The Sea: A Common Good – Slow Fish 2019

26 Feb 2019


© Alessandro Vargiu

On March 19 we will be officially presenting the new edition of Slow Fish, to be held in Genoa from May 9 to 12. The full program will be published along with the list of exhibitors and the many innovations planned for this ninth edition of the event.

This edition, entitled “The Sea: A Common Good,” aims at highlighting the good practices that we can follow in order to take care of this shared resource.

Why a common good?

The sea gives us many gifts, if we think about it.

Our seas and oceans are a source of food and natural resources as well as beauty; they serve as a transport route and a source of energy, they store CO2 and return oxygen and offer many opportunities for work and well-being. They ensure the survival of humans on this planet.

Marine ecosystems and human society are closely interconnected. Even when we’re not eating fish, we’re still probably benefitting from one of the gifts the sea gives us. And yet often in exchange for all these tangible and intangible assets we draw from the sea, we offer nothing in return.


© Paolo Properzi

Irresponsible actions versus good practices

All too often, the news over the last decades has shown us acting irresponsibly towards the seas and oceans. Human activities have led to a worsening of climate change; marine waters are polluted with plastic, microplastics and a host of chemicals; we have destroyed entire coastal zones and natural habits out of the greed to produce and possess more and more; and we have fished more than we should, leaving many species seriously threatened or extinct.

But a change of direction is possible. In fact, it is essential. Because the sea is a common good. Not just for the over 3 billion people who depend directly on the sea for their survival. For everyone. And we must understand, now more than ever before, that the careful management of this invaluable resource is imperative to guaranteeing a sustainable future to us and the generations to come.


© Giuseppe Fassino

Slow Fish 2019

Slow Fish, held in Genoa from May 9 to 12 this year, is Slow Food’s event dedicated to the seas and oceans and their resources. This is the ideal venue for talking about marine resource management policies, for educating consumers starting from the youngest generations, for bringing together a diverse community formed of fishers, scientists, chefs and businesses that use their experiences to show how everyone can help construct a better future. The actions of individuals might only be tiny drops, but many drops together can have a powerful effect.


The program of Slow Fish activities will be published online from March 19.

Click on and:

  • see the event program—Dinner Dates, Taste Workshops, Cooking Schools and education activities.
  • learn about the Market exhibitors, who will be displaying foods from the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes but also oils, salts and spices.
  • be inspired by the many stories of good practices that will be shared in the new Slow Fish Arena space, designed to highlight the many positive experiences that exist around the world.
  • visit the event’s different areas.

We look forward to welcoming you on March 19 on the site and from May 9 to 12 at Genoa’s Porto Antico.


Slow Fish is also…

Slow Fish Festival, in Melbourne, Australia, on March 3, with activities for children, talks and a market for displaying and selling fresh fish, craft beers and local wines as well as prepared food, plus live music and renowned chefs like Matthew Evans, Rosa Mitchell, Matt Wilkinson and others.


El Sabor del Mar, in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, on March 16. Organized as part of the Slow Fish Caribe project in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Marinos, the event involves the area’s sustainable fishers, who will be displaying and selling their own products. Many specialties will be available to try, like ceviche, mariscada and fish stew, and programmed activities include masterclasses and a competition to find the best ceviche.

The new Bocachica sustainable fishing community was presented officially in Cartagena, Colombia, on February 22.

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