A Sea Change: The Exclusive Economic Zone and Governance Institutions for Living Marine Resources


The establishment of 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) constitutes one of the most far-reaching distributional and institutional changes in the history of the world. They brought over 20 % of the worlds oceans, a substantial proportion of its productivity, and 90 to 95 % of world fisheries under the national jurisdiction of coastal states. At this time, 145 states have ratified the Law of the Sea Convention and most have established EEZs. Some have established only a legal framework, while other countries have elaborated EEZ regimes. This volume focuses on the specific nature of the EEZ and the construction and evolution of institutions stemming from its introduction, specifically examining developments at local, national and international levels. The broad range of contributions by the authors highlights the diversity of institutions and outcomes that have emerged from the implementation of the EEZs, providing a rich opportunity for comparative analysis.

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