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.

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.

The New England Fisheries Management Council (Council) is considering a significant step forward in the process to adopt Fleet Diversity protections. We urge the Council to ensure this process is grounded in a clear problem statement with clear goals also recognizing that loss of fleet diversity has major ecological, social, and economic consequences.

This discussion paper outlines five areas of recommendation for decision-makers to consider while setting goals and objectives related to fleet diversity and excessive consolidation. The four areas include: 1) Allow for quota set‐asides that invest in fishing communities and allow affordable access for new entrants. 2) Foster an affordable fishery through leasing policies and costs that do not disproportionately impact portions of the fleet. 3) Create owner-operator incentives. 4)  Limit the concentration of quota. 5) Work toward longer-term changes in a management approach that will facilitate a more incentive-based strategy for maintaining fleet diversity, including spatial management and market considerations.