It has been a booming year in the outdoor industry with more people venturing outside than in previous years.
However, despite the boom in outdoor recreation, the fishing industry has a bit of a snag in its net gain.
Fishing Industry Takes a Hit
When hotels and restaurants either shut down or lost business due to the pandemic, the need for fresh fish went down too. This means that the price also went down. While people benefitted from the lower prices, fishing boats, employees, and the industry as a whole suffered drastically.
The fishing industry received $3 million in federal CARES Act funding. While the funding was helpful, it will be difficult to recover from the losses in 2020.
According to Hawaii News Now, the hope is that with the new year around the corner, there will be the annual rush for sashimi. Blue Fin will be priced at $35 per pound. Then bigeyes will be around $35 per pound.
Individuals Fail to Support Industry
A great deal of the issues has to do with people preparing fish at home. When fishermen try to lure customers with their catch, few are biting at the bait. This is because many people do not like to prepare seafood at home.
This is for various reasons such as the smell and the overall difficulty that comes with understanding how to prepare it.
According to Frederick News Post, the aquaculture industry continues to take a hit from these misconceptions. Steve Vilnit, vice president of marketing for a seafood company that caters to restaurants, said that people will trust a chef but not themselves.
Foods like shellfish are complicated and have a short shelf life. Nearly 70% of seafood in the U.S. is consumed in restaurants, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
With 2020 shutting down and reducing business it will have a harsh impact on the industry. However, 2021 may be just as unsure.