Covid-19 support for the seafood industry

Covid-19 continues to affect our lives and businesses. We’re working to support the seafood sector and signposting other sources of help and advice.

As the situation evolves, it’s important that everyone is aware of the latest advice from the UK Government and the health information from the NHS.

There are different rules and restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Accessing support and advice

We have collated some useful sources of information for seafood businesses and individuals on how to access available help and support and to work safely during Covid-19. This now includes on how some employers may be able to access Covid-19 tests for their workplace.

Understanding the full impact on the UK seafood sector

We're reviewing the impact that Covid-19 is having across the whole seafood supply chain in the UK. The reports are used to help individuals, businesses and Government understand the situation better and inform any future planning and support needed. 

We have published four reports so covering January to June, July to September and October to December 2020 and January to March 2021. The reports are based on data from various sources, but we also rely on insight from across the industry.

If you would like to let us know how your business is being affected and how you are responding to Covid-19, or any other challenges you are currently facing, please get in touch. You can contact anyone at Seafish or email

All business information is treated confidentially.

Assisting critical workers to make necessary journeys

Following requests from the industry, we have created certificates for critical workers in the seafood sector to use when travelling to and from work. There is no legal requirement for these certificates to be carried but critical workers may find them useful to demonstrate that they are making a necessary journey.

Certificates have no use by date on them so you can use a certificate we supplied last year. If you've lost it, get in touch with us at and we can re-supply it. 

Supporting e-learning

Funding is 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

We've been looking at ways to help maintain seafood supply. Check our guidance for fishing businesses and mobile fishmongers on selling directly to consumers. 


If you have any queries about our work relating to Covid-19 contact