‘Food from the Sea: is-Sajda u t-Tisjira’ in Malta, June 2018

Join us at the 'Food from the Sea: is-Sajda u t-Tisjira'

Sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean

June 21-22, Qormi, Malta

For the first time ever, Malta will be hosting a small-scale fisheries event in June 2018 as part of the European Maritime Day celebrations. ‘Food from the Sea: is-Sajda u t-Tisjira', as an activity to promote sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean’ will be co-organized by the Malta Centre for Arts Science and Technology (MCAST-CAAAS), the Mediterranean Culinary Academy (MCA), and the Too Big To Ignore - Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research (TBTI).

Why this event?

Small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean are part of the long heritage shaping the vibrant coastal villages and mesmerizing landscapes. They encompass over 80% of the fishing fleet and form an integral component of local economies and without them, it is not possible to achieve viable and sustainable fisheries future. This event, which is embedded in a vision for a better future for fishing communities as envisaged in the FAO small-sale fisheries guidelines, seeks to promote smart and sustainable fisheries by bringing together different stakeholders to discuss and display new potential and opportunities for local fishing communities. This platform would provide an opportunity to reflect on the ever-increasing knowledge about fishing, fishers, coastal communities and incentives for their sustainability. For fishers, this is another way to highlight the issues facing the sector and send a message about the value of their work. By participating in the events linked to the European Maritime Day, we can show our support to fishers as well as promote sustainable fisheries through innovation.


MCAST Centre for Agriculture, Aquatics & Animal Sciences, Main Hall, Triq Hal Luqa, Qormi Malta QRM 9075 

How can you participate?

The main focus of this two-day event is to facilitate closer cooperation and partnership between public and private marine stakeholders, engage the public in an exciting culinary event using undervalued fish, and promote artisanal fishing tourism.

Day One (21st June): A stakeholder dialogue between local fishing communities, education and training institutes, academia, national authorities and maritime entities will take place to promote the need of strengthening communication and partnerships towards innovation for sustainable fisheries. A poster session to highlight current small-scale fisheries research in the Mediterranean will also be organized by MCAST-CAAAS. In the afternoon, the Mediterranean Culinary Academy team will organize a cooking session to promote underutilized fish species. This will be dedicated to educate the general public on innovative ways to cook locally-caught fish as a way to promote fisheries value-added incentives through market innovation.

Day Two (22nd June): A visit to the fishing community in Marsaxlokk will take place with the aim of meeting fishers at work, watch them mending their fishing gears or preparing their vessels for a fishing trip. If the weather permits, we might join an artisanal fishing trip with the aim of promoting fishing tourism in the Mediterranean.

We are inviting you to be part of this important celebration of small-scale fisheries and help us in bringing a bright future for fishers, coastal communities and fisheries resources.  

This event is an important milestone that echoes the regional efforts of the MedFish4ever campaign to save the Mediterranean stocks and protect the regions’ socio-economic wealth, as well provide an important illustration of how small-scale fisheries should be integrated within the EU Blue Growth strategy.


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