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Blue Fish: From Sicily to Boston

North End Boston Public Library recently had the pleasure of hosting a seminar and exhibit on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, on the value of Mediterranean blue fish (pesce azzurro) and the possibilities of establishing a long-term cooperation with communities in New England.

Boston’s historic North End was a great setting for the event as many Sicilian immigrants settled in this area. The Region of Sicily under the auspices of Alessandra Russo, General Director of Family and Social Policies in collaboration with Salvatore Mazzola from Centro Nazionale di Ricerca with Francesco Daniele of the Federazione Siciliana del Massachusetts presented an exhibit which illustrated the value of blue fish and its healthy properties, by conjugating economic development with environment protection, which is the principle mission of the marine policies in the Region of Sicily. As part of a project funded by the Region of Sicily, the mission is to trace stories of Sicilian immigrants in all parts of the world. This particular seminar focused on the fishing industry.

The initiative aims at promoting Sicilian fish species and their health characteristics. As the seminar pointed out the Sicilian marine heritage, in the framework of fishery economy related to sustainable development, the intent is to further explore Sicily’s roots in Boston. The reach out will be specifically to sons and daughters of immigrants to expand its mission in sustaining this culture in America, looking to establish the basis of a cooperation between Italy and USA.

Many thanks to all participants and supporters, from City of Boston Mayor Menino’s Office, The Consul General of Italy Boston, Accademia Italiana della Cucina (Boston), Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association, “Old Ways Preservation Trust”, Western Sicilian Fishermen’s Organization, The North End Public Library, Augusta Club of Boston Club, Boston World Partnership and Damiano’s Ristorante.

Photographs by Rosario Scabin of Ross Photography.

About Lisa Cappuccio

Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.