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U.S. Extended Continental Shelf in the Bering Sea and North Pacific

Created on May 15, 2012

U.S. Extended Continental Shelf in the Bering Sea and North Pacific

Pacific Ocean

DETAIL

200-nautical-mile EEZ boundary lines

Presumptive ECS of United States

ECS claimed by Russia in 2001 submission to CLCS

Russia ’s claimed boundary line

Sea of Okhotsk

Russia Exclusive Economic Zone

U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone

Bering Sea

U.S.–USSR 1990 Treaty Line

Aleutian Islands

ALASKA

Russia

JAPAN

200 nm

B 2688

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U.S. Extended Continental Shelf in the Bering Sea and North Pacific

The 1990 U.S.–USSR maritime boundary treaty demarcates the western edge of a large, wedge-shaped area of presumptive U.S. ECS in the Bering Sea to the north of the Aleutian Islands. To the south of the Aleutians lies another large area of presumptive U.S. ECS in the North Pacific Ocean.

Note:  Southern and eastern boundaries of U.S. ECS area south of Aleutian Islands ECS are approximate.

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Sources: U.S. State Department, “Agreement with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Maritime Boundary,” September 26, 1990, http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/125431.pdf (accessed April 17, 2012); United Nations, submission by the Russian Federation to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, Map 3, December 20, 2001, http://www.un.org/depts/los/clcs_new/submissions_files/rus01/RUS_CLCS_01_2001_LOS_3.jpg (accessed May 10, 2012); and U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project, “Establishing the Full Extent of the Continental Shelf of the United States,” http://continentalshelf.gov/media/ECSposterDec2010.pdf (accessed May 8, 2012).