NAMA is urging NOAA to reject the sale of Carlos Rafael’s groundfish fleet to Blue Harvest Fisheries, a seafood business owned by a hedge fund. This deal is clearly against the best interests of the public and our fisheries.
Two years ago, we applauded the conviction and sentencing of Carlos “Codfather” Rafael for seafood fraud and tax evasion, but warned about the risk that his assets would be sold to another seafood mogul or big corporation, leading to yet another single player controlling too much of the seafood supply chain and thus jeopardizing the integrity of the seafood economy and marine ecosystem. We recommended that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seize all of Mr. Rafael’s boats and permits, and reallocate his fishing quota to a diverse range of fishermen across the New England region, excluding any individuals or entities that control an excessive share (2% or greater) of quota for any groundfish species.
Opponents of offshore finfish aquaculture joined hundreds of people in a March for the Oceans in Washington, DC to demand a halt to the development of industrial ocean fish farms wearing pins and carrying signs with the hashtag “#dontcageouroceans”. Read related later here.
As an organization committed to a seafood system that values the ocean, fishing communities, and all those whose hands touch the fish, we have deep concerns over what has been revealed in the recent AP expose of national distributor Sea to Table and its implications for the new values-based seafood movement.
Two national organizations fighting on the front lines for a just food system have decided to share their strength and leadership to increase their collective impact. The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) announced that, as of May 1, Niaz Dorry will lead the work of both organizations. Dorry has been the coordinating director of NAMA for a decade and has served as an NFFC board member for the past eight years; treasurer for the past two.
Gloucester, MA: Today, individuals representing 76 businesses and organizations along with the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) delivered a public letter to Fulton Street Fish Market asking them to discontinue their “Community Supported Fishery” (CSF) marketing campaign on the basis of “dishonest and values-deprived” advertising.
While yesterday's sentencing of Carlos Rafael successfully took a corrupt abuser of fishery resources off the ocean temporarily, another fishing company is already gearing up to capitalize on the opportunity to fill the Codfather's shoes.
“Know your fisherman!” “Know your seafood!” These are two of the key themes of the storytelling and community building at the Slow Fish New Orleans 2016 event, to be held March 10-13 at The Old U.S. Mint. Fishermen, chefs, scientists, students, activists and those who create community around seafood from all over North America will be uniting in stories, food, music and art to address the successes and challenges of the common vision for good, clean and fair seafood to all.
Fed up with policies designed to consolidate the fishing industry and privatize the rights to fish, a group of community-based fishermen and their supporters will gather at the New England Fisheries Management Council’s (NEFMC) meeting in Plymouth, MA this coming Wednesday, September 30th. Reporters covering business, environment, food, and politics are encouraged to attend. Download the full press advisory.
For Immediate Release: August 17, 2015
- Niki Bogin, Cape Ann Farmers Market,978-290-2717
- Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, 978-281-6934
Gloucester, MA – Seafood Throwdown is coming back to Cape Ann Farmers Market Thursday, August 20 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Stage Fort Park. This unique cooking competition brings local chefs, fisheries advocacy organizations, local food vendors, and food advocates together to talk about why local seafood should matter to us.
This year, the Seafood Throwdown will focus on the current efforts to label genetically modified foods. Market goers will get a chance to learn about the threat of GMOs to the marine environment, local seafood, fishing communities, and the rest of our food as well as opportunities to weigh in on the issues surrounding GMOs, including labeling campaigns.
The two teams going knife-to-knife at this year’s Seafood Throwdown are Mark Delaney of Common Crow Natural Market and Chef David Gauvin Dining Services Director at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Steve Parkes of Maritime Gloucester will hold his annual fillet demonstration. Secret seafood for the chefs and the fish for the fillet demonstration are provided by Ocean Crest and donated by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association.
Judges for this year’s event include Nancy Sullivan of Cape Ann Nutritional Therapy, Rebecca Peters Campaign Organizer with MA Right to Know GMOs, and Sean Horgan fisheries reporter for Gloucester Daily Times. Angela Sanfilippo of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and NAMA staff will be on hand to talk about our local fishing economies and the impact of GMOs on local fisheries and marine environment. We’ll also be pulling at least one audience member to join the judging team so come prepared.