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Title: Preliminary assessment of the impact of Covid-19 Pandemic in the small-scale and recreational fisheries of the Canary Islands
Authors: Guerra Marrero, Airam Manuel 
Couce-Montero, Lorena 
Jiménez-Alvarado, David
Espino-Ruano, Ana
Núñez-González, Raibel 
Sarmiento Lezcano, Airam 
Santana del Pino, Ángelo 
Castro, José J. 
UNESCO Clasification: 531201 Agricultura, silvicultura, pesca
510208 Pesca
Keywords: Artisanal Fishermen
Fishing Charter
Fishmongers, et al
Issue Date: 2021
Journal: Marine Policy 
Abstract: Covid-19 pandemic has affected worldwide in many different ways. Fisheries around the world are not an exception due to the long-term isolation and the non-activities period suffered. To do an evaluation of its impact on the fishing sectors in the Canary Islands, 87 online and phone questionnaires were carried out between July and September 2020, conducting the interviews to artisanal fishermen, fishmongers, recreational charter boats fishermen and tackle shops along the archipelago. Both, the artisanal and recreational fishing sectors have been affected by this pandemic, but in an unequal manner. The drop of the demand of fresh fishing products in the islands markets due to the closure of hotels, restaurants and other services, and the highly significant decreasing in the number of tourists, provoked an estimated income loss for the artisanal fishermen about the 40% on average, but the majority of vessels continued their activities during the pandemic, with very limited effects on direct employment. However, the fishmonger's activity apparently was not affected and increased their monthly income in relation to the previous year. Likewise, the infeasibility of fishing charter companies due to the great reduction in the number of tourists contrasted with the significant increase in the number of recreational fishing licenses immediately after the confinement ended. Even though that fishing tackle shops increased sales by over 60% in relation to the similar period of the year before, only 4.4% of these shops declared not to have had economic losses.
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104712
Source: Marine Policy [ISSN 0308-597X], v. 133, 104712, (Noviembre 2021)
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