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Marche, Tuscany and Lazio: artisanal fishing in central Italy

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Genova, Italy

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June 2nd at 17:00 in your time zone

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The contribution that small-scale artisanal fishers can make to environmental protection and the preservation of biodiversity is important, as evidenced by numerous experiences in Central Italy that are aiding in the conservation of endangered species and the coastal environment more generally.

However, many of these fishers today face social, economic and environmental challenges that jeopardize their existence. The fish they catch are fewer and smaller in size, resources are stressed by the climate crisis and issues related to intensive farming, and fishers find it difficult to assert their rights and gain recognition for the diversity of their artisanal techniques. Amid these challenges and critical issues, we give a platform to the fishers themselves.

The Fishers

  • The fishers of Portonovo Wild Mussel Presidium. In Ancona mussels of the Mytilus galloprovincialis variety grow wild, reproducing naturally on the underwater cliffs around the Conero coast. The Presidium was founded in 2004 but in recent years it has been more successful than anticipated. Today its survival is, however, at risk, from coastal erosion on the one hand and unauthorized fishing on the other. Demand for these mussels is in constant demand, which puts their future in jeopardy. 
  • The community of artisanal fishers of Giglio Island, a rich, biodiverse habitat off the coast of southern Tuscany, where deep bays are populated by a variety of fish and forest of coral that support a fragile ecosystem which isn’t easily visible to human eyes: these resources must be protected by maintaining ecological equilibrium.
  • The Cittadella of Viareggio, a fishing cooperative working to minimize the impact of fishing activities on the marine and coastal ecosystems while supporting the profitability of associated activities, in particular small-scale fishing.

Moderator: Marco Dadamo, member of the Slow Fish Advisory Board

These meetings are free and open to all, though registration is required.

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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