Nifpo has issued guidelines to it’s members as COVID-19 hits the industry​. Photo: Oliver McBride

The Northern Ireland Fish Producers Organisation (Nifpo) has issued guidelines to their members as they face an uncertain future due to COVID-19.

The official government advice is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Other than for tax issues there it seems there is nothing you can apply for now, but it does outline the packages that should be available sometime next week.

Advice on crew visas can be found here:

Non-EEA fishing crew:

Individuals with queries about their Visas, including extensions that may be necessary in light of travel restrictions are encouraged to use the following helpline.

Coronavirus Immigration Helpline

Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Calls are free of charge.

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

Due to Data Protection Regulations we can only speak to the visa holder or applicant about their specific query.

If you are a third party (for example family member or sponsor) and wish to speak on their behalf, we must have the visa holder’s permission. This can be provided by verbal consent to the coronavirus immigration helpline or written consent via email. The email to verify consent must be sent from the email address provided on the visa holder’s application to CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk to enable us to provide a response. Without consent we are unable to discuss person-specific details with a third party.

Advice from the MCA can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-612-mf-coronavirus-covid-19-mca-approach-to-survey-and-certification-of-uk-vessels

NIFPO Recommends

Contact your bank if you have not already done so.  If you have a mortgage on your boat ask them about a holiday.  You can now ask for a 3 month holiday on your home mortgage to ease your personal finances.

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If at anytime you feel that you have concerns about your mental health due to the COVID-19 crisis you can find help by visiting https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus

Source: Nifpo

 

 

 

Nifpo issues guidelines to members as COVID-19 hits fishing industry

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