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.

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

Please accept the following comments on behalf of Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Ocean Conservation Research, and Recirculating Farms Coalition, and our hundreds of thousands of members and activists located throughout the West Coast, to raise our alarm over recent proposals that would advance industrial aquaculture in and near the state. 1 As detailed below, we object to any agenda that furthers industrial aquaculture production based on the established history of negative environmental and socio-economic impacts, and we urge the Pacific Fishery Management Council to assert its unique authority and expertise, and demand to be integrally involved as these policies develop.

Rural Coalition's sign-on letter urging Congress to ensure just and equitable food, farm, and fish systems and relief for our communities during this pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected fishing businesses and the seafood sector as a whole. Disruptions in the global supply chain and restaurant closures have caused drastic declines in seafood sales and thus in prices of wild-caught seafood at the dock. Although some small and medium-scale businesses have successfully pivoted to direct-to-consumer marketing, this shift cannot compensate for all of the losses incurred. In order to adapt to this crisis, fishing businesses need more direct financial assistance, additional forms of support such as seafood procurement from the USDA, and investments in local processing and shoreside infrastructure.

25+ National & State Orgs Urge Congress to Pass the Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act

New letter explains why a merger moratorium is essential for stopping a monopoly free-for-all

As large corporations and predatory financiers seek to exploit the global pandemic and further concentrate their economic and political power, 27 national and state organizations today sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to include the Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act in the next COVID-19 relief package. The organizations, which represent working people, economic and social justice advocates, antitrust leaders and more, emphasize the dangers of concentrated corporate power and warn of a coming merger wave financed with public money.

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 Agriculture, and Congress urging for increased federal support for America’s fishing communities. 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. The letter outlines several key recommendations that would enable fishing communities to weather the COVID-19 crisis and adapt to its abrupt and dramatic impacts on the seafood supply chain.

 

NAMA is one of 577 signatory organizations including energy and environmental justice groups, clean energy and anti-fossil fuel climate organizations, faith and community leaders, labor activists, health workers and physicians, and legal clinicians. 

It is more important than ever to stand with the millions of Americans saddled with mounting utility burdens as they now face essential utility shut-offs in these uncertain times. We recognize that there are many governors, mayors and utility commissions that have made the right choice regarding shut-offs, waiver of late payment fees and reconnections. However, we know that these moratoria are band-aids that do not address the inequities forcing socially marginalized communities to this breaking point in the first place. Moreover, not all moratoria are created equal; even the ones that have been implemented vary wildly in scope, duration, interconnection, and application. We must continue to demand robust and long-term protections.