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Register for Shape of the Coast in February 2017

Family in small boat on the water with buildings in the background
Family motors out of Homer's Point Marina at Indian Beach on Bogue Sound as darkness falls. Photo by Roger Winstead.

Recreational and commercial fishermen, residents, and businesses share the waterfront in North Carolina. Photo by Roger Winstead.


Jack Thigpen, 919-515-3012,
Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

Sign up for the Shape of the Coast, a series of sessions that will focus on coastal law and policy in North Carolina.

The talks are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The event is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law Festival of Legal Learning.

The coastal session is co-sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant; the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, or NCCRLPPC; and the UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Law.

Lisa Schiavinato, California Sea Grant extension director; Palmer Hilton, UNC School of Law student; and Jane Harrison, North Carolina Sea Grant coastal economics specialist, will lead the final session on public beach access and oyster aquaculture.

In the first part, Schiavinato, former North Carolina Sea Grant coastal law specialist, will focus on the conflicts between oceanfront property owners and beachgoers in coastal states, including North Carolina and California.

Harrison and Hilton, a former NCCRLPPC fellow, will offer an overview on the current state of the oyster aquaculture industry in North Carolina, including an update on regulatory efforts that could facilitate oyster farming in state waters.

“Siting oyster leases can be a significant challenge for new oyster farmers,” Harrison explains. “Permits are required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leases are approved by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. There are a multitude of regulations and policies that growers must understand to start their businesses.”

The other topics and speakers are:

  • “Insurance Update”​ by Donald T. Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, UNC School of Law;
  • “What’s Ahead for NC Coastal Policy?” from the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission; and
  • “Federal and State Coastal Case Law Update” by Meredith Jo Alcoke, Ward and Smith, P.A., and Todd S. Roessler, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

Attorneys can receive 4.0 hours of CLE credit. Any media interested in attending should contact Katie Mosher at 919-515-9069 or

To register, visit In the left menu, select Program. Choose the Shape of the Coast course for each of the first four sessions (01 through 04) on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Then hit the Register Now button.

On the next page, enter your first and last name. Select Continue to proceed to the Add My Information page. In the drop-down menu for Event Fee, choose your preferred payment option for Shape of the Coast with or without CLEs — $150 or $100, respectively. Students can attend these sessions and the entire conference for $50.


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