Current regulations for maritime archaeology in Britain have not been updated for many years.
Legislation includes the Protection of Wrecks Act, 1973, which prevents looting of wreck sites
and the National Heritage Act, 2002, which extends the responsibilities of English Heritage by
defining wrecks as ancient monuments.
The need for further legislation is important as underwater ruins become easier to access.
Wreck sites need to be protected from treasure hunters, dredging and trawl fishing.