El Peixa al Plat: Sustainable Fishing Tour

El Peixa al Plat or The Fish Dish in English is a sustainable fishing company that focuses on the over-exploitation of seas, oceans and marine animals. The Mediterranean cuisine is a big money business, but unfortunately, fish stocks are decreasing in size, and fish consumption in growing  El Peixa want’s to help others find a way to eat fish responsibly.

The mission of El Peixa al Plat is to commercialize fresh, local and seasonal fish boxes at an affordable price; encourage and promote consumption of lesser know marine species to preserve diversity in the aquatic ecosystem; raise awareness about responsible fish buying and selling; and help come up with and create innovative and sustainable packaging solution to reduce the impact on environment. Its objective is to provide a service outreach on a sustainable alternative that has the consumer to purchase fish and responsible consumption of local products.

Sustainable fishing comes in many forms. Starting at the source, fishing techniques used by small vessels, help ensure a more responsible environmental product – they only catch the seasonal species that are adequate in size as to not interfere with the reproductive cycle of the fish. Like in tree talk, for every tree you cut down you should plant ten more.  For every fish you eat, you should reproduce ten more. This will maintain the biodiversity and the ecosystem.

Through their food tours, they hope to promote a greater responsibility for their clients and guests and provide knowledge for those when buying fish locally. They organize guided tours of the Barcelona Fisherman’s Guild for individuals, families, groups or schools. See here for info

Meeting at the Civic Centre La Barceloneta at 1:00 pm, Anna Bozzano and Claudio Masala the people in the kitchen will explain marine recipe secrets, give advice on food prep and discuss reasonable consumption of fish. You get to help in preparing the food dish and enjoy the final product with some a fresh bottle of wine or beer. After the first part of the fishing experience, you will then move to Llotja of Barcelona Fishermen (a 15-minute tour) of which you will learn about fisherman life, boats, fishing methods, and how they get the fish to the market. You will also learn how to distinguish different types of fish and the level of freshness. Tours cost 60-80 euros. Starts at 1:00pm – 5:30pm

The sustainable fishing tours go from market to market, following a complete route of the fish from sea to the table. On the tours you discover, the different types of boats and fishing gear used to catch different species. You will see what happens once the fish has been caught when it is in the market you will be taught to recognize fresh and local species versus the imported, plus some tips for making a responsible purchase.

If you like seafood and sustainability – the sustainable fishing tour is a great thing to try out.

To learn more check out their website