401. Prohibition of unlicensed deep sea mining.

Before the conclusion of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea1, several states enacted legislation and entered into international agreements for the avoidance of conflicts over deep sea mining areas2. In 1981, the United Kingdom enacted the Deep Sea Mining Act 1981 to make provision for deep sea mining operations3.

A person4 may not:


    (1)     explore for mineral resources5 of any description in any area of the deep sea bed6 unless the person holds an exploration licence7 which is in force or is the agent or employee of the holder of such a licence (acting in