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Modernizing Management of Offshore Oil and Gas in Federal Waters

Offshore drilling has been thrust back into the spotlight by the Trump Administration’s focus on “energy dominance.” While it is unlikely that leasing will take place in all areas included in the Administration’s proposed plan, its...

Improving Water Quality and Ecosystem Health in California's Marine Managed Areas

California’s marine conservation regime is a model for the world, and includes a statewide network of marine protected areas and other marine managed areas (MMAs). But management authority remains distributed across multiple government...

Ocean Policy and the Trump Administration

Each presidential election brings the possibility of large-scale changes in environmental policy. Pres. Donald Trump has not explicitly laid out ocean policies for his new administration, but he has provided some clues; these policies...

Deployment of Ocean Renewable Energy Through Area-Based Management: Finding an Adequate Legal Framework

Renewable energy projects located in the ocean are likely to play an increasingly important role in supplying electricity worldwide. Experience in ocean management indicates that, as new uses of the seas are made available, ocean space...

The National Marine Sanctuary System: The Once and Future Promise of Comprehensive Ocean Governance

Despite repeated recommendations for improved ocean governance, little has happened legislatively to update federal ocean protection. But administratively, NOAA has advanced a number of rulemakings to expand the size of existing...

Dynamic MPAs ver.0.0: Protecting Cowcods From Potential Climate-Forced Hypoxia in Southern California

Dynamic marine protected areas (MPAs) are areas with a range of dormant management responses that turn on only when conditions warrant them. This new tool has the potential to allow resource managers to respond to impending but highly...

Implementing Regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Coastal and marine spatial planning involves a comprehensive approach to ocean management based on science, politics, the environment, and economic
goals. Unfortunately, the needs of the ocean do not follow the arbitrary...

Federal Wetlands Law: Part II

Editors' Summary: In this second of a three-part series on federal wetlands law, the author continues her comprehensive review of the current state of federal wetlands laws and regulations. The author first analyzes individual...