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Regulating Uses Of Marine Biodiversity On The Outer Continental Shelf

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This chapter explores the consequences of the legal framework for regulation of the outer continental shelf. It outlines the rights of coastal states to regulate various activities on the outer continental shelf, with particular attention to activities impacting on marine biodiversity. The chapter also focuses on issues relating to the intersection between the high seas and the outer continental shelf regime that are unfortunately ambiguous under the LOS Convention. It addresses the following questions: (1) in issuing regulations regarding the uses of the outer continental shelf, to what extent can a coastal state make regulations affecting activities in the water column; and (2) if a coastal state suspects a foreign vessel is interfering with its rights over the continental shelf, does the coastal state have a right to board, inspect and arrest the suspect vessel.

Keywords: coastal states; LOS Convention; marine biodiversity; outer continental shelf



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