sea shelf extension means mapping the seabed to show that it is an
extension of the continental shelf. The practice is based on article 76
of UNCLOS and could allow Canada to ask for an extension of its EEZ.
a submission to define the outer limits of its continental shelf in the
Atlantic Ocean with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental
Shelf on December 9, 2013. At the same time, Canada filed preliminary
information concerning the outer limits of its continental shelf in the
Article 76 of UNCLOS defines the conditions under which a
country can determine the delimitation for an extended
Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.
red line shows the 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone
white line shows the possible outer limits of the continental
shelf beyond 200 nautical miles
Read more on
Canada’s Extended Continental Shelf
claim to Arctic riches includes the North Pole" by Max Paris, CBC News,
Dec 09, 2013
not the only country engaged in the process of continental sea shelf
extension. Russia already submitted its claim to the Commission on the
Limits of the Continental Shelf. Canada has been cooperating with
Denmark and the US to map the Arctic seabed.
Potential of the Arctic: A Geopolitical Perspective. Klaus Dodds (RHUL).