Slow Fish in Action
Called “cicciarelli” in Italian, the anchovies also known as “lussi” or “lussotti” in the local Noli dialect have been fished for centuries using a kind of trawl net called a “sciabica”. They are typically fished in the summer between Albenga and Varazze, where the Ligurian Sea is at its deepest. The fishers take their small boats, called “gozzi”, offshore and look at the seabed using a special lens until they see a shoal of anchovies. Then, while one boat stays over the fish, another circles them with a net, catching the entire shoal.
The Presidium’s fishers have inherited a great tradition, but unfortunately for some time they have been stuck in an absurd situation. Their traditional nets have a 3-milimeter mesh, the same as those used for whitebait, so the law authorizes their use only from January to March. This is the period when the fry known as “bianchetti” and “rossetti” are allowed to be fished, but it is also when the anchovies reproduce, making it the worst possible time to catch them.
Finale Ligure, Noli and Sportorno Municipalities, Savona Province
Regulation permits fishing from November to March, however the best time is during the summer.