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.

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.

NOAA comissioned an independant review of the New England Fisheries Management process. The resulting report higlighted many failures and the means to improve the process. NOAA encouraged public comments on the reforms. NAMA prepared comments and is accepting sign-on's until May 27, 2011. To sign on to the letter, please contact Sean Sullivan.