We stand by those who promote awareness, transparency
and responsibility for the high seas
Our mission is to create a global ocean community to give a voice to the least protected, most ignored part of our planet - the high seas.
WHAT IS THE TERRAMAR PROJECT?
TerraMar is a platform to transform the way people think about the ocean and the high seas. We provide the tools to empower our global community to act, get educated, get the latest news, and socially engage with one another.
By signing the pledge and becoming an ocean citizen you are joining the world's first ocean community dedicated to giving a voice to the least talked about most forgotten part of our planet.
WHY THE HIGH SEAS?
The high seas, also known as international waters or the global commons, make up 64% of the ocean covering a staggering 45% of the planet. We're giving this area of the planet a voice through you. We believe, like the Law of the Commons, the high seas belong to all of us.
WHERE ARE THE HIGH SEAS?
WHAT DOES BECOMING A CITIZEN OF TERRAMAR MEAN?
Your citizenship is a pledge - you are declaring that you love the ocean and want it to be managed sustainably for generations to come.
You will help encourage your family, friends and co-workers to learn more about our beautiful blue planet.
MAKE A DONATION
Your generous donation(s) will support The TerraMar Project in the next phase of our web development. Educational programs, scientific research and NGO support will be the focus of our donations.
Justinian proclaimed that air, water, and sea were the common property of all.
Hugo de Groot argued for liberty of the sea. He said that the liberty of the sea was a key aspect in the communications amongst peoples and nations. No one country can monopolize control over the ocean because of its immensity and lack of stability and fixed limits.
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) declared that the international seabed and its mineral resources are the common heritage of all mankind. UNCLOS governs all aspects of ocean space, including the delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues. These rules include the obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment.
The Public Trust Doctrine
Should this be a law of the sea? The Public Trust Doctrine vests the States with trust responsibility to ensure that the use of these resources promotes long-term sustainability and holds that the high seas and marin e living resources, are held in a public trust, recognizing all citizens, present and future, as being beneficiaries of the public trust, with States as trustees and international bodies having the duty to monitor and oversee the public trust. And, if they abandon this fiduciary duty, the PTD empowers the citizen beneficiaries (or representatives thereof) to seek judicial remedy.
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GOVERNANCE AND CONSERVATION IN THE HIGH SEAS