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Sustainable Boat Sets Sail

09 May 14

Tres Hombres, the world’s only transatlantic sailing boat to be used as a cargo vessel, recently docked in Falmouth, UK. Joining a local food festival, the sustainable fishing boat was one of many participants taking part in activities organized by the Slow Food network to champion the issues at the forefront of the Slow Fish campaign; in particular the promotion of ecological fishing practices in the North Sea.

The next stop for Tres Hombres’ is Amsterdam, arriving today. Powered entirely by ocean winds, the boat will arrive brimming with a selection of fish and seaweed products direct from Cornwall, UK. All products are sustainably fished, provided by Fish4Ever and the Cornish Seaweed Company, echoing the belief in sustainability that powers the vessel itself.


Seaweed is one of the most powerful foods we have on this planet. It contains all the minerals that our bodies need and is brimming with vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, in addition to lending itself to infinite uses in the kitchen.

The products will be received by the fishers of the Wadden Sea Traditional Fishers Presidium, who will present and sell them at their Goede Vissers fish stall at the organic farmers’ market “Noordemaarkt” in Amsterdam. On Saturday May 10, Charles Redfern of Fish4ever and Lucy Gilliam of New Dawn Traders will present their products to the public. To accompany their discussion of traditional fishing practices and the wind-powered delivery vessel, there will also be tastings and take-away fish rolls.

The sailing vessel Tres Hombres is operated by Fairtransport shipping and provides a direct link between fishers in Cornwall, England and the Dutch fishers of GoedeVissers who run the fish stall at the Noordermarkt. All profits from this collaboration go towards the Slow Fish campaign, which brings together small-scale fishing communities from various parts of the world in order to meet, discuss, and exchange experiences.

Keep an eye on our social media for updates!

For further information:
Lucy Gilliam
Barbara Rodenburg

Watch Barbara’s TED talk “Sustaining fish for the future” 



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