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MICRONESIAN WATERS

 

The Federated States of Micronesia’s President Peter Christian on April 18th 2017 signed into law Congressional Act #19-176 which amends Title 24 of the FSM Code by inserting a new section that declares the 12-mile area seaward of the territorial sea as a closed area to commercial fishing and exploitation of natural resources. The newly demarcated area shall not extend beyond 24-miles from the baseline from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured. This new zoning of the FSM’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) sets aside approximately 10% of its 200-mile EEZ under conservation measures. The FSM’s EEZ covers a sea area of more than 1.3 million square miles.