The EEZ: Potential and Problems for Ocean Management

by Lawrence Juda, Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The emergence of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) represents the culmination of efforts to devise a transitional zone between the territorial sea, in which the coastal state has sovereignty subject to the right of innocent passage, and the high seas, an area whose use has been regarded traditionally as free for all. From a management perspective the development of the EEZ may be seen as quite sensible. A number of recent observers have underscored the potential of the EEZ to provide a basis for a rational system of management of ocean resources and uses by bringing the most heavily utilized areas of ocean space under national jurisdiction. In some ways, the EEZ appears to represent a move toward a spatially defined as opposed to a functionally based system of ocean management.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Ocean engineering | Resource management | Space colonies | Legislation | Economic factors | Jurisdiction | Coastal management

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