Postby Cyndi (AZ) » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:56 pm
My ds just posed this question to me. I had never thought about it before so I googled it. As I understand it, the oceans are owned by no one. They are called international waters. Different sources stated that each country owns a portion out for X # of miles. (That info seemed a bit conflicting.)
Should I have already known the answer to this?
just a quick answer . . . when we've been on cruises before, there's always an announcement about "we are now entering international waters" . . . so I would agree with your source that says countries own a portion of the sea around their country. Interesting question.
Postby Cyndi (AZ) » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:08 pm
I couldn't let it go . . . here's some info I found, but subject to further debate . . ."Following UNCLOS III, a treaty was developed that attempted to tackle the boundary issue. It specified that all coastal countries would have a 12 nm territorial sea and a 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Each country would control the economic exploitation and environmental quality of their EEZ.
Though the treaty has yet to be ratified, most countries are adhering to its guidelines and have begun to consider themselves ruler over a 200 nm domain. Martin Glassner reports that these territorial seas and EEZs occupy approximately one-third of the world ocean, leaving just two-thirds as "high-seas" and international waters."
--Matt Rosenberg, geographer
That sounds like what the cruise lines obey to me. From what I can tell from flipping through the books, that isn't discussed in ECC. Seas and Oceans are studied, but not their boundaries. I hope someone jumps in and corrects me if I'm wrong, I'm just thinking out loud here . . .Postby Julie in MN » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:49 pm
As far as memory serves, I think this was briefly covered once or twice in 1850MOD, when we were talking about fights over warm water ports and about pirates of the sea trade & the sinking of the Lusitania around WWI. I don't recall it coming up in ECC, which is a year off of politics Postby LynneH » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:15 pm
I am reading this with my 8 year old. We are excited to be starting ECC next month. DD wanted me to share that in her opinion, "God owns the oceans." I love this!Postby Amy C. » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:33 pm
"God owns the oceans." This was my first thought as I read the Subject.
I guess it never occurred to me someone other than God actually owned the oceans.
I have never really thought about it until reading this post. Our kids can really ask good questions sometimes. One of my sons asks a lot (and I mean a lot) of questions. He can ask some real doozies (in that I can't answer them). He has obviously never thought about this one or else I am sure he would have already asked it. It got me to thinking.
Good question and a good answer by your dd, Lynne! Postby jasntas » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:45 pm
Amy, our sons must be from the same mold. Like you, I get way more questions than I can ever answer. And he usually knows more than I do about a lot of subjects.
LynneH, that was too cute. I love that answer. I'll have to share that one with my ds. I'm sure he will agree. Postby cbollin » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:00 am
God owns the oceans. I like that. nice and simple.
but man o man, do we try to complicate it. i just returned from vacationing at gulf of mexico (florida panhandle side). From an Alabama road map I got while traveling there, I saw this tidbit about fishing and remembered this thread. Thought of all of you and wanted to share the silly thought about who owns what. too funny.
"State waters extend into the Gulf of Mexico three miles south of Alabama's coastline from Florida almost due west along....."
"A rule of thumb leaving Mobile Bay: if you are south of Farewell Buoy, you are in federal waters. MS and FL also require saltwater fishing licenses. Florida's state waters extend nine miles from the coastline. You can be fined for straying into another state's water with fish caught in Alabama or federal waters."
surf's up! learn something new every day, don't we?Postby Cyndi (AZ) » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:52 am
sing with me, "He's got the whole world
, in His hands . . . He's got the land
and the oceans
, in His hands . . ."