After experiencing broad declines last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the fishing and seafood sectors are still floundering due to the effects of supply chain issues, worker shortages and renewed consumer demand.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fisheries wrote at the beginning of the year that coronavirus contributed to an "almost immediate" impact on seafood sector sales including lost sales at most aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses and charter fishing operations.
PANDEMIC HAS TAKE A BITE OUT OF SEAFOOD TRADE, CONSUMPTION
Now, chefs and restaurant owners are speaking out on why pandemic woes have led to higher prices for their customers.
According to SeafoodSource, premium items are being taken off menus across the country because the delicacies are too hard or expensive to source.