Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity: by G. Hønneland

By G. Hønneland

This ebook analyses the Russian competition to the 2010 Barents Sea delimitation contract in gentle of either the legislation of the ocean and Russian id, arguing that the agreement's critics and proponents inscribe themselves into diversified Russian narratives approximately Russia's rightful position on the planet.

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Renewed overfishing by Russian fishermen was prevented by the introduction of stricter inspection and monitoring rules both bilaterally and multilaterally via NEAFC. The end of the decade saw renewed willingness among the parties to meet each other half way: Greenland halibut was defined as a new common stock, and after 30 years of negotiations, minimum fish and mesh sizes were finally adopted. A few months later, Russia and Norway agreed on the delimitation line in the Barents Sea. Notes  Strictly speaking, before the Third United Nations Law of the Sea Conference, the rules were unclear and state practice regarding territorial and other functional (limited) zones varied.

In the years that followed, several states created (functional) fishing zones beyond their territorial waters, though of varying breadth. Today, states are entitled to territorial waters extending 12 nautical miles from the coast.  For a general appreciation of the Commission’s work, see G. Hønneland (2012) Making Fishery Agreements Work: Post-Agreement Bargaining in the Barents Sea (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar). The chapter is based on that book.  Nordlys, 20 October 1976.  For a review of Russian policy on Svalbard after the Second World War, see J.

After their submission was rejected – which the Russians accepted without staging a political protest – they intensified the exploration of the Arctic shelf. During a scientific expedition in August 2007, the research team lowered a mini-submarine to the seabed at the precise point of the North Pole, and planted a metal Russian flag into the ground. It gained worldwide media coverage, and the attention of political circles. ‘Russia’, it was said, ‘lays claim to the North Pole’. It was the start signal for what has been called the ‘race for the Arctic’.

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