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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.

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.

Editor's Notes

  • Knowledge economy – everyone needs food though. Place for people to succeed and garner respect without academic qualifications in Northern Europe.
  • So – I hope you have gained the impression by now that there is an intrinsic link between people and fisheries and that the how we manage people is at least as important as how we manage fisheries.
  • Final argument is that when we try to invent complex solutions to complex problems we generally fail. These are the latest rules and regulations that govern the prawn fishery in the north sea. They are detailed, complex and change frequently. Unfortunately, they are also inappropriate, often ludicrous and detested by the users they are supposed to serve.
  • “Now that we know those dependent on these resources are not forever trapped in situations that will only get worse overtime, we need to recognise that governance is frequently an adaptive process involving multiple actors at diverse levels. Such systems look terribly messy and hard to understand. The scholars’ love of tidiness needs to be resisted. Instead we need to develop better theories of complex adaptive systems focussed on overcoming social dilemmas, particularly those that have proved themselves able to utilize renewable natural resources sustainably over time” Ostrom 2005, p286. (in Rodgers et al, 2010)
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