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Sea Grant Legal Research and Extension

In addition to a corps of extension and research professionals schooled in numerous science disciplines, Sea Grant also has a network of lawyers working on a host of coastal, ocean and Great Lakes law and policy topics to address community needs. 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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Legal Research & Extension Stories and News

National Sea Grant Law Center to present Continuing Legal Education webinar on PFAS

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National Sea Grant Law Center to present Continuing Legal Education webinar on PFAS

On April 21, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET, the National Sea Grant Law Center will present a Continuing Legal Education webinar entitled “Per-and Polyfluorinated Substances Legal and Regulatory Update.”

Connecticut Sea Grant partners with Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program to help local leaders navigate climate change questions

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Connecticut Sea Grant partners with Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program to help local leaders navigate climate change questions

Questions poured in by the dozen after the morning session of the 2015 Adapt CT legal workshop—six pages worth, in fact. The workshop was part of a series on climate adaptation hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant and the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research, known as CLEAR, through their joint organization Adapt CT. Legal issues had starkly emerged as another area being reshaped by the broad sweep of the changing climate, as effects are felt across fisheries, agriculture, health, infrastructure, wildlife and economies.

Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

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Sea Grant Recognizes Law Center as a Long-term Component of National Program

Sea Grant is pleased to announce the designation of the National Sea Grant Law Center (Law Center) as a “coherent area program.” This designation elevates the Law Center from a temporary Sea Grant project to a more permanent component of the National Sea Grant College Program.

Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

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Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

A Sea Grant team of legal and aquaculture experts has released a report detailing eight case studies that identify challenges to the shellfish aquaculture industry in the United States. The project was funded through Sea Grant's 2017 national investment in aquaculture. 

Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

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Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

Sea Grant programs in the Gulf of Mexico and Georgia help communities better understand how to create a Program for Public Information (PPI) and earn outreach points under the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS). Points earned through the CRS help improve a community's rating and can lead to discounted flood insurance premiums.

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