Vessels are guaranteed the freedom to navigate international waters, but there are laws that must be followed. So who controls the high seas?
What is the EEZ? (oceanservice.noaa.gov)
“The U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extends no more than 200 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline and is adjacent to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea of the U.S., including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or possession over which the United States exercises sovereignty. ”
What Would It Take To Cut U.S. Data Cables And Halt Internet Access?
“In the tense relationship between Russia and the United States, the latest salvo comes via The New York Times: According to American military and intelligence officials, Russian submarines and spy ships are “aggressively operating” near submarine cables that carry Internet communications, raising concerns of a potential attack “in times of tension or conflict.'”
Maritime Piracy and International Law
“2008 saw an unprecedented upsurge in piracy at sea resulting in significant international efforts to suppress pirate attacks. ”
The ungoverned seas
“Stick-slim and still, Captain Lube sits in Lagos’s commercial fishing harbour, watching his crew clean a rusting shrimp trawler.”
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