Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
The main economic activities of the Kerkennah Archipelago are subsistence activities. The first of these is fishing, which is practised on an extensive basis and according to secular traditions. The Charfia is the most common fishing method used in Kerkennah. As seafarers, the kerkennians use this fixed fishing technique adapted to the particularities of the environment: a fish trap already used 2,500 years ago by the Phoenicians. Faced with threats to the ecosystem (illegal fishing, reduction of the resource, use of synthetic polyamide materials, PVC tubes, ferrous materials instead of traditional materials), fishers have engaged in the Slow Food network’s approach to raise awareness to these threats among the local fishing community. On the principle of a moral commitment, a memorandum of understanding has been established to safeguard traditional knowledge and the ecosystem.
Contact: Hafedh Ben Moussa, Slow Food/cherfia association, Tunisia (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)