Slow Fish 2021

Virtual Gathering | March 18-27

A gathering of fisherfolk, fishmongers, chefs, advocates and seafood lovers!

The Slow Fish 2021 Virtual Gathering is an online collective of folks in and around the seafood supply chain—fish harvesters, experts, and enthusiasts—from across North America and around the world working to create more direct and equitable seafood systems. We are hosting seven days of interactive programming including Deep Dive discussions on critical issues, World Café roundtables, Marketplace of Ideas, music, poetry and more ways to connect, collaborate, and celebrate Slow Fish!

If you registered for the full event, you will receive a link in your email to register for week 2 of the Slow Fish 2021 gathering — which you’ll need to do in order to join this second week!


The goal of Slow Fish 2021 is to grow the Slow Fish community, empower Slow Fish advocates and leaders, engage with Slow Food chapters and like-minded organizations, educate the public and inspire seafood citizens, and uplift and strengthen community-based fisheries through:

Thursday, March 18

Opening and Keynote with Buck Jones

Seascape World Cafe

Marketplace of Ideas and Happy Hour

Friday, March 19

Deep Dive: Seafood Supply Chain

Boat-to-customer. Boat-to-chef. Boat-to-market. Adapting to shifting markets, policies and climate often means seafood harvesters need to simplify their supply channels. Harvesters, chefs, distributors, and others will discuss successes and challenges of creating more direct supply chains, built on transparency, trust, and fair pricing. How can we replicate these models elsewhere and help harvesters maximize their customer potential? How can we engage more chefs as the customer-facing storytellers? Relationships are everything. 

Last Man Fishing Film Screening & Panel Discussion

“Last Man Fishing” explores the dichotomy between the industrial model and sustainable fishing methods that focus on conservation and quality. A live panel discussion with some of the fishermen in the movie will follow the film.

Saturday, March 20

Deep Dive: Indigenous Access to Food Sources

In efforts to nurture partnerships and to preserve our ancestral food systems, the Slow Fish Deep Dive Indigenous Access Session will feature rich stories from coast to coast. These stories will take us on a journey to appreciate what has been, what has changed, and where we are heading. From the interconnectedness generated by the creation of the net that holds the fish, to the construction of the vessel for transport, to the development of commerce by trade routes that enriched the local economies, all of these activities inspired songs and stories. The recurring theme of the session will cover the lack of access to ancestral food sources in relation to culture and traditional ecological knowledge, as well as the synchronous bond between the health of the environment and our own physical and mental health. The community of fisher people will guide us, addressing concerns of protection and balanced stewardship, with the overarching issues of access and traditional teachings. We are honored to have an esteemed group of speakers and hope that you will find this to be an enriching Deep Dive.

The Wild Film Screening & Panel Discussion

“The Wild” examines the fate of Bristol Bay, Alaska – home to the last fully intact wild salmon runs – as the community faces devastation if a massive copper mine is constructed. A live panel discussion will follow the film.

Thursday, March 25

Deep Dive: Aquaculture 

How can we better see ourselves as connected to and part of the ocean commons? How do we see our coastal communities more holistically and think about all the people who benefit from them? Internationally and regionally, we are witnessing a global ocean grab that aims to transform the ocean commons into a tradeable, privatized commodity. How do the pressures of the Blue Economy, climate change, cheap imports, complex supply chains, consolidation and industrial scale aquaculture all impact the community-based fisheries Slow Fish supports? How can we uplift the values that promote those independent, small and medium-sized seafood businesses?

Marketplace of Ideas, Happy Hour, & Networking Time

Friday, March 26

Rivers Connect the World: Strategies to Protect Biodiversity and Culture 

Join our panel of voices from the Danube, Mekong, Mississippi Rivers as well as Salmon Rivers of the Pacific Northwest and Ireland as they discuss strategies to protect biodiversity and culture in their home river basin. 

Blue Commons 101

Small- and mid-scale fish harvesters around the world have little control over the health of the fisheries they depend on, which is made much worse by a coordinated global effort to commodify the ocean under the guise of the Blue Economy. A panel of experts will dive into examples of fishing communities that are treating their fisheries as a shared resource for the benefit of the community. We’ll learn how these examples of the Blue Commons could become blueprints for other communities.

Saturday, March 27


There’s a lot to review after a Slow Fish event! We’ll revisit conclusions, strategies and action items from the entire 2021 Slow Fish Gathering. This is the time to take ownership and commit to the actions that will strengthen the future of the oceans and the communities that depend on them.

Closing Ceremony

Join us for a closing ceremony with music, celebration, and a look toward Slow Fish 2022!


Ticket options to access all of the programming spread out over several days in March is $60 for a standard ticket, $20 for seafood harvesters and students and $100 for attendees who would like to offer a little extra support. Money raised from ticket sales will go toward programming costs and scholarships. Any money left over will be put back into growing the Slow Fish North America network and its programming.

If you purchased a ticket for the event last March, you should have received a full refund. You don’t have to do anything, except we hope that you’ll register for the virtual event in March! 

Slow Fish 2021 Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the number and diversity of folks connecting with and helping shape the Slow Fish North America network. We want to ensure that money is not a barrier for people to attend the Slow Fish 2021 virtual gathering.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Apply Here

Slow Fish Crew Together 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.

Watch the Webinars

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