Seattle-Area Activists to Present about Sustainable Seafood at Slow Food Nation

Seattle-Area Activists to Present about Sustainable Seafood at Slow Food Nation

27 August 2008

On Friday, August 29, Seattle-area activists working to promote sustainable seafood are participating in the panel, Something is Fishy: Aquaculture, Seafood, and Sustainability, at Slow Food Nation, the largest celebration of food to ever take place in the U.S. Alfredo Quarto, the executive director of Mangrove Action Project (MAP), Anne Mosness, founder of the Go Wild! campaign for wild salmon, and Eli Penberthy, coordinator of MAP’s Shrimp Less, Think More campaign will present at Changemakers Day, a gathering of hundreds of leaders focused on sustainable food systems. Other panelists include Ben Bowman, policy analyst at Food & Water Watch; Diane Morgan, a cookbook author; and Laura Anderson, an Oregon seafood retailer.

The panel will discuss aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector, worth $70 billion and providing over one-third of the seafood consumed worldwide. The panel will focus on overcoming the industrial food dilemmas created by aquaculture. It will address the impacts of industrial aquaculture on the environment, communities, family fishing businesses and consumer health and will discuss strategies for reforming policy and increasing consumer awareness. It will also include a tasting of wild salmon lox, brought by a panelist who is a commercial fisherwoman in Alaska.

“From shrimp farming in China to salmon farming in British Columbia, the growing aquaculture industry has consequences for the future of how we eat,” says Alfredo Quarto, the panelist who will discuss problems created by imported shrimp. “We hope this panel will inspire people to choose more sustainable seafood.”

The panel will take place from 11:00am – 12:15pm at the Federal Building in downtown San Francisco.

Panelists will be available for interviews immediately following the panel.

Download the Changemakers Day program.

For more information:

Eli Penberthy
(509) 951-4361
[email protected]

Alfredo Quarto
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project
(360) 452-5866
[email protected]