ELI Seminar: Ocean and Coastal Law Enforcement

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The Environmental Law Institute is hosting a seminar live in Washington, DC or via teleconference on August 10th.

Ocean and Coastal Law Enforcement: Enforcing Protected Species Laws in the Marine Environment

Date: August 10, 2012

Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern (Speaking will begin promptly at 12:15 PM)

Location (for in-person attendees): Environmental Law Institute, 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 620 (Sixth Floor), Washington, DC 20036

RSVP: Please RSVP to Marcia McMurrin (mcmurrin [at] eli.org) by August 8. The event is free and open to the public to attend in person (space is limited) or by teleconference. RSVPs should include: name of registrant, affiliation, email address, and whether you wish to attend in person or via teleconference. Call-in information will be emailed to registrants the day before the event.

Description: Compliance is critical to the successful conservation and protection of marine mammals and threatened and endangered marine species. Compliance can be achieved through a variety of mechanisms including the use of enforcement to halt and deter illegal actors. The major U.S. statutes established to protect threatened and endangered species and marine mammals - including the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) - require effective land-based and at-sea enforcement in order to achieve these statutes' objectives. This means ensuring compliance in 3 million square miles of ocean to protect species in U.S. waters, as well as the use of trade barriers to prevent the illegal trade in endangered species in waters in and beyond U.S. jurisdiction. In addition to the logistics of ocean enforcement, agencies charged with protecting marine species face growing challenges in the form of funding and personnel constraints.

The panel will feature expert speakers whose experiences with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Greenpeace will provide the foundation for discussion of key challenges, success stories, and potential opportunities to strengthen marine protected species enforcement.


  • Tracy Dunn, Acting Deputy Director, NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
  • Phil Kline, Senior Ocean Campaigner, Greenpeace U.S.
  • Steven Tucker, Deputy Chief for Marine Protected Species, U.S. Coast Guard
  • John Webb, Former Assistant Chief, Environment and Natural Resources Section, U.S. Department of Justice