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What is an Exclusive Economic Zone?

Summary: Under the law of the sea, a state's Exclusive Economic Zone refers to a seazone over which the state has the exclusive right to explore and make use of marine resources.

BEIRUT: Under the law of the sea, a state's Exclusive Economic Zone refers to a seazone over which the state has the exclusive right to explore and make use of marine resources.

The EEZ stretches from the seaward edge of the state's territorial sea out to 200 nautical miles from its coast. When an overlap occurs, it is up to the states to delineate the actual maritime boundary.

Generally, any point within an overlapping area defaults to the nearest state.

The exact extent of EEZs is a common source of conflict between states over marine waters.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Jul 20, 2011
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