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  • NMFS Not Required to Release Famous Orca’s Death Records
  • April 9th, 2021 — by Betsy Lee Montague — Category: Miscellaneous

  • In a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on March 19, 2021, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) maintained that it lacks the legal authority to obtain the medical records of Tilikum, the orca made by famous by the documentary Blackfish, who died in 2017.


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  • A Closer Look at the High-Level Ocean Panel’s Plan to Protect Marine Environments
  • March 11th, 2021 — by Sierre Anton — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Members of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (the Ocean Panel), an initiative by 14 nations striving to protect ocean environments, signed onto a pledge in November 2020 to take intensive action to reduce marine environmental degradation over the next ten years. The primary objective of the Ocean Panel’s plan is to commit 100% of the members’ respective ocean waters to be sustainably managed by 2025.


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  • Florida District Court Says Church Can Offer Free Parking for Beachgoers
  • March 3rd, 2021 — by Betsy Montague — Category: Miscellanous

  • A Florida federal district court recently ruled that the City of St. Pete Beach (the City) cannot prevent a local church from offering free parking to the public. The City had fined Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church (the Church) for violating a city ordinance regulating commercial parking lots after the church permitted beachgoers and tourists to utilize its parking lot for free.


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  • National Sea Grant Law Center Celebrates Black History Month:
    Remembering the Wade-ins
  • February 18th, 2021 — by Zachary Klein — Category: Miscellaneous

  • February is Black History Month. First proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969, Black History Month is now a federally recognized observance honoring “the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every endeavor throughout our history.”


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  • Meet Our New AmeriCorps VISTA Member!
  • February 2nd, 2021 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On January 19, the National Sea Grant Law Center welcomed its first ever AmeriCorps VISTA Member! Taylor Harris is serving through the North Mississippi VISTA Project (NMVP) and will dedicate her one year of full-time national service to supporting the University of Mississippi’s Lead in Drinking Water Team improve programming and outreach to communities in the Mississippi Delta and throughout the state. We asked Taylor some questions to get to know her better.


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  • NSGLC’s 2021 Research Associate Program Application Period Now Open
  • January 22nd, 2021 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) is pleased to announce that the application period for its 2021 summer research associate program is now open. The eight-week, full-time paid internship seeks to provide a law student with research and professional development opportunities in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law. During the internship, the research associate will function as an integral component of the Law Center’s staff, assisting with publications, preparation of memorandum of law, and other ongoing projects.


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  • Application Period Now Open for NSGLC’s 2021 Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program
  • December 7th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) developed a pilot Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program (SGLDIP) in 2020 and recently opened the application period for 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic shifted last summer’s internship from an in-person to a virtual experience, and it may do so for 2021 as well. Whether in person or virtual, the internship aims to give the intern a unique opportunity to enhance his or her legal education by conducting research and outreach alongside NSGLC attorneys and SGLDIP project partner attorneys.


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  • See You Later Alligator: Louisiana Thwarts California’s Attempt to Ban Alligator Products
  • December 3rd, 2020 — by Blake Tims — Category: Miscellaneous

  • California’s ban on alligator and crocodile products has been struck down after the State of Louisiana, which leads the U.S. in production of alligator products, challenged the ban. By enacting this ban, California sought to curb animal cruelty and the trafficking of endangered species. Louisiana argued that the ban directly conflicted with federal law, and threatened jobs—as well as conservation efforts—in the state. The U.S. District Court for California’s Eastern District agreed on both counts in its decision in the case, Paris v. Becerra, No. 219CV02471KJMCKD, 2020 WL 6043948 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 13, 2020).


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  • Michigan Court Must Evaluate Easement for Controversial Enbridge Pipeline
  • December 2nd, 2020 — by Olivia Deans — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On November 13, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a legal complaint to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. Enbridge is a Canadian petroleum transportation company. One of its pipelines, Line 5, runs from Western Canada through Wisconsin and Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas into Ontario, where the oil is used in refineries and petrochemical plants.


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  • A Somewhat-Altered Journey Continues: Court Rules on the Use of Cousteau Trademarks
  • November 6th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Jacques Cousteau, wearing his signature red cap, achieved worldwide fame as an oceanic explorer, filmmaker, and marine conservationist. Prior to his death in 1997 at the age of 87, Cousteau established The Cousteau Society (TCS) and granted the nonprofit exclusive rights to his intellectual property portfolio.


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  • Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
  • November 4th, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed “Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” which purports to set aside workplace diversity training across the country that is “inherently sexist and racist.”


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  • Presidential Proclamation on U.S. Policy on Marine Research in the EEZ
  • October 8th, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On September 9, 2020, President Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 10071 revising the United States’ Marine Scientific Research policy. The proclamation revises the policy with respect to the United States (US) exercising its right to regulate, authorize, and conduct marine scientific research within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Previously, the United States had declined to exercise jurisdiction over marine research in the EEZ. The proclamation now aligns the US with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.


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  • Meet New NSGLC Law Fellow: Olivia Deans
  • September 17th, 2020 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) is pleased to announce that we’ve hired a second law fellow, Olivia Deans. Olivia received her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2020 and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 2016. During her time at NSGLC, Olivia will focus on fisheries management and water law. We asked Olivia a few questions to get to know her better. Welcome, Olivia!


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  • Meet the 2020 NSGLC Summer Intern: Madeline Doten
  • May 27th, 2020 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Each summer, the National Sea Grant Law Center hires a full-time research associate. This summer’s Research Associate is Madeline Doten, a rising 2L at Stetson University College of Law. We asked Madeline several questions to get to know her better.


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  • NSGLC Provides COVID-19 Resources
  • April 16th, 2020 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: COVID-19 Miscellaneous

  • COVID-19 has affected all of our lives in a multitude of ways. It can be difficult to navigate Congress’ efforts to ease the impact on Americans, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or “CARES”) Act. As a result, the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) has received numerous questions from both the National Marine Fisheries Service and Sea Grant programs throughout the country on what relief is available to fishermen, aquaculture farms, and the larger seafood industry.


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  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Blackbeard Shipwreck Copyright Case
  • April 2nd, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • In 1996, Intersal, Inc., a marine salvage company, discovered Blackbeard’s sunken pirate ship off the coast of North Carolina. Blackbeard had seized the French slave ship in 1717, renaming it the Queen Anne’s Revenge. He navigated the vessel through the Caribbean and up the North American coast. The vessel’s tenure as a pirate ship was cut short in 1718 when Blackbeard ran it aground on a sandbar off the coast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Under state and federal law, the wreck belongs to the state. The state contracted with Intersal to recover the shipwreck. Intersal contracted with Allen to document the operation. Allen made videos and photos of the recovery efforts, registering copyrights for his works.


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  • Houston Aquarium and OSHA Argue Scientific Diving Exemption at University of Mississippi School of Law
  • March 13th, 2020 — by Zachary Klein — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Do feeding and cleaning dives at the Houston Aquarium qualify as “scientific” for purposes of commercial diving regulations? This question was front and center in Houston Aquarium, Inc. v. OSHRC, one of several Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cases argued at the University of Mississippi School of Law during the first week of March. Although most Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cases are heard in New Orleans, where the court is based, it occasionally convenes at other cities and law schools throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Fifth Circuit has visited Ole Miss every three years since 1984.


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  • Time and Tide Wait for None: Tribal Communities in Alaska and Louisiana Submit Climate-Forced Displacement Complaint to the United Nations
  • January 31st, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Environmental Law Flooding Miscellaneous

  • The Alaska Institute for Justice recently filed a complaint with the United Nations (UN) on behalf of five Tribal communities located in Alaska and Louisiana. The complaint alleges that the United States (US) government is responsible for human rights violations as a result of its failure to protect the Tribes from climate-caused land loss.


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  • Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program – Internship Announcement
  • November 7th, 2019 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) is seeking applicants for the Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program (SGLDIP) for the summer of 2020. The internship seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities to a law school student from a diverse background in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law, with an emphasis on issues facing underrepresented or indigenous communities.


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  • Meet the 2019 NSGLC Summer Intern
  • June 13th, 2019 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Each summer, the National Sea Grant Law Center hires a full-time research associate. This summer’s Research Associate is Bryce Burgwyn, a rising 2L at Harvard Law School. We asked Bryce several questions to get to know her better.


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  • Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium held at Monmouth University- Papers to be Published in the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal
  • April 18th, 2019 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center, through the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal, is partnering with the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University in New Jersey to publish papers from the institute’s Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium. The New Jersey coast has been facing increased storm events, flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion, all of which will present daunting adaptation challenges in the future for the state. The symposium, which took place April 17-18, 2019, featured leading experts in climate change adaptation law and science to discuss lessons learned from other states and countries to assist New Jersey in navigating these challenges in the future.


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  • Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal- Spring 2019 Article Submission Update
  • March 8th, 2019 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal (SGLPJ) has some exciting things planned for the Spring. First, we have out a call for student papers. We are currently seeking submissions from law students for papers addressing coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes law and policy issues. The chosen papers will be published in a Summer 2019 edition of the SGLPJ. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. central time on Friday, March 15, 2019 and should be emailed to cjanasie@olemiss.edu.


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  • NSGLC’s Summer Research Associate Program
  • February 28th, 2018 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Each summer, the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi hires a full-time paid research associate. During the 8-week position, the research associate functions as an integral component of the Law Center’s staff, assisting with publications, preparation of memorandum of law, and ongoing projects. Previous Research Associates have assisted with research on shellfish permitting, invasive species, and other legal issues related to our oceans and coasts. Associates also write at least one article for publication in the Law Center’s quarterly newsletter, The SandBar.


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