In Italy, as elsehwere, fishers are often organized into cooperatives. In Liguria there are various institutions, from the Mussel Farmers’ Cooperative of La Spezia to the Noli Artisanal Fishers.
In addition to entrepreneurial skills, what all these fishing cooperatives have in common is their efforts to defend the marine environment. The same objective is pursued by organizations offering experiences of fishing tourism in the Ligurian Sea, which also perform the important function of educating the public about the value of the sea, and why its health must be preserved.
However, many cooperatives today face social, economic and environmental challenges that can 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 of Noli Artisanal Fishers Presidium are part of a cooperative founded at the beginning of the 20th century as a mutual aid society. They use different fishing techniques for every type of fish they catch, from trammel to gillnets, longlines and traps.
- The Mussel Farmers’ Cooperative of La Spezia call themselves “fishers of the sea”. Around 90 members work in the Gulf of La Spezia to farm mussels and oysters, continuing a centuries-long tradition that combined ancient techniques with modern instruments for environmental monitoring.
- Luca Lanteri, PhD student at the University of Genoa
- Roberto Arecchi, of the Sole Fishers Cooperative in Genoa, Sestri Ponente
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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