(1)clarify that State waters and shipwrecks offer recreational and educational opportunities to sport divers and other interested groups, as well as irreplaceable State resources for tourism, biological sanctuaries, and historical research; and
(2)provide that reasonable access by the public to such abandoned shipwrecks be permitted by the State holding title to such shipwrecks pursuant to section
2105 of this title,
it is the declared policy of the Congress that States carry out their responsibilities under this chapter to develop appropriate and consistent policies so as to—
(A)protect natural resources and habitat areas;
(B)guarantee recreational exploration of shipwreck sites; and
(C)allow for appropriate public and private sector recovery of shipwrecks consistent with the protection of historical values and environmental integrity of the shipwrecks and the sites.
(b) Parks and protected areas
In managing the resources subject to the provisions of this chapter, States are encouraged to create underwater parks or areas to provide additional protection for such resources. Funds available to States from grants from the Historic Preservation Fund shall be available, in accordance with the provisions of title I of the National Historic Preservation Act, for the study, interpretation, protection, and preservation of historic shipwrecks and properties.
The National Historic Preservation Act, referred to in subsec. (b), is Pub. L. 89–665, Oct. 15, 1966, 80 Stat. 915, as amended. Title I of the Act is classified generally to sections
470h–3 of Title
16, Conservation. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section
470(a) of Title
16 and Tables.
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