The National Sea Grant Law Center


  • Overcoming Impediments to Shellfish Aquaculture through Legal Research and Outreach

  • Legal and permitting issues are consistently ranked as a critical impediment to domestic aquaculture development. The shellfish industry is growing in coastal areas, which are home to more than half of the population of the continental United States. A variety of legal conflicts can arise as states seek to encourage the development and expansion of shellfish aquaculture. The regulatory landscape facing the aquaculture industry can also be confusing and complicated.

    In 2017, the National Sea Grant College Program funded a multi-institutional, national collaboration to examine impediments to shellfish aquaculture across the United States. Project partners include attorneys from the:

    • National Sea Grant Law Center
    • Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, Roger Williams University School of Law
    • Virginia Coastal Policy Center, William and Mary Law School
    • Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    • California Sea Grant Program
  • National Sea Grant Law Center Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program Carl Vinson Institute of Government William and Mary Law School California Sea Grant Program

  • Over the course of the coming year, the Project Team will develop case studies, practical solutions, and other tools that can be implemented by regulators, the regulated community, and other interested stakeholders to reduce barriers and help advance aquaculture on the state and local level. The resulting “toolbox” of resources identifying common issues and solutions will equip Sea Grant extension agents, state and local officials, industry members and other interested parties with the knowledge needed to anticipate and overcome regulatory barriers as projects are proposed.

  • Project results, reports, and other materials will be made available below as they become available.

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