Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


As man expands his horizons on planet earth, he is beginning to turn increasingly to the oceans as a source of resources, and at a pace commensurate with the growth of his needs and his technical ability. Traditionally the deep sea has always been a "no man's land," an unlimited source of space to be traversed and used infrequently. A scarcity of natural resources and an abundance of human extensions (i.e. technology) are together making deep ocean seclusion a thing of the past. Increasing use of a particular resource is a limited space sooner or later implies an increasing need for management and control of that resource. This paper will attempt to develop a system through which compromise can be attained in the use of the deep ocean resources.