The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) along with supporters from around New England are launching the 'WHO FISHES MATTERS' campaign. If we truly care about our oceans and our fisheries, then "WHO" fishes matters! Our goal is to ensure fleet diveristy and prevent excessive consolidation for the well-being of our fishing communities and marine ecosystem. The New England Fisheries Management Council has made clear that consolidation is a priority in order to reduce total catch. However, a Council vision for who stays and who goes is absent.
We learned from the experience of US farm policy that consolidation without a vision resulted in large-scale factory farming corporations driving out family farmers and degrading the land based environment, biodiversity, and security of the food system in this country. As it did this, it also destroyed the fabric and vitality of farming communities in the heartland.
On the marine side we are heading down the same path. By ignoring 'Who Fishes' policy-makers will end up undermining the conservation objectives aimed at preserving a sustainable ecosystem. We need protections! Please support the "WHO FISHES MATTERS" campaign by adding your name to this petition.