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Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

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Environmental Law Enforcement Agent

Marine environmental law enforcement agents enforce conservation laws to protect marine resources and the natural marine environment. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement focuses on adherence to proper commercial and recreational fishing practices, whereas the Environmental Protection Agency and most state fish and wildlife departments monitor pollutants entering waterways and enforce clean-up operations. Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard protects and defends United States waterways, including the protection of living marine resources. Enforcement of marine protection laws can be vital in preserving marine resources and requires a thorough understanding of these laws. 


High school coursework:

  • Science - a background in environmental or earth science will be important in understanding marine laws
  • Social Studies - understand how politics, laws, and humans interact
  • Psychology - it is vital for law enforcement agents to understand human psychology


Classes you could take in college/at Cal Poly:

  • NR 404: Environmental Law
  • SOC 308: Sociology of the Environment
  • MSCI 428: Marine Conservation and Policy


Ways to get experience:

  • Volunteer with rangers stations at local or state parks 
    • You can get experience with assisting and informing the public about park rules and park maintenance as a small-scale introduction to environmental protection enforcement.

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