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27 May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture – A global assessment from the perspective of regional fishery bodies: Initial assessment, May 2020

This assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the work of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and regional fisheries advisory bodies (RFABs) was prepared following an initiative by the FAO Fishing Operations and Technology Branch (FIAO) in collaboration with the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats’ Network (RSN). The objective is to provide a timely global overview and scale of the impacts from the perspective of the secretariats of RFMOs and RFABs, as well as collate suggestions for interventions that may inform and guide the development of mitigation measures. While this paper provides an initial assessment of the current situation, the situation is constantly evolving and therefore follow-up assessments both at regional and country level will be required to fully understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on global fisheries and aquaculture. This assessment would not have been possible without the cooperation and participation of the RFMO and RFAB secretariats.