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.

Brett Tolley of NAMA, Dr. Kenneth Downes - organization development and vision coach, and, Christopher Brown, Rhode Island fishermen deliver testimony to the Interspecies Committee of the New England Fisheries Management Council about the importance of the Fleet Vision Project outcomes and how they can help the council answer important questions before them.
Emerging scientific evidence about local stocks is really evidence that ocean populations and ecosystems operate at multiple scales — from very local to very broad. A group of scientist submit comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service during their deliberation around the Amendment 16 to the NE multispecies/groundfish plan suggesting the evidence about the ocean populations and all theoretical knowledge of ecosystems is consistent with the organization of populations at multiple spatial and temporal scales. They believe, in practice, the important implication is that fisheries must be managed at multiple scales, not just a single large scale, if the hope is to be able to learn, adapt and conserve the resource.
A network of fishermen, fishing families and communities, scientists, social scientists, economists, farmers, environmentalists and local food enthusiasts weight in on the NOAA Catch Share Policy proposed by the Catch Share Task Force. The group recommends NOAA's policies foster an economically viable fleet, engender a diverse fleet whose impact on the ocean matches the unique ecosystems contained within, and thus, is environmentally resilient; and, advocated for Catch Share systems that can lead to true community and ecosystem based management.
Signed by nearly 70 fishermen and fishing organizations from around the country expressing concern about ocean acidification and its impact on the marine ecosystem and fisheries, the attached letter was submitted and entered into the record for the Senate hearing on the Environment, Economic Impacts of Ocean Acidification.

A group of New England fishermen, community advocates, local food advocates, and scientists signed this letter to New England Congress Representatives urging for support of the Fleet Visioning Project. 

NAMA joins 50 other organizations from around the country on a letter in support of the Petition to Protect Children From Pesticide Drift (the “Kids’ Petition”), and to comment on the Pesticide Registration Notice regarding pesticide drift labeling and the accompanying guidance. In the letter, the groups urged the Environmental Protection to take immediate protective action by establishing no-spray buffers around areas where children congregate while EPA fully evaluates and protects against pesticide drift exposures to children. This petition asks EPA to take these immediate steps to comply with its legal duty, under the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), Executive Order on Children’s Health and the Environmental Justice Executive Order, to protect all children from all pesticide drift exposures. Why would NAMA sign onto this letter, you ask? Pesticides and other chemicals often end up in the marine ecosystem affecting the long term health of marine organisms including all the fish and marine animals we are all working so hard to protect. So, yes, we did it because we feel our kids shouldn't be exposed to pesticides drifting toward them. But we also did it because we believe better alternatives to toxic pesticides exist and must be used not only to protect our kids, but to protect all the species on the planet as we all live "in an inescapable web of mutuality" (part of Martin Luther Kind, Jr. quote. We're not that brilliant!).
113 organizations sent a letter to the US Senate expressing opposition to the nomination of Islam Siddiqui as Chief Agriculture Negotiator at the office of the United States Trade Representative. The organizations— representing family farmers, farmworkers, fishermen and sustainable agriculture, environmental, consumer, anti-hunger and other advocacy groups—urge the Senate to reject Dr. Siddiqui’s appointment when it comes up for a floor vote, despite the Senate Finance Committee's favorable report of his nomination on December 23, 2009. Siddiqui’s record at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and his role as a former registered lobbyist for CropLife America (whose members include Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont and Dow), has revealed him to consistently favor agribusinesses’ interests over the interests of consumers, the environment and public health. Siddiqui’s nomination severely weakens the Obama Administration’s credibility in promoting healthier and more sustainable local food systems here at home. His appointment would also send a harmful signal to the world that the United States plans to continue down the worn but now obsolete path of chemical and energy-intensive industrial agriculture while promoting toxic pesticides, inappropriate seed biotechnologies and unfair trade agreements on nations that neither want nor can afford them.
A diverse group of individuals, organizations and scientists provide feedback and comments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality's Ocean Policy Task Force regarding Marine Spatial Planning.

Take a look at NAMA's comments to the Amendment 16 Proposed Rule.  The new rule, if approved, will take effect May 1, 2010.

Read Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance's comments on Amendment 16 of the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan in support of community-based fishermen across New England.