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.

See our comments for the Fleet Diversity Amendment 18 submitted as part of a public scoping period. 

The New England Fisheries Management Council released the dates of the public scoping hearings to seek public's comment on the Fleet Diversity Amendment 18. Please get in touch with NAMA staff if you have any questions about participating in this process. YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT and should be heard.

According to the annoucnement, SCOPING DATES AND LOCATIONS are:

  • Jan 17: Ellsworth, ME
  • Jan 18: Portland, ME
  • Jan 20: Fairhaven, MA
  • Jan 20: Kingstown, RI
  • Jan 23: Riverhead, NY
  • Jan 24: Manahawkin, NJ
  • Jan 26: Hyannis, MA
  • Jan 26: Plymouth, MA
  • Jan 30: Gloucester, MA
  • Jan 31: Portsmouth, NH
To change fisheries regulations, we have to first start with an amendment to the fishery management plan. If no fishery management plan exists, then the request to the appropriate council is to create a plan to start with. In the case of the Fleet Diversity Amendment, it'll be an amendment to the New England Multi-Species Fishery, which includes almost all the groundfish species like cod, haddock, red fish, variety of flounders, pollock, etc. Amendment 18, the Fleet Diversity Amendment, will start with a scoping process seeking public input. This document is the scoping document on which the public should comment. Comments can be in writing or, even better, in person at upcoming scoping hearings (dates yet to be announced). Please get in touch with NAMA staff if you have any questions about this process.

On September 28, 2011 the New England Fisheries Management Council voted to begin Amendment 18 to the Groundfish plan and approved the public scoping document. Here are the public comments that were submitted in support of the scoping document including our petition letter with over 1200 signatures!

NAMA urges the New England Fishery Management Council to vote on the Fleet Diversity Amendment 18 and start the public hearing process

Urging a vote on the Fleet Diversity Amendment 18 scoping document and start of the public hearing process.

While the New England Fisheries Management Council (Council) considers how to address fleet diversity and excessive consolidation a diverse group of fishermen and community leaders submitted a Pledge letter outlining support for fleet diversity and opposition to policies that further displace community based fishermen.