Learning About Local and Global Fishing at The Stop

Thank you to all who joined Slow Food Toronto for the Slow Fish event on Saturday, June 18th. We had wonderful talks from Andrew Akiwenzie of Akiwenzie’s Fish & More and Dan Donovan of Hooked Inc. It was interesting to learn about how fishing has changed in the Georgian Bay area and how certain pressures – governance, environmental, and economic – are problematic for the waters and their entire ecosystems. Andrew spoke specifically about the gradual reduction of the Whitefish over the years and how the introduction of non-native species has caused major disruptions to the balance of the ecosystem. He also noted how technologies like GPSs and smartphones are changing how youth interact with the waters. Dan spoke about his efforts with Slow Fish Canada / Slow Fish International to push for fair fishing in water bodies across North America and ensure that the rights of small fishers and fisheries are protected. Like Andrew, he also spoke about the privatization of fishing and the effects this is having on biodiversity.

To top it off, we had three different dishes prepared by local chefs. See the mouth-watering pictures below. Thank you to all who made this event a success! See you soon!

Photos by Edmund Rek, all rights reserved.

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Paul DeCampo started the event off by talking about Slow Food and the importance of good, clean & fair food.
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Andrew Akiwenzie spoke next and talked about his life as a traditional fisherman in the Georgian Bay area. Here he talks about how it’s hard on the body over time, even if it is a rewarding profession!

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Dan Donovan spoke about his efforts with Slow Fish Canada and the importance of ethical fishing around the world.
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Next came the food .. three different dishes prepared by three chefs, here a trout dish with capers and more. Delicious!
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This dish was a trout pâté with dill and colourful edible flowers. Yum!
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Paul DeCampo with the three chefs: Chris Schroer of The Cure, Kyle Rindinella of Pizzeria Libretto and Justin Cournoyer of Actinolite.

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