The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s mission
is to restore and enhance an enduring marine system supporting a healthy diversity and an abundance of marine life and human uses through a self-organizing and self-governing organization. For the past decade, we have set the standard for effective collaboration in the pursuit of one questionz: if we truly care about the health of our oceans does it matter how, where and when we fish; and, who catches the fish that end up on our dinner plates? The answer is, definitely.
- Building on the organization's history and using a multi-prong approach, we have built programs to transform:
- The market for seafood toward one that is locally based and supports local, small-scale
fishermen and fishing communities.
- Accessibility and affordability of responsibly and locally caught seafood by the communities and populations that need it most.
- Decision-making processes and policies toward ones that are grounded in the fishing communities, and are based on sound science and the need for healthy marine ecosystems.
- Management decisions towards one that are nimbly adaptive to changing environments and are based on principles of precautionary action.
- The audience paying attention to ocean issues to one that reaches farmers, consumers and advocates of local food production.
- Fisheries management policies to include the impact of genetic modification, persistent pollutants and climate change on rebuilding our marine environment, marine based foods and resources.