Slow Fish is an international campaign and series of gatherings that bring together fish harvesters with chefs, youth, farmers, and seafood eaters. The goal is to turn the tide away from industrial seafood and toward the blue commons and seafood that is good, clean, and fair for all.
Slow Fish is making waves throughout the USA. Between Slow Fish New Orleans 2016 and Slow Fish San Francisco 2018 we brought together 500 people, fish harvesters from every region, 50 convivia leaders, 100 presenters, 10 international guests, and raised over $10K to support 40 fish harvesters and indigenous leaders to attend.
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 *fisherman 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.
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.
Good, Clean and Fair Seafood
More than 80% 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:
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
Connect with Slow Fish on Facebook, find a Community Supported Fishery, stay up to date with the latest seafood events and happenings, or find some local workshops!
- Slow Fish on Facebook
- Find values-based seafood
- Slow Fish webinar series
- Slow Fish Blog
- New Orleans 2016: A Slow Fish Snapshot
- Host or attend a Seafood Throwdown event
- An 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. Both Terra Madre and Slow Fish Genoa host every-other-year gatherings for Slow Fish leaders around the world to connect. Check out the International Slow Fish campaign to learn more.
In the USA, we are planning for the next nation-wide gathering to take place in Durham, New Hampshire from March 19-22. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.