Coronavirus updates for the seafood industry

COVID-19 is affecting our lives and businesses ways none of us have ever experienced before. We’re working to support UK businesses across the seafood sector in this extremely challenging time.

Keeping you informed

We’re sharing updates with industry, to receive regular e-alerts sign up to our The Catch newsletter.

Accessing support and advice

As lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, seafood businesses should follow advice and guidance on working safety. We have collated useful sources of information on working safely during covid-19 and guidance on reopening your fish and chip shop.

We’ve developed an online tool to help you identify government financial support measures for which your business may be eligible.

We‘ve also collated useful links on other sources of business advice and mental health support for individuals and businesses working in the seafood sector.

Supporting e-learning

We have new funding available to support online learning opportunities while Covid-19 social distancing requirements prevent the delivery of face to face taught training courses.

Maintaining seafood supply

Our teams have been looking at ways to help maintain seafood supply. As part of this work we’ve produced guidance for fishermen and fish vans on selling directly to consumers. We’re also issuing critical worker certificates to assist fishermen and other key workers in the seafood sector to make essential journeys during COVID-19 restrictions.

Promoting seafood to consumers

We’re supporting Defra’s #SeaForYourself marketing campaign, which aims to get more UK consumers to eat more seafood caught in UK waters. We’re sharing content from Fish is the Dish on where consumers can buy fish online and providing recipes and tips to help them prepare and cook species they might not be familiar with. Businesses looking to get involved in the campaign can download social media assets from our online asset bank.

Understanding the full impact on the UK seafood sector

We’re asking businesses throughout the seafood supply chain to share information on how you are being affected and how you are responding. This is being used to inform weekly updates for government. All business information is being treated confidentially. To provide information get in touch with anybody at Seafish or email

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