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Coastal Zone Law

New Environmental Regulations for Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture

New Environmental Regulations for Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture

In a wonderfully informative article from May 10, 2020, ecoRI News dove into the problems oyster farmers (and shellfish farmers generally) are facing now that their main buyers, restaurants, have either closed or scaled back their businesses significantly because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Bob Rheault, the executive director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, explained to ecoRI News that…

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COVID-19 and Commercial and Residential Land Use Issues

COVID-19 and Commercial and Residential Land Use Issues

As the number of cases of COVID-19 grows around the country, the New York City metro area, and New York generally, has experienced some of the highest rates of infection. This has resulted in many people from the area leaving to take shelter in their second homes. Many of those homes are in Rhode Island. In particular, coastal municipalities such…

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Corporate Law

Corporate Law

In Rhode Island, several state agencies regulate businesses. Corporate law related to coastal and environmental management follows specific regulatory tracks. Environmental law and coastal law compliance and enforcement are important initiatives for the government. This includes federal, state, and municipal branches. Just as individuals can be found liable for violations of environmental laws and regulations, so can companies. Coastal Law…

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Current Environmental Policies

Current Environmental Policies

Today’s environmental issues need an almost constant review and revision to current environmental policies at both the state and federal levels. Exclusive reliance on historical sources of energy is no longer a viable option. Monitoring of resources like water quality shows that efforts to regulate human activity fails often. As human population increases, we see the need for increased attention…

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The Rhode Island CRMC – Why and When Do I Need It?

The Rhode Island CRMC – Why and When Do I Need It?

In Rhode Island, activities along the coast are regulated by a state agency called the Coastal Resources Management Council. That’s “CRMC” for short. The CRMC is tasked with preserving and protecting coastal areas through management plans and by the issuance of approvals for work in the council’s jurisdictional area. That area of jurisdiction is as follows: “[T]he area extending from…

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