Torre Guaceto Small-Scale Fishing

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Puglia

Fish, sea food and fish products

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Torre Guaceto Small-Scale Fishing

The Torre Guaceto–Carovigno marine protected area covers 2,000 hectares of uncontaminated sea, divided into three zones. Fishing is only allowed in one, Zone C. The marine protected area is part of the nature reserve of the same name, which is made up of large swathes of agricultural land planted with Fiaschetto tomatoes (also a Slow Food Presidium), olive trees and fields of artichokes. Archeological finds within the nature reserve have shown that fishing was already being practiced along the coast here during the Bronze Age (between 3500 and 1200 BC).
Six fishermen now fish here, all members of the cooperative Emma. Their boats are 4 to 5 meters long and they do not venture further than 12 miles from the coast, practicing artisanal, sustainable fishing that respects the ecosystem. For the last decade, the marine area’s management body has directly involved the fishermen in the formulation of fishing policies. This has meant that fishing’s impact on the marine ecosystem has been limited, with excellent results for marine fauna repopulation.
Fishing within Zone C is allowed only once a week, and the fishermen use nets that range from 500 meters (with a 36-milimeter mesh), used for catching bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), to 1,000 meters (with a 30-milimeter mesh) for other species. The catch varies depending on the season: mackerel, bluefish, greater amberjack, Atlantic bonito, barracuda, gray mullet, frigate tuna and cuttlefish in the fall and winter; dentex, white bream, sea bream and sea bass in the summer and fall; and octopus and mullet in the spring. Studies carried out over the last few years have shown how catch sizes have increased for many species (particularly mullet and scorpion fish) and how some species considered to have died out in the area, like bluefish, have now returned. The sea is in good health and the Torre Guaceto fishers, working together with the marine area administrators, are its best guardians.

Season

Fish are caught all year round

Fishing closure

The fishermen of the Presidium, in agreement with the Consortium of the Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area, have decided to suspend fishing until the end of 2024 in order to restore fish stocks, which have declined in recent times due to illegal fishing.

The Consortium of Torre Guaceto, in order to prevent illegal fishermen from thwarting the efforts of authorized fishermen during this closed period, has activated a video surveillance system that will facilitate control.

In the coming months, therefore, it will not be possible to find fish from the Presidium on the market.

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Different realities work together: Slow Food, the fishermen and theTorre Guaceto Consortium, formed by the municipalities of Carovigno, Brindisi and WWF Italy. The Presidium was created to promote this artisanal fishing reality: a true model of sustainability and sharing. The rules established in the marine area put a strain on the fishermen's activity. Thanks to this commitment, good results have been achieved: the size and quantity of the catch have increased and, consequently, the economic results have improved.


Fishing area
Torre Guaceto marine protected area, Brindisi province, Puglia region

Producers

Società Cooperativa Emma
Via Sant’Anna, 6
Carovigno (Br)
Tel. +39 347 4703926

The Emma cooperative brings together the four fishermen of the Presidium: Felice Caccetta, Cosimo De Biasi, Vito Giovanni De Biasi and Domenico Natola.
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Claudio Longo
Tel. +39 333 4604472
claudiolongo@virgilio.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco D’Adamo
Tel. 328 1808089
marcodadamo77@gmail.com
Different realities work together: Slow Food, the fishermen and theTorre Guaceto Consortium, formed by the municipalities of Carovigno, Brindisi and WWF Italy. The Presidium was created to promote this artisanal fishing reality: a true model of sustainability and sharing. The rules established in the marine area put a strain on the fishermen's activity. Thanks to this commitment, good results have been achieved: the size and quantity of the catch have increased and, consequently, the economic results have improved.


Fishing area
Torre Guaceto marine protected area, Brindisi province, Puglia region

Producers

Società Cooperativa Emma
Via Sant’Anna, 6
Carovigno (Br)
Tel. +39 347 4703926

The Emma cooperative brings together the four fishermen of the Presidium: Felice Caccetta, Cosimo De Biasi, Vito Giovanni De Biasi and Domenico Natola.
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Claudio Longo
Tel. +39 333 4604472
claudiolongo@virgilio.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco D’Adamo
Tel. 328 1808089
marcodadamo77@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPuglia