The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) has been at the forefront of underwater archaeology for more than 50 years.  It serves as an international advisory body on issues relating to underwater archaeology, conservation, and submerged cultural resources management. The ACUA is working to educate scholars, governments, sports divers, and the general public about underwater archaeology and the preservation of underwater resources.

The ACUA is a separately incorporated, not-for-profit corporation. Its relationship with the SHA is governed by a Memorandum of Agreement signed in July of 2003, whereby the two organizations agreed to work cooperatively to advance their mutual commitment to encourage responsible cultural resource stewardship, promote the interests of scientific inquiry, and provide for the dissemination of knowledge.  The SHA and ACUA are both accredited NGOs to the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

To learn more about the work of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology, please visit its website at