Past Events

Salem State University Lifelong Learning Institute

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Join NAMA's director Niaz Dorry in a conversation about the movements to build ecologically responsible land and sea food while supporting community-based fishermen and family farmers.


Join our FREE WEBINAR where we'll be discussing the risks of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in the Northwest region! The webinar features the launch of the new short film: “Salmon People - The Risks of Genetically Engineered Fish for the Pacific Northwest.”


Salmon is a cultural and ecological keystone species in the Northwest, making the approval of GE salmon a distinct point of concern for communities in this region. Northwest tribes and tribal members have voiced strong concerns around the potential impacts of corporations producing and distributing GE salmon, and have initiated political opposition at state and national levels in response to the biotech firm, AquaBounty Inc.’s submission for approval to market GE salmon in the U.S.

1. Introduction by Heather Day
2. Screening of "Salmon People" (~4 min)
3. Presentations by panelists
4. Discussion and calls to action


HEATHER DAY co-founded Community Alliance for Global Justice with other organizers of the historic 1999 shutdown of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. She has been ED since 2007, and holds a Masters in Geography.

VALERIE SEGREST is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project. 

FAWN SHARP is president of the Quinault Indian Nation, president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and vice president of the National Congress of American Indians.

GEORGE KIMBRELL is the Legal Director for the Center for Food Safety. His legal, legislative, and policy work runs the gamut of many CFS program areas, including pesticides, genetically engineered organisms, food labeling, organic standards, and aquaculture. 

DR. PETE KNUTSON teaches environmental anthropology at Seattle Central College, is a Commissioner on the Puget Sound Salmon Commission, has been a North Pacific commercial fisherman for 47 years and owns Loki Fish Company.

The webinar is co-hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice andCenter for Food Safety, and co-sponsored by Friends of the Earth U.S.and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Tickets are live! Join Slow Food SF and the Slow Fish community for Slow Fish San Fransisco - a seafood celebration and community gathering to connect fishermen, chefs, scientists, and Slow Food activists who are rallying around good, clean, and fair seafood.  

NAMA is part of the planning team to continue our role in helping nurture the budding Slow Fish USA-area network. This event will begin with a Seafood Throwdown at the SF ferry building and a welcoming reception. Click to view the website. 

Cleveland, Ohio


The HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor) Food Alliance is excited to host their 2nd Annual Summit. The theme this year is "Real Food Rising!" NAMA will be taking part to further integrate the fisheries and seafood components of the HEAL vision and strategy. NAMA's community organizer Brett Tolley is also part of HEAL's School of Political Leadership cohort. Click to view event website.

Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH

The NH Food Alliance aims to influence and shape the future of our emerging local food economy to build a food system that works for all in New Hampshire: people, businesses, communities, and the environment. The Food Alliance remains focused on improving farm, fish, and food enterprise viability in New Hampshire, and therefore will offer a variety of workshops related to the work of the Action Teams and other Network Partners in the state.

Join us at the gathering to:

  1. Connect with others in the food system;
  2. Learn about and get involved with Action Team projects, some of which include: grassroots local foods education and marketing campaign; peer-to-peer conservation easement workshops and innovative funding for agricultural land conservation; identifying the gaps in the landscape of technical assistance for farms and food businesses; increasing low-income residents' access to healthy, local food through fruit and vegetable prescription programs.
  3. Learn about and engage with other work happening through New Hampshire's food system.
Eaton Workshop, Washington, DC

EatonPlease join NAMA's Coordinating Director Niaz Dorry for a discussion about ocean conservation and food justice at Eaton Workshop during their Black History Month series.

Eaton Workshop is a new global brand merging hospitality with progressive social change. Launching in early 2018, it brings to the international market a hybrid model of a hotel, co-working members club, and wellness center, with extensive content and cultural programming supporting the intersection of arts, consciousness and impact. As a gathering place for an inclusive tribe of changemakers and creatives, Eaton Workshop invites activists, artists and entrepreneurs from around the world to instigate meaningful and positive initiatives on both a local and macro scale, as well as to hang out, indulge and follow their bliss.


Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Gramercy TavernThis international network of small-scale fisheries is revolutionizing the way we eat fish, connecting communities to traceable and transparent seafood from their own local waters. Founder Sean Barrett—himself a lifelong fisherman-- and NAMA's Coordinating Director Niaz Dorry will highlight local catches and discuss the ocean’s role in the future of food.

Gramercy Tavern’s Market Lunch series celebrates local ingredients and the purveyors who make them available to us here in New York City!

Tickets are $145.00 for the 3 hour event.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Ecotrust Canada and allies from across Canada are gathering to discuss community-based fisheries. In particular, the gathering will center around one of the greatest threats to Canada's healthy fisheries and coastal and fishing communities; the increasing privatization of the resource. In their words, "this is the result of policies that enable shareholders and multinational companies to purchase, own and lease our local fishing rights." NAMA's Brett Tolley will be attending along with US fishermen to discuss how these same policies are impacting communities in the US.

MFA Products of Design Program at the School of Visual Arts 136 West 21st Street 7th Floor, New York, NY 10011
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NY Sea Grant in collaboration with industry, academic, and other professional seafood stakeholders would like to invite you to participate in an “NY Seafood Summit.” The goal of the summit will be to convene a group of enthusiastic professionals with vested interest in seafood, in order to build active communications between the various sectors of the NY Seafood Industry. At the summit, we plan to discuss a variety of relevant topics surrounding seafood in NY State and identify specific focus areas, which the group can target to achieve the mutually beneficial goals of promoting and protecting the seafood and seafood resources throughout NY State.

Register here by February 12th.

University-Me Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Avenue Belfast, ME 04915

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The Maine Farm to Institution Summit is designed to inspire and energize the network through sharing best practices and innovative strategies; enhancing network capacity through skill building; and strengthening collective impact by engaging food producers, educators, decision-makers, leaders, and policymakers in shared problem-solving.

We hope that the Summit will allow participants to be able to:

  1. Develop new skills that will enhance their effectiveness
  2. Develop new partnerships that have worked in other communities
  3. Connect to local, state, and federal policymakers to support farm to institution efforts
  4. Inspire each other to set and achieve bolder goals for our food system
  5. Frame farm to institution in new ways to connect with a broader audience
  6. Clearly understand the need for and relevancy of farm to institution in our state.