Sea Grant

Overcoming Impediments to Shellfish Aquaculture through Legal Research and Outreach

Legal and permitting issues are consistently ranked as a critical impediment to domestic aquaculture development. The shellfish industry is growing in coastal areas, which are home to more than half of the population of the continental United States. A variety of legal conflicts can arise as states seek to encourage the development and expansion of shellfish aquaculture. The regulatory landscape facing the aquaculture industry can also be confusing and complicated.

In 2017, the National Sea Grant College Program funded a multi-institutional, national collaboration to examine impediments to shellfish aquaculture across the United States. Project partners include attorneys from the:

  • National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Virginia Coastal Policy Center, William & Mary Law School
  • Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
  • California Sea Grant Program