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Slow Fish 2023 opens, the fishermen have their say

Ecological transition starts from the sea

02, Jun 2023

The ecological transition starts from the sea, with the protagonists of small-scale coastal fishing who carry out an ancient job but at the same time, thanks to research and technology, respond to the current crises of the production and food system, first of all the climate, with temperatures of the sea that increase and determine the extreme phenomena of which the news speaks to us more and more frequently. This is what the mussel farmers of the La Spezia mussel farmers' cooperative said during the inauguration ceremony of the eleventh edition of Slow Fish, speaking on behalf of all the fishermen present at the Old Port of Genoa until Sunday 4 June. The biennial event is organized by Slow Food and the Liguria Region, with the patronage of the Municipality of Genoa, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry, the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security and the Ministry of Culture.

«We are working together with institutions and research bodies to study the behavior of muscles, living beings among the most sustainable also because, in the process of growth, they transform the carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere into shells. We have calculated that in one year mussel farming nationwide sequesters 19,000 tons of CO2. Our invitation to the Slow Fish public to help the sea is to consume the most sustainable species, molluscs, but also oily fish, starting with our anchovies» this is the appeal of Nadia Maggioncalda, one of the few women who are confronted in Italy with a typically male profession, and by Paolo Varrella.

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