Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


When, in 1973, preliminary seismic studies were made in Puerto Rico, in order to site a nuclear plant, possible hydrocarbon deposits were delineated. This gave rise to the controversy of Puerto Rico's right to its offshore resources. How far out does Puerto Rico's right extend? Puerto Rico's right to a territorial sea and an exclusive economic zone should be defined by international law standards. The controversy, in the context of Puerto Rico's status question, is what this paper is about.