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.

22 January

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