Law of the Sea: U.S. Votes No

by Merja Lehtinen, Production Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 8, Pg. 44-46

Document Type: Feature article

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The United States has voted against the international treaty which will regulate ocean and waterway passage, ocean mining, and fishing rights. Implications are far reaching as the precedents set in this law are thought to be applicable for future legislation on space. The U.S. disagreement with the legislation adopted by the United Nations General Assembly revolves mainly about the International Seabed Authority, the regulatory body which would govern seabed mining. defense industry minerals are involved in the seabed mining operations.

Subject Headings: Mines and mining | Sea floor | Seas and oceans | Legislation | Agreements and treaties | Waterways | Water-based recreation | Industries | United States

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