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Other Media | WorldFishing: New Regional Managers at Skaginn 3X

ICELAND
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Skaginn 3X has added two new regional managers to its sales team, Ágúst Ágústsson and Ingvar Vilhjálmsson.

Ágúst and Ingvar will both serve as regional sales managers for Europe, Ágúst from Sweden and Ingvar from Iceland.

“Part of what sets Skaginn 3X apart is how closely we work with the industry, which is why we are so proud to bring these two seasoned professionals on board,” said Ingólfur Örn Guðmundsson, director of business development for Skaginn 3X.

“Their outstanding accomplishments and extensive knowledge of the technical and operational intricacies of this sector will be a great benefit for Skaginn 3X in building lasting relationships with our clients in Sweden, Iceland and elsewhere in Europe.”

With a substantial background in sales for food processing equipment developer Marel, Ágúst Ágústsson brings extensive knowhow and experience with clients throughout Europe, especially in poultry-processing, which is an area where Skaginn 3X is currently experiencing growth.

Source: WorldFishing | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Planas reminds the EU that the announced measures are not enough and urges to modify the FEMP

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, March 26, 2020

EU Fisheries Ministers meet by video conference
 
Spain has defended before the member states the need for Brussels to articulate an "urgent and solid response" to the problems facing the fishing sector due to the spread of Covid-19. The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, in a high-level video conference with the EU's fisheries ministers, indicated that all efforts should be aimed at preventing the deterioration of the structure of the sector. For this, he insisted, the FEMP has to be modified.
 
Planas appreciates the "quick response" given by the Commission, although he believes that the announced measures are not sufficient. DG Mare gave the green light a few days ago to an increase in de minimis aid, which is still state aid. The sector has indicated to IP that these aids depend on the General State Budgets, not yet approved.
 
Along the same lines, Planas reminded the MS that the solution to this crisis "does not lie solely in the activation of state aid." That is why he asked Brussels "for a clear commitment, in line with what was expressed by the EC at the last meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries."
 
Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here (Ingles)

Other Media | FiskerForum: Cornwall's rekindled love for fresh fish

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Seafood Cornwall’s #FishToYourDoor campaign, which was launched within hours of the first Covid-19 impacts on South-West fish markets, has seen overwhelming response within first week.

The new campaign that facilitates quick match-making between Cornish fish merchants and fishmongers and would-be buyers across the country has been inundated with orders since launching last week.

Cornwall-wide seafood promotion initiative Seafood Cornwall launched the #FishToYourDoor campaign alongside the Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation on 17th March.

Responding to the closing-down of restaurant trade and export markets, and aiming to keep sales routes open for domestic catch, the scheme was designed to connect individuals and households with fresh Cornish fish – via fish merchants with capacity to deliver.

‘Thanks to the #FishToYourDoor initiative, plus our own efforts, we have kept the doors open. We are delivering fish individually portioned, prepped and packed, and calling our customers to notify them that their contact-free delivery is on their doorstep,’ said Naomi Bullus of family-run business Celtic Fish & Game, one of the companies participating in the scheme.

‘I’m delighted to see a scheme like this come together so quickly in the face of all the troubling impacts of this Covid-19 pandemic,’ commented local MP Derek Thomas.

Author: Quentin Bates/FiskerForum | Read the full article here


Other Media | The Fish Site:SSPO update on steps salmon farming sector is taking to stay open

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation has issued a statement outlining their strategies to balance safety, public health and customer needs.

Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement for SSPO, said:

“The critical focus is public health and protecting our workers as they continue to farm our salmon. It is also important to maintain the supply of fresh salmon to UK consumers. Advice from Government highlights key steps that must be taken to help ensure that companies can stay open. Salmon farming companies are adapting their ways of working.

All workers who can work from home do so.
Social distancing is imperative at every workplace from farms to processing. This is more challenging and changes will be required.
Everyone working on farms and throughout the supply chain is being provided with appropriate safety and hygiene protection and guidance.
SSPO is also recommending that companies draw up a full list of measures for everyone to adhere to.
All steps taken to protect workers must be demonstrable

Source: The Fish Site | Read full article here


Other Media | EuropaAzul: The fishing fleet guarantees supply despite the stoppage of some sectors

SPAIN
Thursday, March 26, 2020

The president of the Gipuzkoa Brotherhood Federation, Eugenio Elduayen, analyzes with concern the present and the future of the inshore fishing sector. It recognizes that the arrival of the coronavirus has also had an impact on fishing activity, since the price of some species has suffered a sharp reduction in fish markets in line with the drop in demand, both by the consumer and especially by businesses restoration, forced to close. The maximum person in charge of the brotherhoods of the territory assures that, in spite of the imminent stoppage of the activity -the fleet will not go out to capture anchovy until mid-April, once they finish with the Verdel coast-, the fishmongers will not be shortaged.
 
-What is the current situation in the sector?
 
-The purse seine fleet has been stopped since last weekend, after a joint decision by all the Cantabrian fleets. We had already consumed almost the entire share of the verdel, there was no profitability at sea and, all this together with the social alarm generated by the coronavirus, caused us to choose to make a three-week stop.
 
-Why three weeks?
 
-First, because that is when we think the anchovy will appear. When that date arrives, April 13, we will assess how society is, how the factories are and if we can, we will return to the sea. We cannot go out to work to lose money.
 
Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | SeafoodSource:US seafood industry hopes for help from USD 2 trillion stimulus package

UNITED STATES
Thursday, March 26, 2020

The United States Congress is nearing finalization of a third COVID-19 stimulus bill totaling up to USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.85 trillion) in across-the-board relief.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the package on the afternoon of Wednesday, 25 March, and the House of Representatives – currently in recess – is expected to reconvene for its own vote “as soon as possible,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) told CNN. President Donald Trump has also expressed his support for the bill on Twitter.

The legislation includes financial support for companies of all sizes that have lost customers as a result of the public response to the COVID-19 crisis. It also features incentives to encourage companies to keep employees on their payrolls. It also includes direct payments to low- and middle-income families, and unemployment insurance that will pay out up to four months’ worth of income for laid-off workers and those who have faced reduced work hours. Also on the table, according to a press release from the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), are loans for small businesses that would be considered forgivable if the money is used for payroll, mortgage, rent or utility costs.

While the bill continues to be fine-tuned, the Republican senators from Alaska, U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowksi and Dan Sullivan, and their Democratic counterparts from Massachusetts, U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, sent a letter to Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) asking them to ensure the COVID-19 bill also includes provisions for the fishing industry.

Author: Steve Bittenbender / SeafoodSource | Read full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Anger over Mowi and Lerøy processing exemption

NORWAY
Thursday, March 26, 2020

A DECISION by Norway’s food safety authority to grant Mowi and Lerøy Seafood exemption from some of the country’s tough processing rules has come under fire from other sections within the industry.

The main rule, brought in a number of years ago to protect the reputation of Norwegian seafood, states that salmon and other fish with certain defects should be sorted and processed at home before being exported.

But a number of smaller processing businesses have said they plan to launch an appeal against the decision, which was made in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Their appeal will be on the grounds that the food safety authority does not have the power to make such a decision because the scheme is administered by the seafood council. They also believe it could do long term damage to the industry’s good name.

The food safety authority is reported to have granted the exemption on the grounds that Mowi and Lerøy, two of the largest salmon exporters, may not be able to find enough processing capacity in Norway and will want to do some of the work overseas.

But Robert Eriksson, CEO of the seafood processing companies’ trade organisation, said he believed there was plenty of spare capacity in the country.

Author:Vince McDonagh / FishFarmer | Read the full article here


Other Media | aqua.cl: Including Chile, a group of countries seeking to guarantee the connectivity of supply chains

CHILE
Thursday, March 26, 2020

"We affirm the importance of refraining from imposing unnecessary export controls or tariff and non-tariff barriers," stressed the Minrel.
 
The covid-19 pandemic (coronavirus) is a serious global crisis. And as part of a collective response to combat it, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore pledged to keep supply chains open and connected. In turn, they said they will work in coordination to identify and address trade disruptions that may affect the circulation of essential supplies.
 
"We recognize that it is in everyone's interest to ensure that our commercial ties remain open, including air and sea transport, in order to facilitate the flow of essential goods and supplies," said the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrel).
Later, the Secretary of State emphasized: «We affirm the importance of refraining from imposing unnecessary export controls or tariff and non-tariff barriers, and the importance of removing at this time all the restrictive measures on trade in essential goods, especially those that affect to medical supplies. "
 
Source: Aqua.cl | Read full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | Audlindin: The status of the fisheries sector was discussed by the government

ICELAND
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The country's fisheries companies are now responding to the consequences of the Covid-19 Corona virus. Demand for fresh seafood in Europe has almost collapsed and the result is that fish producers have to look for other ways for the products and also reduce the production of fresh fish. This results in a significant disruption of production and loss of income, as fresh products produce the most benefits. Then the companies will slow down fishing during this time.

In addition, companies need to be particularly attentive to quarantine and meet the maximum permissible requirements in each workplace. They do this by dividing the processing into a processing chamber, where the number in each of them is limited and communication between them is stopped. Unnecessary visits to the companies have been stopped and staff asked not to travel unnecessarily and reduce communication with other people.

Source: Audlindin | Read full story here (Icelandic)


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: The French and German fishing unions also claim aid for the stoppage

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The scream is unanimous in the European fleet. In two separate communications, the French National Fisheries Commission (CNPMEM) and the German Fisheries Association (DFV) call on the European Commission to allow the FEMP to finance the cessation of activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Organizations, who agree on this common idea, also plan other issues such as private storage or liquidity injections.
 
In the case of France, the CNPMEM published an extensive document in which it recounted all the measures already approved by the French Government against the disease, both generic for all companies and specific to the fishing sector. The French fleet has a complete guide for shipowners to act if there is suspicion of infection. In the fish markets the activity continues but a distance of one meter must be kept. The French Government has also extended the validity of all certificates for navigation, safety or medical fitness.
 
The French fleet asks the Commission to support fishing companies for temporary stops and private storage, for which they have contacted their MEPs in order to be aware of the regulations that will be approved this week.

GERMAN FLEET
 
The German fleet is already suffering from the effects of the Covid-19, and gives an example of the 50% drop in the stock price of the Baltic plaice or the difficulties in selling flounder that has forced the mooring of the boats.
 
Source: Fishing Industries | Read the full article here (Spanish)

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