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Legal Research & Extension

Sea Grant has a network of lawyers working on a host of coastal, ocean and Great Lakes law and policy topics to address community needs.

Legal Resources

These diverse topics range from matters such as sea level rise and climate adaptation, to public access to the shoreline and the water, to the application of maritime law in marine and coastal industries. Legal professionals have been involved in Sea Grant for almost as long as the National Sea Grant College Program has existed, and today the Sea Grant Legal Network is comprised of participants from 11 Sea Grant programs—and counting!

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Georgia Sea Grant launches new legal program

Georgia Sea Grant has partnered with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to create the new Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program. This program offers students at University of Georgia School of Law the opportunity to work with legal and policy experts to address challenging environmental questions facing policymakers in coastal Georgia communities.

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New Legal Research Report Provides Overview of State Oyster Restoration Policies

The permitting processes for oyster restoration projects can be challenging to navigate, as a maze of state and federal programs may apply. A new legal research report, released by the National Sea Grant Law Center and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, hopes to make these processes a little more easy to navigate by providing an overview of the permitting programs in 21 states.

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