ACT V OF 1997

16th April, 1997

An Act further to amend the Territorial
Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1976

F.No.22 (86)/97-Legis., dated 16-4-1997.–The following Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) received the assent of the President on the 14th April, 1997, and is hereby published for general information:–

Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1976 (LXXXII of 1976), for the purposes hereinafter appearing;

It is hereby enacted as follows:–

1. Short title and commencement.–(1) This Act may be called the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones (Amendment) Act, 1997.

2. Amendment of section 5, Act LXXXII of 1976.–In the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1976 (LXXXII of 1976), in section 5,–
(a) in subsection (2),–
(i) for clause (a) the following shall be substituted, namely:–
“(a) exclusive sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting minerals and other non-living resources of the bed and sub-soil together with living organisms belonging to the sedentary species;”; and
(ii) after clause (d), the following explanation shall be added, namely:–
“Explanation.–For the purpose of this subsection, the expression ‘living organisms’ shall mean those organisms which, at the harvestable stage, are either immobile under the sea-bed or are enable to move except in constant physical contact with the sea-bed or the sub-soil. “; and
(b) in subsection (4), in clause (a), the words “and its superjacent water” shall be omitted.