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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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