Media Center

Welcome to our Media Center. Here you'll find our latest news and press releases. 

Members of the media can reach us by contacting Brett Tolley, National Program Coordinator, at brett (at) namanet (dot) org, 718-570-2377

Recent press releases

Press statement on NOAA's notice of intent to prepare Environmental Impact Statement on Pacific Ocean Aqua Farms off the coast of San Diego.

Today, the ​National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ​will move to designate federal waters off Southern California and in the Gulf of Mexico as “Aquaculture Opportunity Areas” (AOA). Areas designated as AOAs have been pre-approved for expansion of industrial aquaculture facilities, as dictated in President Trump’s May 2020 ​Executive Order​ on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.

Dear Commissioners:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft Navigational Risk Assessment for the proposed Ventura Shellfish Project. The undersigned groups have extensive knowledge of marine resources off the California coast and experience navigating the various laws and policies associated with coastal and marine development. Together, we would like to offer caution with consideration of an offshore aquaculture operation in federal waters and voice our concern that the Commission would submit materials to the Army Corps of Engineers when the Port does not have the authority to pursue this project in federal waters without the approval from the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission (“LAFCo”). We recommend that you do not approve sending the Draft Navigational Risk Assessment for the proposed Ventura Shellfish Project at this time.

May 14, 2020:​ A report released by Real Food Generation, a national organization mobilizing young people around food justice, reveals how major cafeteria contractors like Aramark monopolize the cafeteria industry, hurting the communities they claim to serve. The report, entitled ​“​Be-Trayed: How Kickbacks in the Cafeteria Industry Harm Our Communities -- And What To Do About It,​”​ shines a light on long-hidden business practices that have rendered the food system rigid and unable to respond to crises like the one brought about by COVID-19.

While our country faces the crippling effects of a pandemic, the White House has issued anExecutive Order​ with a dangerous set of measures that would deregulate the fishing industry, expedite the development of offshore factory fish farming, and promote seafood exports. Instead of strengthening our domestic seafood system by protecting fisheries and building the infrastructure that fishing communities need right now, the provisions in the Order would do exactly the opposite ― undermine marine ecosystems and increase our reliance on international markets. The Trump Administration is also blatantly ignoring the public health risks of holding animals in captivity in high concentrations, in spite of evidence that such operations are breeding grounds for diseases and that viruses such as COVID-19 have originated from the captivity of animals in close confinement.