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  • April 2nd, 2020
    Blog Post: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Blackbeard Shipwreck Copyright Case
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • September 30th, 2019
    National Sea Grant Law Center awarded over $300k to lead 2 major aquaculture projects, partner on 1 more
  • The National Sea Grant Program recently awarded $16 million for 42 research projects nationwide for collaborative aquaculture projects. The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) will lead two of the new aquaculture initiatives and contribute to one additional project aimed at advancing sustainable aquaculture in the United States. The 42 projects were chosen from among 136 proposals requesting more than $52 million in federal funds. The awards require a 50 percent match of non-federal funds.

    The U.S. imports 85 percent of its seafood, leading to a $14 billion trade deficit. To meet growing consumer demand for seafood, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its Sea Grant partners aim to develop the growth of U.S. aquaculture in properly regulated and sustainable ways.

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