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Objectives and Needs

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        The objectives and purposes of the Society shall include the creation of an educational research facility (devoted to the study of underwater archaeology, oceanography, marine biology, meteorology, and related arts and sciences), a marine history museum and a research library. The Society is a "not-for-profit" organization, but that does not mean that it should be a financial burden on either the general public or its membership.
        The Society shall undertake search and salvage operations in and around the waters of the United States and/or the waters of other nations, and shall own, sell or otherwise dispose of anyright and/or artifacts the Society might acquire during its operations. Such expeditions will be part of the intial focus of the Society and are expected to provide a significant cash flow which will eventually help provide financial stability to the entire organization.

        The Society expects to meet and maintain appropriate archaeological standards on all of its archaeological/salvage projects.
        The Society will not willfully participate in any project which is in violation of the laws of any government or any expedition which is not adequately staffed and funded to protect the archaeological and historical integrity of the site.
        The Society personnel will be expected to meet rigid professional and ethical standards. Although the Society's share of the salvaged artifacts may be sold, such sales will be strictly recorded with the proceeds going to pay for expedition and/or to pay for other obligations, functions and purposes of the Society.
        The Society believes that salvage and archaeology are compatible and that the sale of artifacts is not only ethical but is the only reasonable way to finance the archaeology needed to save a large part of the world's vast underwater archaeological heritage.

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