Antarctic Act 1994

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1994 c. 15
Year1994
the continent of Antarctica (including all its ice-shelves) ,all islands south of 60° South latitude (including all their ice-shelves) ,all areas of continental shelf which are adjacent to that continent or those islands and which are south of 60° South latitude, andall sea and airspace south of 60° South latitude.(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) “continental shelf” shall be construed in accordance with the rules of international law.(1) In this Act—
  • the Antarctic Treaty” means the Antarctic Treaty signed at Washington on 1st December 1959,
  • the Protocol” means the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty done at Madrid on 4th October 1991, and
  • the Convention” means the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources drawn up at Canberra on 20th May 1980.
(2) In this Act “another Contracting Party” means any State other than the United Kingdom that is a party to the Protocol.(1) No person who is on a British expedition may enter or remain in Antarctica except in accordance with a permit granted under this section.to a person travelling through, on or above the high seas to an immediate destination outside Antarctica, orto a person entering or remaining in Antarctica for the sole purpose of fishing for profit.it was organised in the United Kingdom, orthe place of final departure for Antarctica of the persons on the expedition was in the United Kingdom.(4) An expedition organised in and authorised in writing by another Contracting Party shall not be regarded as a British expedition.(5) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.is on an expedition in respect of which a permit has been granted under this section to another person, andis specified or of a description specified in that permit,the operator of the vessel or aircraft on which he enters Antarctica, andthe master of that vessel or the commander of that aircraft,(8) The Secretary of State may on the application of any person grant to him a permit authorising any person specified or of a description specified in the permit to enter and remain in Antarctica on a British expedition.(1) No person may remain on a British station in Antarctica except in accordance with a permit granted under this section.(2) For the purposes of this section a station is a British station if it is maintained by or on behalf of a United Kingdom national.(3) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.is on a station in respect of which a permit has been granted under this section to another person, andis specified or of a description specified in that permit,(5) The Secretary of State may on the application of any person grant to him a permit authorising any person specified or of a description specified in the permit to remain on any British station in Antarctica specified in the permit or of a description specified in the permit.

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