Block Corporate Salmon

NAMA is actively supporting tribes and network allies in a joint campaign to Block Corporate Salmon. Led by Indigenous peoples and communities, this campaign includes additional collaborators such as backbone org Uprooted & Rising and longtime supporter Community Alliance for Global Justice.

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Biotech giant AquaBounty Technologies has been growing its genetically engineered (GE) species in massive, land-based pens – and attempting to sell them to several buyers, including restaurants, in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The company, which calls its species “sustainable” and “responsibly raised,” says its salmon grows twice as fast as conventional salmon.

But GE salmon is neither sustainable nor responsible, and here’s why:

  • GE salmon bypasses the rights of the Salmon People. For Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific, access to wild salmon is a fundamental right. GE salmon threatens their way of life and affects their treaty rights to catch wild salmon in traditional places.
  • GE salmon is another example of corporatization and privatization of the seafood industry. This species, along with farmed conventional salmon, is purely profit-driven and places profit over people.
  • GE salmon could bring parasites, disease, and other threats to native wild species. Proponents of GE salmon claim their land-based facility is “bio-secure.” But we’ve seen the industrial fish farming industry fail to contain their fish, over and over again, and know that “Life finds a way.” So when (not if) GE salmon finds its way into waterways, it will compete with wild fish populations for food and habitat, spread disease, and reconfigure the DNA of wild species through breeding.
  • GE salmon could harm our health. We still have no idea what the human health impacts will be nor the ramifications of a genetic environmental disaster. Yet, restaurants and other food services in large parts of the U.S. are not required to inform you that you’re eating GE seafood.

There’s clear evidence that our joint campaign is working! 

After a digital #blockcorporatesalmon campaign, global food giant Aramark has pledged not to buy GE salmon, joining Sodexo, Compass, Trader Joe’s, and more corporate buyers in this pledge.

NAMA’s Involvement

As a member of the Block Corporate Salmon campaign, NAMA’s directly aligned with the campaign’s goals, which include:

  • Halting the expansion of industrial fish farming and promoting stronger resistance from fishing communities and the public
  • Ensuring federal and state agencies place restrictions on industrial fish farming and GE fish.
  • Preventing GE animals from entering the ecosystem and the marketplace.
  • Building connectivity between Land Justice and Water Justice movements.
  • Supporting Indigenous fishers and Salmon People in the restoration and protection of wild salmon by following the lead of the Salmon Protectors
  • Connecting and amplifying related the Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act organizing efforts

Ways to Take Action

Get involved! Here’s what you can do:

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