California Aquaculture Law Symposium

March 13, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

UCLA School of Law

The Sustainable Seafood Working Group of the LA Food Policy Council is happy to partner with The Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law and others for the California Aquaculture Law Symposium.

Friday, March 13, 2015
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
UCLA School of Law

The Sustainable Seafood Working Group will facilitate a panel titled “Can Aquaculture Be Organic? A Debate on the Environmental Issues of Certification” from 10:45am to 12:00PM. For more information and to register, click here.

Registration begins at 8:30 A.M.  Program begins at 9:00 A.M.

The United States is tied for the second largest consumer of seafood, yet we import 91% of the seafood that we eat.  About half of our seafood imports come from aquaculture, and this is likely to increase due to rising demand for seafood domestically and internationally.  The healthy and local food movements, environmental groups, and scientists from industry and academia are focusing increasing attention and resources on aquaculture’s potential to be a domestic source of seafood.  The legal field, on the other hand, has not yet given much attention to aquaculture.  However, food and agricultural law is becoming more popular in the legal realm and aquaculture is a subcategory of those fields that, moving forward, will require independent analysis.  To move towards intelligently regulating aquaculture, applicants, lawyers, regulators, and decisionmakers must better understand the field and the regulatory framework.  The California Aquaculture Law Symposium is an effort to begin the broader discussion about aquaculture law, starting in California with coastal and offshore aquaculture.

Registration includes entrance into conference, parking at UCLA (with General Admission ticket), light breakfast, lunch, and reception hors d’oeuvre.

For directions to UCLA School of Law please visit:

Featured speakers include:

  • Paula Daniels, Senior Fellow on Food Systems, Water and Climate at Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Founder and Chair Emeritus of the LA Food Policy Council
  • John Finger, Co-Founder/CEO, Hog Island Oyster Co.
  • Catherine Janasie, Research Counsel, University of Mississippi School of Law, National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Don Kent, President, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
  • Sam King, Restauranteur, Water Grill
  • Randy Lovell, California Aquaculture Coodinator, California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Dana Murray, Marine & Coastal Scientist, Heal the Bay
  • Paul Olin, Aquaculture Specialist, California Sea Grant, UC San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • Robert Smith, Senior Associate, Plauche & Carr LLP
  • Kim Thompson, Program Manager, Seafood for the Future, Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Lisa Tucker, Senior Aquaculture Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
  • Mike Wilson, Commissioner, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, & Conservation District
  • Diane Windham, Aquaculture Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Symposium Schedule:

8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Registration (light breakfast provided)
9:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. Welcome, Introduction
9:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Panel 1: “Aquaculture Perspectives”
10:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Panel 2: “Can Aquaculture Be Organic? A Debate on the Environmental Issues of Certification” (facilitated by the Sustainable Seafood Working Group)
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Lunch (provided)
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Panel 3: “Aquaculture Opportunities and Initiatives, Part 1: Regulatory Perspective”
2:10 P.M. – 3:10 P.M. Panel 4: “Aquaculture Opportunities and Initiatives, Part 2: Industry Perspective”
3:20 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. Aquaculture Opportunities and Initiatives: Question & Answer Session
3:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Closing Remarks
4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Reception (hors d’oeuvre provided)

If you have any questions please email Colleen McKinney at

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