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

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.

On May 4, 2020, hundreds of independent fishermen along with small and mid-sized seafood businesses across the country and their allies sent a letter to the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Agriculture, and Congress urging for increased federal support for America’s fishing communities. Representatives from Alaska, the West Coast, the Gulf, and New England spoke out in an accompanying video message. Their message underscored growing concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 on small and mid-scale seafood producers and called on the Trump Administration and Congress to address the increasingly urgent situation facing fishing communities nationwide.

LOCAL CATCH NETWORK OFFERS SOLUTIONS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

North American network of community-based seafood businesses steps up during a time when consumers are relying more on local and direct seafood supply chains.

This week, the Local Catch Network launched a coordinated effort to support the growing demand for locally caught and direct-marketed seafood as well as the growing challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. With an increasing number of U.S. households seeking out local sources of food and home delivery options, the network - comprised of over 500 fishermen, organizers, researchers, and seafood eaters - is helping make it easier for seafood producers and consumers to connect as well as adapt with innovative online seafood locator tools and digital forums.