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Technology and the Seas: Enforcement in Marine Protected Areas


September 24, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700 (Map)

Washington, DC (and webinar)


This event is open to the public but you must register.

  • Please register by September 20. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions or to change your registration.
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  • All times noted are Eastern Time. The webinar will begin at 12 noon Eastern, 11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, and 9 AM Pacific. There is no CLE for this course.

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An ELI 50th Anniversary Seminar

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are marine spaces where human activities are more strictly regulated than the surrounding waters. Established in over 65 countries and territories, MPAs embody a range of habitats including open oceans, coastal areas, inter-tidal zones, and estuaries. MPAs enable the provision of fundamental ecosystem services, the protection of marine biodiversity and cultural resources, and provide spaces in which to conduct cutting-edge research and implement innovative policies. Yet, the management of MPAs can face challenges including the lack of adequate tools, rules to secure comprehensive monitoring, the vastness of the ocean, and more.

How do agencies work together to establish these areas both domestically and internationally? What are the innovative technologies that can aid in the monitoring of MPAs? How are MPAs enforced? Panelists will engage in these questions and more as they explore groundbreaking technologies, innovative MPA frameworks, and examples of successful domestic and international MPAs. Join ELI and leading experts as they dive deep into the obstacles and opportunities of MPA development and enforcement.

Xiao Recio-Blanco
, Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
John Amos, President, SkyTruth
Wynn Carney, Special Agent, Office of Law Enforcement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Monica Goldberg, Chief Counsel, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Materials will be posted as they become available...


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