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North American Marine Alliance, Inc.

aka NAMA   |   Gloucester, MA   |  http://www.namanet.org

Mission

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization building a broad movement toward healthy fisheries and fishing communities.

We build deep and trusting relationships with community based fisherman, crew, fishworkers and allies to create effective policy and market strategies.

Ruling year info

1998

Coordinating Director

Niaz Dorry

National Program Coordinator

Brett Tolley

Main address

222 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930 USA

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EIN

01-0516646

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Fighting for Seafood Justice

The fight for food justice embodies all of our core values and is connected to everything that we do at NAMA. Fair wages and working conditions, equitable access and healthy marine ecosystems are essential to bringing about the food system we so desperately need. We envision a seafood economy based upon a triple-bottom-line set of values in which fish workers are paid a fair price, regional seafood markets adapt to the ocean’s health, everyone can access good, as-local-as-possible seafood, and the individuals who produce, distribute and consume seafood are at the center of decisions on food systems and policies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our main vehicle for connecting with the public are our Seafood Throwdowns, a dynamic and engaging educational cooking competition that has been growing in popularity since 2008.

We need to change the current food, policy, and economic systems in order to bring about the changes we need to have a future that positively impacts our marine ecosystems and community based fishermen. In order to change these systems, we must engage all stakeholders who impact and are impacted by these systems.

The people who feed us, farmers and fishers alike, play an essential role in our society but we are far more disconnected from our food producers than ever before. Changing our food systems requires engaging the public to shift markets, cultivate community, and make more informed decisions. Changing our regulatory systems requires educating the public about policies of corporatization, consolidation and privatization and empowering and engaging citizens to make a difference.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As NAMA, we provide backbone support to the Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC), a network that connects nearly 400,000+ fishing families around the US, as well as in Canada, Latin America, and Europe. The FLC uses a collaborative, decentralized model of organizing to share resources and power that enable us all to work toward a shared purpose. The FLC is a non-entity that does not speak on behalf of the network but rather generates collaboration so that people can speak on behalf of themselves and together. This model allows us to most effectively enhance our common values and vision and to take action whenever possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Neo-liberal policies and antiquated market strategies are compromising our ecological goals, privatizing our ocean commons, and undermining the economic resiliency of coastal communities, particularly for independent small and medium scale fishermen. From the start, NAMA has opposed privatization of fishing rights and consolidation of the fishing industry. In fact, one of our core founding values was to recognize the marine ecosystem as a public resource and that access to this resource is a privilege, not a property right.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We envision a future in which vibrant and viable fishing communities are thriving and supporting community-based fishermen. A future in which fishermen are economically empowered, with the compensation for their catch meeting the true cost of operations. A future in which fishworkers along the seafood value chain and crew are paid fairly, have safe working conditions free of threats, racism, and intimidation, and have a voice in the workplace.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The language of today's marine conservation movement is not written with racial equity and food justice in mind. And fisheries policies are from just and equitable. If we are serious about protecting the ocean, we must address inequities and injustices in the system.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NAMA is a fishermen-led alliance building a broad movement for healthy oceans and thriving fishing communities.

Our VISION for the future is characterized by:

Marine ecosystems protected from industrialization, privatization, corporate takeover, and over-exploitation.
Vibrant and viable fishing communities thriving and supporting community-based fishermen.
Scale of fishing operations, and the gears used to fish both commercial and recreational that match the scales of the ecosystems within which fishing occurs.
Fishermen who are economically empowered as the compensation for their catch meets their true cost of operations.
Fishworkers along the seafood value chain and crew who are paid fairly, have safe working conditions free of threats, racism, and intimidation, and have a voice in the workplace.
Diversity of species that reflects fishermens true catch moving into local and regional food systems first.
Transparent, participatory, and localized decision-making processes in place to govern and manage fisheries.
Scientific research genuinely includes community-based fishermen.
People of all races, incomes, cultural backgrounds, and ethnicities can afford food from the ocean

Expand our geographical reach to shift international trade and public policy.
Build a powerful North American movement and power base to be leveraged toward international policy changes and market transformation.

Change public policies toward sustainability.
Halt federal policies that bolster industrial fisheries such as the AQUAA Act and Catch Shares and generate federal policies that uplift community-based fisheries and protect the ocean commons.

Shift seafood value chain policies toward community-based and equitable models.
Expand and fortify seafood procurement policies so that millions of dollars of purchasing power shift away from globalized and industrial fisheries.

Ensure organizational effectiveness.
NAMA is a well-governed, managed, funded, and developed organization operating in alignment with our commitment to racial justice.

Financials

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North American Marine Alliance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jason Jarvis

Commercial Fisherman

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Emy Rodriguez

Plastic Solutions Fund

Term: 2022 - 2026

Niaz Dorry

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Paul Bogart

Health Care Without Harm

Jason Jarvis

Commercial fisherman

Ryan Horwath

Commercial fisherman

Lisa Fernandes

Self Employed

Emy Rodriguez

Plastic Solutions Fund

Nicola Williams

The Williams Agency

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/26/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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