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What laws dictate the ocean?

Asked by ddude1116 (5565 points ) May 11th, 2011

Say, you’re in open waters, floating in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, with no vessel in sight. Are there technically laws there? How is ocean territory determined, if it is determined at all?

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bob_'s avatar

It’s not the wild west. See here.

weeveeship's avatar

Admiralty Laws.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiralty_law

Also: International Law.
For instance, piracy is against the law of nations since the 18th century.
http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/b/blackstone/william/comment/book4.5.html

bob_'s avatar

@iamthemob Man, that sea dude doesn’t fuck around.

Pandora's avatar

Yes, gills, oxygen tanks, or boats (ships, or subs) needed to operate in ocean waters
2nd law. Not all sea life plays well with others.
3rd law, The ocean can be a bitch. Muphys law rules.
otherwise what @bob said

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