The Fal Oyster team at Slow Fish, Genoa.
The Food Programme follows four people from Cornwall as they travel to Genoa with 5000 native oysters harvested from the Fal Estuary. The oysters are gathered using methods dating back to Roman times and the trip to Italy is part of an attempt to keep this important food tradition alive.
The oysters are destined to be opened and tasted at Slow Fish, an event organised by the Slow Food movement. It brings together small scale traditional fishermen from all over the world who can meet, exchange ideas, display their produce and try to provide solutions to the world’s fishing crisis.
Sheila Dillon hears how the Cornish fishermen fare in their mission to raise the profile of the Fal native oyster.
This year’s Slow Fish event takes place just as the European Commission is setting out its vision for the future of fishing in Europe, a future in which it argues small scale fishing communities can play a crucial role.
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