UK’s Maritime Warfare School delivered a 5 day course on exclusive economic zones (EEZ Export) in Albania, between 4 and 8 of July 2016 by the coastal city of Durres. Retired General, head of the Inter Maritime Operation Centre (IMOC) Zyber Dushku, UK’s Defence Attache LT Col Richard Perry addressed the event. LCDR Edmond Bath delivered lectures to some 30 attendees from the region.
The aim of the course was to provide participants with background knowledge required by professional maritime practitioners and affiliates, as well as other important decision makers in EEZ Management and operations with a view to enabling a better understanding of the issues involved. The 5 day Course consisted of Legislation, Maritime Threats and Countering the Threats, Fishery Protection, SAR and Marine Pollution.
An exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over which a state has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind. It stretches from the baseline out to 200 nautical miles from its coast. In colloquial usage, the term may include the continental shelf. The term does not include either the territorial sea or the continental shelf beyond the 200 nmi limit. The difference between the territorial sea and the exclusive economic zone is that the first confers full sovereignty over the waters, whereas the second is merely a “sovereign right” which refers to the coastal state’s rights below the surface of the sea. The surface waters, are international waters.