Slow Fish is an international campaign, series of gatherings and national working group dedicated to bringing together chefs, youth, organizers, and fishers to turn the tide away from industrial seafood and toward seafood that is good, clean, and fair.

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, from sea to plate


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.Slow Fish anchored in the Slow Food mission of food that is good, clean, and fair for all. 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.


wholesome, seasonal, local, fresh, and delicious.


preserves biodiversity, sustains the environment, and nourishes a healthy lifestyle for both humans and animals.


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.


Slow Fish Resources


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 came together to connect, share stories and bcollaborate. Check out the International Slow Fish campaign to learn more.