New Not-For-Profit Research Center: The Fisheries Law Centre

By Adam Soliman

Adam Soliman, director and founder of The Fisheries Law Centre, announces the establishment of the FLC, a newly-formed not-for-profit research center in Vancouver, Canada. The center has three mandates: 1) to conduct research in the field of fisheries, aquaculture and seafood laws and regulations; 2) to build capacity by educating law students, lawyers, and other stakeholders in the area of fisheries and aquaculture laws; and 3) to offer legal representation to underprivileged small-scale fishers and NGOs wherever possible.

The aim of FLC is to protect the environment and consumers, and to support family fishermen and coastal communities. Although based in Canada, its outreach is global.

Fisheries and seafood law is a specialized area of the law and is interdisciplinary in nature. Although highly specialized, this area is also remarkably diverse, and includes such topics as:

▪   Aboriginals’ right to fish

▪   Access to justice in coastal communities

▪   Fisheries management schemes

▪   Genetically engineered fish

▪   Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing

▪   Market structures

▪   Seafood fraud

▪   Seafood safety

▪   Sustainability certification schemes

For more information, visit the Centre’s website: www.fishlaw.org.