Rutgers University Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 on Commercial Fishing Industry

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Scientists at the Rutgers University Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability are conducting a study of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial fishermen and their livelihoods in the Northeast US.

Study organizer, Dr. Victoria Ramenzoni says: “There are many media reports of fishermen suffering devastating losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated market changes and required social distancing measures. We want to hear from fishermen themselves about how they’ve been impacted, what support they’re receiving, and how they’re adapting”.

All commercial fishermen (including vessel owners, captains, and crew) in the Northeast US (North Carolina through Maine) are invited to complete the 15 minute anonymous survey online here:

The survey will remain open until May 31. Questions regarding the survey can be addressed to Dr. Victoria Ramenzoni, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University,, (848) 932-9153.