French fish smoker and value-added producer JC David is hoping to avoid a dip in 2020 sales despite nearly being forced to close down its business when the coronavirus health crisis struck in mid-March.

The spread of the pandemic dealt a mighty blow to French fish suppliers and processors when restaurants, bars and cafes were shut down to prevent contagion under lockdown rules.

Additionally, the supply of fresh fish dried up because fishing vessels stayed tied up in port during the early stages of the crisis.