coronavirus Formed

    http://nffo.org.uk/news/joint-action...us-formed.html

    Cornwall fishermen plead with people to buy their fish directly as coronavirus hits industry

    https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/co...le-buy-3967278

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    Cornish seafood right to the door

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    Seafood Cornwall is working to connect merchants and customers as fish prices slumped. Image: Nina Constable

    Seafood Cornwall’s #FishToYourDoor initiative is bringing together fish merchants and customers across the country to support our fishermen through the coronavirus crisis.

    Co-ordinated by Seafood Cornwall, a new service is creating a register of would-be fish buyers and merchants across the county – and further afield.

    Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation CEO and project lead Paul Trebilcock is encouraging those practising social distancing, or in self-isolation – or those simply wanting to get hold of top-quality local catch – to get in touch with Seafood Cornwall to arrange contact-free doorstep deliveries in Cornwall of fresh local fish.


    The Seafood Cornwall initiative launched a year ago is in a strong position to support Cornish fishing businesses. Image: Nina Constable

    ‘This is a unique opportunity to support our fishermen and ensure you have access to plenty of healthy, local fish and shellfish,’ he said.

    ‘We’re working as a team to connect customers and merchants – in turn, this keeps the demand for fish up and keeps our fishermen going to sea. Everyone wins!’

    As coronavirus spread and restaurants across the country have been forced to close their doors, fish prices at markets across the south-west slumped. Pulling together as a community and keeping seafood businesses going through the coming months is a priority for Seafood Cornwall – an initiative launched one year ago to support Cornish fisheries.

    ‘None of us planned for a pandemic. This is an unimaginably tough situation for businesses across the country,’ Paul Trebilcock said.

    ‘Thankfully, with Seafood Cornwall in place now for over a year, we’re in a great position to support our local seafood businesses, and make the lives of people in our community easier, too. We don’t see this ending once we are through the current situation, rather, this is the beginning of a better relationship between consumers and local fishing fleets so more people can benefit from eating healthy, sustainable locally caught fish and shellfish year-round.’

    Those interested in ordering fresh fish and shellfish deliveries to their doors in the coming days, weeks and months are encouraged to get in touch with Seafood Cornwall by email: info@seafoodcornwall.org.uk or on via Seafood Cornwall’s Twitter presence, or to contact the CFPO through Facebook.

    A register of merchants with fresh fish available and vans for delivery is being co-ordinated through the Seafood Cornwall team, who are also happy to answer any questions about Cornish fishing and local, seasonal fish species.

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    EU fishing industry calls for urgent measures to secure fish supply

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    Europêche stresses that the industry is increasingly limited in performing crew rotation, making changes due to quarantine, and obtaining medical supplies or protective materials, or simply repatriating fishermen

    Europêche, representing the EU fishing sector, has made a series of proposals to the European authorities for critical measures needed to cope with the operational, commercial, and safety problems the sector has only just begun to experience, and which will inevitably worsen in the coming weeks due to the protective measures taken against the spread of Covid-19.

    ‘Our fishermen are doing a fantastic job. While far away from their homes and families, they continue bringing healthy seafood to our plates in a very challenging environment,’ said Europêche managing director Daniel Voces.

    ‘They deserve the full attention of our public authorities to secure their safety, their economies and the continuity of the food supply.’

    He commented that the primary concern is the continuity of fishing activities and food supply to EU citizens. Measures are also needed for those vessels forced to cease operations.

    In a position paper sent to EU decision-makers the sector points out severe operational problems such as port and equipment supply restrictions, logistical difficulties, and soaring freight prices on shipments of fish.

    Concerning commercial factors, the collapse in first-sale fish prices is deeply worrying, largely due to the closure of restaurants, schools, businesses and food markets and the strict limitations imposed on travel and tourism.

    In order to alleviate as much as possible the current situation of trade and value chain disruptions and evaporating market demand resulting in falling price levels, Europêche asks for legislative changes to enable fishermen to carry over more than the existing 10% of their fishing quotas to next year and for fair intervention prices for unsold fish.

    In the document, the industry demands a series of measures that guarantee the logistical needs of crews and ships, such as the transport of crews, equipment, health protocols tailored to each fleet and guaranteeing the supply of masks and gloves both to ships and to fish markets or fish auction halls.

    Europêche also urges policy-makers to modify the fisheries fund regulation in order to quickly adjust and provide financial aid for those fishing companies that are forced to cease their operations for imperative reasons such as member states measures to avoid the spread of the COVID-19, designation of high risk areas, crew infections or lack of market demand.

    In addition to these vital mitigation measures the sector calls on Member States to introduce national measures such as VAT reduction, suspension of social security contributions and tax exemptions.

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    Industry exhibitions off the agenda

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    This year's fishing and seafood industry exhibitions are being rescheduled

    This year’s fishing industry exhibitions aren’t taking place – for obvious reasons as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread.

    Three events that were scheduled for May have now been postponed, following the postponements of Boston and Brussels seafood exhibitions and the Irish Skipper Expo.
    Now the Scottish Skipper Expo 2020, scheduled for 15-16th May and due to be held for the first time in Aberdeen’s P&J Live Arena has been pulled.

    ‘It is with great regret that we’ve decided to postpone Scottish Skipper Expo 2020. The wellbeing of our exhibitors and visitors is paramount,’ said Mara Media’s managing director Hugh Bonner, commenting that as the overwhelming priority is the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and the wider public, this left no other option than to postpone the show.

    ‘Postponing now also brings an end to any uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors about whether the expo was going ahead on the planned dates. We value tremendously the support of everyone involved in Scottish Skipper Expo and we would like to thank them for their patience during this challenging time,’ he said.

    The May AquacultureUK 2020 event in Aviemore has been postponed and a new 15-17th September date has already been announced for this year’s exhibition.

    Vigo’s international shipbuilding exhibition Navalia have also announced a new 27-29th October date for their event, which would otherwise have taken place in May.

    According to organising company Muéstralo, the six-month postponement allows exhibitors a breathing space to make new arrangements well in advance.
    ‘We hope that the measures governments are taking, as well as citizens’ social responsibility, will be effective in mitigating this pandemic. In addition, we believe this global outbreak with its multiple economic and social consequences will see many companies working with renewed energy once this is all over,’ a spokesman for Muéstralo’s board of directors said.

    ‘The Navalia International Shipbuilding Exhibition was established with a firm commitment to the sector, and since the first event it has not stopped growing. We have attempted to go forward in each new exhibition and decisions made throughout these years, such as the one concerning us now, have been for the good of a sector we love and which we have supported from the outset.’

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    Norwegian industry vows to keep seafood on the table

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    In Norway both wild fisheries and aquaculture are as food producers considered of critical importance to society. Image: Norges Sjømatråd

    Norway’s seafood industry has made it clear that it remains committed to providing safe, sustainable and nutritious food during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

    On 14th March, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries issued a formal letter identifying the value chain supporting food production and delivery as critical functions to society.


    Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen

    ‘The Norwegian seafood industry plays a very important role in the food supply chain, not only in Norway, but also across the world. In these difficult times it is important to keep society going, and ensure that everyone has access to healthy and nutritious foods,’ said Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Norway’s newly appointed Minister of Fisheries and Seafood.

    This classification as a critical societal function means the Norwegian seafood industry will aim to keep operations running as normally as possible.

    ‘Perhaps now more than ever it is important to keep up the production and supply of healthy and nutritious foods, and we are very happy that the Norwegian government recognises the vital part the Norwegian seafood industry plays in this. We are committed to playing our part and finding solutions to keep up a good supply of Norwegian seafood throughout these troubling times,’ commented Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.

    The Norwegian government has taken drastic steps to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Schools, cinemas, restaurants and bars have been told to close and citizens encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. As an industry of critical importance, the seafood industry will have access to childcare, and the transport industry is exempt from some of the strictest quarantine regulations for personnel, to ensure the flow of goods across borders.

    Despite many borders across Europe now being shut, they are not closed to goods transport. This has been confirmed in a statement from the Norwegian government on the 15th March, and also reflects the issued guidelines from the European commission. For overseas markets extra air freight routes are being established as passenger flights are suspended.

    Norway exports 95% of its seafood, and many countries depend on Norwegian seafood to meet local demand. The Norwegian industry is now working together with the Norwegian government to ensure deliveries and logistics can continue to operate as smoothly as possible in a very uncertain situation.

    ‘These are unprecedented times. Nobody really knows what we are facing around the corner. What we do know is that people need to eat. And we have some of the best and healthiest foods around. Ensuring a stable supply really is a critical function of society, and as a seafood nation we take our responsibility very seriously,’ Renate Larsen said.

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    Coronavirus: Fish processor closes as markets collapse

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