Slow Food’s International Slow Fish Campaign Goes Global

16 Oct 2013 | English

2013 marks a great success for Slow Food’s expanding international Slow Fish campaign – launched to inspire initiatives around the globe that promote artisanal fishing, protect neglected fish species and reflect on the state and management of the sea’s resources – with more and more geographical areas around the globe officially launching the campaign, on a local and national level. After recently reaching North American shores (Slow Fish Canada, Slow Fish New England and Slow Fish activities in Mexico), as well as additional European countries, such as France, the campaign will now be launched in Turkey, with Slow Fish Istanbul taking place next week. From October 17 – 20, the four day event will bring together around 80 fishers, chefs and academics, as well as delegates from more than 10 countries to question the impact of current fishing practices and policies for the Mediterranean sea, and find ways to protect the Bosphorous and other interior sea ecosystems. Slow Fish Istanbul builds on the Fikir Sahibi Damaklar Convivium’s local campaign to protect Istanbul’s favorite and symbolic fish: Lüfer (bluefish).

Fishers, academics, chefs, youth and other interested individuals and organizations who help organize and launch the Slow Fish campaigns are joining the extended Slow Food network of people interested in the better management of our planet, through a territorial approach that strengthens local economies and cultures, food sovereignty and food security. Slow Fish Istanbul is not the last planned activity within the framework of the global Slow Fish Campaign: It is also spreading to South America, with Ecuador already starting preparations for Slow Fish South Pacific in 2014, involving networks from Colombia, Chile and Peru.

More information on recent Slow Fish launches:

The Slow Fish Med network was officially inaugurated in Marseilles, France, in September 2013:


Slow Fish New England kicked off on September 14 during the annual Fishtival event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA:


Slow Food Canada created the Slow Fish Canada campaign, a national group that will focus efforts on issues related to fisheries. As the national campaign’s first collective activity, different Slow Fish events are planned for the entire month of October:


Slow Fish activities in Mexico: Although Mexico has not yet launched a national Slow Fish campaign, the country organized a number of Slow Fish-related events earlier this year, such as a Slow Fish tour and a Slow Fish tasting session with the country’s top chefs who are committed to cooking with sustainable fish, based on the Slow Food philosophy.

Find out more about Slow Food’s international Slow Fish campaign here: http://localhost/slowfood/slowfish/welcome_en.lasso?-id_pg=1


For further information, please contact the Slow Food International Press Office:

Paola Nano, +39 3298321285 [email protected]

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and to encourage people to be aware about the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food believes that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of quality food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of biodiversity, culture and knowledge that make this pleasure possible. Slow Food has over 100,000 members joined in 1,500 convivia – our local chapters – worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 Terra Madre food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods. Thanks to its projects and activities, Slow Food involves millions of people in 150 countries.


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