Funding pledge to help seafood industry cope -

COVID-19 Relief Funds also too often pose severe geographic restrictions for applicants when this deadly virus seems to know NO BOUNDARIES.


DNR began its program November 4, and already more than $330,000 has been paid out in the first round of funding. To date, the state received more 440 applications for relief to the seafood industry, and about 340 have already been approved; the department will continue its outreach until the application deadline of February 28, 2021. Additional money will be distributed to grantees in spring 2021.

Vowing to give the community and consumers “the best Australian seafood that will be sustainably sourced," Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) launched “Our Pledge,” geared toward sustainable practices, in October. SIA CEO Jane Lovell noted in an email to SeafoodSource that when SIA was formed two years ago, its members identified social license as a top priority. “SIA has been working hard to develop an open and honest way to respond to community concerns and secure the future of the Australian seafood industry since then,” she said. “We asked the community and industry what was important to them and found strong similarities in the answers. We know our community wants to eat, and we want to provide great Australian seafood confident in the knowledge it is grown and harvested in a sustainable way." Since the launch, companies such as Austral Fisheries, Raptis Seafoods, OceanWatch Australia, Sydney Fish Market, and Humpty Doo Barramundi have signed up to the pledge. Lovell said Our Pledge serves as a way for the community and industry to work together to actively communicate and address critical issues involving seafood. Through the pledge, she said, the community can be assured the Australian aquaculture and wild-catch industries are well-managed and sustainable. Lovell said the SIA’s initiative has drawn inspiration from New Zealand’s "Tiaki Promise," where travelers pledge to protect the environment during their trip. Our Pledge also took into heart the community sentiment work and annual stocktake.

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He said: "They are beyond frustrated, they are pretty angry about what's gone on because the government has known there would be a problem with fishing and particularly the sale of fish into the EU for years."

Welcoming the announcement, Dr Joanna Cox, Head of Policy at the Institution of Engineering and Technology said the fund was a a ‘call to action’ for the seafood sector adding that engineers can work together to bring forward sustainable and productive solutions at scale to the industry’s greatest challenges. She said technology continues to deliver transformational change across the food sector through AI and robotics.

The Government today said it had allocated more than £1 billion in initial funding to help poor countries cope with climate change.

Projects being supported by Britain include stimulating private investment to provide low-cost, green technology such as solar panels and irrigation schemes in East Africa and building water pipelines in Namibia.

Money for the seafood and fishing industry has been allocated to help the sector deal with the impact of coronavirus and Brexit.

He said: “Scottish seed potatoes are highly regarded internationally and account for 75% of UK production and 80% of exports.

Fishermen can sign-up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020 to December 14, 2020. Fishermen should apply through their local USDA Service Center. To find your local Service Center, visit The application can be found at

Sustainable fisheries that meet the MSC’s standard for sustainable fishing are well-managed and more prepared for climate change.

Read more on Sea Grant’s “Relief that Restores” aquaculture work as well as the 2020 update on Sea Grant’s aquaculture investments. Additionally, see some of the impacts resulting from Sea Grant-funded aquaculture research and learn more about aquaculture in the U.S.

But next week’s announcement will see hundreds of millions more allocated to African climate-change projects by 2015.

The Maryland Farmer COVID-19 Relief Program was announced by Governor Hogan on October 19. The program provided direct payments to contract poultry growers at a rate of $1,000 per poultry house (capped at five houses per farm). Growers whose flocks were depopulated due to disruptions related to COVID-19 were eligible for an additional $1,500 per house. The program also provided 15% bonus payments to any Maryland farmer who received funding from the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 (CFAP1). This covered a wide range of commodities, including grain, livestock, dairy, and produce. 

As aquafeed formulations are currently configured, the industry depends heavily on nutrients in fishmeal and fish oil to raise higher trophic, carnivorous species that rely on forage fish for sustenance (think cod, salmon, sturgeon, tuna, bass, perch, pompano, seabream, and eel) and also crustaceans (shrimp). But fishmeal and fish oil are also used to feed omnivorous and vegetarian species like tilapia and carp, because nutrients from these sources speeds growth and prevents disease. There are dozens of species raised in aquaculture, many of which demand unique nutritional formulations.