We are the Net: meetings with fishing communities

At the Slow Food stand and many other parts of the event, members of the international Slow Fish network will be leading meetings, story-tellings, projections, workshops and gastronomic events.

What else is a net, if not a set of connections and interdependent ties? Pulling in one place involves all its part, breaking it in just one place destroy its functionality, and repairing it is difficult and time-consuming. The net here is not just a fishing tool, but a fragile web of relations: water, soil, microorganisms, fish, fishermen and consumers. We’re all part of an interconnected and living system, and act upon it when we buy seafood products.

The Slow Fish network was created to show these dynamics clearly, and call attention to the urgent need for fishing methods that operate in harmony with the delicate ties of the net – where a healthy relationship between the social fabric and the environment is an explicit objective. Tales of fishing communities, biologists and chefs will take us on a journey across seas, oceans and freshwater, explaining why their identity, knowledge and languages are an asset to be safeguarded and an effective tool in understanding the complexity of the aquatic world.

These are the tales of an Irish fish smoker; a man committed to protecting mangroves in Ecuador; a chef in Marseille who works side by side with fishermen to prepare a local version of Japanese sashimi; the Danish fishermen from Thorupstrand who stand united against the unregulated privatization of water – and many others.

Come and explore the seas from their perspective.

18 May - other dates available
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

The invisible people

Plankton are some of the most ancient and widespread lifeforms on the planet, found in all water systems. They shape our atmosphere, even our clouds. As the foundation of the aquatic food chain, they are an essential part of our […]

18 May
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

Morocco, Aglou: What the sea gives us

Aglou is a little village on the Southern part of the Moroccan Atlantic coast, also called Tiznit beach. People’s lives fully embrace the ocean. They have developed numerous initiatives to keep it this way, to foster collective appreciation of marine […]

19 May
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

Ecuador, Esmeralda mangroves: Mangrove is life

There are more than 2 million people depending on the mangrove in Ecuador. A mangrove which is an extremely rich and fragile ecosystem, habitat and nursery to thousands of living beings, creatures of all realms, water, land and air, from […]

19 May
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

Spain, Galicia: a space for trust and collaboration

Galicia might well be the most remote region of Spain, severely and structurally hit by economic recession, known more for smuggling than abiding rules. Yet, it is here that one single fishing community has, over the span of little more […]

19 May
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

Australia, Port Phillip Bay: last fishers standing

The bay on which the city of Melbourne is situated has been a source of seafood which sustained the local indigenous population for over 80,000 years. Last year recreational fishers successfully lobbied government to close the bay to commercial netting. […]

19 May
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

Albania, Permet: living with the river

The Vjosa River in Albania is one of Europe’s last living wild rivers. Along its course of over 270 kilometers it is untamed and free flowing and characterized by beautiful canyons, braided river sections, islands and stretches. In some areas […]

19 May
Porto Antico-Casa Slow Food

Slow Fish expands to the Caribbean

With a focus on the Mexican coast of Quintana Roo, home to the Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserves, and the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina archipelago in Colombia, the Slow Fish network […]

24 September

Brazil, Bahia: Mangrove is our home

Quilombolas are traditional communities whose ancestors fled from local sugarcane plantations during the period of slavery, searching for social justice and freedom, and formed small villages called quilombos. The quilombolas mangrove oyster farmers community of the Recôncavo Baiano is composed […]

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