THE impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the seafood industry is the focus of our April issue, which features reports from across the sector.
We hear how Scotland’s leading salmon producers have overhauled operations to keep their teams safe and to enable key workers to get on with the job of producing food for the nation.
And in a special message, Scotland’s rural economy minister Fergus Ewing thanks the country’s seafood companies for continuing to work during the crisis.
‘Food production is something we should never take for granted, but it is only possible because of all the people working on fish farms and throughout the supply chain,’ he writes.
Meanwhile, Nicki Holmyard talks to shellfish businesses as they adapt to the challenges of the lockdown and the loss of the food service market.
And Vince McDonagh brings news from processors supplying the so far buoyant retail segment.
Enterprising firms are finding new routes to market but this is still early days and the long-term outlook, especially for exports, remains uncertain.
We talk to Norwegian salmon farmer Alf-Goran Knutsen of Kvarøy Arctic, who has started delivering live broadcasts via Facebook to reassure customers in the US that his company is doing everything it can to support the flow of fresh fish into the market.
Also in this issue, Dmitry Pyanov describes promising trials to introduce turbot as an aquaculture
species in Russia, and Lukas Havn of Vikings Label discusses progress in his plans to farm salmon in the Saudi desert.
All this, plus regular columnists Martin Jaffa, Nick Joy and Hamish Macdonell, can be read now in the April issue of Fish Farmer by just clicking on the link below. Subscribers will receive printed copies in the post shortly.