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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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  • NMFS Proposes Six New Critical Habitat Designations for the Southern Resident Killer Whale
  • October 24th, 2019 — by Philip Lott — Category: Endangered Species

  • Last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed a new rule to revise the critical habitat for the Southern Resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. The proposed rule comes at a time when the species’ population size is at a historic low. In 1995, the highest census count for the species was 98.


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  • Seventeen States Sue Trump Administration over Recent Endangered Species Act Revisions
  • October 4th, 2019 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Endangered Species

  • On September 25, seventeen states from California to Massachusetts filed a complaint in federal court against the Trump administration hoping to stop recent regulatory revisions meant to substantially change how Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections are considered and enforced. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, follows a similar challenge by several environmental groups, including the Humane Society and Sierra Club, filed in August.


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  • A Whale of a Tale: Federal Government Struggles to Balance Competing Interests While Preserving Endangered Whale Populations
  • September 13th, 2019 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Endangered Species  Fisheries

  • In the summer of 2019, both the state of Maine and the federal government became embroiled in a struggle between commercial fishermen and environmentalists over endangered North Atlantic right whale populations. As increasing numbers of right whales were found deceased in the waters in and around Maine, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began contemplating how to best protect the endangered whales.


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  • Crackdown on Mislabeled Atlantic Blue Crab
  • August 23rd, 2019 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Seafood

  • Recently, two seafood processors have been charged with mislabeling hundreds of thousands of pounds of Atlantic blue crab. The individuals caught in the fraud cite a sharp decline of Atlantic blue crab harvests beginning in 2010 for their decision to label crabmeat from Asia and South America as “Product of USA.”


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  • North Carolina Rejects Proposal to Conduct Seismic Airgun Surveys off the North Carolina Coast
  • July 31st, 2019 — by Bryce Burgwyn — Category: Coastal Management

  • North Carolina has objected to a federal permit granting WesternGeco, LLC authorization to conduct seismic airgun surveys in federal waters off the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina. In making its decision, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management reviewed input from subject matter experts, state agencies, and the public. North Carolina deemed WesternGeco’s proposal inconsistent with the relevant enforceable policies in the North Carolina Coastal Zone Management Program.


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  • Oh, Barnacles! Lawsuit Challenges Navy’s Ship Cleaning Activity in Puget Sound
  • July 25th, 2019 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Environmental Law  Clean Water Act

  • In June 2017, the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, the Washington Environmental Council, and the Suquamish Native American tribe filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging that its ship cleaning activity violated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).


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  • Webinar Series to Feature Legal Research from Collaborative Shellfish Aquaculture Project
  • July 15th, 2019 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Aquaculture

  • Throughout July and August, the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) will be hosting a webinar series to highlight the work and findings of its collaborative project, entitled “Overcoming Impediments to Shellfish Aquaculture through Legal Research and Outreach.”


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  • North Carolina Enacts New Shellfish Aquaculture Law
  • July 12th, 2019 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Aquaculture

  • On June 21, North Carolina’s governor signed a bill into law that makes several critical changes to the state’s shellfish aquaculture leasing program. The bill—S.B. 648—was unanimously passed by the state’s Senate in early May, with the House doing the same on June 12. The final text of the bill was refined in a yearlong stakeholder process, and is drawn in part from a strategic plan for shellfish mariculture that was developed last year by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Policy Collaboratory.


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