The CFPO has advised it’s members to make shorter trips and staggered landings as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. Photo: CFPO

The Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) has released an update to its members as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads advising shorter trips and staggered landings.

The CFPO said:

“Given the ongoing concerns from members in relation to Covid-19, the CFPO together with SWFPO and Interfish FPO have been in discussion with local markets (Newlyn, Plymouth and Brixham) about the selling of fish. There is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment and in reality that uncertainty is likely to continue,  at the moment thankfully the market is holding up.

“There are worries about what species might be most vulnerable to major demand and/or price drop -but at this stage it was felt that emphasis should be on on lower volumes and higher quality as a general approach.

“Shorter trips are considered to be a wiser step rather than risking higher volumes from longer trips that may be more difficult to sell -obviously where possible/practical.

“Please speak to your respective market/auctioneer/buyer about what you are catching and when you are intending to land to ensure they can spread landings. Market stability is more likely to be secured from shorter trips and staggered landings.

“To date there has been no major disruption of transport chains to the continent.

“We are going to keep in close liaison with other SW POs and markets this week and will endeavour to keep you informed as more information emerges.

“If you have any questions or concerns about the impact COVID-19 might have on your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our door is always open.”

The uncertainty of the spread of CORVID-19 over the next few days and weeks have left the fishing industry vulnerable as markets are unsure. Long off-shore trips could be risky as the CFPO has advised.

Some fishing boats in other parts of the country have had to dump catches of shellfish as the foreign market is no longer open. In other parts of the UK, people are being asked to buy locally caught fish with some fishmongers offering to deliver orders to the customers door.

 Source: Cornish Fish Producers Organisation