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Cultured fish
No fish is 
worthless, 
only the 
system that 
casts it 
aside.
Savour and 
sustain: each 
mouthful of 
story and 
flavour, tasted 
to its source, 
helps the life of 
the harbour 
contin...
The technical experts don’t work in the labs; 
they haul knowledge in with their hands
Why should we grant you our fish to damage? 
Allocate quota according to care.
A harbour without a boat - a hearth without a flame
We harvest and hunt not quota but knowledge:
take too much and we render ourselves stupid.
Slow fishers of the world crew together! Let no one labour 
alone who knows the true value of their catch
The fish’s eye sees through all lies
Growth ring on 
fish scales, the 
fishers brief 
thumbprint on 
fish flesh – one 
without the 
other is a half-hearted 
st...
Co-management: your fish on my plate at our price, not the sea’s 
expense
Questions equal quality – the more we ask, the more 
value grows in the hold of the boat and in the mouth
Your plate is the world – explore the wild territories of the catch!
Listen to those who daily listen to the sea – its whispers of distress, its 
songs of harvest – shout what they say to the...
Match the market to the catch, not the catch to the market
Authenticity in the mouth! Taste the truthfulness of strange utterances: 
rigour mortis, red gills, the moment caught in t...
Study the dictionary of fish; learn the mother tongues of 
the sea; sing the poem of the fish on your plate
Ask the slow fish whence it came, and the sea enters the room in the 
names of boats, in the word of the fisher, in the dr...
Catch the policy in nets; don’t glimpse it like a tourist out for a day trip 
in a boat.
Not a plate of 
fish, but a dish of 
tides, grounds, 
nets and hooks – 
all that was not 
caught 
sweetening the 
flavour
Wake the life of fish on ice: face up to the strange and local shapes of the sea – be changed!
Energy company tax dodge / windfarm 
Marine “Conservation” Zone 
Working class exclusion zone 
Anchorage for ships 
Everyt...
Elinor Ostrom 
“Complex 
problems require 
complex 
solutions” 
Folke et al (2012) An Uncommon Scholar of the Commons. Eco...
Slowfish Manifesto presentation at UNESCO (Bergen) and Terra Madre (Turin)
Slowfish Manifesto presentation at UNESCO (Bergen) and Terra Madre (Turin)
Slowfish Manifesto presentation at UNESCO (Bergen) and Terra Madre (Turin)
Slowfish Manifesto presentation at UNESCO (Bergen) and Terra Madre (Turin)
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Slowfish Manifesto presentation at UNESCO (Bergen) and Terra Madre (Turin)

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This is a multi author presentation of the Slow Fish manifesto. Slow Fish are a chapter of the Slow Food movement. Words written by John Wedgewood Clarke after extensive discussions by a group of activists, scientists and producers. In Bergen I gave it with Lucy Gilliam on behalf of Slow Fish (part of the Slow Food movement) to highlight the problems facing artisanal fishers. I presented it again at the 2014 Terra Madre Slow Fish workshop.

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Slowfish Manifesto presentation at UNESCO (Bergen) and Terra Madre (Turin)

  1. 1. Cultured fish
  2. 2. No fish is worthless, only the system that casts it aside.
  3. 3. Savour and sustain: each mouthful of story and flavour, tasted to its source, helps the life of the harbour continue
  4. 4. The technical experts don’t work in the labs; they haul knowledge in with their hands
  5. 5. Why should we grant you our fish to damage? Allocate quota according to care.
  6. 6. A harbour without a boat - a hearth without a flame
  7. 7. We harvest and hunt not quota but knowledge:
  8. 8. take too much and we render ourselves stupid.
  9. 9. Slow fishers of the world crew together! Let no one labour alone who knows the true value of their catch
  10. 10. The fish’s eye sees through all lies
  11. 11. Growth ring on fish scales, the fishers brief thumbprint on fish flesh – one without the other is a half-hearted story
  12. 12. Co-management: your fish on my plate at our price, not the sea’s expense
  13. 13. Questions equal quality – the more we ask, the more value grows in the hold of the boat and in the mouth
  14. 14. Your plate is the world – explore the wild territories of the catch!
  15. 15. Listen to those who daily listen to the sea – its whispers of distress, its songs of harvest – shout what they say to the paper world.
  16. 16. Match the market to the catch, not the catch to the market
  17. 17. Authenticity in the mouth! Taste the truthfulness of strange utterances: rigour mortis, red gills, the moment caught in the sea’s clear eye
  18. 18. Study the dictionary of fish; learn the mother tongues of the sea; sing the poem of the fish on your plate
  19. 19. Ask the slow fish whence it came, and the sea enters the room in the names of boats, in the word of the fisher, in the dream of an ecosystem
  20. 20. Catch the policy in nets; don’t glimpse it like a tourist out for a day trip in a boat.
  21. 21. Not a plate of fish, but a dish of tides, grounds, nets and hooks – all that was not caught sweetening the flavour
  22. 22. Wake the life of fish on ice: face up to the strange and local shapes of the sea – be changed!
  23. 23. Energy company tax dodge / windfarm Marine “Conservation” Zone Working class exclusion zone Anchorage for ships Everything else
  24. 24. Elinor Ostrom “Complex problems require complex solutions” Folke et al (2012) An Uncommon Scholar of the Commons. Ecol Soc 17:1–3.

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