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Ocean Law and Policy: An Update

November 2006

Citation: 36 ELR 10874

Issue: 11

Author: Kathryn Mengerink, Walter Cruickshank, Karen Hansen, Diane Regas, Roger Rufe

Editors' Summary: On April 18, 2006, the Environmental Law Institute hosted the first seminar in a series exploring current ocean law and policy issues. After the moderator provided a short overview of the current state of ocean law and policy, the panelists shared their expertise on a variety of topics including: the activities that have resulted from the 2003 and 2004 release of reports from the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy; the adequacy of current governance structures to meet ocean environmental and regulatory needs; current legal risks for marine environments and industries; and likely changes in federal ocean law and policy. Below is a transcript of the event.

Panelists: Walter Cruickshank, Deputy Director, Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of the Interior Karen Hansen, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Diane Regas, Director, Office of Wetlands Oceans & Watersheds, U.S. EPA Roger Rufe, President, The Ocean Conservancy

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