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Slow Food California Grant Winner: Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Slow Food Urban San Diego and the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market were awarded a $500 grant from Slow Food California this past month.

San Diego has long been home to a seafood-centric industry. Its waters still provide for numerous fishing families who depend on the day’s catch for their livelihoods. The Tuna Harbor Dockside Market has worked alongside Slow Food Urban San Diego since its founding almost six years ago.  The market supports multi-generational families of fishermen in San Diego who harvest their fisheries sustainably.  Each family brings a variety of seafood to the market that often changes with the fishing seasons. 

During the COVID quarantine, the fishermen in San Diego lost much of their restaurant business, however, the community continued to rely on fresh seafood.  Since then, the market launched an online portal to take pre-orders on Thursday and Friday before opening on Saturday morning.  This allows visitors to practice safe social distancing while providing access to fresh, healthy seafood. Visitors can expect a variety of fresh shellfish, whole fish, and sea urchin. With the Slow Food California grant, the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market plans to continue to expand their online portal and help the consumer gain a better understanding of their seafood and who/where it is coming from. 

If you are interested in learning more about Slow Food Urban San Diego’s projects, visit them at slowfoodurbansandiego.org or reach out to their board at info@slowfoodurbansandiego.org

Ark of Taste, Regional Leaders Meeting, Slow Fish

Event: Slow Fish 2020

By Kelly Collins Geiser, Slow Food San Francisco Chair

GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR SEAFOOD More than 80% of the seafood we eat in the U.S. is imported, yet we catch and harvest enough nationally to feed ourselves. The average boat-to-plate journey is over 5,000 miles. We can do better than this, anchored to the Slow Food vision of food that is good, clean, and fair for all:

Slow Fish 2020

Slow Fish 2020 is a collaborative gathering of fish harvesters, fishmongers, chefs, educators, researchers and advocates from across North America and beyond
working to create more direct supply chains based on Slow Fish Values of providing
Good, Clean and Fair seafood for all. The conference’s chief goal is to grow the Slow
Fish North America network and create an open table for all races, cultures, ages,
sexes and everyone who wants to embrace the Slow Fish values supporting
community-based fisheries. 

I’ve been to the last two Slow Fish North America gatherings, The 1st in New Orleans in 2016, and the 2nd in San Francisco in 2018 (A lot of you were there!)  These gatherings are where I’ve met the most vibrant and full-of-life folks.  From region to region one can find the connections we all share with the earth, rivers, oceans, and deep-love for the work we do.  Slow Fish has been a highlight in my work with Slow Food, and if you get the chance, come to any Slow Fish gathering and see for yourself.  This is truly where life-long friendships are made, and a wave of climate action participation and truly regenerative solutions are growing.  

-Slow Food San Francisco Organizer

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