Marine and Coastal Restoration Law and Policy
Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1
This field course addresses the science, law and policy of marine ecosystem restoration in Florida, specifically the restoration of sea grasses, sponges and corals. These ecosystems have suffered degradation from pollution, disease, climate change and overuse, including harvesting and human recreation. They not only serve as key ecosystems in the marine environment, but also provide valuable ecosystem services. The course will address the proprietary and regulatory context within which marine restoration activities take place, including submerged lands law, federal and state permitting, application of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The course will be conducted over 3.5 days at the Mote Marine Institute coral reef facility on Summerland Key in the Florida Keys and include hands-on experience with restoration activities. A program fee covers housing and field activities (including boat time) and some meals.