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Some British Seafood Businesses May Never Open Again

Seafish UK is carrying out a survey to determine “the financial and socio-economic impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s seafood processing industry. “ During July and August seafood processors are being asked to provide information on how the pandemic has affected their business. The survey also asks for financial data and information on operations and recruitment to determine the size and economic performance of the sector. The organisation has said that returns so far show that many seafood processing businesses had to reduce production or close down completely in response to Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions. “Some businesses may never reopen, with smaller processors at particular risk of owners opting to wind down or retire early.”

Arrested Trawlers Abscond

Sierra Leone has alerted other states in the region after three trawlers escaped detention in Freetown port. They were being held pending payment of fines. All three escaped sailed without paying. The authorities are unaware of their present location and have appealed to neighbouring states to help locate the vessels.

Shrimp Industry Severely Affected

There has been a serious contraction in the production of the Ecuadorian shrimp industry seriously affecting its exports as a result of a marketing crisis and reduced demand on a scale not seen for more than a decade.China has been the main market for Ecuadorian shrimp, taking 62% of exports, with a 49% drop in June compared to the previous month.

Bluefin Tuna Certification Challenged

The decision by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to certify the first bluefin tuna fishery with its global standard for sustainable fishing has been challenged.

Japanese longline fishery Usufuku Honten’s certification has been given with a requirement for some improvements which the fishery must make as a condition of certification. The World Wildlife Fund made an objection during the assessment process and says it remains “opposed” to the certification because it “will hinder the full recovery of one of the world’s most valuable fish stocks”.

Read more international fishing and maritime news in the August edition of the MARINE TIMES