Cristina Pita

The impact of COVID-19 on the European small-scale fisheries industry​

Cristina Pita,  Senior Researcher, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​In late March 2020, soon after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a European lockdown, a group of social scientists working on small-scale fisheries (SSF) in Europe carried out a rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on European SSF. We conducted structured phone interviews with representatives of European SSF organizations (producer organizations, associations, cooperatives, etc.) and collected information from representatives of 115 organizations, from 12 European countries, about the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on the activity, the impact on health and wellbeing, and the measures adopted to face this pandemic.

Cristina is a Senior Researcher at Center of Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) and the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She has been engaged in several projects and has published extensively on small-scale fisheries, sustainable use of marine resources, market initiatives for small-scale fisheries products, fisheries governance and coastal community development. She is part of the TBTI network since its inception. She is a co-editor of the book “Small-scale fisheries in Europe: status, resilience and governance”, recently published by Springer. She is currently leading an initiative to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small-scale fisheries.

Crstina is a member of our our Strategic Initiative on the Human Dimension​Working Group on Social Indicators, Working Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services​​, ​and Working Group on Cephalopod Fisheries and Life History

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