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Direct Seafood Marketing

A complied list of Frequently Asked Questions covering such topics as seafood sales, wild seafood certification, crawfish, and Parish requirements.

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Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook

The Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook outlines strategies to reduce, but not eliminate, the risks from coastal natural hazards such as storm surge, other flooding, subsidence and sea level rise, and approaches that are designed to serve as an extra layer of protection or an additional line of defense from those hazards. The guidebook also demonstrates how communities can adopt a flexible approach to hazard planning and accommodate a wide range of attitudes toward restrictions on the use of property to mitigate hazards.

Completed by James Wilkins, Rod Emmer, Dennis Hwang, George Paul Kemp, Barrett Kennedy, Hassan Mashriqui, Bruce Sharky

Download: LaCoastalHazMitGuidebook.pdf (24.3MB PDF)

The following presentations complement the Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook. Simply click the link below to view the full list of presentions then click the presentation you would like to view. Once the video begins you can fast forward or rewind using the navigation buttons in the video window.

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Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook Overview (Video Presentation)
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Hazard Mitigation/Construction Practices (Video Presentation)
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Implementing Measures in the Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook(Video Presentation)
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Legal Issues in Hazard Mitigation Planning (Video Presentation)
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Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities(Video Presentation)
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Planning Strategies for Local Governments (Video Presentation)
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Tools to Predict Storm Surge Flooding(Video Presentation)

The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana by Dan Swenson (7 minutes)

Hazard Mitigation and Land Use Planning in Coastal Louisiana: Recommendations for the Future

This project assesses the current state of land use planning authority and practice, as it pertains to the ability of the state and local governments to respond to their coastal crisis. In addition, it provides coastal parish and state land use planners with information on legal and policy tools that allow them to use available powers to achieve public safety goals and to optimize the effectiveness and value of coastal restoration projects. Where sufficient powers are lacking, the project identifies gaps and provides information to land use planners, allowing them to promote land use planning as a necessary element in addressing land loss issues. This project also provides lawmakers with information on land use planning issues that will assist them in enacting legislation necessary to respond to the requests and needs of land use planners for greater powers with which to address coastal land loss issues.

Completed by Rod Emmer, James Wilkins, Lisa Schiavinato, Mark Davis (Tulane Law School Center on Water Resources Law and Policy), and Mike Wascom (School of the Coast and Environment, Department of Environmental Studies)

Download: CompPlanningReport.pdf (435KB PDF)

Educational Material Summarizing Federal Emergency Management Agency Programs

This project produced four fact sheets to aid Louisiana Sea Grant Extension Agents (SGEA), as they worked directly with communities and victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. SGEAs are the trusted, point-of-contact and source of information for many parish and community administrators, elected officials and the general public. To provide the services expected from them, to maintain their credibility and to supply reliable information to their network, SGEAs must first be introduced to applicable Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) programs, gain an understanding and working knowledge of these programs and then be able to explain them to their constituents. This project provided the training they needed and furnished them with the information in a user-friendly format and at a non-technical level that they can distribute. The fact sheets assisted in expediting an understanding of FEMA programs that apply to recovery and rebuilding in the Louisiana coastal zone and adjacent parishes.

Completed by James Wilkins and Rod Emmer (Louisiana Floodplain Management Association)

A Review of Florida’s Shellfish Control Agencies’ Regulatory Framework and Its Application to Proposed Changes to the Regulation of Louisiana’s Oyster Industry

The goals of this project were to investigate the rationale, methodology, benefits and detriments of agency change within states that have changed or considered changing their shellfish control authority to an agricultural jurisdiction, and to compare them to the existing oyster industry regulatory framework in Louisiana. The initial scope of this project was to develop research methods and test them in Florida. It was hoped that, based on the fruits of this research effort, that the Sea Grant Legal Program would then survey all of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference’s shellfish-producing member states.

Completed by Lisa Schiavinato

NOAA Coastal Services Center Geo-Regulations Inventory

This project was conducted in partnership with the NOAA Coastal Services Center and Photo Science Geospatial Solutions. The goal of this project was to develop GIS datasets and visualization tools in support of the center’s regional ocean observation initiatives. As part of this effort, GIS layers were built that represent the “footprint” of state-level coastal regulations throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The Sea Grant Law & Policy Program assisted in this project by providing an inventory and characterization of Louisiana’s regulatory framework to understand how many regulations are in place, to determine the feasibility in mapping these regulations and to ascertain the value to the coastal zone management community in spatially-enabling these regulations.

Completed by Lisa Schiavinato

Aquaculture Parks in the Gulf of Mexico

This project is a legal review and analysis of laws and regulations of Gulf of Mexico states regarding aquaculture parks and the harvest of shellfish to determine how these states may permit inshore molluscan shellfish park in these states’ coastal zones. The project also reviews these states’ policies regarding aquaculture parks and shellfish production and harvest and identifies gaps in the law that may be roadblocks to receiving permits to operate an aquaculture park in the coastal zone of Gulf of Mexico states.

Completed by Lisa Schiavinato, Stephanie Showalter (National Sea Grant Law Center), Vanessa Maxwell (Louisiana Sea Grant College Program), and Granvil Treece (Texas Sea Grant College Program)

Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

This research project was funded by the Governor’s Applied Coastal Research and Development Program. The project provides a legal analysis of how the Coastal Zone Management Act’s Federal Consistency provision and current Louisiana law regarding beneficial use of dredged material may be more effectively utilized for coastal restoration purposes.

Completed by Lisa Schiavinato and James Wilkins

Taxes and Wetlands Conservation in Louisiana: Voluntary Incentives and Mandatory Alternatives

This paper briefly reviews the history of wetlands conservation incentives and provides an in-depth consideration of current legislation and future considerations for this area of Louisiana Law.

Completed by Ryan Seidemann

Download: Jour_Environ_Law.pdf (2.25MB PDF)

Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico: A Survey

A joint project between the Louisiana and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Programs, this book contains information about the various coastal and ocean areas along the Gulf Coast that have received heightened federal or state protection. For each MPA, the authors have identified the managing agency, the authorizing legislation and pertinent regulations. Brief site descriptions are also included.

Completed by Lisa Schiavinato and Stephanie Showalter (National Sea Grant Law Center)

Download: MPA.pdf (22.47MB PDF)

Gulf Oyster Industry Initiative: Recent Coastal Restoration and Oyster Leaseholder Conflicts Have Lead to Changes in the Statutory and Regulatory Landscape: What are the Changes and How Will they Affect the Industry?

The research question being addressed was: How will the recent changes in Louisiana's laws and regulations, resulting from the Caernarvon Project, affect current and future oyster leasing off of Louisiana's coast? The goal of this project was to produce educational tools that are easy to disseminate and user-friendly. Short fact sheets, newsletter articles and longer journal publications were employed as a way to educate oyster farmers affected by the recent litigation as well as government agencies and other interest groups.

Completed by James Wilkins and Lisa Schiavinato

Center for Natural Resources Economics & Policy (CNREP) presentation — "History of Coastal Restoration and Oyster Conflicts"
Download: CNREP_oyster.pdf (2.16MB PDF)

Local Coastal Zone Management Programs

The Sea Grant Legal Program was involved in the process of revising existing and new local coastal zone management ordinances developed by the coastal parishes. The Sea Grant Legal Program reviewed the ordinances submitted by the coastal parishes to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) in order to ensure that the current state requirements were met. The projects also included the conducting of a national review of urban development ordinances that addressed nonpoint sources of pollution and developing a model ordinance to assist Louisiana's coastal parishes.

Completed by Erinn Neyrey

Guide to Louisiana's Oil Spill Law

The Sea Grant Legal Program received a grant from the Louisiana Applied Oil Spill Research and Development Program. The project titled "A Legal Guide to Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act and Associated Programs," did not involve extensive research and information compilation. The legal guidebook fulfills an existing void and can be a resource tool for the agencies, industry and private entities potentially involved in an oil spill event. The final product reviews such areas as agency jurisdiction, natural resource damage assessment, record-keeping requirements, case law, statutory law and regulatory requirements.

Completed by Erinn Neyrey