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Image: Oak tree with moss near waters edge.The Sea Grant Law & Policy Program (SGLPP) has been a component of the Marine Advisory Services of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program for nearly 40 years. The mission of the SGLPP is to provide timely and relevant legal information and services for the many users of Louisiana's coastal lands and waters, including state and local governments; coastal business, including commercial fishers, recreational fishers and non-governmental organizations; and the general public. Legal advisory services are performed by in-house attorneys and a staff of law clerks.

The SGLPP endeavors to provide accurate, timely and relevant legal research and information on topics affecting the use, conservation and management of Louisiana's ocean and coastal environment and resources. Having been an active participant in coastal issues for nearly 40 years, the SGLPP has made significant contributions to many coastal issues. Some examples include coastal zone management and coastal restoration, commercial and recreational fisheries, marsh management, wetlands regulation and protection, oil spill prevention and response, oyster industry regulation, coastal and non-point source pollution issues, aquaculture, public access and property rights.

The SGLPP offers a unique opportunity for law students. The program currently employs three legal research assistants, who are gaining hands-on experience with coastal and natural resource legal issues. The students are assigned research projects, which may entail compiling summaries, suggesting changes to current law, drafting legislation, writing formal legal articles or providing legal analysis to the public through informal communication. Our law clerks are also encouraged to use their legal training and analytical skills to pursue projects and publication opportunities in their particular areas of interest.

We are always interested in evolving and challenging topics of coastal law. If our legal advisory program can help you in any way, please contact us.

Phone: (225) 578-5931
Fax: (225) 578-5938
E-mail: sglegal@lsu.edu

Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program director Jim Wilkins discusses the program's involvement in getting state legislation adopted which allows off-bottom oyster culture. More information about this process will be available in the March 2013 edition of Coastal Clips - which will be online at www.laseagrant.org toward the end of March.

This site was last updated on June 26, 2014 .
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