Coronavirus Resources

Links to useful resources supporting the fishing industry through the current crisis

NFFO Safer Working Guidance

Guidance to support Covid-19 risk assessments on different types of fishing vessel:

– Report: Reviewing activities of the fishing sector to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection and to inform best practice guidance

– Guidance on Covid-19 risk assessment on board fishing vessels

– Download the safer working poster


– NFFO coverage on the crisis

– CFPO Fathom podcast for fishermen including:

Fathom 14: What’s Next

Fathom 13: One Fathom Apart

Fathom 12: The Nuts and Bolts of the Fisheries Response Fund

Fathom 11: Question Time with Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentice on support for the industry

Fathom 10: Keeping the UK fishing industry afloat

Support for Fishing Businesses

– The government’s Fisheries Support Fund for fishing businesses in England and guidance from the MMO (deadline for applications 22nd May)

– Support scheme for fishing businesses in Northern Ireland

– Support scheme for fishing businesses in Wales

– Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

– Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan scheme

Self-employed, Share Fishermen and Employed

– Self-employment Income Support Scheme (covers share fishermen)

– Jobs Retention Scheme

– New Style Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

– Northern Ireland Universal Credit

Worker Guidance

– UK Government road map to recovery and FAQs

– Government guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed on working safely. Specific guidance for the fishing industry is in preparation.

– Coronavirus testing

– Public Health England guidance on wearing face coverings

– MCA guidance on relaxation requirements on fishermen’s training and certification during the coronavirus restrictions


– Seafish online tool for government support measures for the UK Seafood Industry

– MMO financial support guide for the fishing industry

– Defra guidance and FAQs on financial support to the fishing industry

– Welsh Government support for fishing businesses

– HMRC digital assistant to help find information about coronavirus support schemes


– Updates from Seafish

Local/ Domestic Sales Support

– Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS) (grant funding – England – closed for applications 11th May)

– MMO guidance on selling catch direct

– Seafish guidance on selling fish direct

– Fish is the Dish seafood home deliveries directory

Other Grant Support

– Fishmongers Company Fisheries Charitable Trust and Seafarers UK Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant Programme

Welfare Support

– Fishermen’s Mission

– SAIL: Seafarer’s Advice and Information Line

– Seafarer Support

– Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society

– Seafarers Hospital Society

– Apostleship of the Sea