Slow Fish comes to Ballstad, Norway


Chris Dove, contributing editor, reporting from Malaga, Spain

Published on
December 9, 2009

Coinciding with this week’s Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, Slow Fish on Thursday celebrated Terra Madre Day (Mother Earth Day) with sustainable seafood-related events around the world.

The international Slow Fish movement is designed to support small-scale projects and sustainable fishing communities by hosting events such as tastings, dinners and workshops to educate consumers.

Ballstad, Norway, is among the cities that recognized Terra Madre Day. The region sees Slow Fish as an opportunity to support one of its last line-fishing villages — Kremmervika in the Lofoten Islands.

Following the Taste of Lofoten restaurant event in Genoa, Italy, in April, the Lofoten Islands applied for Slow City status “to put sustainability in action year-round,” said Ola Zatterstrom, food and beverage manager for Restaurant Heroes of the Seas in Kremmervika.

Supporting Kremmervika fishermen in partnership with Rotary International, Restaurant Heroes of the Seas on Thursday hosted a Slow Fish workshop.

“The four-way test is a delicate and honest approach to what is important to life in the long run”, said Zatterstrom. “It is important to celebrate this movement with opportunities all around the globe. A small but well-executed effort can mean even more across a great distance. The Lofoten Islands believe it is important to participate in hands-on daily life commitments and we focus on sustainable actions, which work tremendously well for our local Heroes of the Sea.”

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