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Taking Stock: The Magnuson-Stevens Act Revisited


November 4-5, 2010
Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI

Since passage in 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has been the basis of one of the most compelling natural resource management issues of our time:  the sustainable management of our nation's fisheries.  The law has been amended several times and the subject of contentious debate and litigation in response to rapidly evolving information and policy objectives.  The Symposium examined the current and future state of this body of law as a resource management scheme, including the complex integration of scientific, economic, and social information.

The Rhode Island MCLE Commission approved 11 CLE hours (no ethics credits) for the Symposium. 

Taking Stock Symposium photo
Susan Farady, RWU School of Law Marine Affairs Institute,
and Peter Shelley, Conservation Law

Taking Stock Symposium photo
  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Taking Stock Symposium photo
Sarah Parker ’11 and Lois Schiffer, General Counsel - NOAA

Taking Stock Symposium photo

Taking Stock Symposium photo
Dennis Esposito, RWU School of Law, and Dennis Nixon,
University of Rhode Island

Taking Stock Symposium photo
Daniel Cohen, Fishermen’s Energy, Gene Martin, Office of NOAA
General Counsel Northeast, and
  Andrew Minkiewicz, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP

Taking Stock Symposium photo
Eldon Greenberg, Garvey Schubert Barer, Vito Giacalone, Northeast Seafood
Coalition, Michael Conathan, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and
Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and
Coast Guard, and Betsy Nicholson, NOAA Coastal Services Center

Taking Stock Symposium photo
Donna Christie, Florida State University College of Law, Chris Littlefield,
The Nature Conservancy, Josh   Eagle, University of South Carolina
School of Law, and Alison Rieser, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Symposium Program

Resource Materials

Final Agenda

Attendee List 

Dean Logan's Blog  (12/3/10)


The Symposium proceedings are available for viewing at the links provided below.  Windows Media Player is required to view the proceedings.

Thursday, November 4


Panel 2

Panel 3

Friday, November 5
Keynote - Eric C. Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA

Panel 4

Panel 5

Wrap-Up Discussion



Panel 1
Eldon V.C. Greenberg, Esq.
, Garvey Schubert Barer
Gene S. Martin, Jr., Esq., Office of NOAA General Counsel, Northeast
Peter Shelley, Conversation Law Foundation

Panel 2
John Duff
, University of Massachusetts at Boston
Morgan Gopnik, Ph.D candidate, Duke University
Phillip M. Saunders, Dalhousie University/Schulich School of Law

Panel 3
Kaja Brix
, Alaska Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries
Donna R. Christie, Florida State University College of Law
Dana Wolfe, Ocean Conservancy

Keynote Speakers - Friday, November 5
Eric C. Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA

Panel 4
Vito Giacalone
, Northeast Seafood Coalition
Alison Rieser, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Eric M. Thunberg, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA

Panel 5
Daniel Cohen
, Fishermen's Energy
David E. Frulla, Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Grover Fugate, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Donald A. Migliori, Esq., Motley Rice LLC
Eric C. Schwaab, NOAA Fisheries


For more information, please contact the Marine Affairs Institute at or 401-254-5392.