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  • Recent News and Events
  • May 19th, 2020
    Blog Post: Massachusetts’ Permitting of Lobster Fishing in Hot Water Over ESA Violation
  • The United States District Court of Massachusetts dealt a blow to the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries and lobster fishing industry in a decision issued on April 30, 2020. The case, which was heard by District Judge Indira Talwani, concerned whether the agency had run afoul of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) by permitting the use of vertical buoy ropes in lobsterpot fishing despite the threat they pose to the North Atlantic Right Whale.

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  • April 13th, 2020
    April 2020 Issue of The SandBar Published

  • The April 2020 (volume 19:2) issue of The SandBar has been published. The lead story is Court Preserves Atlantic Marine National Monument Designation.

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  • April 2nd, 2020
    Monmouth Symposium Edition of the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal has been Published

  • The Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal: Monmouth Symposium Edition has been published. Volume 10:1 features articles from Monmouth University’s Climate Change, Coasts, and Communities” symposium on April 18, 2019. Also included in the edition are coastal adaptation articles from two Sea Grant Legal Network students: - Danielle Goshen and Julia M. Shelburne – who were both Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellows.


  • March 13th, 2020
    Blog Post: Houston Aquarium and OSHA Argue Scientific Diving Exemption at University of Mississippi School of Law
  • 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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  • January 24th, 2020
    January 2020 Issue of The SandBar Published

  • The January 2020 (volume 19:1) issue of The SandBar has been published. The lead story is Court Restores Ban On Gillnet Fishing Gear in North Atlantic Right Whale Habitat.

    To view or subscribe: nsglc.olemiss.edu/SandBar/archives/vol19/1



  • December 18th, 2019
    Episode 8 of the 'Law on the Half Shell' Podcast

  • Listen to the 8th Bonus Episode of the 'Law on the Half Shell' podcast.


  • October 28th, 2019
    October 2019 Issue of The SandBar Published

  • The October 2019 (volume 18:4) issue of The SandBar has been published. The lead story is Trump Administration Issues Endangered Species Act Regulatory Changes.

    To view or subscribe: nsglc.olemiss.edu/SandBar/archives/vol18/4


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