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Law and the Future of Fisheries

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Yale Law School, Room 128
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Please join the Yale Environmental Law Association on Wednesday, April 24th for a panel discussion on the law of fisheries featuring experts from industry, academia, and the non profit sectors.

New England's fisheries are facing collapse, and the debate over fishery policy is heating up. Will catch shares, catch limits, and federal regulation save the day - or drive fishing communities over the brink? Can smart legal and policy strategies reconcile business and conservation interests? How many fish really are in the sea? On Wednesday, April 24, come join YELA for a discussion on catch shares, catch limits, and the future of fisheries, featuring an all-star lineup of panelists from industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector (see bios below). It promises to be a very lively discussion. Caseus grilled cheese and tomato soup will be served!


Chris Brown

Chris Brown has been a commercial fisherman for over 35 years. He built his first boat in 1978 at the age of 20 and he sailed that vessel, the Grandville Davis, for 31 years. Extremely involved in the fishing industry, Chris is the President of the Rhode Island Commercial Fishermen’s Association. He is also the Founder, Executive Director, and a Participating Member of the Rhode Island Fluke Conservation Cooperative as well as a Founding Member of the Commercial Fisheries Research Trust Foundation and Founder of the Stanley B. Murray Foundation. In addition to Chris’s involvement with these organizations, he is also a conservation engineer and gear designer, both part of his and Brown Family Seafood’s ongoing mission to create more sustainable fishing practices that can become industry standards. For Chris, Brown Family Seafood is a family affair. His two sons, Chris Jr. and Sam, are both members of Brown Family Seafood and they can often be found on the Proud Mary, helping haul in a catch with their father, or delivering orders of fresh seafood to Brown Family Seafood’s customers.

Peter Shelley

Peter Shelley is Senior Counsel at Conservation Law Foundation (Massachusetts), a core member of the group's ocean advocacy team, and an expert on New England's fisheries. Until 2010, Peter served as Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation (Massachusetts). He was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment in 1996 and the David B Stone Medal by the New England Aquarium in 2003. Before CLF, Peter served for five years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Peter has a BA from Hobart College and received his JD with honors from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Maine, State of Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Prof. Katrina Wyman

Katrina Wyman is Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. Her research interests include fisheries and oceans policy, property law, natural resources law and policy, and legal and theoretical issues related to reparations. Professor Wyman has published on fisheries and oceans policy in the New York University Law Review, the Arizona Law Review, and the University of Toronto Law Journal. Born and raised in Canada, Professor Wyman is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Yale Law School. Before joining the NYU faculty in 2002, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-2002.

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