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Country
Maritime claims
Afghanistan none (landlocked)
Albania territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Algeria territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 32-52 nm
American Samoa territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Andorra none (landlocked)
Angola territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Anguilla territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Antarctica Australia, Chile, and Argentina claim Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) rights or similar over 200 nm extensions seaward from their continental claims, but like the claims themselves, these zones are not accepted by other countries; 20 of 27 Antarctic consultative nations have made no claims to Antarctic territory (although Russia and the US have reserved the right to do so) and do not recognize the claims of the other nations; also see the Disputes - international entry
Antigua and Barbuda territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Argentina territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Armenia none (landlocked)
Aruba territorial sea: 12 nm
Ashmore and Cartier Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Australia territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Austria none (landlocked)
Bahamas, The territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Bahrain territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
continental shelf: extending to boundaries to be determined
Baker Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Bangladesh territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: up to the outer limits of the continental margin
Barbados territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Bassas da India territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Belarus none (landlocked)
Belgium territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: geographic coordinates define outer limit
continental shelf: median line with neighbors
Belize territorial sea: 12 nm in the north, 3 nm in the south; note - from the mouth of the Sarstoon River to Ranguana Cay, Belize's territorial sea is 3 nm; according to Belize's Maritime Areas Act, 1992, the purpose of this limitation is to provide a framework for the negotiation of a definitive agreement on territorial differences with Guatemala
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Benin territorial sea: 200 nm
Bermuda territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Bhutan none (landlocked)
Bolivia none (landlocked)
Bosnia and Herzegovina No data available
Botswana none (landlocked)
Bouvet Island territorial sea: 4 nm
Brazil territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to edge of the continental margin
British Indian Ocean Territory territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
British Virgin Islands territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Brunei territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm or to median line
Bulgaria territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Burkina Faso none (landlocked)
Burma territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Burundi none (landlocked)
Cambodia territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Cameroon territorial sea: 50 nm
Canada territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Cape Verde measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Cayman Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Central African Republic none (landlocked)
Chad none (landlocked)
Chile territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200/350 nm
China territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Christmas Island territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Clipperton Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Cocos (Keeling) Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Colombia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Comoros territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Congo, Democratic Republic of the territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: boundaries with neighbors
Congo, Republic of the territorial sea: 200 nm
Cook Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Coral Sea Islands territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Costa Rica territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Cote d'Ivoire territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Croatia territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Cuba territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Cyprus territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Czech Republic none (landlocked)
Denmark territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Djibouti territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Dominica territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Dominican Republic territorial sea: 6 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
East Timor territorial sea: NA nm
exclusive economic zone: NA nm
continental shelf: NA nm
exclusive fishing zone: NA nm
extended fishing zone: NA nm
Ecuador territorial sea: 200 nm
continental shelf: 100 nm from 2,500 meter isobath
Egypt territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
El Salvador territorial sea: 200 nm
Equatorial Guinea territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Eritrea territorial sea: 12 nm
Estonia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: limits fixed in coordination with neighboring states
Ethiopia none (landlocked)
Europa Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Faroe Islands territorial sea: 3 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or agreed boundaries or median line
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm or agreed boundaries or median line
Fiji measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation; rectilinear shelf claim added
Finland territorial sea: 12 nm (in the Gulf of Finland - 3 nm)
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm; extends to continental shelf boundary with Sweden
France territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm (does not apply to the Mediterranean)
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
French Guiana territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
French Polynesia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
French Southern and Antarctic Lands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm from Iles Kerguelen (does not include the rest of French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
Gabon territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Gambia, The territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
continental shelf: not specified
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Gaza Strip Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement - permanent status to be determined through further negotiation
Georgia No data available
Germany territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Ghana territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Gibraltar territorial sea: 3 nm
Glorioso Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Greece territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Greenland territorial sea: 3 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or agreed boundaries or median line
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm or agreed boundaries or median line
Grenada territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Guadeloupe territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Guam territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Guatemala territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Guernsey territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
Guinea territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Guinea-Bissau territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Guyana territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the outer edge of the continental margin
Haiti territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: to depth of exploitation
Heard Island and McDonald Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Holy See (Vatican City) none (landlocked)
Honduras territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: natural extension of territory or to 200 nm
Hong Kong territorial sea: 3 nm
Howland Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Hungary none (landlocked)
Iceland territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
India territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Indonesia measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Iran territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: bilateral agreements or median lines in the Persian Gulf
continental shelf: natural prolongation
Iraq territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: not specified
Ireland territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Israel territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: to depth of exploitation
Italy territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Jamaica measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to edge of the continental margin
Jan Mayen territorial sea: 4 nm
contiguous zone: 10 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Japan territorial sea: 12 nm; between 3 nm and 12 nm in the international straits - La Perouse or Soya, Tsugaru, Osumi, and Eastern and Western Channels of the Korea or Tsushima Strait
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Jarvis Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Jersey territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
Johnston Atoll territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Jordan territorial sea: 3 nm
Juan de Nova Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Kenya territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Kingman Reef territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Kiribati territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Korea, North territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
note: military boundary line 50 nm in the Sea of Japan and the exclusive economic zone limit in the Yellow Sea where all foreign vessels and aircraft without permission are banned
Korea, South territorial sea: 12 nm; between 3 nm and 12 nm in the Korea Strait
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: not specified
Kuwait territorial sea: 12 nm
Kyrgyzstan none (landlocked)
Laos none (landlocked)
Latvia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Lebanon territorial sea: 12 nm
Lesotho none (landlocked)
Liberia territorial sea: 200 nm
Libya territorial sea: 12 nm
note: Gulf of Sidra closing line - 32 degrees, 30 minutes north
Liechtenstein none (landlocked)
Lithuania territorial sea: 12 nm
Luxembourg none (landlocked)
Macau not specified
Macedonia none (landlocked)
Madagascar territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or 100 nm from the 2,500-m deep isobath
Malawi none (landlocked)
Malaysia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation; specified boundary in the South China Sea
Maldives measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Mali none (landlocked)
Malta territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
exclusive fishing zone: 25 nm
Man, Isle of territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
Marshall Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Martinique territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Mauritania territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Mauritius territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Mayotte territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Mexico territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Micronesia, Federated States of territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Midway Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Moldova none (landlocked)
Monaco territorial sea: 12 nm
Mongolia none (landlocked)
Montserrat territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Morocco territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Mozambique territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Namibia territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Nauru territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Navassa Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Nepal none (landlocked)
Netherlands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Netherlands Antilles territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
New Caledonia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
New Zealand territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Nicaragua territorial sea: 200 nm
continental shelf: natural prolongation
Niger none (landlocked)
Nigeria territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Niue territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Norfolk Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Northern Mariana Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Norway territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 10 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Oman territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Pakistan territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Palau territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
extended fishing zone: 200 nm
Palmyra Atoll territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Panama territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Papua New Guinea measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Paracel Islands NA
Paraguay none (landlocked)
Peru territorial sea: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Philippines territorial sea: irregular polygon extending up to 100 nm from coastline as defined by 1898 treaty; since late 1970s has also claimed polygonal-shaped area in South China Sea up to 285 nm in breadth
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: to depth of exploitation
Pitcairn Islands territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Poland territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: defined by international treaties
Portugal territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Puerto Rico territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Qatar territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: as determined by bilateral agreements or the median line
Reunion territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Romania territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Russia territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Rwanda none (landlocked)
Saint Helena territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Saint Kitts and Nevis territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Saint Lucia territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Samoa territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
San Marino none (landlocked)
Sao Tome and Principe measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Saudi Arabia territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
continental shelf: not specified
Senegal territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Serbia and Montenegro NA
Seychelles territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Sierra Leone territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Singapore territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: within and beyond territorial sea, as defined in treaties and practice
Slovakia none (landlocked)
Slovenia NA
Solomon Islands measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm
Somalia territorial sea: 200 nm
South Africa territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to edge of the continental margin
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Spain territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm (applies only to the Atlantic Ocean)
Spratly Islands NA
Sri Lanka territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Sudan territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Suriname territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Svalbard territorial sea: 4 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm unilaterally claimed by Norway but not recognized by Russia
Swaziland none (landlocked)
Sweden territorial sea: 12 nm (adjustments made to return a portion of straits to high seas)
exclusive economic zone: agreed boundaries or midlines
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Switzerland none (landlocked)
Syria territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 41 nm
Taiwan territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Tajikistan none (landlocked)
Tanzania territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Thailand territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Togo territorial sea: 30 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Tokelau territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Tonga territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Trinidad and Tobago measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the outer edge of the continental margin
Tromelin Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Tunisia territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
Turkey territorial sea: 6 nm in the Aegean Sea; 12 nm in Black Sea and in Mediterranean Sea
exclusive economic zone: in Black Sea only: to the maritime boundary agreed upon with the former USSR
Turks and Caicos Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Tuvalu territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Uganda none (landlocked)
Ukraine territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m or to the depth of exploitation
United Arab Emirates territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
United Kingdom territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: as defined in continental shelf orders or in accordance with agreed upon boundaries
United States territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: not specified
Uruguay territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Uzbekistan none (doubly landlocked)
Vanuatu measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Venezuela territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 15 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Vietnam territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Virgin Islands territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Wake Island territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Wallis and Futuna territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
West Bank none (landlocked)
Western Sahara contingent upon resolution of sovereignty issue
World a variety of situations exist, but in general, most countries make the following claims measured from the mean low-tide baseline as described in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: territorial sea - 12 nm, contiguous zone - 24 nm, and exclusive economic zone - 200 nm; additional zones provide for exploitation of continental shelf resources and an exclusive fishing zone; boundary situations with neighboring states prevent many countries from extending their fishing or economic zones to a full 200 nm
Yemen territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Zambia none (landlocked)
Zimbabwe none (landlocked)

This page was last updated on 30 November, 2004


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