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A Slow Food Campaign

Understanding the Oceans

Fish: It’s a slippery issue. Hidden underwater, our marine resources are not easy to study or understand. What state are our seas in? What fish species are on the verge of extinction? Can we influence the market? Should we stop eating fish? Is there a future for small-scale fishers?


Just when we think land is in sight, we find ourselves out in the open sea again, unsure how to proceed, buffeted by contradictory advice, apocalyptic scenarios and a confusion of expert opinions, no longer sure what matters and what doesn't, what’s allowable or even safe to eat.


But if we stubbornly make the effort to investigate the subject, we can see strong currents of thought starting to form. 


Slow Food has been working in the field of sustainable fish for many years, raising awareness among seafood-lovers through the biennial Slow Fish fair in Genoa and developing projects to support responsible artisanal fishing communities. Our network’s members organize local initiatives all around the world.


This website reflects Slow Food’s journey and offers pathways through this complex topic for anyone who wants to learn how to use common sense, curiosity and appetite to make choices that are conscious, delicious and responsible. 


Fishing Heroes

Aaltsje Stellema
Aaltsje Stellema
Netherlands | Frisia
Aaltsje -‘little eel' in Frysian language- Stellema is a young woman professional inland fisher in The Netherlands. "I...

Kerry and Mark Marhefka
Kerry and Mark Marhefka
United States | South Carolina
"My name is Kerry Marhefka. Along with my husband Mark we own Abundant Seafood in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina just a...

Jesper Olsen
Jesper Olsen
Denmark | Jutland
This is the story of a whole community, which has chosen to welcome and value young people by involving them in a...


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Animated Small Scale Guidelines
Animated Small Scale Guidelines

Several organizations have collaborated to produce this marvelous animation, to better understand the value of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines to Secure the Future of Small Scale Fisheries


Slow Fish in Action

Slow Food in Action
Slow Fish 2017 in Genoa: We are the net!
The eighth edition of Slow Fish the international event organized by Slow Food and the Region of...
Slow Food, Maine Lobster
In late September, I found myself among a million people in what amounted to a well-organized food...
Slow Fish | Partners Lighthouse Foundation.Fondation Slow Food pour la Biodiversité

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