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Introduction

Most elements of fisheries administration and management, as well as fishing activity, continued to be impacted by COVID-19. AFMA continued to adopt a flexible approach to modify management practices as necessary to overcome COVID-related issues, while maintaining adequate focus on our legislated objectives. These issues impacted fisheries in different ways, including but not limited to hampering routine data collection programs, changing observer deployments, altering fishing patterns such as around border closures and reducing the effectiveness of technical discussions that are best held face-to-face.