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Sicily and Puglia: artisanal fishers from southern Italy

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Genova, Italy

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June 3rd 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 southern Italia that are aiding in the conservation of endangered species and the coastal environment more generally.

In this meeting we explore gillnet fishing, a practice found in Pisciotta and in the sea around Catania; the tradition is being kept alive today by around 30 fishing families.

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 the Magghia Masculina Presidium. In the Gulf of Catania, between Capo Mulini and Capo Santa Croce, there’s an area around the Cyclopean Isles that’s visited every day by small fishing boats. According to the season, they find garfish, sea bass, tuna, red mullet, mackerel and the aforementioned masculina, or anchovies.
  • The fishers of the Menaica Anchovies Presidium. Anchovy fishing survives here thanks to a group of fishers – no more than seven or eight boats – that set sail at night on days of calm sea between April and July. They fish from sunset to dawn with nets that have large holes to allow the smaller, younger fish to escape.

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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