TITLE

The exlusive economic zone debates and fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

AUTHOR(S)
Öztürk, Bayram; Ba!şren, Sertaç Hami
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment;2008, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p77
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Delimitation and proclamations of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea an important issue for several reasons for the bordering nations. The Mediterranean Sea is a unique case due to its geographical characteristics and some conflicts already existing on maritime delimitations among some nations. It is a matter of fact that; all states will have to reach agreement, regarding proclamations of the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Equitable and reasonable principles and solutions are needed for the delimitation of maritime areas. Turkey has a 1577 km long coastline in the Mediterranean Sea, starting from Fethiye to Samandag, bordering Syria. There are 1851 fishing boats operating in the territorial waters and high sea areas. Turkey could not accept de facto EEZ proclamations due to possible damage made on vital economical interests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as they fishing rights in the high seas. Besides, the mineral and oil resources in the high seas are also substantial matter. Turkey already has conducted a scientific programme on the protection of the eastern Mediterranean in terms of prevention of marine pollution, invasive species, monitoring of the impacts of the climate change or the marine biodiversity, protection of cetaceans, establishing high sea marine protected areas, unregulated fisheries and others. International cooperation, compromise, consensus and concerted actions are needed for the sustainable exploitation of the living resources and protection of the vulnerable Mediterranean environment. Probable Turkish EEZ borders in the Eastern Mediterranean region are presented on a map.
ACCESSION #
36371960

 

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