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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.

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:

GOOD is wholesome, seasonal, local, fresh, and delicious.

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

FAIR 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. 

RISING TIDE: A NEW event series from slow fish

Rising Tide events are collaborations between Slow Fish North America, Slow Food USA, and Slow Food communities throughout the US and Canada. Through these partnerships, we will coordinate regional events centered on the shared values around food that is good, clean and fair. Our goal is to bring more people into the conversation about why seafood with values matters.

Slow Fish Crew Together

A Webinar Series

The Covid-19 pandemic has tested the resilience, resolve, and recovery potential of fishing communities and seafood eaters both domestically and abroad. Resilience hinges on adaptability to a situation that changes every day and shifts the parameters, even as folks are finding new ways of selling and eating seafood. Join us for ‘Slow Fish Crew Together,’ a webinar series discussing where the fishing community is at during this time and how we can move forward together.

Slow Fish 2021

Virtual Gathering
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5 things we learned about the AQUAA Act

By ERYN KELLY, SLOW FOOD USA POLICY COORDINATORWhat is Aquaculture?  Aquaculture is the cultivation and harvesting of aquatic plants and seafood. Done correctly, in balance with nature, it can be ecologically and economically successful in both freshwater ecosystems,...

Two virtual summits highlighted foodways on land and sea in 2021

By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorTo bring our year to a close, Slow Food USA wants to highlight some Slow Food Sparks that have emerged for members of our national community. What are some of those moments that reinvigorated or re-inspired members of our...

Kelp Wanted: Eat Seaweed to Save the World

by Makala Bach, Slow Food Youth Network It’s a warm day. Actually, it’s a hot day that’s hotter than it should be because of climate change. You escape the heat by exploring a nearby forest that hasn’t burned down yet. It’s full of life here, with a higher diversity...

Slow Fish 2021: Week Two

The Deep Dive on Aquaculture kicked off  the second weekend of the Slow Fish gathering, and there was perhaps no better way to dig into the nuanced, complex, and globalized issues that the Slow Fish community is facing worldwide. The group of fishers and farmers, each with their own relation to farming in our oceans, rivers, and bays, gathered and spoke for over four hours. The discussed, debated, disagreed and commiserated, and as Kelly Collins Geiser said in her closing remarks, it was a conversation that could have continued for many more hours.  

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.

On 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.

Connect with Slow Fish North America

Slow Fish is on Instagram and Facebook
Local Catch + Slow Fish webinar series
Host a Seafood Throwdown

Slow Fish Gatherings

 Slow Fish gatherings happen 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.