List of Upcoming Events

Unity, ME - Seafood Throwdown at the Common Ground Country Fair

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Unity - Common Ground Fair at 294 Crosby Brook Road


Come down and be with us at this great fair and help drive home the importance of locally caught seafood and learn about the plight of community based fishermen.  The event is free to the public and is sponsored by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Penobscot East Resource Center. Its purpose is to educate the audience about the state of our fishing communities, the health of the ocean, and the importance of under-appreciated species using locally caught seafood.

Bobby Will from Fathom restaurant in Bar Harbor will go up against Cassady Pappas from Havana also of Bar Harbor.

Bobby has spent the past 15 years in professional kitchens in the Boston and New York State area. “My focus has always been driven towards seasonal, farm to table cooking. My menus are very seafood heavy and as best as possible I always seek the off the grid, underutilized fish.

Cassady has a rich culinary background as well. At Havana, he prepares local seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes with a Latin flair and an eye toward sustainability. Cassady consistently seeks out New England farmers and fishermen to purchase products that taste great, and are great for the environment and local economy.

While they work, Emcee Patrick Shepard of Stonington-based Penobscot East Resource Center will be keeping the mic alive with a host of special guests.
Also on deck for interviews will be the panel of judges: Amanda Beal - Sustainable Food Systems Research and Policy Consultant and NAMA board member, Jennifer Obadia - Sustainable Food Systems Consultant working with Health Care Without Harm, Tim Goltz – Administrator at Lincoln County General Hospital, and Aaron Dority – Federal Policy Director at Penobscot East.

Seafood Throwdowns are designed to be fun events that help the public understand the ecological, social, food system, and economic importance of locally caught seafood and community-based fisheries.
For more information, please contact Patrick Shepard at 207-367-2708, or Cynthia Bush at 978-281-6934







From Ocean to Table in the Ocean State: Connecting RI Fishers with RI Consumers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Newport, RI at the Seamen’s Church Institute

Rhode Island Policy Council host Ross Peasall, Ocean State Fresh, will be joined by featured guests: Brett Tolley at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and members of the Newport Lobster Shack Cooperative, to lead a room-wide discussion on how making the decision to buy "local" seafood is important for the RI fishing community and how regional and federal policies around seafood can help or hinder the well-intentioned "Buy Local" movement.

Please join us before the Conversation for a light supper featuring seafood from local waters in a historical community gathering space dedicated to providing services to those associated with the sea. Please join!

New Bedford, MA - Seafood Throwdown at the Working Waterfront Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
New Bedford - Fishermen's Wharf/Pier 3 - Steamship Pier

You can't miss this one, Working Waterfronts Seafood Throwdown is amazing! Lots of space to sit and watch the chefs prepare to please the pallet of the panel of judges that have been selected from the community. A fishermen will bring in a mystery seafood from his catch of the day, then the chefs will be escorted via police car to the farmers market to get locally grown/made products that would compliment their culinary delight they are creating for all to taste.

Celebrate Sustainability

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:00pm
Yale University

Join NAMA's director Niaz Dorry, James Beard award winner Paul Greenberg, GreenWave Executive Director Bren Smith, and Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program Mark Bomford, for a discussion Hosted by the Yale Sustainable Food Project.

Why is it that much of our best American caught seafood is sent abroad while restaurants and supermarkets import more and more foreign seafood every year? Hear about the challenges facing local seafood from James Beard award winner Paul Greenberg, GreenWave Executive Director Bren Smith, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program Mark Bomford, and Niaz Dorry of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. Co-sponsored by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

All Yale Sustainable Food Project events are free and open to the public. See theYSFP calendar for more details.

Rockport, MA - Seafood Throwdown at the Rockport Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Rockport - Rockport Harvest Festival-T-Wharf downtown Rockport

HarvestFest Rockport MAHarvestFest Rockport MA A friendly cook-off between two local chefs using local dayboat Mystery Seafood and local farmers produce.

Rock The Boat! A Benefit for NAMA's RevolOceanary Work

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Center for Arts at the Armory


Hey, Let's Rock The Boat!

Join us for Rock The Boat, on Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30-9:30pm at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. This fundraiser is a benefit for Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).

For almost 20 years NAMA has been rocking the boat! We've been shaking up the systems, policies, processes, markets and narratives that are dominating fishery policies and marine conservation. Rock The Boat is NAMA's first benefit event featuring, art, food, education, and an auction. The evening will be joined by singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry and the Bob Marley tribute band, Hope Road.

Dance to the music of singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry and groove to the tunes of Bob Marley tribute band Hope Road. Enjoy food provided by supportive restaurants and hospitals - yes we said hospitals! - creating delicious bites using regional sea and land food. Snack on vegetarian raviolis rolled out all night by Joe Gatto of "From Scratch" TV. Imbibe on some local beer, wine and healthy sodas. Learn from thoughtful chefs. Take part in a silent auction. Celebrate our living fishing economies. And support our efforts to keep rocking the boat!

If you can't make it, buy a ticket for someone who can but can't afford it by checking the "Rock the Boat Without Me!" ticket box. We'll prioritize distributing those tickets to fishing community advocates.
See you November 7th! Come Rock the Boat with us!​

Eventbrite - NAMA's Rock the Boat!