First and foremost, we work to support the various campaigns, projects, and collaborations happening within the Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC) and our ally networks. However, instances arise where no members of the FLC are poised to lead a particular discussion or area-of-work and NAMA is asked to step in. In those cases, we intentionally take leadership for the short-term with the intent to build a community of practice around that area of work and eventually pass the relationships and leadership to others to carry the work for the long term.
Here are a few examples of how we've minded the gap during our 20 year history:
Community Supported Fisheries
In 2007 we worked with one of the FLC collaborating communities - Port Clyde, Maine - to launch the first ever CSF. Others in the FLC recognized the social, ecological, and economic values of the model however, there was no capacity to spread the model and build a CSF newtork of support. During our inaugural gathering of the FLC, NAMA was asked to fill this gap, lead this work, and spread the CSF model. We took this task seriously, created the CSF Bait Box in early 2009 - the first every CSF tool kit for communities that want to explore the concept. We served as a resource providing expertise and staff time to communities who were ready to start a CSF but didn't have the capacity or knowledge. We hosted the first CSF drop-off search function on our website allowing CSFs without web presence to have a temporary home and consumers to find the closest CSFs to them by simply using their zip code. Eventually, all this led to what is now a burgeoning CSF movement and network that is self sustained under the umbrella of LocalCatch.org.
Creating Replicable, Dynamic Public Outreach Opportunities
As we began to spread the message of CSFs, we heard from our partners that they lacked a dynamic way to gauge public's interest, show community support for fishermen, and introduce seafood eaters to lesser known species. We were tasked with coming up with a new idea, and the Seafood Throwdown concept was born. After the first four years and nearly 100 Seafood Throwdowns throughout New England all organized by our staff, our collaborators began to host these events from Nova Scotia to Alaska and even in the middle of country where there is no ocean access but plenty of seafood eaters using our Seafood Throwdown Bait Box. More communities are becoming self sufficient at hosting these events using NAMA’s Seafood Throwdown Bait Box. An example of the utility of these events and the tool provided in the Bait Box is the commuity of Hatteras, North Carolina. After working with us to host a Seafood Throwdown for two years in a row as part of their annual Day at the Dock festivities, our collaborators in Hatteras, North Carolina has put on their own Seafood Throwdown for the past two years.
Vision for New England Fisheries
Building Bridges with the Broader Food Justice Movement.
Fleet Diversity Policy