How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting marine ecosystems, Part 1: Fisheries and aquaculture

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

Editor’s note: The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically affecting the lives of many, if not most, of Skimmer readers right now, and it may herald some broad societal changes in the coming years. For the next few months, The Skimmer will take a look at the various ways that the pandemic is affecting marine ecosystems and their conservation and management. We will do this in installments published every 1-2 weeks. In this issue, we take a look at how fisheries and aquaculture are being affected by the pandemic. We will update previous installments of our coverage, so if you see critical aspects that we are missing, please let us know at skimmer [at] octogroup.org (). Many thanks to the EBM Tools Network for some early tips on what was happening at the docks.

“The biggest crisis to hit the fishing industry ever”

Are there other ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting fisheries? We will be updating previous installments of our COVID-19 pandemic coverage, so if you see critical aspects that we are missing, please let us know at skimmer [at] octogroup.org.

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I've been curious if there is any news on the impacts of decreases in travel and tourism on marine protected areas and the communities involved in their management or that receive tourism benefits (like gate fees or providing services to tourists)? 

I can't help but wonder about the positive outcomes that come from the lack of demand in seafood.  In a time where overfishing and scourging of ocean resources is at an all time high, I'm guessing this is a welcome break to our ocean's ecosystems.  Perhaps there will be some time for habitat restorations as well as fish and local marine population replenishment. 

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