: The course provides an introduction to the laws regulating natural resources management and environmental protection of coastal and marine ecosystems. The course emphasizes conflicts between public and private uses of the coastal zone, state and federal conflicts, and natural resource issues. Specific topics covered in the course include coastal management, beach access and public trust, fisheries law and the law of the sea, protection of marine mammals, ocean renewable energy development, marine reserves and ocean dumping. Laws and treaties discussed include, among others, the Coastal Zone Management Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.
Grading is based on an examination.