The National Sea Grant Law Center

Law on the Half Shell




  • May 18, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 9: Wrapping up Season 2

  • In our final episode, the National Sea Grant Law Center attorneys share their final thoughts about the topics covered during this season of the podcast. They also provide some behind-the-scenes glimpses about how the work of the National Sea Grant Law Center changed and the team adapted during the pandemic.



  • May 11, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 8: COVID-19 and Research and Outreach Projects

  • On this episode, the National Sea Grant Law Center’s Taylor Harris and Olivia Deans discuss the University of Mississippi’s Lead in Drinking Water project. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Taylor Harris shares her unique experiences associated with Covid-19’s impact on water quality outreach and research projects.



  • May 4, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 7: COVID-19 Impacts on Coastlines and Coastal Gatherings

  • National Sea Grant Law Center senior attorneys Cathy Janasie and Terra Bowling discuss some of the day-to-day impacts of COVID-19 on coastlines and coastal gatherings. An interview with Ohio Sea Grant Outreach Extension Educator Jill Bartolotta focuses on the use of plastics and masks during the pandemic and how the use of these products affects our coastlines. An interview with Diane Burich, Director of Education for the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, discusses how the pandemic impacted events at the coast.



  • April 27, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 6: COVID-19 and Beach Towns

  • National Sea Grant Law Center senior attorneys Cathy Janasie and Terra Bowling discuss a few legal issues the pandemic created for beach towns across the country, ranging from restrictions on beach access to disruptions to tourism. The episode features an interview with Jeff Malarney, an attorney and member of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, and Bobby Outten, Dare County Attorney and County Manager, about Dare County’s experience during the pandemic.

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  • April 20, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 5: COVID-19 and Fishing Crews

  • On the episode, National Sea Grant Law Center Director Stephanie Otts discusses the legal rights and responsibilities of sailors, captains, and ship owners under maritime law with respect to disease outbreaks on ships. She also recounts the epic saga of a sailor who filed a lawsuit after being forced from his ship when he fell ill with smallpox.

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  • April 13, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 4: COVID-19 and Fisheries Management

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center’s Olivia Deans and Stephanie Otts discuss Covid -19’s impact on fisheries management. We will hear how regulators have addressed challenges arising from Covid-19 through the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and its regulations.

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  • April 6, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 3: COVID-19 and the Seafood Sector

  • On this episode, we’re focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 on the seafood industry. Through interviews with Joshua Stoll, assistant professor of marine policy at the University of Maine, and Jamie Doyle and Angee Doerr of Oregon Sea Grant, the National Sea Grant Law Center’s Zachary Klein explores the ways in which the pandemic upended seafood supply chains and created opportunities to build a more resilient sector.

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  • March 30, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 2: COVID-19 and Cruise Ships

  • On this episode, National Sea Grant Law Center Director Stephanie Otts shares some stories from history about disease outbreaks on passenger vessels with some surprising parallels to today. We will also be joined by Chris Robinette, professor of law at Southwestern Law School, who will share his insights into lawsuits that have been filed against the cruise line industry since the outbreak of Covid-19.

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  • March 23, 2022
    Season 2 - Episode 1: Welcome to Season 2!

  • Welcome to season 2 of Law on the Half Shell! This season, the attorneys at the National Sea Grant Law Center focus on legal issues and challenges coastal communities and industries faced during the global Covid-19 pandemic. In this first episode, we’ll get to know the voices behind season 2 and hear tales of how they responded to Covid’s unique challenges during the first days, weeks, and months of the pandemic.

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  • December 18, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 8: Bonus Episode

  • In this episode, we do things a little differently. As we were putting this series together, we discovered a lot of interesting facts about shellfish. Unfortunately, some of our favorite facts didn't make it into the episodes. So, here, in this bonus episode, we wanted to take you behind the scenes of podcast production and share some of our favorite discoveries.

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  • December 17, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 7: Community Opposition & Zoning Conflicts

  • In this episode, we talk about local opposition to shellfish aquaculture, with a focus on zoning conflicts in particular. With the commercial aquaculture industry rapidly growing in size and popularity in the United States, shellfish farmers often encounter barriers outside of the federal and state permitting and leasing process. Local laws regulating shellfish aquaculture vary from state-to-state and town-to-town, and can pose real challenges for shellfish farmers.

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  • December 10, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 6: Invaders

  • In this episode, we talk about the impact of invasive species and diseases on shellfish aquaculture. During our discussion we talk to Sam Chan, a professor at Oregon State University and statewide aquatic invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant.

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  • December 3, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 5: Impacts of Storms/Natural Disasters

  • In this episode, we talk about the impact of disaster events on shellfish aquaculture. Farmers grow shellfish outdoors in rivers, estuaries, bays, and the ocean. Like their land-based counterparts, shellfish farms are often at the mercy of Mother Nature. Hurricanes, floods, harmful algal blooms, and oil spills can all take their toll, leaving shellfish farmers wondering what disaster relief may be available to them.

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  • November 26, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 4: Freshwater Problems

  • In previous episodes, we focused on legal issues involving shellfish grown in bays or open marine environments. However, freshwater sources can impact shellfish aquaculture as well. In this episode, we talk about some of the legal issues involving freshwater that have affected shellfish aquaculture in recent years.

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  • November 19, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 3: Leasing/Permitting

  • Most shellfish farming takes place on public land – whether in bays or estuaries, shallow areas near shore, or deeper ocean waters. This means farmers have to work with the state or federal government when setting up their aquaculture operations. In addition, shellfish farmers may face additional hurdles, including other federal, state, and local requirements, and also face the risk of theft.

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  • November 12, 2019
    Season 1 – Episode 2: Shellfish 101

  • In Episode 1, we talked about the basics of shellfish farming. In this episode, we cover shellfish biology and the role that shellfish play in the ecosystem. The episode also features an interview with James Gledhill, a grad student in the Department of Biomolecular Science at the University of Mississippi. James is studying environmental toxicology, and his research is on oyster reefs in the Mississippi Sound.

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  • November 5, 2019
    Season 1 - Episode 1: Shellfish Aquaculture - The Basics

  • In this episode, we explore what it means to be a shellfish farmer in the United States, including covering what shellfish aquaculture is, who does it, where it occurs, who regulates it, and where the farmed shellfish go.

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