Admiral Jorge Omar Godoy
Chief of Staff, Argentine Navy
Maritime jurisdiction has undergone substantial changes in the last decades, most notably as a result of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This grants our country rights over the living and non-living resources in an Exclusive Economic Zone, an area comparable in size to our entire continental region.
This maritime area comprises one of the most coveted fishing grounds of the planet and is the source of significant foreign revenue to Argentina—more so, in fact, than any of our other exports. The area draws fishing boats from around the world, many of them without the proper authorization.
Over the same period shipping has grown significantly, especially passenger ships and oil tankers.