2013 Ocean Seminar Series
The Environmental Law Institute's annual Ocean Seminar Series seeks to bring together ocean law, policy, and science experts to discuss emerging and persistent challenges to the ocean and coasts. Since 2006 the goal has been to expand awareness about the importance of marine conservation and preservation and understanding of key issues. Each seminar features a panel of experts from government, nongovernmental organizations, industry, the scientific community, and/or private practice, who provide a diversity of viewpoints and identify the complexities of the challenges faced.
More information on the individual seminars is posted below as it becomes available. Participants may always attend seminars in person or join remotely via webinar or teleconference. If you would like to receive notices about upcoming Ocean Seminars, please contact Jordan Diamond.
June 28, 2013
Aquaculture is an increasingly important component of the world food supply, but it causes a variety of environmental impacts, such as discharge of excess feed and wastes, fish escapes, and impacts on local habitats and native species. Because the United States has not enacted laws specifically addressing aquaculture development in federal ocean waters, the government is increasingly using existing laws, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), to authorize and manage offshore aquaculture.
This webinar will bring together experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, nongovernmental organizations, and the aquaculture industry to explore questions related to the application of the Magnuson-Stevens Act to offshore aquaculture.
May 2, 2013
Sharks are critical components of healthy marine ecosystems, but they face a number of rapidly growing pressures that are contributing to substantial declines in global shark populations. The landmark March 2013 decision by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to protect five shark species is a major step forward for shark conservation. However, questions remain about whether additional regulation isneeded in light of growing demand for shark products. This panel will convene government, nongovernmental, and fishing industry experts to discuss the implications of the recent CITES decision, the current status of domestic and international shark protection efforts, and potential approaches to ensuring a long-term future for sharks.
The 2013 Ocean Seminar Series is made possible by generous support from the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and an anonymous donor.
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