Ricciola is one of the most wonderfully delicious fish from the Tyrrhenian
Sea, and the tastiest I have ever eaten.
My friend, Giacomo Corsini happily poses with a very large ricciola
(amberjack) that he caught while spear fishing off the coast of Panarea.
Giacomo, an expert diver and spear fisher, began visting the islands since
he was a boy, and maintains a small house on Panarea above the village of
Drauto which commands an enviable view of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Arguably the most indispensable ingredient in the cuisine along the coast
of Sicily, seafood is constantly under threat from over-fishing. Rampant
troll fishing has gradually drained the Mediterranean, and unfortunately
has led to absorbatant fish prices which consequently has left less fish on
the Sicilian dinner table.
In an effort to control over-fishing, the UN and EU imposed a moratorium
on commercial driftnet fishing and conditions are beginning to improve.
Although recent studies indicate a decline in driftnetting because of the
bans, it will be decades before life in the Mediterranean significantly
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