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    Australia : New air freight and funding support measures boost Australian seafood

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    Australia’s Federal and State governments have taken measures to support the fishing industry that has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Image: WAFIC

    Australia’s Federal Government has also announced a funding package to support air freight to a number of high-value export markets – including the Chinese and Japanese markets that have been virtually dormant for the last few months.

    The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) has welcomed the additional good news of the Western Australian State Government confirming that it will waive pen fees for commercial fishing boats, waive boat registration and mooring fees for commercial fishing boats, and waive a range licensing fees, with the caveat that a request for deferral of access fees is still pending cabinet decision.


    Measures at both Federal and State level have been taken to support Australia’s fishing industry. Image: SETFIA

    ‘Pen fees and licence fees are a major cost to fishing operations, so the waiver of these fees will provide a huge boost for local fisheries,’ a WAFIC spokesman said.

    The new $110 million air freight initiative backs Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sectors regain access to high-quality overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.

    The International Freight Assistance Mechanism will initially focus on the key markets of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE, with four key departure hubs: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

    WAFIC’s spokesman reports that WA’s western rock lobster exporters are already seeing demand picking up and the new airfreight services will help them fill some of the orders for more than 25 tonnes of lobster each week.

    Assistant Fisheries Minister Duniam also announced that $10m, or two-thirds of all levies collected by the Australian Government for the management of Commonwealth fisheries, will be waived.

    The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA), Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association (SPFIA) and Southern Shark Industry Alliance (SSIA) have welcomed the Government’s support during this challenging time.

    The three fisheries represented by these three associations supply more than 30,000 tonnes of finfish into South-East Australia and Tasmania – the largest supply of local wild-caught fresh fish into Australia.

    According to SETFIA EO Simon Boag, these three fisheries pay around $6.8m a year to the Federal Government. This announcement means that around $4.5m of this will not be collected or refunded in a show of direct support for the industry.

    ‘I have thanked the Assistant Minister for the Government’s support of our industry,’ he said.
    ‘It’s a game changer. During our conversation we stressed the importance of keeping fishmongers, food markets and fish and chip shops open because without them Australians will have to turn to imported fish supporting other countries. We believe he heard us.’

    He commented that more than ever there is a need for Australia to feed itself and not rely on imported seafood.

    ‘We have had positive conversations with supermarkets, and we hope that they will focus on the true value of purchasing a wider range of fresh wild-caught Australia fish,’ Simon Boag said.

    ‘Increased demand for red meat has seen prices skyrocket – there has never been a better time to eat fresh healthy Australian wild-caught fish because it remains fantastic value. Supermarkets and fishmongers do a great job of labelling fish so it is easy to find fish that was caught in Australia. This supports Australian fishermen.’

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    Gothenburg auction takes a cautious approach

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    ‘We eat a lot of shrimps in Sweden,’ said Gothenburg Fish Auction managing director Roger Thilander. Image: Göteborgs Fiskauktion

    Prices are down by 15-20% at the Gothenburg auction in Sweden, where business continues as usual – with precautions.

    According to the auction’s managing director Roger Thilander, nothing has changed in the way the auction operates, except that there are new rules that have been put in place as precautions against Covid-19.


    The Gothenburg Fish Auction is running as usual, but precautions are being taken. Image: Göteborgs Fiskauktion

    ‘We aren’t allowing in anyone from outside. We normally run guided tours for visitors and school groups, but that has all stopped. We have also added washing stations and alcohol hand gel stations to maintain hygiene levels. People are using gloves, and we are also placing the boxes further apart on the auction floor so people can keep a distance,’ he said.

    He commented that they have been receiving smaller volumes of fish and shellfish.

    ‘But this is more to do with the weather than corona,’ he said, adding that smaller amounts mean prices are reasonable – and there are variations between species.

    ‘There are no exports at the moment, so prices have dropped for some products. Prices for Norway lobster (nephrops) and pike-perch have fallen sharply with a significant reduction. Overall, prices are 15-20% down,’ he said.

    He added that some days the shrimp price has also dropped below its usual level.

    ‘But we eat a lot of shrimp in Sweden so this is not a big problem. The home market takes care of this,’ he said.

    ‘Our concern is for the wholesalers, as if they have a problem then we will have a problem as well. But so far, so good. We’re taking this day by day.’

    Unlike much of Europe, Sweden does not have a strict lockdown situation, so to a great extent life goes on as usual. But there is now a ban on gatherings of more than fifty people in public places, revised from the initial 500 limit.

    Even without restrictions, the restaurant trade has been hit and the effects are felt further down the chain of supply.

    ‘We have customers who supply mainly restaurants and the catering trade, and some have seen 89-90% of their customers disappear. People are being cautious and aren’t eating out in restaurants like they usually do,’ he said.

    ‘We’re taking things day by day, trying to stay ahead, talking to our customers so everyone is informed. Our auction staff have to be here, but the office staff are working from home, so we have half the staff on site and half working remotely. Our customers are being cautious, and we are doing the same.’

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    https://www.facebook.com/Shellfisher...943188/?type=3

    South Devon & Channel Shellfishermen

    Calling all fishermen who are continuing to put to sea to help feed the nation! In light of (welcome) police action in asking people about essential journeys, Seafish are issuing digital ''key worker'' certificates. To obtain one, you need to send your name, date of birth and detail of the vessel you work on to: training@seafish.co.uk

    - no application form, no fee, just an email of details to allow them to cross check the training database. We know they're working on shore side production too, so keep an eye open for news.

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    Commission’s proposal to mitigate COVID-19 impacts welcomed

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    The European Commission has put forward proposals for measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus

    The European Commission has published a legislative package in response to the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fishing industry, unlocking existing EU funding and market schemes to support those affected.

    These emergency measures by the Commission has been welcomed by the EU fishing industry, as these aim to mitigate the adverse effects on those who are being directly threatened by the crisis and to calm the tension on markets.

    ‘We are facing a paradox – EU and national governments are encouraging our operators to continue fishing but, for the moment, they are not tabling any measure to compensate the loss of income faced by our companies due to the huge reduction of up to 50% of fish prices, threatening their financial viability,’ said Europêche president Javier Garat, as he welcomed these fundamental changes by commented that the industry however would have liked to see a higher level of ambition.


    Europêche president Javier Garat

    ‘It should be seen as fundamental that our fishermen continue to supply healthy food under these very difficult circumstances. Therefore, it is essential for them to receive a certain level of income compensation through the EMFF or other funds to make this possible,’ he added.

    The European fishing industry is now looking forward to a quick adoption by EU authorities allowing a speedy and flexible implementation of the provisions in the Member States.

    Europêche has voiced its disappointed that no extra funding is included and is calling that this be addressed as a matter of urgency in light of the fact that otherwise the measures proposed will not be effective to cope with the unprecedented crisis.

    ‘The fishing industry is a vital, sustainable and responsible sector, committed to continue fishing and maintaining food security. However, the fishing sector has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis. If we want to have a healthy fishing industry after the crisis we need additional funding and full flexibility in the interpretation and application of any new rules,’ Javier Garat said.

    In its proposal the European Commission has put forward the necessary legislative modifications to allow Member States more flexibility to reallocate and transfer unused financial means of their fisheries funds (EMFF) so it can be routed to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus where needed.

    The Commission also modifies EMFF-provisions to allow aid for those fleets forced to stay in the port due to quarantine measures, operational problems or market disruptions. Member States may apply this support with retroactive effect from 1st February 2020. The Commission also reintroduces storage aid mechanisms for fish unsold due to the lack of market demand or extremely low prices, with a view to fostering the stabilisation of the markets.

    ‘The COVID-19 pandemic will have tremendous and unpredictable implications for the future of our industry. We appreciate the efforts and legislative changes made by the Commission to unlock and redistribute the existing funding possibilities. However, many countries have already spent or committed most of their available national funding under the EMFF,’ said EAPO president Pim Visser.

    ‘In addition, the market situation, once the public health crisis is under control, is expected to be very difficult. Therefore, extra-funding should be injected in the fisheries fund by the EU, in order for these measures to effectively cope with the crisis. We are just in the midst of a horrific storm and we do not know how long it will last.”

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    £1.5 million lifeline for Northern Ireland fishing industry

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    A support package has been announced by DEARA for Northern Ireland’s fishing industry. Image: trawlerphotos

    Northern Ireland’s Fisheries Minister Edwin Poots has announced a £1.5 million support package for Northern Ireland’s fishing industry.

    The financial scheme has been announced to help support the fishing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, after social distancing measures and the collapse of the European and domestic fish markets have made trading virtually impossible.

    ‘Northern Ireland’s fishing industry has faced extreme difficulties as a result of COVID-19 and is in urgent need of our support to ensure we have a profitable fishing industry to return to, once COVID-19 subsides,’ Edwin Poots said.

    ‘I have therefore announced a £1.5 million support package to help the fishing industry weather the storm. The scheme I’ve announced is the most far-reaching in the UK and will help the fishing fleet to cover their fixed costs for three months. It’s not an answer to everyone’s problems, but it will certainly help the fleet survive what has been one of its most difficult periods.’

    The assistance will be for three months with a maximum amount of total funding per ‘undertaking’ capped at around £104,000. It will be delivered via monthly payments varying according to vessel size.

    Under 10m vessels can expect £1,050 and 10.01-11.99 metre vessels get a £1800 payment. For those in the 12.00-14.99 bracket the payment is £3550 and this rises to £4550 for vessels over 15 metres. Vessels over 28 metres are not eligible for the support scheme.

    This is conditional on fishing vessels being registered in Northern Ireland and normally active in the March-May period, as well as being able to demonstrate having landed fish worth not less that £10,000 during 2019. The first payments are expected to be made early in May 2020.

    Vessels must be available to fish if there is a market for their product – this is not a tie-up scheme.

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    500 pounds of scallops sell in two hours off Martha Rose

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    Isle of Man : Coronavirus: Financial aid for island fishing industry

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    COVID-19 ... "The PBA calls for financial support"

    https://www.pba.org.uk/covid-19/

    NFFO : Salmon Compensation Delays

    http://nffo.org.uk/news/salmon-compensation-delays.html

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    Scottish Government’s £10 million seafood support fund

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    The Scottish Government is putting in place a £10 million support package for the seafood sector. Image: Seafood Scotland

    Financial support for seafood processors to help them through economic pressures related to COVID-19 will be available through a new £10 million scheme, reports Seafood Scotland.

    With many seafood businesses fighting for survival, and in turn threatening livelihoods in coastal communities, the Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund provides a combination of grants and loans to businesses suffering severe hardship following the shutdown of international markets and the food service industry across the UK.


    ‘The Scottish Government is working flat out to support businesses,’ Fergus Ewing said. Image: Seafood Scotland

    ‘The Scottish Government is working flat out to support businesses which are adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Parts of the seafood sector have been decimated by the collapse of the export and hospitality markets, and are now struggling to survive,’ said Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

    ‘Our seafood processors are the lifeblood of many rural and coastal communities, supporting thousands of local jobs and producing some of the finest seafood in the world. The industry has been very clear that cashflow is the critical issue facing businesses and this new fund seeks to inject capital into businesses to help them meet their ongoing costs, keep the business solvent and keep people on the payroll. Our approach is rightly focused on those businesses who may need our support the most and we would encourage others that can step in to help, to do so.’

    Fergus Ewing commented that the Scottish Government is exploring how supermarkets and other retailers might help ensure more of Scotland’s seafood reaches Scottish consumers to help create alternative markets.

    ‘I continue to have regular discussions with the industry during this time and I pay tribute to the leadership shown by the Scottish Seafood Association and Seafood Scotland. We will now move to get these funds out of the door as quickly as possible to assist a sector which has been a real success story for the Scottish economy,’ Fergus Ewing said.

    ‘Following the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of financial aid for the fishing sector, this package of support for the wider seafood industry is critical to its survival, and very much welcome,’ said Donna Fordyce, Interim Head of Seafood Scotland.

    ‘We have spent the last two weeks speaking to seafood businesses all over Scotland, and these measures are just what they have been asking for. The sector is one of the most fragile areas of Scotland’s economy, yet delivers so much in terms of employment and export effort. With most export routes almost entirely closed off and around 80% of shellfish and seafood normally destined for international markets, the industry is currently on its knees but this package will help many seafood businesses live beyond the impact of COVID-19.’

    This is for the processors , no sign of an over 10m fleet support fund yet

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    Canada : Lunenburg lobster captain sells directly to consumers to stay afloat during COVID-19

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...otia-1.5523635

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    Canada : COVID-19 prompts ban on at-sea observers from Canadian fishing vessels

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