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Restoring the beauty of the sea

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Genova, Italy

June 3rd at 12:00 in your time zone

Free event

June 3rd at 12:00 in your time zone

Free event

To say that the sea is beautiful is to state the obvious. Infinite, mysterious and powerful, it has been feared and loved throughout the ages.

Our actions are putting the beauty of the sea at risk, transforming it into a cesspool. We’ve talked about the problem of plastic pollution at past editions of Slow Fish, and we’ll continue to do so, but the contamination of the oceans is not limited to shopping bags and drinking straws, or even microplastics. Agricultural run-off, industrial effluents and solid waste from urban are all contributing to the degradation of the underwater environment.

Then there’s the issue of Neptune grass, an aquatic plant endemic to the Mediterranean and present along long stretches of the Italian coast, in places forming underwater meadows out to as much as 40 meters of depth. Neptune grass has a notable ecological important and is home to numerous species; it also acts as a natural defense against coastal erosion.

The leaves of Neptune grass wash up on the shore, sometimes forming an imposing mass several meters tall. Their presence is generally not welcomed by beachgoers, who consider it a form of garbage rather than a natural component of the coast: something annoying to be cleaned up.

This conference provides a platform to those who are working to clean up the seas, those who study the beheavior of plastic in our waters, and those who recover Neptune grass and promote its ecological value, and those who are searching for solutions to plastic equipment in mussel farms.

A law to save the sea (SalvaMare) which came into effect in June 2022 provides resources for the recovery of marine debris—as well as in other waters—and promotes a circular economy that can recycle it.


  • Stefano Pisani, Mayor of Pollica
  • Silvio Peltrone, manager of Miras Energia, Pollica
  • Paolo D’Ambrosio, Director of the Porto Cesareo Marine Protected Area
  • Franco Borgogno, European Research Institute
  • Marco Capello, oceanographer at the University of Genoa
  • Mirvana Feletti, Fisheries and aquaculture manager for the Liguria Region

Conferences at Slow Fish are free and open to all.

This conference will be available in online streaming, in Italian only. 

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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Event languages: IT, EN

Event location: 
Genova - Porto Antico - Slow Fish Arena, Slow Fish Arena
Piazza delle Feste - Ponte Embriaco - Genova (Italy)
GPS: 44.4089431, 8.9274911

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