The effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the consumption of fish. a case study of Kiyindi and Ggaba landing sites.
Kasule, Jeromy Jotham
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A pandemic is not a new event encountered in the history of humanity. The main issue about pandemics is their serious negative effects. Considering the fish supply chain, it has been noted that COVID-19 has greatly affected the whole process. Though a number of scientific studies have addressed the possible effects of COVID -19 on variety of issues, food crises associated with aquatic resources such as fish and communities are missing. Therefore, this study focused on determining the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the consumption of fish. This study was carried out basing on secondary data analysis and primary field work. Secondary data focused on the quantities of the main fish species landed before, during and after the lockdown period. Fish communities including fishers, fish buyers, traders and processors were reached to present how they were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Secondary data collection included review of existing data records and primary data gathered through key informant interviews and research questionnaires. The study found that the measures enforced to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as curfews and social distancing measures, affected the fisheries sector. This research also provides conclusions and recommendations to strengthen the sector’s resilience to shocks.