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The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a public health crisis followed by an on-going economic crisis due to the measures taken by countries to contain the rate of infection, such as home confinement, travel bans and business closures.

Even though COVID-19 does not affect fish, nor is it caused by the consumption of fish, the fish sector is still subject to indirect impacts of the pandemic through changing consumer demands, market access or logistical problems related to transportation and border restrictions. This in turn will have a damaging effect on fishers and fish farmers’ livelihoods, as well as on food security and nutrition for populations relying heavily on fish for animal protein and essential micronutrients.

To assist in addressing impacts, the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department established a COVID-19 Task Team to coordinate Departmental initiatives in response to the pandemic and provide coordinated support to measures and interventions addressing the impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture. One of the functions of this team is to communicate and share information.

On this site you can find policy briefs and other information on what actors can do to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Over time, information is generated, and new insights become apparent.

Policy briefs and documents

Additional information

COFI34 Virtual Dialogue on Impacts of COVID-19 on Fisheries and Aquaculture (July 17th 2020)

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