high seas


The high seas are the most ignored, least explored, and largest unregulated part of the planet.

71% of the planet is ocean and 64% – the high seas – lies outside of any single country’s jurisdiction. Our mission is to create a global ocean community to give a voice to the high seas.

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High Seas


High Seas
The High Seas Are Unregulated

The High Seasplural noun : The open water of an ocean or a sea beyond the limits of
the territorial jurisdiction of a country. Also referred to as international waters and the
global commons. 

Courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations    

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538 A.D.
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 marine 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.