GASTROFISH – The 2nd Short Term Joint Staff in Palermo was a success

GASTROFISH (2019-3-TR01-KA205-080005) is a European Commission funded project through the Erasmus+ Program (KA205).

The project aims to build a reliable source for guideline about fishery sector in the Mediterranean area, to establish a gastro-kitchen guide of fishery and to create an international network of fishery in the EU, through the transfer of Local-National-International knowledge and innovative methods.

From May 16th to May 20th the partners met in Palermo for the 2nd Short Term Joint Staff of the project, hosted by CEIPES. The city of Palermo (from the ancient Greek “Panormos”, all port) has a very strong connection with the sea, and during this STJS the partners had the opportunity to experience this link by participating to several activities related to the project topic.

On Tuesday, May 17th the Joint Staff visited the historical fish market “Capo”, guided by a local expert of fisheries. After a Social lunch, the partners were invited to visit CEIPES’ office, where the afternoon activities were held, such as ice-breaking activities and an introduction to the Gastrofish project. On Wednesday, May 18th the municipal fish market was visited at 3.30 AM: despite having woken up very early, all the participants were enthusiastic about the experience. After a well-deserved break, the partners had an immersive virtual reality experience on the immensity of the sea: they had to wear a VR viewer and be transported to a sea scenario, where they could interact with what was surrounding them. On Thursday, May 19th, the Joint Staff went to EUROFORM school to attend and actively take part of a fish show cooking.

It has been very interesting to share every countries’ expertise about fish cooking. On the last activity day, Friday 20th May 2022, CEIPES welcomed the partners and gave a presentation on cooking techniques and fish consumption in Sicily, after which the project partners talked about the differences and similarities in their home regions. During the afternoon, the participants attended a presentation on fish hygiene by an ethologist, and on seafood by a marine biologist

These days helped every participant to feel the sea as a common background which gather all the Mediterranean countries. Using innovative methods, such as VR or AR, these activities have helped to transfer and exchange knowledge, promoting a sustainable development of Fishery and an economic development at every level.

This JSTE was extremely interesting to be part of, and all the feedbacks received testifies to the satisfaction of the partners involved. The staff will continue to meet each other in the next meetings to give updates about the work in progress.

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