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By G. Hønneland

This ebook analyses the Russian competition to the 2010 Barents Sea delimitation contract in gentle of either the legislations of the ocean and Russian identification, arguing that the agreement's critics and proponents inscribe themselves into various Russian narratives approximately Russia's rightful position on the planet.

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Norway filed its claim with the Shelf Commission in 2006; approval came in 2009. e. 1). Canada and Denmark originally had to submit their claims by 2013 and 2014, respectively, but the Commission has not enforced these deadlines strictly. Russia has no definite time limit since the last submission was rejected, but is planning to make a new claim in 2015. 0005  Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity has yet to ratify UNCLOS. All presidents in office have wanted the United States to go ahead and ratify the Convention, but conservatives in Congress have obstructed moves in that direction.

It gave added sustenance to the story of the race to the Arctic. At the political level, Canada, a country with significant designs on the Arctic itself, was particularly annoyed. ‘You can’t go around the world these days dropping flags somewhere. 5 The Arctic race story happened to coincide with the most exhaustive scientific study of the Arctic seabed to date. The Arctic states had only a few years to submit evidence to the shelf Commission. Expeditions were often portrayed by the media as a prelude to unilateral governmental action in the Arctic.

Even more crucial, however, was the verbal communication during inspections. A Norwegian inspector might join the captain in his cabin and calculate the likely decline in fish stocks – and fishing opportunities – if they failed to prevent the bycatch of small fish. Both countries would suffer if stocks declined, not to mention the captain’s own livelihood. Captains would rarely dispute what they considered sound scientific estimates, but they would sometimes add details or refine the picture – information the Coast Guard inspector was generally happy to take into account.

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