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Fishing sector already suffers from coronavirus

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 19, 2020
The European fishing sector, grouped into the Europêche organization, has asked the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, to adopt urgent and extraordinary measures to coping with the socio economic impact caused by coronavirus.
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The fisheries sector makes this request after the negative impact that the escalation of measures taken by EU governments to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is having on its activity.

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Specifically, the sector is already registering a significant reduction in the demand for fish, in addition to a notable drop in prices in certain fish markets with inshore fleets that will inevitably lead to the cessation of fishing activities in some areas, CEPESCA points out in a statement.

In this situation, the fishing sector considers it a priority that the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries of the European Commission communicate, both to governments and to the industry itself, the funds and European financial aid at its disposal, such as the regulations of de minimis or the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and that it also adopt the necessary mechanisms that allow the activation of extraordinary measures.

According to the fisheries sector, and since the current EMFF does not allow temporary stoppage aid due to a health or epidemic crisis, these measures should include the possibility that fishermen and EU operators receive aid and compensation for the temporary cessation of its activity as a result of the pandemic.