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The environmental impacts of COVID-19: Perspectives from fishing communities
https://cobi.org.mx/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/COBI_Covid19-impacto-ambiental-16nov20.pdf (Spanish version)
The global crisis caused by COVID-19 has resulted in great challenges to the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. Worldwide, attention towards social (with an emphasis on health) and economic issues, has left environmental issues in second place. In Mexico for example, since March 2020, essential activities such as food production, health (pharmacies, hospitals) and public security have been prioritized . With the gradual re-opening of services and the return to activities, it has been sought, above all, to satisfy the basic needs of the population and reactivate the economy. However, the general strategies for the new normal in Mexico need to integrate environmental issues (e.g. adaptation to climate change, sustainable practices) and challenges arising from the pandemic (e.g. solid waste and contaminants).
Everything changes: Local solutions of small-scale fishers for adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic
Small-scale fishing communities have always been vulnerable to global shocks and changes. Because of this, fishers are flexible and make daily decisions to adapt, using their experience and the available information. They can switch from one fishery to another, create new fishing techniques, and find new markets quickly. There used to be one constant, no matter what they had to adapt to, fishers would go to fish.
African small-scale fisheries in the time of COVID-19: Voices from the continent
Recording of panel presentations, featuring guest speakers Editrudith Lukanga (Tanzania) and Kafayat Fakoya (Nigeria), and moderator Moenieba Isaacs (South Africa).
Fisheries, aquaculture and COVID-19: Issues and policy responses
Fisheries and aquaculture provide nutritious food for hundreds of millions of people around the world and livelihoods for over 10% of the world’s population. All aspects of fish supply chains are strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with jobs, incomes and food security at risk. Government and industry responses are needed to address the immediate economic and social hardships that the crisis is provoking in the fish sector. Governments also need to maintain long-term ambitions for protecting natural resources and ecosystems, and the viability of fisheries.Economic, equity and environmental considerations all point to similar best practices: supporting the incomes of those most in need rather than subsidising inputs or fishing effort, and ensuring that evidence-based management remains in place and is enforced. Transparency in policy responses will help build trust in the future of fish value chains and markets, and enable learning from the crisis to improve the sustainability and resilience of fisheries and aquaculture.
Women set to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic
A report released by Natalia Briceño-Lagos and Marie Christine Monfort, from the international organisation for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), states that : "at this point of the pandemic, though we can't fully depict what the consequences will be on both genders, we can ascertain that the coronavirus outbreak will hit women harder than men, threaten progress made in empowering women and will deepen gender inequities already pervasive in this economic sector.
How is COVID-19 affecting the fisheries and aquaculture food systems
The full range of activities required to deliver fish and fish products from production to the final consumer is subject to indirect impacts of the pandemic through new sanitary measures, changing consumer demands, market access or logistical problems related to transportation and border restrictions. This in turn has a damaging effect on fishers and fish farmers' livelihoods, as well as on food security and nutrition for populations that rely heavily on fish for animal protein and essential micronutrients.
Fish chain interrupted: How COVID-19 affects markets and trade
More news about how COVID-19 disrupts the fishing way of life keep emerging. Various responses across the globe have also been discussed, with some governments considering fisheries as an essential service and allowing fishers to continue fishing. In other places, fishing has been suspended. Meanwhile, markets and fish trades are being affected in the most varied ways, including complete shutdown in some cases due to lack of fish or health and safety concerns.