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    Fish To Your Door launches #NHSFishFridays – 50% off for Cornish NHS heroes

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    #FishToYourDoor is offering discounts on Fridays to NHS staff. Image: Seafood Cornwall

    The #FishToYourDoor campaign started by Seafood Cornwall is introducing a new initiative, with hefty discounts for NHS staff.

    The county-wide #FishToYourDoor platform launched by Seafood Cornwall was an immediate response to the impact of Covid-19, designed to connect households with fresh fish and keep fishermen going to sea.

    With more than 40,000 customers reached within the first few days of the campaign in early March, #FishToYourDoor has gone from strength to strength, and continues to add new merchants to its growing list of sellers with delivery capacity, and promoting fishermen selling direct from their boats.

    Since launching, #FishToYourDoor has brought over 3500 new customers to affiliated merchants and received a stream of delighted feedback from people trying local Cornish fish, fresh from the merchant, for the first time.

    Now looking to support key workers on the front line of Covid-19, #FishToYourDoor is introducing #NHSFishFridays as a thank you to Cornish NHS heroes.

    The campaign makes available discounts from six key merchants who are offering a wide range of the 40+ seasonal fish and shellfish species available around the Cornish coast. Discounts range from 25% to a huge 50% and affiliated merchants are offering free delivery.

    ‘Our NHS workers have been working day and night to care for everyone’s loved ones,’ said
    Louis Smart at South Coast Fisheries, one of the merchants involved in the scheme.
    ‘We wanted to do our bit to show our appreciation so we’re saying thank you in the best way we know how, through the delivery of fresh Cornish fish.’

    The only requirement is that orders are made using an NHS email address, and that NHS customers live and work in Cornwall. This schemes run on Fridays from the 15th May launches date through to 29th May 2020. Take a look at the Seafood Cornwall website to see what businesses are involved and how you can set up your Fish Friday order.

    https://www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk/nhs-fish-fridays/

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    Spain : Echebastar fleet copes with exceptional circumstances

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    Tuna seiner Alakrana’s crew echo the ‘stay at home’ message from the Indian Ocean. Image: Echebastar

    Spanish tuna operator Echebastar has been affected by the coronavirus situation, in particular in being unable to rotate crews as their usual relief dates come around.

    ‘Due international travel restrictions we are unable to rotate our crews following completion of their sea periods’ said Echebastar’s head of sustainability José Luis Jauregui.

    ‘The vessels continue fishing to ensure the continuity of supplies to our customers to meet the high global demand for quality canned tuna. We are proud to report that our people, the majority of whom have been with us for many years, understand and accept the situation. When the threat posed by the virus has diminished to the extent that our crews may resume their usual work pattern, those now fishing will be able to enjoy deserved vacations.’

    Echebastar has introduced preventative measures needed to protect crews from the virus while they are on board. Specifically, the company has designed on-board quarantine plans to prevent potential cases of infection being brought ashore. The body temperature of the personnel is constantly monitored, both crew and shore workers while in port.

    ‘Extra intense precautions are also required regarding personal hygiene. At present, there are no cases of infection whatsoever in the Echebastar fleet,’ he said.

    ‘Since the beginning of this unfortunate pandemic, we have learned to adapt working conditions on board ships to this unexpected situation. If there is a word that defines the present situation it would be “normal”, considering the circumstances, which we are trying to face in the best possible way.’

    The shore side of Echebastar’s activities have been adapted, with remote working procedures in place, and for those who have to be at the company’s workplace, strict controls are in place, including body temperature monitoring, hygiene and social distancing.

    ‘The goal for us is to actively participate in the food supply chain, so we can continue supplying canned tuna and the full range of our deep-frozen products. We want to ensure our customers that the consequences of the pandemic are producing the minimum impact,’ José Luis Jauregui said, adding that Echebastar continues to work towards MSC certification.

    ‘During this period, and as ever, we continue fishing in strict compliance with the highest standards of sustainability and respect for the environment. While there will undoubtedly be delays in the various processes at the international, national and company level, we continue to implement our 2020–21 work programme to meet the milestones to the conditions to certification.

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    Canada : Uncertainty faces lobster fishermen as season opens in Cape Breton on Friday

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    South America : Supporting small-scale fishing during COVID-19 crisis

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    Chilean open-air market vendors Fernando Jorquera and Luis Solis are among those working with Future of Fish to maintain direct sales from fishermen to consumers. Image: Future of Fish

    During a global pandemic, what happens to the world’s fishermen? Nonprofit group Future of Fish has plans for supporting fishing people and communities in this unprecedented time.

    The spread and devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought much of the world to a standstill. But small-scale fisheries around the world continue to depend on the oceans for their livelihood, and their communities’ food security – at a time when billions of people are confined to their homes, the global economy is in turmoil, supply chains have been disrupted, and they can no longer sell or distribute their fish as usual.

    Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Future of Fish has quickly shifted from longer-term interventions to address the immediate pain points of their partners on the ground.
    After spending a few weeks with ears to the ground, Future of Fish has announced a new suite of rapid-response interventions intended to alleviate immediate challenges and help fishers navigate this crisis.

    ‘Supporting fishers has always been our priority. Now, mid crisis, we continue our commitment to small-scale fishers, and to working in ways that aim to build resiliency and lay foundations for positive long-term change,’ said Momo Kochen, Director Global Programs.

    Initiatives include supporting direct sales from fishermen to open air market vendors in Chile. This project utilises the changing dynamics of crisis and the willingness of partners including the fishing communities, ECOS, Feria y Mar and the South African based tech group Abalobi to rapidly test the benefits of digital platforms to connect supply chain nodes and facilitate transactions.

    A public campaign to build demand for locally-caught seafood in Peru has been in progress. While Peru is known for its seafood, seafood sales have dropped substantially since the coronavirus crisis began. Working with partner NGOs, fishermen, chefs, and local media outlets, this campaign promotes seafood as a source of nutrition and a way to support Peruvian fishers – essential workers that help keep the nation fed and healthy.

    Future of Fish is working on re-aligning supply chains and processes to increase the flow of fish under safe conditions from coastal landing sites in Peru directly to market centres and direct to customers. This project aims to help improve access to seafood for consumers, and secure continued income for fishers at a time when regular supply chains just aren’t working, with simple fixes such as Facebook ‘buy and sell’ groups and partnership building to aid logistics.

    In Belize work is focused on activity with a local fishing co-operative to assess market options and secure funds to support operational updates to be COVID-compliant within their processing plant.

    ‘Supporting the fishers and communities that we work with is the heart of our mission,’ says Future of Fish executive director Peter Battisti.

    ‘They are on the frontlines, and their work is essential to building and maintaining sustainable fisheries now and in the future.’

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    'Do something!' Fishing fury as Scotland fails to act over supertrawlers in British waters

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/12...ch-brexit-news

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    Canada : On eve of lobster season, fishermen worry about low prices and high costs

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    Canada : Snow crab price sees a bump to $3.50 after arbitration decision

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfo...tion-1.5570669

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    USA : US administration announces $300 million in CARES Act Funding

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    The US administration has announced a $300 million relief package for US fisheries under the CARES Act. Image: NOAA

    ‘This relief package will support America’s fishermen and our seafood sector’s recovery,’ said US Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, announcing allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also called the CARES Act, to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19.

    As a next step, NOAA Fisheries will use these allocations to make awards to partners: the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
They will disburse the funds to address direct or indirect fishery-related losses as well as subsistence, cultural, or ceremonial impacts related to COVID-19.

    ‘We are going to rely primarily on our partners at the interstate marine fishery commissions during the award process because they have a demonstrated track record of disbursing funds provided to them quickly and effectively,’ said Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

    The commissions then will work with each state, Tribe, and territory to develop spend plans consistent with the CARES Act and NOAA’s guidance. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will submit award applications and spend plans to the agency directly.

    All spend plans must describe the main categories for funding, including direct payments, fishery-related infrastructure, and fishery-related education that address direct and indirect COVID-19 impacts to commercial fishermen, charter businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, subsistence/cultural/ceremonial users, processors, and other fishery-related businesses.

    Once a spend plan has been approved by NOAA, the agency anticipates that the three Commissions will review applications and process payments to eligible fishery participants on behalf of the states and territories. The states will have the option to process payments themselves.

    Fishery participants eligible for funding include Tribes, commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, processors, and other fishery-related businesses. They should work with their state marine fisheries management agencies, territories, or Tribe to understand the process for applying for these funds.

    Also of note, for the purposes of Sec. 12005 funding, businesses farther down the supply chain – including vessel repair businesses, restaurants, or seafood retailers – are not considered ‘fishery-related businesses’.

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    Covid-Safe Fishing: Adapting to the New Conditions

    http://nffo.org.uk/news/covidsafe-fi...onditions.html

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    Fish landings down as industry adapts to Covid-19

    https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2020/05/1...s-to-covid-19/

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    Ireland : Warning fishing industry is on brink of collapse due to lack of Covid-19 support

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...t-1001220.html

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