Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Economy, security slow EEZ work



The goal of a November 17–19, 1987, conference on the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was a cooperative scientific plan for the next decade of mapping of and research on the huge expanse of ocean floor lying within 200 nautical miles of U.S. shores. But two hard realities were evident in the speeches, discussions, and recommendations of the participants: Both economics and U.S. national security interests are stalling basic scientific research on the EEZ. The root of these problems, according to the conferees, is the lack of centralized national management of the marine dominion proclaimed by President Reagan in 1983.