Interested in hearing more about SBA loans to support the fishing industry? What bills are in the pipeline to support small- and community-based fisheries?
Join us for a webinar to better understand to support small- and community-based fishing businesses across country during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be joined by the SBA, the US House on Natural Resources Committee, and Castlemain Group:
- Amy K. Bassett, District Director, Maine District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Lora Snyder, Staff Director, Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, House on Natural Resources Committee.
- Christy Whitmore, Business Development Advisor, Castlemain Group, a liaison between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative and 24 Commercial Fishery Enterprises in British Columbia
COVID-19 has impacted all facets of life. Our Local Catch Network is providing a webinar on Tuesday, March 31, at 1pm EST for fishers, community organizers, and other interested parties to share valuable insight and be in community together. To register visit https://bit.ly/2vSGbEL.
Please join us and our partners at Local Catch for an online forum for fishermen, community organizers, and other interested parties to share updates, lessons learned, and critical information that will help strengthen our food system and fishermen’s markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here.
This first webinar will feature an Indigenous welcome, stories from young and indigenous fish harvesters from around North America, and perspective from Blue Commons thought leaders. This will be an interactive discussion. We’ll feature a variety of viewpoints, a fisher poetry reading, as well as some thoughts on the budding collaboration between Slow Fish North America and Slow Food USA. And we’ll hear a message from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine, who has sponsored legislation to protect working waterfronts. Join us in adaptation, collaboration and celebration around topics that matter to us all.
Sign up for the webinar here.
As oceans warm, the types of seafood that predominate in our major fisheries are changing. At the same time, farm runoff is contributing to dead zones from the Gulf of Mexico to Long Island. Both of these issues – climate change and farming practices – affect the health of ocean ecosystems and, ultimately, the seafood that winds up on our plates. To support sustainable fisheries, changes will need to occur on farmland and in the sea, from the adoption of more sustainable farming methods to the re-establishment of offshore habitat. What will that mean for the notoriously picky American eater? Will they need to move beyond their familiar cod, shrimp and salmon, and embrace species that thrive in a warming climate – like jellyfish, green crabs, even sea robins – if the local seafood industry is to survive? Join experts - including NAMA's Coordinating Director Niaz Dorry - and producers in a discussion to find out! Buy tickets here.
Action Alert! Public Hearing in Sarasota, FL
Based on a significant amount of interest from the public, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a hearing on a draft permit for a fish farm that would operate in the ocean off the west coast of Florida. The hearing will take place on January 28, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
The Velella Epsilon project, proposed by Hawai’i-based Kampachi Farms, would be the first such fish farm to be permitted in U.S. federal waters, setting a dangerous precedent that could expand harmful fish farming practices across the country. If this permit is granted, it would give one company license to create a private enclosure in the ocean and use public resources for its own financial benefit at the expense of the ecosystem, the community, and industries like fishing and tourism in the entire region.
We have three opportunities for you to demonstrate your opposition of this project (pick one or all three!). Help us make it clear to the EPA that our oceans deserve to be protected. Here's how you can get involved:
(1) Attend the January 28th hearing in Sarasota and make oral comments. Register here.
(2) Join us for a demonstration in front of the WAVE center right before the hearing! (5:00-5:30pm)
(3) Submit written comments to R4NPDES.Kampachi@epa.gov by February 4, 2020.
The Don't Cage Our Ocean Coalition, along with other local and national organizations, will be showing up at this event. If you are able to join us in person, please reach out to our policy coordinator, Rosanna Marie Neil (firstname.lastname@example.org) to coordinate with the group action.
Join NAMA along with the Don't Cage our Ocean Coalition and local partners to express our shared opposition to this project at the hearing.
Public Hearing Details
WHEN: 5:30 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST
WHERE: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s WAVE Center, Sarasota, FL
To learn more about why this project would be a dangerous development, here's an op-ed by Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition. She provides a detailed account of why this project would be harmful to communities and our oceans.
To further connect land and sea food systems, we'll be attending the Community Food Systems Conference taking place in Savannah, GA, December 9-11. Michael Twitty will be the keynote presenter, and our director Niaz Dorry will be joining an all-star plenary panel featuring Rashid Nuri, Karla Blaginin, and Shirley Sherrod. A slate of over 50 workshop and lightning talk presenters are attending from all over the country. The conference is co-hosted by Georgia Farmers Market Association.
Join the Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition on Thursday, December 5 at 3pm Eastern for a webinar discussion of our collective work to prevent industrial offshore aquaculture in the U.S. - an emerging industry that poses significant environmental and socio-economic threats. This webinar is co-sponsored by GRACE Communications Foundation and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, and is a follow-up to the aquaculture dinner hosted at the 2019 SAFSF forum last June.
We'll be joining Jane Fonda and others at this week's Fire Drill Fridays: Food Justice & Agriculture Can't Wait! to highlight the impact of climate change on our sea and land food systems. Join us for a teach in Thursday night, November 28th and rally November 29th.