Updated July 1, 2008.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg; updated by Amanda Runyon & Sabrina Sondhi.
Originally prepared for Law B565/SMA 515, Prof. Marc Hershman.
This class focuses on the U.S. legal framework for controlling allocation and use of coastal and marine resources. Topics include coastal zone management, fisheries management, protection of marine mammals and endangered species, marine pollution, offshore oil and gas development, and marine transportation.
This research guide follows the organization of topics in Coastal and Ocean Law: Cases and Materials, 3d ed., 1999.
Note: LexisNexis Academic and LegalTrac are commercial services to which the UW Libraries subscribe. Access is restricted to University of Washington faculty, students, and staff and other users who are visiting a UW library. All other websites listed in this guide are freely available.
Gallagher guide on U.S. Admiralty & Maritime Law
University of Oregon, Ocean and Coastal Law Center Collection
Roger Williams University School of Law Library, Admiralty/Maritime and Coastal/Ocean Law: A Guide to Selected Resources
Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL), primary documents on international law conventions concerning oceans and law of the sea
Environmental Law Institute, Ocean Program
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Coastal Links
University of Maine, Ocean and Coastal Law Journal
University of Oregon, Ocean and Coastal Law Center, Ocean and Coastal Law Memos
U.S. Ocean Commission, Review of U.S. Ocean and Coastal Law: the Evolution of Ocean Governance Over Three Decades. Note: the U.S. Ocean Commission expired on December 19, 2004; the information presented in this article may not be up to date)
For law review articles on the public trust doctrine, search LegalTrac or LexisNexis Academic by the phrase "public trust doctrine.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Civil Works. Among their duties: plan, design, build, operate, and maintain projects that provide river and harbor navigation, flood control, water supply, hydroelectric power, environmental restoration, wildlife protection and recreation.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (which includes Washington State)
U.S. Dep't of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Takings: Sources with information and differing perspectives
King County Municipal Code, Title 25, Shoreline Management
The Coastal States Organization works to improve the management of the nation's coasts, oceans, and the Great Lakes.
Gallagher guide on International Law of the Sea
U.S. Dep't of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs
U.S. Dep't of the Interior, Minerals Management Service manages mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.
U.S. Dep't of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, provides a "mapfinder" for coastal photographs and nautical charts
Submerged Lands Act, 43 USC 1301 et seq.
U.S. Department of Interior, Minerals Management Service
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuaries
Washington Dep't of Fish and Wildlife deals with commercial and recreational fishing programs.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Homepage provides comprehensive information on protected species and related programs.
Environmental Treaties and Resources Indicators: compiles dozens of international and multilateral treaties, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (commonly called CITES).
U.S. Coast Guard Oil Spill Response contains a wealth of information and material, including operations guides, memoranda of understanding, a directory of spill removal organizations, and reports (including a Pollution Incidents Compendium with descriptions of oil spills in and around the U.S. from 1969 to 1998).
U.S. Coast Guard, 13th District, Seattle
International Maritime Organization contains information on international conventions.
Washington Dep't of Ecology, Spills Program
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Spill Prevention & Response
Natural Resources Defense Council publications on Oceans & Water