Who Owns the Sea Floor?


It was always my understanding that some miles off the coast of individual nations, the sea floor and the waters belonged to the nations themselves. It is something to do with borders and sovereignty. In the simplest of terms by way of example, the Kiwi’s could not set up an oil rig off Western Australia and claim it and the oil as their own, because that sea floor and the minerals it contains belongs to Australia – to you and I.

On 9 April 2008, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf adopted recommendations confirming Australia’s entitlement to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the coastline (extended continental shelf) of some 2.56 million square kilometres. This is an area slightly larger than the land area of Western Australia and one-third the size of the Australian continent. (Link 

You and I are the Tax Payers, so when revenue is raised from whatever activity occurs in those ocean waters and on that ocean bed, some of that money will filter back down through the Government channels to the people of Australia. Makes sense to me.

You will notice I use the phrase ‘Sovereign Nation’ when speaking about anything to do with Australia, land, sea and air – inclusive. I am not a constitutional lawyer therefore I found it necessary to search for definitive meanings on some things. The Free on-line dictionary defines a Sovereign Nation as:

The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which an independent state is governed and from which all specific political powers are derived; the intentional independence of a state, combined with the right and power of regulating its internal affairs without foreign interference.

Hold that thought – without foreign interference!

Sovereignty is the power of a state to do everything necessary to govern itself, such as making, executing, and applying laws; imposing and collecting taxes; making war and peace; and forming treaties or engaging in commerce with foreign nations.

The Island Nation of Australia comprises states and territories, all of which are ruled under a Federation. For clarification purposes: (Wiki)

the Constitution of Australia, the states retain their sovereign powers except where power has been assigned to the federal government in accordance with the Constitution, or referred to the government by the states by legislation. Territories, on the other hand, are given their autonomous powers by the federal government through legislation.

It is probably unnecessary to state, however the citizens of Australia hold State and Federal elections to choose who they want to serve in positions of authority for fixed terms of office. It is understood, at least by those I converse with, that those elected to ‘serve’ political terms in government, will endeavor to do the will of those who elected them into power. This does not always seem to be the case however.

Australia is a member of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).
Are you familiar with this?

The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention shall, in accordance with the regime for the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (the Area) established in Part XI and the Agreement, organize and control activities in the Area, particularly with a view to administering the resources of the Area.

All of the above is leading me to say to you, please be aware that either deliberately or inadvertently, we have sign onto a treaty with an unelected bureaucracy AKA the United Nations, who are doing all in their power openly and subversively to take away our National Sovereignty and that of other nations, to create a One World Government which they will control.

A principal function of the Authority is to regulate deep seabed mining and to give special emphasis to ensuring that the marine environment is protected from any harmful effects which may arise during mining activities, including exploration.

Robin WARNER, Associate Professor. 
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security.

Represented Australia at International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Minerals in Fiji Islands, 29 November – 3 December 2011 

Part of his presentation is copied here; the entire link is worth reading.

Since the adoption of the LOSC, a substantial body of international environmental law has developed which complements and extends the LOSC framework for the protection and preservation of the marine environment. The Rio Declaration and Agenda 21 which emerged from the 1992 United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) encapsulated a whole body of emerging international environmental law principles and demonstrated their application to various components of the environment. These include the application of preventive, precautionary and anticipatory approaches to reduce the risk of long-term or irreversible damage to the marine environment, the prior assessment of activities that may have significant adverse impacts on the environment, the integration of marine environmental protection considerations into social and economic development policies and the development of economic incentives such as the polluter pays principle to encourage the application of clean technologies and other means consistent with the internalization of environmental costs. For the Area, the precautionary approach has particular relevance because of the still developing state of scientific knowledge on most aspects of the deep sea environment and new and emerging uses of these areas. 

The World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 developed a detailed implementation plan for the principles and goals established at UNCED including those related to the oceans. In meetings leading up to Rio + 20, participating States have agreed that there is a need to strengthen the environmental pillar of sustainable development and to further develop and implement international standards for protection of the marine environment through concepts such as the blue green economy and strengthening the institutional infrastructure for sustainable development of the oceans. As a key supranational institution, the International Seabed Authority is regarded as a mentor for implementing international standards for the protection of the marine environment. As the exploitation phase of seabed mining approaches, adherence to these standards will continue to be an exacting challenge.

It’s a lot to absorb, but break it down to real simplicity, and you find that the United Nations is deciding who, what, where and how – life will be lived on this planet, and (particularly for us) in Australia from now on. Gutless wonders that we seem to be – are allowing this to happen – who will raise a ruckus? Certainly not the Australian Greens who are encouraging it.

 ABC – Radio Australia has a page up online you may find of interest.

The Australian Government has released its plan for a new network of marine parks, calling it the largest system of marine reserves in the world. Australia’s Environment Minister Tony Burke says the move is the “next step” in ocean protection.

The network will be made up of five main zones in offshore waters surrounding every state and territory.

But the government will have to pay up to $US100 million in compensation to commercial fishers who will be locked out of some of the new marine parks.

“It’s time for the world to turn a corner on protection of our oceans,” Mr Burke said as he announced the plans on Thursday. “Australia today is leading that next step.”

Gosh ‘Australia is leading that next step”, now where would I have heard that before? Perhaps it has something to do with Australia imposing a Carbon Dioxide Tax on its citizens?

Against All Enemies blog spot, today has a wonderful summary of what this really means to Our Nation:

Australia has effectively cut off access to more than 33% of its surrounding waters to demonstrate its submission to the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and the Green Agenda just in time for the Rio+20 conference.

“It’s time for the world to turn a corner on protection of our oceans,” Mr Burke said. “And Australia today is leading that next step.  

“Australia has timed its announcement to coincide with the run-up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit – a global gathering of leaders from more than 130 nations to discuss protecting key parts of the environment, including the ocean, says the BBC’s Duncan Kennedy.

But don’t lament, because one of the industries that will suffer from this exclusion of access to the natural resources of Australia will be compensated by the Australian taxpayer. 

The fishing industry is set to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation, reports say.

It is not only the fishing industry that will suffer – that will be recorded as point one. This is the beginning of our loss of Sovereignty. Who actually controls what we do and don’t do with our land, sea and air?? If this is an example of what being a member of ISA and the United Nations means… that we are led by the nose by an unelected load of pompous bureaucrats, then I say it is time for us to leave them – sign off as it were, and be responsible for our own way of life.

Remember I said National Sovereignty means without Foreign Interference? What exactly do you think being directed by ISA – a branch of the United Nations does for our Sovereignty then. One could say they are not a foreign nation and to a point that would be correct – what they really are is an unelected group, known as  The United Nations and are after World Domination and we have signed on to whatever they ask of us. Learn all you can about Agenda 21 and the term Sustainable Development before it is too late.

Tick Tick Tick
Global Socialism is knocking at our door 
Will you let them in and
will you give away our sovereignty?

 

 

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