Marine Biodiversity

About this Course

Long neglected by lawmakers despite its essential ecological functions, the marine environment has increasingly been the focal point of conservation and balanced natural resource utilization efforts.  This course will consider the natural components of estuarine, coastal, and marine ecosystems and some of the conservation issues confronting them.  There will be a review of domestic and international laws and treaties relating to coastal management, pollution, protected areas, endangered species, fish, marine mammals, wetlands, and seabed mineral and hydrocarbon resources.  The course will consider how effectively these legal authorities blend together to provide rational and comprehensive management and protection of marine resources.

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Environmental Law