Hobby diver licensing in South Carolina: what's right, what's wrong, and some recommendations for other states considering licensing.

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Hobby diver licensing in South Carolina: what's right, what's wrong, and some recommendations for other states considering licensing.

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Title: Hobby diver licensing in South Carolina: what's right, what's wrong, and some recommendations for other states considering licensing.
Author: Brewer, DM
Abstract: From February 1985 through July of 1986 the author was the Assistant Underwater Archaeologist and Associate Head of the Division of Underwater Archaeology at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. As such he was manager and field director of the Hobby Diver Licensing Program, which allows license holders to recover artifacts and fossils from South Carolina waters. Once reported to the State Archaeologist's Office, ownership of the material is eventually transferred to the collector. This paper explains the process as it is governed by the South Carolina Underwater Antiquities Act of 1982 and surveys some of the ethical problems involved. The implications for other states considering licensing and a possible role for the American Academy of Underwater Sciences in addressing national sport diver cooperation are also explored.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9079
Date: 1987

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