Beveridge & Diamond advises on all environmental issues that arise in the fishing and aquaculture industries.

Why B&D?

With over 120 lawyers all focused on environmental law and litigation, we are uniquely positioned to advise on the broad range of environmental, health, and safety issues impacting the fishing and aquaculture industries’ facilities, operations, and products. A number of our lawyers have biology or ecology backgrounds, personal experience working with fisheries, and unique perspectives from years of government service. We also draw upon our deep experience with adjacent industries—such as food & beverage, consumer products, transportation, and pesticides—to offer comprehensive service to our clients.

In addition, B&D offers a physical presence in major fishing markets, as well as experience with fisheries off all U.S. coasts and in major freshwater bodies across the country.


Our clients include:

  • Aquaculture growers
  • Boat manufacturers
  • Commercial and recreational fishing industry groups/associations
  • Commercial and recreational mariners/fishermen
  • Commercial and recreational vessel owners/operators
  • Fishery operators
  • Ports
  • Seafood processors


  • Air emissions (mobile and stationary sources)
  • Certifications (e.g., Marine Stewardship Council (MSC))
  • Climate change adaptation, ocean acidification
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate sustainability (reporting, risk assessments)
  • Emergency response
  • Enforcement defense, investigations
  • Food and Drug Administration animal drug regulations
  • Fish share allocations
  • Food packaging compliance
  • International regulations (e.g., International Maritime Organization, International Whaling Commission, Law of the Sea, etc.)
  • Lacey Act compliance
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and cultural resources reviews
  • Nuisance and trespass litigation
  • Oyster and shellfish growing
  • Pesticide regulations and compliance
  • Plastics and marine pollution regulations
  • Product labeling compliance (e.g., “sustainably caught” criteria)
  • Project development and permitting
  • Renewable energy access
  • Salmon habitat restoration
  • Tribal treaties
  • Waste compliance
  • Water quality
  • Water rights
  • Wildlife protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries requirements
  • Worker safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance and enforcement