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Exclusive economic zone of Portugal

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Exclusive economic zone of Portugal

Portugal's Exclusive Economic Zone

Portugal has the 3rd largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the EU and the 10th largest EEZ in the world, at 3,877,408 km2.[1]


  • Portugal's Exclusive Economic Zone 1
  • Dispute with Spain 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Portugal's Exclusive Economic Zone

Portugal submitted a claim to extend its jurisdiction over additional 2.15 million square kilometers of the neighboring continental shelf in May 2009.,[2] resulting in an EEZ with a total of more than 3,877,408 km2.

Map here Task Group for the extension of the Continental Shelf

Dispute with Spain

Spain disputes the EEZ's southern border, maintaining that it should be drawn halfway between Madeira and the Canary Islands. Portugal exercises sovereignty over the Savage Islands, a small archipelago north of the Canaries, hence claiming an EEZ border further south. Spain objects, arguing that the Savage Islands do not have a separate continental shelf,[3] citing article 121 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.[4] On the basis of this article, Spain claims the Savage Islands are not islands, but instead uninhabitable rocks. The Savage Islands are a protected Portuguese natural reserve, and thus its year-round inhabitants are workers of Madeira's Natural Park who look over the isolated natural reserve, protecting its wildlife. Over the years, the Portuguese authorities have seized some Spanish fishing boats around the area for illegal fishing.[5]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Portugal applies to UN to Extend Its Continental Shelf Zone. Accessed 3 July 2011
  3. ^ Real Instituto ElcanoLacleta Muñoz, José Manuel: "Las fronteras de España en el mar". Documentos de trabajo 34-2004,
  4. ^ United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Part VIII, Article 121
  5. ^ (in Portuguese)A Noção "Estratégica" das Ilhas SelvagensCarvalho, Luis and Leitão, Nuno,

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