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EEZ - Exclusive Economic Zone

The US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is a zone that surrounds all US possessions and trust territories to a distance of 200 nautical miles from the coastline. Sovereign rights to all natural resources in this zone were unilaterally declared by Presidential Order on March 10, 1983. The combined area of this zone is equal to two-thirds of all US lands prior to the declaration.


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