Covid-19 support for the seafood industry

Covid-19 continues to affect our lives and businesses. We’re working to support the seafood sector through these challenging times.

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. To find out more or request a certificate select the relevant option below.

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.

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

Our teams have been looking at ways to help maintain seafood supply. We have produced guidance for fishing businesses and mobile fishmongers on selling directly to consumers. 

Promoting seafood to consumers

From May to July, we supported Defra’s #SeaForYourself marketing campaign,  to get more UK consumers eating more seafood caught in UK waters. 

Understanding the full impact on the UK seafood sector

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

We combined these insights with other data to undertake an industry impact assessment across the whole seafood supply chain from January to June 2020. This was published in September 2020 and is available to view from the link below.


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