Slow Fish, Genoa June 4-7, 2004

Slow Fish, will premiere in Genoa from June 4-7. Organized by Slow Food, this is the first international event dedicated to the world of seafood and the problems it presents in the modern day, and will become an important biennial engagement in the Slow Food calendar.

The Ligurian port town of Genoa will host the event, comparable to a small scale Salone del Gusto with a focus on seafood.

Slow Fish is part of a larger event, Sapore di Mare, organized by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Liguria Regional Authority and will consist of three distinct sections: Fishingprof, an international exhibition of fishing and aquaculture with a display of relevant equipment; Arte d’aMare, the marine world through music, theater and literature; and Slow Fish, the oceans explored through the lens of gastronomy.

Slow Fish is an autonomous part of Sapore di Mare and will be organized according to the eco-gastronomic principles of Slow Food: not simply a food fair or industry convention, it is designed to arouse general interest in the world of food and draw attention to the cultural side of gastronomy.

After the success of the biennial Salone del Gusto (showcasing all types of quality artisan foods) and Cheese (dedicated to cheese from all around the world), Slow Food has created an event to focus on the whole marine environment, including the craftsmen, traditions and gastronomic heritage attached to it.

As always, Slow Food aims to propose concrete solutions. At Slow Fish, we will focus on three such solutions: utilizing less noble fish, species that taste excellent but are not highly commercialized due to their smaller size or the extra time and care needed to prepare them, traditional small-scale fishing techniques and ecologically sustainable high quality aquaculture.

A complete press pack (in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish) is available in English for download in the Press Office section of the Slow Fish website

In it you will find all the information you need to get a clear idea of Slow Fish and the context in which it was developed:
a program of the main events;
information on what Slow Food is doing to halt the loss of biodiversity, including our tailored Sea Presidia projects to protect endangered sea creatures that have a gastronomic culture associated with them;
information on the troubled state of our oceans around the world, with special attention to sustainable and unsustainable fishing methods and facts and figures about Slow Fish.

You will also find a journalist accreditation form for participation at Slow Fish.

We hope to see you there.

The Future of the Seas
Speakers at the seminar organized by Slow Food

Bjarne Aalvik
Adviser for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, National Center for Fish and Seafood
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is a government institution whose goal is to ensure that consumers have safe, clean food and water. It promotes clean, ethical fish and animal production. It drafts legislation on food security, conducts food inspections, monitors the additives in food and measures contaminants, pathogens and the nutritional value of foods. It also serves as a consulting body for the Norwegian Ministers of Agriculture, Fishing and Health.

Massimo Bernacchini
Representative of the Fishermen of the Orbetello Lagoon
Using centuries-old fishing techniques, the fishermen of the Orbetello Lagoon catch about 3,000,000 kilos of various fish and sea creatures. They are conscious of the delicate balance between the fish populations that enter the lagoon from the sea and the conditions of the lagoon. They take into account the weather (temperature, wind and rain), lunar phases, and the particular lagoon environment to target the right fish at the right time, following the unwritten rules passed down from father to son, which ensure they are selling the best, highest quality and tastiest fish.

Daniela Borriello
Representative of AIGCI Pesca
The AIGCI PESCA, Association General of Italian Fishing Cooperatives, is the fishing and aquaculture sector of AGCI – the Association General of Italian Cooperatives. It has been actively promoting responsible fishing for years, sponsoring activities such as courses on the latest sustainable fishing methods, studies on the feasibility of continued intensive fishing, pilot and experimental programs in the field of productivity, and research on fishing and aquaculture. One of its goals is to implement the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Responsible Fishing Protocol for the safeguarding of the ocean’s resources.

Augusto Comes
Representative of Federcopesca
The National Federation of Fishing Cooperatives is an association of cooperatives for production, research and commercialization in the fishing and aquaculture sector. Born in 1950, it is the most diffuse cooperative in Italy, with over 300 member cooperatives and 17,500 members. It conducts training courses and works to bring economic development to its members.

Antonio Di Natale
Representative of the Genoa Aquarium
Antonio Di Natale is the Director of the Research Institute AQUASTUDIO in Messina, the Scientific Director of the Genoa Aquarium, the Vice-Chairman and a representative of STECF (Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries) and of the Fisheries Directorate-General of the European Commission in Brussels. The mission of the Genoa Aquarium is to interest the public in the conservation of the aquatic environment. To this end, the aquarium has launched several projects to involve families and schools in concrete actions to safeguard marine ecosystems.

Barbara Esposto
Representative of Lega Pesca
A league of fishing cooperatives, its goals are to promote mutual aid and cooperative as instruments for the sustainable development of the fishing sector. It works on innovative projects that minimize impact on the environment, such as targeted and responsible fishing, promoting aquaculture, and fishing tourism. It is made up of 452 cooperatives, with a presence in each of Italy’s coastal regions and in every industry in the fishing sector – catching, processing, marketing, research etc.

Silvano Focardi
Chair of the Department of Math, Physics and Natural Science at the University of Siena
Professor of Ecology since 1990, Focardi participated in the National Project for Research in Antarctica (PNRA) coordinating the Ecophysics part of the project. In 1991 he became part of the Ecosystem Monitoring and Management (EMM) of the Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. In 2002 he was appointed Director of the Laboratory of Ecology of the Lagoon of Orbetello. His area of study includes the contamination of the Mediterranean Sea, the effects of contamination on organisms, the impact of fishing and aquaculture on the environment and the development of techniques for increasing food quality.

Silvestro Greco
Head of Research at the Società Italiana di Biologia Marina
The S.I.B.M. (Italian Society for Marine Biology) aims to promote studies related to the marine environment, to open lines of communication between researchers, and to make available to the public all the theoretical and practical knowledge derived from our modern research techniques.

Raymonde Lecomte
Researcher at the Centre de Biologie et d’Ecologie Tropicale et Méditerranéenne dell’Université de Perpignan
In 1988 two research laboratories existed at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) of the University of Perpignan, one for the study of Marine Biology and one for the study of Tropical and Mediterranean Oceans. They have now joined up with CNRS to form the Unità Mista di Ricerca, or mixed research unit.

Claudio Mazzini
Coop Italia Director of Fresh Food Quality
The Coop supermarkets bring together over 200 Italian cooperatives. There are Coop supermarkets all over Italy, and they aim both to provide quality food at competitive prices and to teach consumers about food. Coop and Slow Food have been cooperating since 2001, and the Coop is a sponsor of the Ark and Presidia projects. The Coop recognizes that typical, local products must find a wider audience, if they are to remain economically feasible, and is creating opportunities in its supermarkets for such products.

Giovanni Battista Palmegiano
Researcher at the Istituto di Scienze delle Produzioni Alimentari del CNR (ISPA)
The goal of ISPA (Institute of Food Production Science) is to increase the quality and safety of agricultural products through research, using technology that has a minimal impact on the environment. The main areas of research include: producing foods with better organoleptic and nutritional properties; the development of new processes for obtaining primary and secondary agro-industrial products; the identification of factors that put food security at risk and the elimination of potentially toxic elements in the food chain. ISPA is a part of the government’s National Center for Research, uniting laboratories around Italy that specialize in micro toxins, vegetable parasites, fruit species conservation, food biotechnology, zootechnics and microbiology.

Nadia Repetto
Marine biologist
Born in Genoa in 1953, her career has focused on the concrete application of research in the marine world. She has contributed to numerous journals and television programs with the aim of educating the public about our ocean environment.

Vincenzo Saggiomo
Head of Research at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples and President of the Italian Association of Oceanography and Limnology
The Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn” is a National Institute for the interdisciplinary study of biochemistry, molecular biology, neurobiology, cellular biology, oceanography, marine biology and ecology. It is involved in promoting international cooperation in the field of scientific research and collaborates with other research institutes around Italy.

Pier Antonio Salvador
Director of API, the Italian Pisciculture Association
API is a an association of over 300 groups that represent 90% of Italy’s aquaculture and fish farming businesses. It represents aquaculture businesses when negotiating economic, scientific, legal, technical and professional accords that work towards its objective of training, developing and consolidating the industry. API is interested in collaborating with scientific institutions in the fields of new technology and veterinary assistance.

Benedict Satia
Chief of the International Institutions and Liaison Service of the Fishery Policy and Planning Division of FAO
The mission of the Fisheries Department of FAO is to assist the development of a long-term, sustainable fishing and aquaculture sector. It works to create partnerships with national and international institutions, research centers and the private and public sector to achieve its goals. It is committed to an open, multicultural approach.

Marino Vocci
Delegate of the Marevivo Association (Friuli-Venezia Giulia region) and of the Civico Museo del Mare in Trieste
Marevivo is an environmental association with activities in Italy and around the world. Its activities to defend the marine environment are made possible by the economic support of its members in Italy and throughout Europe, and its main activities include education on the environment, scientific research, promotion of Protected Marine Areas and the defense of our marine resources.

Johàn H. Williams
Director General of the Department of Marine Resources and Environment at the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries is responsible for the country’s fishing and aquaculture sector, including ports and infrastructure for marine transport. The Ministry’s activities follow the principles of conservation and optimal, sustainable use of our marine resources. It is divide into three sections: a Resource Management Section, a Marine Environment Section and a Fisheries Economic and Structure Section.

Sergio Zerunian
Director of the Circeo National Park, Representative of WWF Italy
The Circeo National Park is located on the Tyrrhenian Coast, about 100km south of Rome. The WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) is the largest, and most well known organization for the defense of the environment, with representatives in 40 countries, 27 national offices, and 5 million contributors. It finances 1,000 conservation projects each year in over 100 countries. It works towards a future where man lives harmoniously with nature. Its projects focus on conserving the biodiversity of genetic species and ecosystems and sustainable use of natural resources. It works to minimize pollution, waste and the irrational use of natural resources and energy.

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