The National Sea Grant Law Center


  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems: Past Projects
  • Role of Local Governments in Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Efforts

  • In 2020, the National Sea Grant Law Center and project partner, Creative Resources Strategies, LLC, received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct research on the role of municipalities in aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention efforts. This project resulted in the development of an online toolkit to help local governments navigate the regulatory framework associated with high-risk priority AIS.

    Local Government Aquatic Invasive Species Toolkit

  • Increasing Awareness of the Legal Framework Governing Removal of Marine Debris and Placement of Fishing Gear in the New England Region

    In 2015, the National Sea Grant Law Center received a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Fishing for Energy Partnership to help New England managers assess the feasibility of implementing innovative derelict fishing gear removal strategies in their states. The research resulted in two reports that included summaries and comparisons of DFG programs in eleven priority states; case studies of six DFG programs; summaries of DFG laws in five New England states; and an analysis of the transferability of DFG case studies to New England states. The NSGLC also partnered with the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program (RISGLP) at the Roger Williams University School of Law to perform research on vessel navigation laws and restrictions on the placement of commercial fishing gear within shipping and boating lanes.

    State Derelict Fishing Gear Laws and Regulations

    Transferability of Innovative Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Strategies to Northeast States

    Preventing Fishing Gear Loss from Vessel Interactions in New England

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