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About the Book
The country's ocean and coastal laws and policies in many ways mirror the very resources they were created to manage, restore, and protect: they are complex, intertwined, and fluid. Published by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy provides an authoritative yet practical resource for practioners, government officials, and scholars to understand and build upon the current legal framework of our ocean and coastal policies.
This book brings together the expertise and insights of the country's leading scholars and practitioners in the field of ocean and coastal law. Covering the full array of issues in ocean and coastal law -- from maritime jurisdiction and boundaries to water quality protection to fisheries management and marine mammal protection to offshore energy development and climate change -- each chapter addresses the current state of the law for each subject, followed by analysis of the critical emerging and unresolved issues. The book's final chapters address the principles and legal authorities for transitioning toward and ecosystem-based management approach to U.S. coastal and ocean areas, and a review of the important call for action issued by two national ocean commissions in their far-reaching blueprints for the reform of current ocean policy and law.
What Others Are Saying...
"As a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, I participated in the development of a comprehensive report to the President on how to address the threats to ocean ecosystems from coastal development, overfishing, pollution, the effects of global warming, and other sources. The Commission's Report to the President in 2004 highlighted, among other actions, the need for more effective use of existing laws and regulations to reverse the decline of marine ecosystems. This book presents and analyzes our nation's key coastal and ocean legal authorities. It serves as a timely and helpful reference source that can guide the development and implementation of law and policy for the benefit of the marine environment."
William D. Ruckelshaus
"I have spent a lifetime working to protect the oceans and the wildlife that inhabit them. As an explorer, educator, film producer and environmental advocate, I know how important it is to have laws to make possible the actions needed for the sustainability of marine resources. To be stewards of coastal and ocean areas, we must use our laws effectively. This book provides a comprehensive compilation of the laws that can be used to fulfill that responsibility, so we can manage the planet's finite resources sustainably."
Jean-Michel Cousteau Founder and President Ocean Futures Society
"My service on the Pew Oceans Commission convinced me that we need to do more to ensure the future of our oceans and coasts. Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy explains the laws protecting our marine environment in a clear and concise manner. The authors all have real-world experience with their topics. A solid understanding of this current body of law is an essential first step in crafting policy solutions to safeguard our oceans and coasts for the future."
Julie Packard Executive Director Monterey Bay Aquarium
"My work has convinced me we need tough laws protecting our oceans and coasts, and the political will necessary to enforce them. This important new book -- written largely by practitioners -- tells us how the law works in practice rather than merely in theory. It should be required reading for all those involved in safeguarding our oceans and coasts."