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Marine Law Symposium

Posted by Library Blog on 10/27/2016 at 09:11 AM

Date: Fri, 11/04/2016 - 8:30am
Location: RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI

Marine Law SymposiumThe RWU School of Law Marine Affairs Institute will be hosting the Marine Law Symposium “Legal and Policy Approaches to Reduce Marine Debris in New England” on November 4, 2016.

Marine debris poses a serious threat to New England’s coastline. Every year, derelict fishing gear, plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarettes, abandoned vessels, and other debris washes ashore in New England. This debris causes negative social, environmental, and economic impacts, such as decreased aesthetic value, harm to coastal ecosystem health, and damage to vessels and gear. These challenges create complex management problems for coastal managers and attorneys, who work to mitigate the creation of new debris and remove and manage debris that washes ashore.

This Symposium will discuss the adequacy of U.S. law and policy to prevent the creation of new marine debris and to remove debris once it is created. Keynote speakers for the event are Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, Senior Policy Advisor at Ocean Conservancy.

Panel and discussion topics at the Symposium include:

  • The NOAA Marine Debris Program in the Northeast;
  • Current Legal Status of Marine Debris Threats;
  • Case Studies: How New England States are Struggling with Marine Debris and Developing Effective Reduction/Management Strategies; and
  • Moving Forward: What are Some Effective Strategies for Managing Marine Debris?

For any questions regarding this event, please contact marineaffairs@rwu.edu or 401-254-5392.

In addition, the Law Library provides access to information on maritime and admiralty law in a variety of formats. The Admiralty & Maritime TimeSaver is a guide to selected materials in the Law Library's collection and other resources.

For further help with research related to marine debris and other maritime topics, stop by the reference desk or email one of the librarians at lawlibraryhelp@rwu.edu.