The covid-19 pandemic and the fisheries sector in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly the most significant public health episode to have affected human beings, societies and minds throughout the world and Africa. All governments have adopted public health measures, in particular lockdown and other exceptional measures in the context of the state of health emergency, to contain the spread of the virus. The sudden drop in human activity has impacted the environment, as well as the use and exploitation of natural resources, in particular, fisheries. This note focuses on the situation observed in four countries (Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and Seychelles) which are highly dependent on the fisheries sector in one form or another, although information on other countries may also be taken into consideration by way of comparison.