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Ocean Planning and the Gulf of Maine: Exploring Bi-National Policy Options

Ocean & Coastal Law Journal, Vol. 15, 2010

45 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2010  

Rita S. Heimes

University of Maine - School of Law

Lucia Fanning

Dalhousie University - Faculty of Management

Date Written: May 30, 2010

Abstract

This Article (1) highlights the underlying economic rationale behind why the two neighboring countries of Canada and the United States sought to clarify a single maritime boundary in the Gulf of Maine; (2) identifies the challenges confronting the parties in managing their ocean resources, after ownership had been established, particularly in light of growing energy-related exploitation demands; (3) discusses mechanisms for ocean planning and management adopted by each party to utilize its living and non-living resources; (4) presents two examples of existing bilateral cooperation from which lessons can be gleaned for future collaborative efforts; and (5) identifies policy options and an implementation mechanism for transboundary cooperation in the Gulf of Maine that could potentially meet the objectives of both countries as they seek to implement marine spatial planning in their respective maritime zones.

Suggested Citation

Heimes, Rita S. and Fanning, Lucia, Ocean Planning and the Gulf of Maine: Exploring Bi-National Policy Options (May 30, 2010). Ocean & Coastal Law Journal, Vol. 15, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1695156 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1695156

Rita S. Heimes (Contact Author)

University of Maine - School of Law ( email )

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Portland, ME 04102
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Lucia Fanning

Dalhousie University - Faculty of Management

Canada

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