National Sea Grant Law Center Contributes Aquaculture Expertise to New Agricultural and Food Law Consortium

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Story originally featured on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s website.

By Stephanie Showalter Otts, National Sea Grant Law Center

Food production, whether by land or sea, is heavily regulated, and the legal information needs of the country’s agricultural community of producers, processors, retailers, attorneys, and policy-makers, as well as Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension professionals, are vast and complex. Since its establishment in 2002, the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law has become a leading source for objective information on the legal framework governing marine aquaculture operations around the country.

A fisherman on the docks of Newport, OR. Image: Oregon State University.

A fisherman on the docks of Newport, OR. Image: Oregon State University.

In 2015, the National Sea Grant Law Center helped launch, with the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium. The Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information. Other Consortium members include the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law and the Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State University. The National Sea Grant Law Center contributes expertise on a range of topics to the Consortium efforts including, aquaculture, fisheries, seafood labeling, direct marketing, and water quality and quantity. For more information about the Consortium, visit the Consortium website.

A bushel of blue crabs Samuels & Son Seafood. Image: Delaware Sea Grant.

A bushel of blue crabs Samuels & Son Seafood. Image: Delaware Sea Grant.

In the coming months, as part of its Consortium efforts, the National Sea Grant Law Center will be expanding its research and projects related to marine aquaculture and water quality and quantity. Current research focuses include organic aquaculture standards, animal welfare standards for commercial aquaculture operations, and interstate groundwater disputes. For those interested in learning more about the Consortium’s work and members, the National Sea Grant Law Center’s role and current projects, and upcoming events, the National Sea Grant Law Center and the Consortium both host webinars series. For more information on the National Sea Grant Law Center’s 2016 Webinar Series, visit the National Sea Grant Law Center’s website. For more information on the Consortium’s webinar series, visit the Consortium’s webinar webpage.

The National Sea Grant Law Center, along with other Consortium members, also organize an Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference held at the University of Memphis Cecil M. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.