Development of a National Ocean Policy in the United States

Authored by: Biliana Cicin-Sain , Gerhard F. Kuska , Caitlin Snyder , Kateryna Wowk

Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138788299
eBook ISBN: 9781315765648
Adobe ISBN: 9781317658061


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The United States is a major maritime nation. Its ocean and coastal areas are priceless assets that support the nation’s economy, security, health and well-being, and long-term resilience. The United States claims an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 11.5 million km2 – the world’s largest (FAO, 2005). The US EEZ is 25 per cent larger than the US land mass area of 9.2 million km2, and its coastline extend for 19,924 km (CIA, 2014).

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