legal definition of a reef

Nicole Research at
Thu Jan 24 17:01:16 EST 2002

I must enter the debate.

A reef is a hard bottom near enough to the surface to damage a boat.
Any sailor knows that.  This is also the oldest definition.

The other debate points refer only to how a reef is formed.  Most
formations may be biological, but drowned moraines are also reefs.

The problem in the debate is the qualifier "legal."  I ask instead, what
is the definition of legal?  In what jurisdiction?  Won't it be
different in each and subject to each circuit court ruling as well.  Is
the point then worth pursuing?

Isn't it true that nothing is "legal" until codified and then only until

For directions on subscribing and unsubscribing to coral-list or the
digests, please visit, click on Popular on the
menu bar, then click on Coral-List Listserver.

More information about the Coral-list-old mailing list