The place with the most energy in the world is where the water meets the earth. On the shore, under the sun, where the fire element is also present, the energy is even greater. This is joined by the force of the air, in the sea breeze.

Paracelsus

The theme of Slow Fish 2023 is Coast to Coast.

We’re not taking you from one coast to another, though we will explore the multiplicity of the marine world through our Conferences, Taste Workshops, and all the other activities in the program in Genoa from June 1-4.

Coast to Coast means widening our outlook, and not limiting ourselves to the seas, vast as they may be. We’re also taking into consideration the products of coastal communities: because fishing is not an isolated economy, and the seas do exist by themselves, but in a symbiotic relationship with the land.

Coast to Coast: from the sea to coastal ecosystems

Slow Fish has always looked to the seas and the oceans. But the health of these ecosystems also has an impact on life on Earth, with repercussions for the seas. Just think of the influence of the oceans on the climate, or the myriad ways human activity affects life in the waters.

Slow Fish 2023 will focus on these connections, and explore the reciprocal relationship between marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

The context

Our industrialized food system tends toward specialization and fragmentation, and we are often unaware of how interconnected everything is. The land provides the sea with nutrients that feed phytoplankton populations that form the basis of the marine food chain and thus the fish populations of tomorrow. There can be no long-term solutions to our complex problems without considering these interconnections on all levels.

Solving major ecological problems requires a holistic perspective, one that takes into account the relationships between different parts of the food system, and their importance.

For the 2023 edition of Slow Fish, Slow Food proposes a “Coast to Coast” narrative that starts with the best practices of communities that have adapted, and are still adapting, to changing ecosystems.

Coastal ecosystems

The well-being of the entire ecosystem depends on our recognition that the oceans, seas, inland waters and other water resources are a common good. This means that they belong to everyone, and that we all need to take care of them.

At Slow Fish 2023 we present sustainable fishing projects that represent this vision—from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and the Caribbean—for the protection of the seas, oceans and inland waters, and all forms of food production that depend on coastal ecosystems.

You will find much more than just fresh and preserved fish at Slow Fish 2023, more than just salts and seaweed. At the exhibition stands there will also be space for vegetables, fruits and legumes, and even oils produced on coastal lands—of rivers, seas, and lakes.

Slow Fish 2023 is organized by Slow Food and the Liguria Region, with the support of the City of Genoa. We’re in the Porto Antico of Genoa from June 1-4. Sign up to the Slow Food newsletter for the latest updates. #SlowFish2023

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