Slow Fish is an international campaign and series of gatherings and regionally-scaled events that bring together chefs, youth, organizers and fishermen* to turn the tide away from industrial seafood and toward seafood that is good, clean and fair for all.
Why Slow Fish?
Seafood is part of the broader food movement. The ocean covers over 70% of our planet, and the way we treat our waters says a lot about our society and food system. Just as it matters to know your farmer, knowing your fishermen makes a big difference in our communities, in our local and regional economies, and the ocean. The Slow Fish campaign aims to elevate good, clean, and fair seafood; honor fair compensation for our seafood harvesters; and promote the long-term health of our planet.
Good, Clean, and Fair Seafood
More than 90% of the seafood we eat in the U.S. is imported, yet we catch and harvest enough nationally to feed ourselves. The average boat-to-plate journey is over 5,000 miles. We can do better than this, anchored to the Slow Food vision of food that is good, clean, and fair for all:
- Good: wholesome, seasonal, local, fresh, and delicious.
- Clean: preserves biodiversity, sustains the environment, and nourishes a healthy lifestyle for both humans and animals.
- Fair: honors the dignity of labor from boat to plate, the diversity of cultures and traditions in the United States, and strengthens awareness of our ocean as a public commons resource. This food is accessible for everyone to enjoy.
These principles correspond to a global vision of food production, taking into consideration the environment’s ability to renew itself and the need for people to live together in harmony. They apply to fish as much as any other food.
Get Hooked on Slow Fish
Check out these resources to help you join the Slow Fish movement.
- Slow Fish snapshot from the 2016 gathering in New Orleans
- Facebook group to go deeper in the conversation
- LocalCatch.org to connect with a Community Supported Fishery program near you
- Youth on board: Slow Fish workshops and more
- Seafood Throwdown events to host or attend
- Slow Fish blog on current topics in the seafood world
- NPR story: Can Slow Fish Help Save America’s Small Scale Fishermen?
Slow Fish Gatherings
Slow Fish gatherings are happening around the world. From the watersheds of the Northern Seas, to the Mediterranean, to the South Pacific, stakeholders along the supply chain are gathering to advance the common vision of good, clean, and fair seafood for all. At the 2016 Terra Madre gathering, Slow Fish campaign leaders from around the world will connect, share stories, and build collaboration. Check out the International Slow Fish campaign page to learn more.
In the USA, we organized our first North American Slow Fish gathering in New Orleans in early 2016. The next Slow Fish gathering will be coming soon. Time and location TBD.
*fishermen: In the US context, this an inclusive and gender-neutral term for us, and the one used most commonly among women who fish in our network. It’s meant to refer to those who might also use the terms fish harvesters, fisherwomen, fishermisses, fishers, and intertidal gatherers, as well as those practicing restorative aquaculture on a sustainable scale.