The Slow Fish Movement is part of the larger Slow Food Movement. Slow Food is everything that fast food is not. It is slow in the making and in the eating. It is fresh and not processed. It comes from neighborhood farms and stores. It is dedicated to traditional ways of growing, producing, and preparing food.
The Slow Fish Movement promotes artisanal fishing and neglected fish species. It inspires reflection on the state of the Seas' resources by adhering to guidelines that foster sustainability and environmental responsibility. Most importantly, Slow Fish provides guidelines that consumers of seafood can follow to promote sustainability. These include:
Buy less well-known species of fish and avoid buying salmon, striped catfish, tuna, cod, swordfish and farm raised shrimp. The less well-known species are less expensive and just as delicious. These species are easy to find. There are over 25,000 edible species but we only eat about 15. To learn more about these alternatives, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium website and SeaChoice.
Buy fish that are in season. This is the best time to buy fish because this is when they are not reproducing.
Buy local fish. This helps to reduce pollution that occurs from transporting fish over long distances. Local fish will also be fresher and taste better.
Respect local traditions. For example, traditional recipes for fresh soup use different fish depending on what is in season.
Buy 1 medium to large fish (2 to 5 Kg) if you are cooking for a group of people.
In general, we should eat fish that are local, adult, seasonal, and have a short life cycle. It is important to find out how the fish was caught or farmed. These methods should not destroy ecosystems or deplete stocks. Finally, we should be aware of labels. These should list the name of the species, list the location from where the fish came, and it should indicate how it was caught and processed.
The Slow Fish Website is currently conducting the Slow Fish Challenge in which visitors to the site are encouraged to put together a dinner that features fish that adhere to the guidelines described above. We decided to have a family dinner that featured locally caught rainbow trout along with as many local ingredients as possible.
Download the PDF file here: