The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on seafood as restaurants remain closed, employees are affected by stay-at-home orders, and borders become tighter to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to a number of industry experts, the disruptions occurring now are likely to have an affect on supply chains into the forseeable future, as processing facilities struggle to obtain products and importers shy away from purchasing… Read More
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the U.S., with many states issuing stay-at-home mandates that will last at least a month, a growing number of fisheries are facing choppy waters.
The restaurant industry is seeking relief as its profits have plunged during the crisis, and many of the fisheries that supply those restaurants with seafood are facing similar downturns. Fisheries and suppliers of premium seafood products have… Read More
For the first time in the Marine Stewardship Council’s history, the organization is offering a six-month extension on the usual timeline for all assessments and certifications in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The board of trustees for the MSC unanimously decided on 27 March to extend the deadlines as the impacts of the pandemic continue to affect the industry. The extension applies to all audits and the delivery of conditions… Read More
Recent data released by the NOAA's Fishery Monitoring Branch indicates that the Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry beat historical average catches in February, but the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is likely to dampen landings into the future ...
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The U.S. state of Maine is requesting federal aid due to the ongoing impacts the COVID-19 outbreak is having on its fisheries.
Maine’s governor, Janet Mills, recently sent a letter to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump requesting federal assistance for the state’s seafood industry as trade disruptions and restaurant closures affect the state’s valuable lobster fishery, which was worth USD 485 million (EUR 451.4… Read More
NOAA Fisheries announced on 20 March that it is waiving observer requirements for vessels with Northeast fishing permits until 4 April, with the new waiver being evaluated weekly as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
The announcement comes as multiple fisheries in the Northeast U.S. are grappling with the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, which range from the aforementioned switch to no longer requiring observers to a the delay of fishing… Read More
Seafood producers and foodservice distributors alike have formed partnerships amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to ensure that U.S. residents continue to have a supply of food.
On 19 March, the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the FMI-Food Industry Association announced an ad-hoc partnership to help cope with the supply-chain disruptions caused by the ongoing epidemic. The new partnership consists of a matching… Read More
The United States Trade Representative denied at least 17 different tariff exclusion requests from nine different seafood-related companies so far this month, documentation on the USTR website indicates… Read More
Just hours after the World Health Organization declared that the outbreak of COVID-19/coronavirus is officially a global pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump declared in a televised speech that all travel from Europe to the U.S. would be suspended for 30 days, starting at midnight on 13 March.
While Trump initially stated in his speech that the travel prohibitions would also apply to trade and cargo, the White House later clarified that the ban… Read More