Ocean in Maine

Maine Law’s Ocean and Coastal Law Journal to present symposium at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath

Due to the public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the University of Maine School of Law is canceling the Maine’s Ocean and Coastal Future: Law and Policy in a Changing World symposium on March 27th. We recognize that this is disappointing news, however, due to the strong guidance against large gatherings we have decided to err on the side of protecting the safety of our community.

The Ocean and Coastal Law Journal at the University of Maine School of Law will host a symposium on March 27, 2020 at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. The symposium, entitled “Maine’s Ocean and Coastal Future: Law and Policy in a Changing World,” will focus on three industries that are important to Maine’s social and economic development in the coming years: maritime commerce, offshore and tidal energy, and aquaculture.

Maine has a rich coastal, marine, and maritime history. This symposium will examine laws and policy that affect Maine’s coastal, marine, and maritime industries, and the ways in which environmental changes are impacting law, policy, and efforts to develop Maine’s marine culture and economy.

The Keynote Address will be presented by Lincoln Paine, an award-winning author and maritime historian. Lincoln is the author of five books and more than a hundred articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. From 2009 to 2012, he was the guest curator and archivist of the Norman H. Morse Collection of Ocean Liner Materials at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. He has lectured on maritime history and taught writing workshops nationally as well as in India, China, Australia, and Europe. He is also a board member of the Maine Maritime Museum.

The symposium will also feature the following speakers and panel discussions:

Offshore and Tidal Energy

  • John Ferland, President, Ocean Renewable Power Company
  • Brooke Barnes, Esq., Environmental Services, Stantec

Aquaculture and Innovations in the Law

  • Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association
  • Chris Vonderweidt, Aquaculture Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Aaron Strong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Hamilton College. Former Assistant Professor at The University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and Climate Change Institute

Maritime Maine

  • Jon Nass, Esq., CEO, Maine Port Authority
  • Laura M. O’Hanlon, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Bath Iron Works

Maine attorneys who attend the symposium will receive 5 CLEs. To view the full symposium schedule and to register for this free event, please visit: mainelawcommunity.org/2020-oclj.

The Ocean and Coastal Law Journal at the University of Maine School of Law

The Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (OCLJ) is dedicated to facilitating discourse on legal issues related to domestic and international use of the sea and seashores. It is published by second and third year students at the University of Maine School of Law. Volumes include articles by practitioners and scholars, as well as comments and case notes written by students addressing issues of marine resource regulation, coastal zone management, marine environmental protection, and other topics of importance in the field of ocean and coastal law.

For more information, call 207.780.4474, or email ocljeditor@maine.edu.