An analysis of the early impacts of COVID-19 on Peruvian fisheries and mariculture

L. C. Kluger, M. Garteizgogeascoa, I. E. Gonzales, L. A. Odar, M. Flitner, G. Damonte

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The coastal waters off Peru are among the world's most productive, thanks to the Humboldt Current and its strong coastal upwelling. Fisheries and an ever-expanding mariculture sector provide millions of Peruvians livelihoods, income, and nutrition. Coastal communities engaging with these sectors face a volatile environment they have historically adapted to. But when the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in 2020, affecting all aspects of life, challenges for the fisheries and mariculture sectors emerged to a yet unprecedented extent. This work applies a mixed-method approach for documenting and analysing the effects of the pandemic on the Peruvian seafood sector and seafood worker's economy in particular. Mobility restrictions and market closures disrupted seafood supply chains, altering access to nutrition and income for many people involved. Interviewees aimed to diversify livelihood strategies and use personal networks to withstand the crisis, while some established adaptation strategies, such as migration towards other fishing grounds, were largely impeded. Our results highlight the vulnerability of seafood value chains - mainly artisanal and small-scale fisheries - in the face of such a global crisis. The implications of the pandemic for the long-term sustainability of Peruvian coastal-marine activities are discussed and set into the context of previously experienced crises in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2280-2294
Number of pages15
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Peru
  • coastal communities
  • crises
  • vulnerability


Dive into the research topics of 'An analysis of the early impacts of COVID-19 on Peruvian fisheries and mariculture'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this