Slow Fish 2016 Conference Overview
“To give voice and visibility to the rural food producers who populate our world. To raise their awareness, as well as that of the population at large, of the value of their work. To sustain their ability to work under the best conditions, for all of our good and for the good of the planet … in an abundance of celebration and a celebration of abundance!”

Watershed Storytelling
Slow Fish 2016 is being organized around storytelling that will allow conference participants to share stories about their watershed/region, traditions, successes, challenges and needs. Additionally, storytelling will facilitate identifying commonalities among fisheries and communities around the world in order to create Slow Food Communities to collectively addresses common challenges and develop strategies for advancing Good, Clean and Fair Food. The dynamic process of storytelling, forming Slow Food Communities and creating strategic alliances will occur within the following tracks:

TRACK 1: Our Cross-Boundary World – All Rivers Flow to the Ocean
Dave Adler,
We Share.
We will explore international, inter-state, regional, local cross-boundary issues: impacts on communities across boundaries, cross-boundary economics, and studying how fisheries are managed across boundaries. We will attempt to answer questions such as: What strategies have been successful and what not? How do we foster cross-boundary collaborations and communications? How do we support cultures, economies, and fish populations? How can lobbying activities fit in? Who are our partners? How can we counteract climate change and ocean acidification? We will focus on the importance of habitat/ocean/water literacy and build educational modules for all Slow Food convivia to use and promote.

TRACK 2: Fishy Business – How Do We Take What The Sea Gives Us, Not What We Want
Sarah Shoffler,
We will gain a shared understanding of the BIG picture of fisheries business and the challenges and successes at many scales – local, regional, national, international. A central question to answer is: how do we increase our Slow Food community network’s ability to support sustainable businesses and improve local economies? This Track will also focus on the mechanics of marketing, community and consumer engagement, and better business practices.

TRACK 3: Governance – Our Shared Responsibility
Brett Tolley,
The governance track will seek to answer questions surrounding how to foster awareness, collaboration, and capacity to enable fishing communities to engage with policy deliberations and decisions that will shape their future with sustainable fisheries and working waterfronts.

Program Committee:
Kevin Scribner
Dave Adler
Gary Granata
Michéle Mesmain
Spencer Montgomery
Sarah Shoffler
Brett Tolley
Stephanie Webb

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