I get all excited when I read articles or hear about how Covid 19 is making us think about how we live our lives, specifically how people are rallying around, helping one another. There have been many wonderful stories out there. It has also been true in my business here in Hong Kong where members of the industry have come together, developing innovative ways to sell stock, develop products etc. Then you sadly learn that some people just don’t get it and make no adjustments. Some landlords in Hong Kong seem to lead the charge on this one. But they are not the only ones. It is so short sighted.
I wrote a few weeks ago how fishermen were struggling around the world. The social distancing in many countries has meant that restaurants are operating at a much-reduced capacity, if at all. The ramifications of this were that fishermen have not needed to fish, having huge impacts on livelihoods. At the start of this month, independent fishermen and small to medium sized seafood businesses in the US called upon the Trump administration and Congress to come up with an additional USD 1.5 billion in emergency funding and look at new supply chain models. Funds have been allocated to a number of fisheries specifically. But the issue is, one model for improvement does not fit all. Even so, Sean Barrett, co-founder of ‘Dock to Dish’, a community supported fishery programme in the US, states that operators in the seafood supply chain are ‘now more than ever stepping up to change’. However, he maintains that in this ‘new world’ post Covid 19, things are going to have to be done differently.
So, some good news, the oceans are being replenished in this necessary moratorium, supply chains are being redeveloped and so we’ll see better products in the market. I do hope that this will mean that long awaited move to seasonality, where we’ll concentrate on eating and enjoying fish in season.