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.
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.
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
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.