The ancient fishing technique known as “menaica” was once common along all the Mediterranean coasts, but now survives in just a few places in Italy. One is Cilento, particularly Marina di Pisciotta, a small village along the coast between Velia and Capo Palinuro. As night falls, the fishers take out their boats and nets, both called menaica or menaide. The nets are spread out to block the path of the anchovies. The size of the holes in the nets ensure that only the biggest fish are caught. Fresh anchovies can be bought directly from the fishers when they return to port in the early morning.
The anchovies are fished during the spring and summer, from March until August
Pisciotta and Pollica Municipalities, Salerno Province
Presidium supported by
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park
Alici di Menaica
di Donatella Marino
Via Stazione Vecchia, 3
Tel. +39 347 4439102
Aura-Passioni e Conserve Cilentane
di Luca Cella
Strada Statale 562
Tel. +39 329 5966496
The Presidium fishermen are: Luca Cella Francesco Coppola, Carmine Fedullo, Antonio Palmieri, Vittorio Rambaldo, Luigi Scarpato.