Management of Historic and Non-Historic Submerged Shipwreck Resources in California

by James T. Lima, Univ of California, Santa Barbara, United States,
Matthew A. Russell, Univ of California, Santa Barbara, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987 encourages states to establish management programs for historic and non-historic shipwrecks. Conceptually, a management program will consist of a regulatory scheme applicable to all wrecks within a State's jurisdiction and an underwater park system to preserve representative wrecks. There are many perspectives which influence the design of a management system for the resource. The perspectives range from strict preservation with little or no public access to unlimited access and salvage. The 'multiple use' concept used in managing many coastal resources requires that these potentially conflicting perspectives and uses be accommodated to the maximum extent possible. Using California's emerging management regime as an example, the paper discusses how a State management program can accommodate the various uses of shipwreck resources.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Coastal management | Parks | Systems management | Submerging | Ships | Public opinion and participation | California | United States

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