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.

New England fishing organizations ask President Obama for leadership that supports local small-scale fishermen who want to turn the decline of fisheries around. Community-based fishermen in New England propose a strong stewardship ethic; a focus on high-quality and low-volume local markets; and, an ecologically sound management strategies that acknowledge distinct ecologically defined areas, integrate all species within those areas and are adaptable to real time changes.
NAMA joins public health, labor, environmental health and justice organizations requesting Congress to hold oversight hearings and/or initiate a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation with the goal of amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and related legislation to improve protections from and remedies for work-related illnesses caused by exposure to chemicals known to harm human health and the environment, including marine ecosystems.
In 2008, the price of basic food staples rose by incredible proportions. Between May 2007 and March 2008, hard red winter wheat rose 137 percent, from July 2007 to June 2008 corn prices rose 98 percent. Other food commodities rose in a similar fashion putting daily sustenance out of reach for 200 million more people in the developing world. Families used to buying kilos of food were only able to buy cups of the same food items. People went hungry. Children stopped growing for months at a time, others perished. The steep price run-up was followed by a sudden slide in commodity prices. Currently, some food commodity prices have decreased to levels that have forced farmers in the developing world and the United States from their farms. The world’s food commodities’ markets have become dangerously and unacceptably volatile.