Press Releases

Two Federal Agencies Rush Industrial Aquaculture Development, Threatening Fishing, Communities, and Ecosystems

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.

New Report Argues for the Overhaul of the Cafeteria Industry COVID-19 Highlights Systemic Flaws in the Food Supply Chain

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.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance Statement on White House Executive Order to Expand Factory Fish Farms and Deregulate the Fishing Industry

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.