San Diego has a strong fishing community and a rich fishing heritage. The San Diego chapter of the Slow Fish campaign adds to sustainable fishing practices through education, supporting local-small fisheries and marine conservation by protecting the overfishing of species.
SAN DIEGO— San Diego has a thriving local and sustainable seafood industry which has helped shape the local community into a sustainable seafood destination with an educated citizenry that knows where its seafood comes from and who caught it. Slow Food has created an international campaign called Slow Fish which has chapters globally, including Slow Food Urban San Diego.
Slow Fish is a biennial event that brings together chefs, youth, organizers and fishermen to turn the tide away from industrial seafood and toward good, clean and fair seafood for all.
Slow Food, which aims to encourage a slower, more mindful approach to food and food production, believes that small-scale fishers form an essential part of fragile aquatic ecosystems that must be protected along with the biodiversity of marine species. Slow Fish refers to a movement that promotes sustainable and responsible fishing practices, supports small-scale fishermen, preserves traditional fishing knowledge and advocates for the health of oceans and aquatic ecosystems.
Local chefs, fishermen, fishmongers and others present Seafood Saturdays at the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, an open-air seafood market in the Port of San Diego, an event that is part of a campaign to promote local U.S.-caught seafood and to teach San Diegans how to prepare, cook and enjoy the local bounty.
In San Diego, as in other parts of the world, the Slow Fish movement encourages fishing practices that don’t deplete fish populations or harm the environment and promotes responsible seafood consumption.
The campaign is committed to local, small-scale fisheries by supporting local fishermen and traditional fishing communities and valuing their knowledge and skills in sustainable fishing.
It promotes biodiversity and marine conservation by advocating for protection of endangered species, sustainable fishing and responsible seafood choices.
Slow Fish is raising awareness among consumers about the importance of making informed choices regarding seafood consumption, including understanding where their seafood comes from and how it was caught or farmed.
The Slow Fish movement hosts events, workshops, and educational activities to spread awareness about sustainability and responsible fishing. These events include seafood tastings, discussions on sustainable fishing, cooking demonstrations and opportunities for consumers to interact with fishermen and learn about their experiences and challenges.
In San Diego, a coastal city with a strong fishing heritage and a significant seafood industry, the Slow Fish movement aligns with the city’s goals of promoting sustainable fishing, supporting local fishermen and preserving the marine environment for future generations.
For more information on Slow Food Urban San Diego and Slow Fish, visit https://www.slowfoodurbansandiego.org/slow-fish-1.