territorial sea


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territorial sea

A belt of ocean space adjacent to and measured from the coastal state's baseline to a maximum width of 12 nm. Throughout the vertical and horizontal planes of the territorial sea, the coastal state exercises sovereign jurisdiction, subject to the right of innocent passage of vessels on the surface and the right of transit passage in, under, and over international straits. Territorial sea areas that are a continuation of sea lanes through archipelagoes are subject to archipelagic sealane passage, with the same transit rights as those that apply to international straits.
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These are lists of species that are subject to industrial and coastal fisheries in inland seas, the territorial sea, the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone of Russia, the Caspian Sea, the high seas and areas of operation of international treaties of the Russian Federation in the field of fisheries and the preservation of water bioresources.
The inclusion runs afoul of the Unclos itself, which stipulates that a littoral state exercises rights of sovereignty over the territorial sea, limited rights of sovereignty over the contiguous zone, and sovereign rights only over the EEZ.
The draft law repeals the Territorial Sea and Continental Shelf Law of 1970, where the new draft law includes new terms such as maritime areas, straight baselines, exclusive economic zone, the adjacent area and the state's rights.
EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has called on Turkey to respect Cyprus' sovereign territorial sea and its rights over its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
EPA is coordinating with the oil sector, the Coast Guards and the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) to rid the territorial sea waters of the new oil spill.
The EU simultaneously continues to seek permission for European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) vessels and personnel themselves to enter Libya's territorial sea to seize and dispose of smuggling vessels.
According to details, these fishermen were arrested by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) on Saturday on the charge of illegally fishing within the territorial sea limits of Pakistan.
We respect freedom of navigation exercised by all nations beyond the territorial sea of a coastal state consistent with international law.
25) Consequently, individually or collectively, they are not capable of generating extended maritime claims beyond a 12-nautical mile territorial sea.
In fact, it found that many of the ocean features aren't even rocks that would allow China to generate a territorial sea.
Recognized ownership of a habitable island, as with mainland territory, includes a 12-nautical-mile territorial sea, a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone or EEZ and rights over any associated continental shelf (subject to any overlapping rights of others).
Because Scarborough Shoal is above water at high tide, it generates an entitlement to a territorial sea, its surrounding waters do not form part of the exclusive economic zone, and traditional fishing rights were not extinguished by the (United Nations) Convention (on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS)," the PAC said.