Five girls launch a curious start-up. “We include exotic species in the Mediterranean diet”

With the intention of a fruitful collaboration between the world of professional fishing and the commercial development of exotic species, a “Memorandum Of Understanding” was signed between Legacoop Agroalimentare Nord Italia and the new beneficiary company Mariscadoras. Last year, at the Rimini Nautical Club, with the presence of the Councilor for the Blue Economy of the municipality of Rimini Anna Montini, the coordinator of fishing and aquaculture activities Massimo Bellavista and Alice Pari, head of Public Relations and European Projects of the young boot. -up all the females called, not in vain, Mariscadoras, formalized the agreement and laid the foundations for building a road to stimulate the demand for consumption of exotic species, starting with the blue crab, but also to enhance the characteristics of the support species. its commercialization, so much in the sector Horeca, as through the big distribution or affine structures.

The blue crab (scientific name Callinectes Sapidus) is an invasive species; for some years it has been present in the Adriatic Sea where, as a result of global warming, it has found its ideal habitat. Carried by the great ships that sail the seas and oceans, the blue crab reproduces rapidly; a female lays millions of eggs and has no predators to oppose her. Eat prawns, silver, cuttlefish, sole. The damage is also relevant to the activity of operators in the fishing and aquaculture sector: claws like tweezers tear the nets, damage the beds of algae that serve as a breeding ground for local fish, devour the mussels and snails that make up their feed and swallow the young more easily. to catch.

Precisely from this alien invasion was born the idea of ​​5 Romanesque girls, with an average age of 26 years, to launch an innovative start-up aimed at promoting, marketing and transforming alien species (non-native) for the human consumption. . Newco, established by the regulations of beneficiary companies (Law 208 of 2015) has a strong environmental and social value, is made up of young girls with diversified skills and has all the credentials to enter the landscape of the Blue Economy. “We chose the name” Mariscadoras “- says Alice Pari – because it is synonymous with those Galician sailors who fought for their rights and to be recognized in the fishing and aquaculture sector, to receive legal protection, social security, and the same equality and equality.the same privileges guaranteed to men.We have set up our marketing strategy on the concept that even exotic species, far removed from our eating habits, can be included in our Mediterranean diet but require strong action information and consumer awareness “.

“With” Mariscadoras srl Società Benefit “- urges the researcher Carlotta Santolini – we want to do business but at the same time contribute to safeguarding the environment, the society of those who work at sea and for the sea, with special attention to those women. they are “invisible” and poorly paid in the Blue Economy. ” “The agreement between Legacoop Agroalimentare and Mariscadoras provides for close collaboration between the fishermen of Goro, Cesenatico, Rimini and Cattolica and the new company to monitor the number of alien specimens and identify actions aimed at introducing this product (live The blue crab, says Massimo Bellavista of Legacoop Agroalimentare Pesca, is an exotic species very present in the Adriatic, where it has found its ideal habitat and which arouses much concern among operators in the sector. “In 2021, in the Goro fish market alone, more than 350 quintals have been marketed, with an average price of around 5.50 euros.” “The exotic species – continues Bellavista – also travels through the tapes of the Rimini market and is present at the stalls of the covered market. With this agreement we aim to support this young female start-up that involves the entire sector and the fisheries and aquaculture in order to improve the socio – economic conditions of operators in the sector but also to support gender equality and at the same time safeguard the environment and both marine and lake resources. “

For some years now, Legacoop Agroalimentare has been working with companies made up of boys and girls, who carry out innovative projects and initiatives that are strongly characterized in terms of sustainability. The project with the Greek social enterprise Enaleia has been underway for two years, which collects disused and abandoned fishing nets for the seafarers of Emilia-Romagna for the recovery of threads and then makes socks (more have been collected of 40 tons of nets and sent to the industries of recovery and recycling of plastic materials). “In recent years – concludes Massimo Bellavista – several young people are entering the world of the Blue Economy with innovative start-ups that focus on new and unexplored segments. No less important, the young Sociedad Cooperativa Ulisse is present in Romania , which wants to include algae present in our sea in the food and cosmetics market, which is why we consider it essential to support those young people who have a strong environmental connotation and who are enterprising and highly motivated ”.

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