Slow Fish identifies an event, a campaign and an international network made up of different voices: small-scale fishing communities, Presidia projects, chefs, researchers, activists, journalists… At the core of Slow Fish is the concept of water and its resources as common goods.
This implies the need to protect biodiversity through fair and sustainable management of these resources, a sense of collective responsibility and a strong focus on the impact of coastal and land-based activities on aquatic environments, recognizing these spaces as territories of life.
The development model we promote is based on the participation of all local actors, the link between land and water in all its forms, and a harmonious and responsible use of all available resources, in order to ensure the implementation of sustainable practices that respect the equilibrium of ecosystems. To review and define the Slow Food approach to these increasingly-complex issues, the Slow Fish Advisory Board has been founded to represent the diversity of skills, experiences and perspectives in the Slow Fish network, and to engage in an open and transparent dialog about the way forward.
The Advisory Board aims to provide guidance on issues related to the political direction of the campaign as well as to respond to more technical and regional issues related to biological, environmental, and economic aspects of fisheries.
Advisory Board members
Yassine Skandrani (Tunisia). Following university studies at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunis, in Aquatic Production and Ecosystems, Yassine became a teacher-researcher at the Higher Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bizerte (Tunisia). He was coordinator and consultant of several studies, projects and organizer of seminars and workshops at the national, Maghreb, Mediterranean and African levels in the field of artisanal fishing. He is the founder of the Tunisian Association for the Development of Artisanal Fishing and the Club Bleu Artisanal association, a member of the coordination committee of the World Forum of Fishermen and Fishworkers (WFF, 2012/2020), administrator of SMART association (SMall-scale / ARTisanal), and secretary general of the Maghreb artisanal fisheries platform. Currently, Yassine is an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Yassine is one of the Slow Food leaders in Tunis.
Antonio García-Allut (Spain) is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of La Coruña, Spain and holds a UNESCO Professorship in Sustainable Coastal Development at the University of Vigo. In 2003 Dr. Garcia-Allut created the Lonxanet Foundation for Sustainable Fishing, a nonprofit for the defense of artisanal fishermen. In collaboration with fishing communities, he has implemented projects that contribute to reinforce artisanal fishing in the market, its social visibility (through fishing tourism) and the governance and sustainable management of marine resources. He has over twenty years of experience working with fishers from Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, as well as, with governments and nonprofits. At the UN Rio+20 Summit, Dr. Garcia-Allut made key contributions to the zero-draft and gave a briefing on small-scale artisanal fisheries to a Roundtable of Heads of State and Government. In 2015, he was invited by the UN to participate in the negotiation between states and civil society for SDG 14. He founded the Slow Food convivium for Galicia Litoral.
Marco Dadamo (Italy) is a biologist who graduated from the University of Salento with an experimental thesis in Landscape Ecology. He has collaborated with numerous natural parks and research institutes to implement projects for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, both at sea and on land, and developing models of co-management of the coastal strip. Together with the fishermen of Ugento, Puglia, in collaboration with the local administration, he created the first Blue Oasis of the Puglia Region, a tool for local co-management of fisheries whose regulation has become the production protocol for the Secche di Ugento Traditional Fishery, a Slow Food Presidium. He currently holds the position of President of the Association Slow Food Sud Salento and Head of the Sea-based Presidia of Slow Food Puglia.
Didier Ranc (France) is a retired fisherman, first “Prud’homme” of the fishing community of Seyne sur Mer and St Mandier. He is also president of the small-scale fisher organization Union Intersyndicale des petits métiers de la Pêche. Didier is the coordinator of the Slow Food Presidium for the Mediterranean Prud’homies.
Nina Wolff (Germany), after studying philosophy and law in Germany and France, obtained a doctorate in the Netherlands with a thesis on International and EU environmental and fisheries policy (2002). As well as several scientific research projects, among others for the Environmental Research Center in Leipzig (Germany), she has worked for various German and International non-governmental organizations on fisheries, the marine environmental and biodiversity conservation issues. She has been Vice-Chair of Slow Food Germany since July 2019 and Acting Chair since July 2020.
Seth Macinko (USA) is an associate professor at the University of Rhode Island (USA) in the Department of Marine Affairs where he specializes in fisheries law and management. He has a long history in fishing and fisheries management in Alaska. He has collaborated with many groups working on fisheries including WFFP (World Forum of Fisher Peoples), NAMA (North Atlantic Marine Alliance) and FLC (Fish Locally Collaborative) and his topics covers ocean grabbing and privatization. He has been part of the Slow Fish network in the USA for many years.
Tasha Sutcliffe (Canada) has spent nine years as Program Director for the Community Fisheries Development Centre in Prince Rupert (British Columbia) where she worked with First Nations, governments, community organizations, businesses, and industry to develop programs addressing the crisis in communities created by the downturn of fisheries. Her extensive background in fisheries, community economic development, and ecosystem-based management has led her to become Fisheries Program Director at Ecostrust Canada. She later bcame the Vice President of this organization. During her time at Ecostrust Canada, Tasha has focused her work on building sustainable fisheries in coastal communities: fisheries that are economically viable, equitable, and environmentally responsible. Currently, she is an independent consultant whose work is focused on fisheries policy and programs that support First Nations, rural communities, and community-based fish harvesters. Tasha has always played a crucial role within Slow Food Canada, particularly in the development of the Slow Fish network.
Ana Isabel Márquez Pérez (Colombia) is an anthropologist with a master’s degree in sustainable tourism management and a doctorate in social sciences. Born in Bogotá, she grew up on the island of Providencia. Her parents, marine biologists in love with the island, have conveyed her passion for the sea and Raizal culture. She has dedicated her academic studies to research on the relationships between the people and the sea, as well as other local issues, with the aim of contributing to the strengthening of local processes and safeguarding the cultural legacy of the islanders. Currently, she works with several fishing communities in Colombia.