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10th Marine Law Symposium (Nov 2016)

Legal and Policy Approaches to Reduce Marine Debris in New England

Friday, November 4, 2016
Roger Williams University School of Law 



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 discussed 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 included keynote presentations on the science, law, and policy of marine debris. Speakers then examined 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 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.   





Part 1   Welcome Remarks and Keynote Addresses
             Senator Sheldon Whitehouse & Dr. Sandra Whitehouse

Part 2   Morning Session: Cialino, Stone, Lyden-Kluss, Carey

Part 3   Afternoon Session:  Panel: Case Studies & Panel: Next Steps
             Panel: Case Studies - Porter, Patterson, Powers, Callen, McLaughlin, Owen
             Panel: Next Steps - Nixon, Cute, Bryant, Rhodes, Roylos


Planning Committee:

Terra Bowling, Senior Research Counsel, National Sea Grant Law Center
Michelle Carnevale, Program Associate, 11th Hour Racing
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, Middltown, 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

Student Representatives:
Austyn Carolin, RWU Law, Class of 2017
Casey Tremper, University of Rhode Island


Please contact or 401-254-5392 with any questions regarding this event.