Legal and Policy Approaches to Reduce Marine Debris in New England
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. The first session will include keynote presentations on the science, law, and policy of marine debris. Speakers will then examine case studies from coastal New England states to consider how each state identified a marine debris problem, took steps to address it, and how the approach could serve as a model elsewhere. Finally, a panel of attorneys will lead a facilitated discussion to identify effective legal and policy strategies to prevent and manage marine debris in New England and to frame questions for future research.
Registration and Refreshments
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, Senior Policy Advisor, Ocean Conservancy
NOAA Marine Debris Program, Northeast Regional Coordinator
NOAA Marine Debris Program in the Northeast
Executive Director, Save the Bay
Co-Founder, Executive Director of the North America Marine Environment Protection Association ("NAMEPA"), and
Regulatory and Government Affairs Director, NAMEPA
Current Legal Status of Marine Debris Threats
Ms. Lyden-Kluss and Ms. Carey will present the adequacy of U.S. law to handle marine debris, and the role of the private sector, including the shipping industry, in reducing the disposal of harmful debris into the marine environment. They are presenting a paper co-authored by Joan Bondareff, Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP.
Panel: Case Studies
How New England States are Struggling with Marine Debris and Developing Effective Reduction/Management Strategies
Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
Supervisor of Marine Programs, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Hampshire Memorandum of Understanding to Allow Derelict Fishing Gear Removal
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Clean Ocean Access
Marine Trash Skimmers in Perrotti Park, Newport
Deputy Legal Counsel, Department of Environmental Management;
Legal Counsel, Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal Commission
Executive Director, Sail Martha's Vineyard
Zero Waste Event Management Model
Associate Professor and Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Hartford
From Shore to State House
Moving Forward: What are Some Effective Strategies for Managing Marine Debris?
A panel of experts will discuss future legal and policy changes to create reduced marine debris.
Dennis Nixon, Director and Attorney, Rhode Island Sea Grant
James Rhodes, Program Director, UPSTREAM Policy institute
Erin J. Bryant, Assistant Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Sea Education Association
Additional panelists to be added
REGISTRATION FOR THE PUBLIC
A Symposium dinner will be held on Thursday, November 3 at the Law School. A reception will begin at 5:30 PM with dinner to follow at 6:00 PM. Dinner tickets are $50 a person; student cost is $25 a person. Registration for the dinner is included in the "Registration to the Public" link above.
Refunds for the Symposium or Symposium Dinner will be accepted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, October 28, 2016.
This program has been approved for six (6) Rhode Island MCLE credits with zero legal ethics credits.
Signs for "Law School Event" will direct you to parking.
GPS Address: 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI
Michelle Carnevale, Program Associate, 11th Hour Racing
Terra Bowling, Senior Research Counsel, National Sea Grant Law Center
Casey Charkowick, Esq. '16, Staff Attorney, Textron, Inc.
Monica Allard Cox, Communications Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant
Michael Daly, Esq., Partner, Pierce Atwood
Dennis H. Esposito, Esq., Director, RWU Law Environmental and Land Use Clinical Externship Program and Adjunct Professor, Marine Affairs Institute
Charlotte M. Ferris, Program Coordinator, Marine Affairs Institute
Jonathan Gutoff, Professor of Law, RWU Law
Brett Hargaden, Editor-in-Chief, RWU Law Review, Class of 2017
Jennifer McCann, Director, US Coastal Programs, URI Coastal Resources Center at University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island Sea Grant Extension
Christopher McNally, Esq. '13, Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP; of Counsel, Clagett Memorial Regatta; Assistant Solicitor, Middletown, Rhode Island
Dennis Nixon, Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and Professor, University of Rhode Island
Patrick O’Connor, Esq. '15, Associate Attorney, Hill, Betts & Nash LLP
Read D. Porter, Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
Julia Wyman, Director, Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
Austyn Carolin, RWU Law, Class of 2017
Casey Tremper, University of Rhode Island
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