NAMA Weighs In

To facilitate the transformations we seek, we often have to communicate with policy makers. Although sometimes we go solo, our goal is to join others who share our vision for the future of our oceans. Here are a collection of letters that lay out positions taken by NAMA and/or our projects on various issues from fisheries to persistent pollutants to climate change.

From time to time, we'll also upload supporting documents here that are not necessarily NAMA's.

NAMA joined over 100 organizations representing millions of members and supporters in support of level funding for the United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) during fiscal year 2018 (FY18). This small agency, which operates with a staff of about 40 employees and an annual budget of just under $12 million, is critical for ensuring the safety of American workers and communities. 

NAMA joined 137 farmer, consumer, and environmental groups deeply concerned about growing concentration in the agricultural products sector and, in particular, about the proposed merger of Monsanto Company and Bayer AG. This is in line with NAMA's objections to the consolidation within the fishing industry

NAMA joined over 100 organizations representing millions of members and supporters objecting to the false premise that public safeguards are holding back our nation and to express our deep concern over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently noticed process for evaluating existing regulations that can be “repealed, replaced, or modified.” 

NAMA joined over 50 organizations calling on the EPA to RETAIN and STRENGTHEN pesticide regulations to protect children, farmworker families, rural communities, consumers, and in doing so, promote a healthy environment and economy. 

Comments on the New England fisheries decision-making process. Recent events have shown us how a defunct democratic process has made it easy for adopting fisheries management plans that are privatizing, consolidating, and corporatizing our public resource. This is deeply concerning and we recommend steps toward an immediate course correction.

Comments on the seven-year Fleet Diversity amendment process, also known as Amendment 18. The Amendment goals were to fix the problems associated with New England's Catch Share policy for managing groundfish. Instead of fixing, New England decision-makers ignored the vast majority of fishermen and the public who weighed-in as well as ignored their responsibility to protect the fish and the fishermen. The result was an amendment that maintains the status quo.  

National and regional organizations, fishermen, scientists and others sign onto letter asking for critical changes to the Magnsuon-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or the Fish Bill. Changes include:

  • Incorporating safeguards to ensure diverse fishing fleets and fisheries operations that demonstrate the greatest benefit to the nation.
  • Addressing the impacts of non-fishing activities on the health of the marine ecosystem and fisheries.
  • Recognition of fisheries as part of our food system.
  • Transparency and accountability along the fisheries and marine policy making chains.

NAMA's comments on the proposed 2013-2015 quota cuts to critical groundfish stocks and the urgent need for safeguards to protect both the fish and the fishermen.