Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

California Aquaculture Law Symposium

The Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, California Sea Grant, the National Sea Grant Law Center, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources, the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, the UCLA Food Law Society, and the UCLA Environmental Law Society
present the

California Aquaculture Law Symposium

Friday, March 13, 2015
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
UCLA School of Law, Room 1347

Registration begins at 8:30 A.M.  Program begins at 9:00 A.M.
To register, please visit:
The symposium program is available for download here.

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.  The regulatory framework for aquaculture in the United States is a field of regulatory quirks and difficulties that, in some cases, are functionally prohibitive.   To move towards intelligently regulating aquaculture, applicants, lawyers, regulators, and decisionmakers must better understand the field, the regulatory framework, and regulatory constraints.  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 will include entrance into conference, parking at UCLA (with General Admission ticket), light breakfast, lunch, and reception hors d'oeuvre.

To register, please visit:

For directions to UCLA School of Law please visit:

The symposium program is available for download here.

Symposium Schedule:
*Recordings of each panel are now available at the hyperlinks below.

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: "Aquaculture and the Environment: A Discussion on the Issues of Sustainability Ratings and Certifications"
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. Lunch; Keynote address by Helene York (audio only)
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 and 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)

Keynote speaker:

  • Helene York, Global Director, Responsible Business, Compass Group@Google

Featured speakers include:
*Electronic versions of some of the panelists' PowerPoint presentations are now available at the hyperlinks below.

  • Doug Bush, Managing Member, Cultured Abalone Farm LLC
  • Paula Daniels, Founder, LA Food Policy Council, and member, National Organic Standards Board 
  • 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
  • George Lockwood, Retired Aquaculture Pioneer
  • Randy Lovell, California Aquaculture Coodinator, California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Dana Murray, Senior Costal Policy Manager, Heal the Bay
  • Paul Olin, Aquaculture Specialist, California Sea Grant, UC San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • Neil Sims, Founder and Co-CEO, Kampachi Farms
  • Robert Smith, Senior Associate, Plauche & Carr LLP
  • Kim Thompson, Program Manager, Seafood for the Future, Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Lisa Tucker, Senior Aquaculture Scientist, Seafood Watch
  • Mike Wilson, Commissioner, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, & Conservation District
  • Diane Windham, Aquaculture Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

If you have any questions please email Lauren Bernadett at