The online conference, hosted and chaired by MEPCarmen AVRAM, will be divided in two sessions. The first one will address the challengesof the fisheries sectorrelatedto the pandemic, such as disruptions in supply chains for fish and aquatic foods caused bydisturbances oftransportation, trade, and labour. The second session will discuss opportunities and next stepsfor the post-COVID-19 era.
Fishing and aquaculture are among the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic of COVID-19, as demand for fisheries and seafood has been experiencing a dramatic downturn, due to preventative measures against COVID-19 that have led retailers, restaurants, and other large-scale buyers to reduce or temporarily close down their activities. Furthermore, sectors on which the fisheries and seafood industries depend on, such as logistics, have also been affected by the situation.
The fishing and aquaculture production sectors are extremely diverse, both freshwater and marine, and of significant socio-economic importance to the wider Black Sea region.The measures adopted to contain the COVID-19 outbreakat national and internationallevel, have impacted directly or indirectlyon the operations of the sectors, resulting inchallengesbut also opportunities for thenext day.
The conference will aim at providing a dialogue platform amongst EU and national policy-makers and key regional stakeholders to encourage a debate that will allow for the better understanding of the challenges, as faced by stakeholders on the ground, and the different opportunities that derive from the various EU policies, strategies and initiatives in this diverse but with high potential region.
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