180. Marine scientific research.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea1 makes provision for the conduct of marine scientific research2. All states, irrespective of their geographical location, and competent international organisations, have the right to conduct such research3 and to promote and facilitate its development and conduct4, which must be carried out exclusively for peaceful purposes5. Marine research activities may not constitute the legal basis for any claims to any part of the marine environment or its resources6. States and competent international organisations are to promote international co-operation in marine scientific research7, create favourable conditions for its conduct8, and publish