The high seas, beyond the 12-nautical-mile exclusive zone established by international treaty, belong to no one and everyone. Because the seas are part of the commons, “no nation invests enough in offering them the protection they deserve, even though they constitute 45 percent of the planet’s surface area,” writes Julie Ma for The Daily Good.
She explains how a coalition of NGOs are starting a project to let people apply for “passports” and become “citizens” of the high seas, encouraging new protections. The name for the new aquatic nation is TerraMar – and its newsletter is The Daily Catch.
We can only hope that many of TerraMar’s new citizens get a chance to ride the high seas, and preferably on a fishing boat like F/V St Jude.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.