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NAMA Joins Real Meals Campaign

Real Meals CampaignThe Real Meals Campaign is calling for change among the three largest food service management companies, Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group.

For seafood, we are calling for five percent of seafood at each of the three companies to be sourced from owner-operated boats and for all production, processing, and distribution to be within a 500-mile radius of the institution in which it is being consumed. While this is an imperfect calculation for supporting community-based fishermen, we’re hopeful it will bring us closer to the kind of food system that fishermen and marine ecosystems need to survive and thrive.  Learn more here.

Recent Newsletters

  • For NAMA, this is the year that we are formally changing our name to the North American Marine Alliance. This has been a long time coming. Our work has stretched the boundaries of our founding regional affiliation and now allows us to demonstrate the breadth and depth of our recent work. Read the full newsletter here

  • In the last ten years, NAMA has set out to tackle the challenges of marine conservation in a way many fisheries organizations haven't-- through changing our food system. We believe that bringing about the positive changes we're calling for in our mission and values will result in a more just and sustainable food system. This includes improving the livelihoods of fishermen through economic empowerment, creating a healthier marine ecosystem, and stopping the corporate takeover of both the ocean and our food.

  • We often hear that we need aquaculture to feed the growing world population and to take pressure off wild ecosystems. We don't buy it.

    Although we see the value of some aquaculture operations - namely scale-appropriate shellfish farming - we oppose industrial aquaculture and fish farming for many of the same reasons that we challenge factory-scale food production in general. We especially challenge the notion that factory animal farming on land or at sea is an ethical or even necessary approach to food production.