Slow Fish USA and College of the Atlantic (COA) are hosting a panel discussion on sustainable fishing practices and conscientious seafood consumption. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, May 15th at 3:00 PM at the Kathryn W. Davis Center for International and Regional Studies on the COA campus.

Panelists include Join Spencer Montgomery, Slow Fish USA, Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director of Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, and Dr. Chris Petersen, COA Professor of Marine Biology.

A free, Slow Fish workshop (for students only) will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 in the Davis Kitchen from 4:30 – 7:30. Elmer Beal and Spencer Montgomery will teach up to 20 students to fillet and prepare “unloved” fish species and discuss why it is crucial to reduce over-fishing and eat fresh, local fish! Sign up by sending an email to Marlene at mnuart@coa.edu. There are only 20 slots available!

What is Slow Fish? Here’s a bit from their website:

With fishing, just as with agriculture, Slow Food strongly believes that every individual can contribute in his or her own small way to changing the mechanisms of a globalized food system based on the intensive exploitation of resources.

Slow Food, with its strong local and international experience, is convinced that we can only bring about change by returning to the origins of food, putting curiosity and pleasure at the service of responsible choices.

We are rediscovering different, forgotten flavors, which the globalized market tends to obliterate, and new or updated recipes. We are seeking to recover the traditional wisdom of fishing communities, who often have not moved far from ancient fishing practices, the diets of past generations, and the known and unknown resources guarded by rivers, lakes and seas. All these things are part of our story and our identity.

In this spirit, the international Slow Fish campaign is launching initiatives that promote artisanal fishing and neglected fish species and inspire reflection on the state and management of the sea’s resources. To have any chance of success, this reflection must start at a local level.

For more about the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, which is headquartered in Gloucester, MA, here’s a bit from their website:

The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s mission is to enhance and maintain healthy marine ecosystems by organizing a decentralized network of community-based fishermen, fishworkers and allies. 

We are a fishermen-led organization that promotes fleet diversity and gives a voice to independent, community based fishermen.

We work with community based fishermen on market and policy alternatives that protect and maintain marine biodiversity while ensuring healthy local fishing economies that feed healthy food systems. We advocate for policies and practices that will sustain our fisheries. 

 


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