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Sustainable fishing event set again for Italian venue

United Kingdom - 12 May 11

A KEY international fisheries event is scheduled for Italy later this month.

Slow Fish is back at the Genoa Fiera from May 27 to 30, the fifth biannual international event dedicated to the world of fish and marine ecosystems.

Debates, meetings, workshops and tastings will focus on issues linked to sustainable fishing and responsible seafood consumption.

The Slow Food Presidia and Terra Madre food communities will make a special contribution to Slow Fish 2011, bringing the public’s attention to biodiversity-preservation projects that help protect a particular aquatic species or preserve a traditional fish processing technique.

Fishers and producers from Chile, Mauritania, Norway and the Netherlands will be representing the international Presidia set up by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity (

But the organisers say the real stars of this year’s Slow Fish are the fishers who choose to respect their local ecosystem as they go about their daily work.

Representatives from Terra Madre food communities will, they say, be bringing stories of men and women involved in fishing from every corner of the world, participating in conferences and workshops and contributing to an “invaluable exchange of knowledge.”

From Piedmont in the north to Sicily in the south, the Italian Presidia is claimed to demonstrate the “incredible wealth of biodiversity” in the peninsula’s seas, lakes and rivers, like Menaica anchovies and Roman coastline tellina clams from the Mediterranean or Ceresole tench and Corno alle Scale char from inland waters. Attention will be focused at the event not just on at-risk or under-appreciated fish species, but also traditional knowledge about their processing. Orbetello Bottarga and Traditional Marinated Comacchio Valleys Eel are two examples of Presidia protecting skills that have been handed down from generation to generation.

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