During this pandemic, SFP is committed to supporting the seafood industry in protecting fishers and workers throughout the seafood supply chain.  We are particularly concerned about the plight of small-scale fishers and fishing communities.  They often lack basic supplies, are ill-equipped to access basic guidance being offered, and may lack the expertise or resources required to adapt best practices to small boats, beach landings, local auctions, etc. Many of these fishers are unlicensed or unregistered, making them largely invisible and unable to access whatever relief programs may be or become available.

SFP recently published an initial overview of Impacts of COVID-19 in Target 75 Fisheries.

With an immediate goal of protecting worker safety and getting critical information to the people who most need it, we have compiled the following set of international resources. 

Infographics and resources for Small-Scale Fishers

  • “Keep Fishing COVID-19 Free” (multiple languages)

    These infographics –for crews and for vessel owners—were originally developed in Spanish by Jumbo Flying Squid vessel owners from Paita Port in Peru, most of them members of CALAMASUR (The Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Southern Pacific Jumbo Flying Squid) and Peruvian Fishing Health experts, who prepared them to share with the artisanal small scale communities of the Latin America and the rest of the world.  Through SFP’s network of supply chain roundtable participants, they have been quickly translatedinto EnglishPortugueseFrenchJapaneseArabic and Tagalog, with more in development. 

  • APRI Recommendations for the Indonesian Seafood Supply Chain (Bahasa) 

Developed by the Indonesian Blue Swimming Crab Association

Vessels/Fishers/Crew

Resources and guidelines aimed specifically at vessels and crews.

Workplace/Essential workers

Resources and guidelines for protecting plant, office and other workers from COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.

Worker-driven requests for protection

Examples of requests and demands from unions and workers

Seafood and Food Safety

Resources outlining whether COVID-19 is a food safety risk and how COVID-19 is impacting global food production and trade.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Guidance on different types of masks and other equipment

In compiling this list, it should be noted that this list is not exhaustive, and there may very well be additional resources in other languages or otherwise more suited for a given situation.  Inclusion in the list above does not constitute an endorsement by SFP.

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