FISH COVID19 Special Issue 2

FISH COVID19 Special Issue 1

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For most of us, 2020 has been a bumpy ride to say the least.
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted economies and communities around the world, with many industries now rethinking future supply chains and market structures
Lessons from decisions made during the COVID-19 crisis will help to shape the recovery and future resilience of Australia’s seafood sector
Andrew Metcalfe AO, Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, provides his perspective on the challenges and opportunities ahead for our primary industries
Latest news in Australian fisheries
Indigenous commercial enterprises and cultural fishing to support local communities have continued as essential services during the coronavirus crisis
A silver lining to the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the chance for the food service sector to showcase quality Australian fish and seafood as part of its extraordinary effort to provide healthy meals to people in dire straits
The devasting impacts of port closures and the shutdown of food service around the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the interconnectedness of seafood supply chains and the world more generally: we are all in this together
In adapting their business models to meet new market conditions, fishers are putting premium Australian fish onto the tables of consumers at home instead of in restaurants
Few are unaffected by havoc the coronavirus crisis has wrought and many in Australia’s seafood sector have been hard hit. For some, the necessary pivot in their business focus as they work to keep trading has been more of a pirouette, while for others the result has been less poetic. But for all involved, from fishers to wholesalers and retailers to restaurateurs, lessons are being learned about now outmoded industry sureties and new realities.
New retail data examine how COVID-19 has affected domestic fish and seafood sales, providing opportunities to learn from the findings
Coronavirus restrictions on travel and group activities have highlighted learning opportunities and the value of online platforms for participants in the seafood sector