Camogli Tonnarella

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Liguria

Fish, sea food and fish products

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Camogli Tonnarella

This seasonal fixed fishing system in Camogli has centuries of history, and was already being mentioned in documents and decrees from the 17th century. It is called “tonnarella” because it is a simpler and smaller version of the “tonnara” fishing system, with two chambers instead of six to nine and a shorter barrier net, the pedale. The tonnarella’s pedale is just over 300 meters long and made from coconut fiber.
Shoals of fish, carried by the current, follow the pedale barrier and end up in the first chamber created by the nets. The fish then move into the second and last chamber, the lea. When enough fish have entered the lea, the nets are raised by hand. The catch is normally a mix of horse mackerel, Atlantic bonito, saddled sea bream, amberjack, chub mackerel and small tuna.
The raising operation is repeated three times a day: at dawn, during the morning and in the afternoon.

Season

The nets are lowered into the sea for about six months, from April to September

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The Camogli tonnarella is the only one remaining in Liguria and one of the few still active in all of Italy. The fishing system is highly sustainable because only medium and large fish remained trapped in the chambers. The mechanism does not immediately kill the fish, just concentrates them, so that the fishermen can check the catch and release any fish that cannot be sold while they are still alive.

Production area
Punta Chiappa, in the sea near Camogli, Genova Province

Presidium supported by
Sea and Land of Liguria project – Carige Foundation
Fishermen
Cooperativa Pescatori di Camogli
Camogli (Ge)
Tel. +39 0185 772600

Punti vendita della Cooperativa Pescatori di Camogli:
Salita Priaro, 16
Camogli (Ge)
Tel. +39 0185 772513

Via XXV Aprile, 12
Recco (Ge)
Tel. +39 0185 692368

For excursions to the tonnarella:
Associazione Culturale Ziguele
Tel. +39 377 2900068-347 4356945
www.ziguele.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giorgio Fanciulli
Tel. 328 2399684
giorgio.fanciulli@gmail.com


Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Livio Caprile
Tel. +39 010 0982030
livio.caprile@gmail.com
The Camogli tonnarella is the only one remaining in Liguria and one of the few still active in all of Italy. The fishing system is highly sustainable because only medium and large fish remained trapped in the chambers. The mechanism does not immediately kill the fish, just concentrates them, so that the fishermen can check the catch and release any fish that cannot be sold while they are still alive.

Production area
Punta Chiappa, in the sea near Camogli, Genova Province

Presidium supported by
Sea and Land of Liguria project – Carige Foundation
Fishermen
Cooperativa Pescatori di Camogli
Camogli (Ge)
Tel. +39 0185 772600

Punti vendita della Cooperativa Pescatori di Camogli:
Salita Priaro, 16
Camogli (Ge)
Tel. +39 0185 772513

Via XXV Aprile, 12
Recco (Ge)
Tel. +39 0185 692368

For excursions to the tonnarella:
Associazione Culturale Ziguele
Tel. +39 377 2900068-347 4356945
www.ziguele.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giorgio Fanciulli
Tel. 328 2399684
giorgio.fanciulli@gmail.com


Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Livio Caprile
Tel. +39 010 0982030
livio.caprile@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionLiguria