Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish

Event in Athens

Event in Athens

Event in Athens

‘Let the juveniles become parents’ campaign launched on 17 March

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, launched a new push titled ´Let the juveniles become parents’ as part of the Europe-wide sustainable fish awareness campaign ‘Inseparable’ in Athens.

This new effort aims to prompt consumers and fishers alike into saying no to fish that have not had the chance to reproduce, and so contribute to the replenishment of Mediterranean stocks, 80% of which are currently over fished. In these times of economic hardship, the choice to avoid juvenile fish is a necessity for the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of coastal and fishing communities, and the livelihoods of fishers in the sea basin.

The Minister of Rural Development and Food, Athanasios Tsaftaris, expressed his support for the initiative and outlined the actions that the government was taking in this respect. Commissioner Damanaki nominated three new EU good-will Ambassadors for sustainable fisheries, Greek chefs Mrs Argiro Barbarigou, Lefteris Lazarou and Dimitris Skarmoutsos.

Konstantinos Stergiou, Director of the Hellenic Marine Research Institute, highlighted the impact of eating underage fish, and focused on the need to change habits in order to promote sustainable consumption.

Greek schoolchildren, together with ‘Teachers 4 Europe’, were there to ask their parents, teachers, and policy makers to take the ‘No Juveniles’ message seriously, and displayed videos, artwork and presentations to support the work they created.

In the ‘Presentations’ area, WWF-Greece, in collaboration with AB Vassilopoulos, fish marketing company ‘Manios’ and the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) presented their project for the improvement of the sustainability of fishing fleets.

The European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET) presented three of their projects, involving processing, packaging and standardisation of fish products in Thessaloniki, alternative marine tourism in Lesvos, and the promotion of capture fisheries and aquaculture products in Cyprus.

The ‘Sell and Buy Responsibly’ area saw several Greek NGOs presenting their work in protecting the  marine environment, while Greenpeace and WWF offered  interactive games and quizzes on sustainable fisheries as well as fish rulers to help consumers measure size and avoid the consumption of undersize fish.

In the ‘Eat Responsibly’ area, the Anavissos School of Chefs wowed the audience with six different recipes using sustainable fish products, and also tested people’s knowledge with a quiz of flavours.