Dear friend,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families and friends healthy and safe these days. 

What an unprecedented summer… impact of changing climate showing up in tropical weather in New England, drought in the midwest, and more wildfires in the west, surging COVID cases, and the overall state of the world, we are all feeling weary these days. I’m not sure about you, but I’m struggling. 

All that’s been going on has zapped my joy, without which I find it easy to get mired in worry and grief. 

So how do we get our joy back when the world around us is literally and figuratively on fire?

Lucinda Williams has a song called “Joy” that is giving me some inspiration. In the song, she’s determined to find her joy and not allow what has zapped it from controlling her destiny.

As I get older, I am learning that we can’t fight against something without fighting for something that at least has the potential to replenish the supply of peace, joy, love, and community on this planet. 

Many of us feel called to act and respond to the times. Whether it’s those who are putting out literal fires or those of us who are working on the fires of corporate consolidation, economic injustice, and food insecurity. As the fights get harder and fires burn more fiercely, I see joy as an essential element to bring into each day. But it’s been hard to find recently.

It feels much easier to tap into the anger we feel for those who extract wealth from our communities and the planet that it does to find joy. But like Lucinda Williams, I’m determined to find it and not let those forces keep me from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

But where do we find joy?

A few years ago as a friend and I were walking our dogs in the woods, she said watching dogs run and play brings her joy. I hadn’t really thought about the concept of joy that way and how even a little bit of it can lift our spirits for quite a while. 
I’m sure I’m not alone in this quest for joy these days so I can keep fighting for good. If you are reading this, please take a minute and drop me a line about what brings you joy. Is it a song, a prayer, a meal, or a place? Is it dogs playing??? I’d love to know and share with our broader community if you’ll give me permission. 

As our summer in the northern hemisphere comes to a close, I really do hope you are finding some time to bring some joy into your lives. Yes, the world is on fire and many of us have deep wounds to show for it. Wounds heal best from inside out and joy can fuel the inner strength we need to heal ourselves so we can put our shoulders into healing the world. 

So go find your joy!

With gratitude,

Niaz Dorry
Coordinating Director
The Magnuson Stevens Act a.k.a. the Fish Bill has been up for reauthorization for five years and counting. Congressman Huffman (D-CA) has been working hard to make some progress and include as many stakeholders as possible in the process. We are asking people who fish to complete this survey by Monday, August 23rd so that we can gather data on your latest views and recommendations. 

The reauthorization bill that was recently introduced in the House, Sustaining America's Fisheries for the Future Act, includes several of the issues that we have raised in our advocacy over the years, for example, transparency and accountability of the Councils, addressing climate change and, supporting local and regional seafood markets. This demonstrates that our voices are being heard, but we must continue pushing for more transformative measures.

We invite all seafood harvesters to complete this survey by Monday, August 23rd. If you have any questions, or would like to complete the survey by phone or video, please reach out to Brett Tolley at
Watch out! Samuels and Son Seafood has started sales of genetically engineered salmon to restaurants nationwide. Restaurants are NOT required to label their fish! Restaurant chains supplied by Samuels and Son include McCormick and Schmicks, Morton’s Steakhouse, and the Hard Rock Cafe. Do not buy salmon at these establishments and sign the petition to #BlockCorporateSalmon
Local Catch Network celebrated the launch of their updated Seafood Finder with #FindYourSeafoodWeek from August 2-8 and it was an amazing success! A whopping +110% more people utilized the seafood finder to identify local seafood harvesters! #FindYourSeafoodWeek was also featured in this article by Good Morning America, spreading the word about sustainable seafood. If you haven’t already, check out the updated LCN Seafood Finder and connect with your local harvesters.
FarmAid 2021 is still happening September 25 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT but ticket holders MUST show proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to entering the Xfinity Theatre, and masks are required in all indoor spaces. Ticket refunds are available for a limited time.
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