Extension Specialist talks aquaculture law at UCLA

March 03, 2015
Media Contact— Caitlin Coomber / ccoomber@ucsd.edu / 858-534-0580

California Sea Grant Extension Advisor and Aquaculture Specialist Paul Olin will be part of a panel providing an overview of aquaculture in the state at the California Aquaculture Law Symposium. Titled "Aquaculture Perspectives," Olin will be joined by industry and regulatory leaders to discuss the importance of aquaculture and set the stage for legal issues.

California Aquaculture Law Symposium

Friday, March 13, 2015
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
UCLA School of Law
Registration begins at 8:30 A.M.
Program begins at 9:00 A.M.
To register, please visit: aquaculturesymposium.eventzilla.net

The United States is tied for the second largest consumer of seafood, yet we import 91% of the seafood that we eat.  About half of our seafood imports come from aquaculture, and this is likely to increase due to rising demand for seafood domestically and internationally.  The healthy and local food movements, environmental groups, and scientists from industry and academia are focusing increasing attention and resources on aquaculture's potential to be a domestic source of seafood.  The legal field, on the other hand, has not yet given much attention to aquaculture.  However, food and agricultural law is becoming more popular in the legal realm and aquaculture is a subcategory of those fields that, moving forward, will require independent analysis.

To move towards intelligently regulating aquaculture, applicants, lawyers, regulators, and decisionmakers must better understand the field and the regulatory framework.  Held at the UCLA School of Law, the California Aquaculture Law Symposium is an effort to begin the broader discussion about aquaculture law, starting in California with coastal and offshore aquaculture.

About California Sea Grant

NOAA’s California Sea Grant College Program funds marine research, education and outreach throughout California. Our headquarters is at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; we are one of 33 Sea Grant programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.