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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Strengthening Government-to-Government Consultation Related to Marine Subsistenc

Strengthening Government-to-Government Consultation Related to Marine Subsistence Resources in Alaska

Kathryn Mengerink; Jordan Diamond
April 2015

The goal of our work on Consultation is to support the role of Alaska Natives in managing trust resources, and to help ensure that consultation is an effective, efficient, and meaningful process that actually leads to sustainable—and just—management.  Read More >

Evaluating Ocean Protection: State and Local MPA Framework

Kathryn Mengerink, Jay Austin
March 2015

Well-designed state and local laws can protect marine resources that are essential for the economic and environmental health of coastal areas. To understand these state and local laws, we examined the key legal tools for protecting marine areas in the twenty-three U.S. coastal states. Read More >

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulation of Offshore Aquaculture

Environmental Law Institute
March 2015

This white paper provides a detailed legal and practical overview of Corps regulation of offshore aquaculture, illustrated through case studies of three offshore aquaculture projects that have recently received Section 10 permits. In addition, it provides recommendations for steps to increase the consistency and timeliness of Section 10 permitting of offshore aquaculture while ensuring that all environmental impacts are effectively addressed. Read More >