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Commodore's Supper

Saturday 25 November 2017

To book for the Commodore's Supper please contact the office 

on 01983 760256 or at

(Payment due on the evening).

(Non-discountable Club event)

While man has been exploring the land surface of the earth for tens of thousands of years, most of the ocean floor - more than two thirds of the surface area of our planet - has never been reached. We have a reasonable idea of what shape it is, how deep it gets, and in general what sort of creatures inhabit it – but when it comes to who’s in charge of it and who cares for it, the waters really are rather murky.


This matters because the vast resources that exist on and below the seafloor, both living and non-living, could very well provide mankind with solutions to some of the problems that we face.  The talk will throw a spotlight on what minerals are waiting for us out there, what innovative uses are being found for deep sea fauna and flora, and how man is beginning to exploit them.  Sadly, as a result of loopholes and inadequacies in the laws and conventions which manage the wealth and the uses of the ocean, considered by many to be the ‘common heritage of mankind’, its riches are being eroded.  The questions mount up steadily. Who has a right to the sea and the seabed, and how much should they have? Do land-locked states have any entitlement to the sea that they can’t reach? When is a rock an island and when is an island a rock?


Dr Lindsay Parson is a marine geologist with more than 35 years of experience in the acquisition and analysis of deep sea survey data and their use in the establishment of maritime legal entitlements.  In 2010, he founded Maritime Zone Solutions Limited (MZSL), as a spin-off company from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.  MZSL, based in Romsey, assists coastal states in delineating their maritime zones.  It has helped fifteen coastal states in their  applications to the United Nations under Article 76 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and is currently assisting five other states with their submissions.



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