Ocean Research Under Foreign Jurisdiction

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Science  15 May 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4496, pp. 754-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4496.754


In more than one-fourth of recent cases, U.S. marine scientists desiring to work off the shores of other countries were denied access or encountered inordinate delays in approval of their requests. The regime for marine scientific research proposed in the draft text of the Convention on the Law of the Sea may alleviate some difficulties but will not change the predominant influence of political considerations on decisions affecting clearance for research.