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July 2021 The PECH committee of the European
Parliament has published a summary of its study on the Impacts
of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU fisheries and aquaculture. The
study analysed the effects of COVID-19 from March to December
2020. The study found that in 2020 EU first sales of fish products
decreased by 8 % in volume and 12 % in value. The closure of the
hospitality industry led to a demand reduction for fishers and
fish farmers. Fishers targeting high-value species intended for
the hospitality industry were most affected. In the aquaculture
sector, farmers selling to retail did not experience particularly
negative impacts. Estimates point to a 17 % reduction in sales
volume and an 18 % reduction in total income, with a particularly
harsh impact on the shellfish segment. The provides policy recommendations
to strengthen the sector's resilience to shocks, and to address
current vulnerabilities in view of potential similar events. Proposed
measures include banking fishing quotas from one year to the next,
implementing local promotional campaigns.
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