While the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 20 months has led to significant challenges for the seafood sector, the industry is better equipped than most to deal with it, according to a top executive at whitefish processing firm Espersen.

“Clearly the COVID era has been a shock for all of us,” Espersen Procurement Director Simon Rilatt said at a trade symposium earlier this month organized by European seafood processing association AIPCE-CEP.

“There is significant disruption in the supply chain, very rapid and sharp market changes, alongside production challenges, which have left many sectors destabilized but also become exposed to the weakest link," Rilatt said.