The Outlaw Ocean Project

Receivers of stolen goods

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured at the 2020 Chatham House Forum on IUU fishing.

DW Inside Europe

Ian Urbina talks to Inside Europe’s Kate Laycock about the death of a man named Aliou Candé, and the wider context of Europe’s complicity in the brutal detention of migrants in Libyan jails.

Pod Save the World

The Outlaw Ocean Project’s Ian Urbina speaks about Libya’s secret migrant prisons and his time detained in one.

Apple News Today

Ian Urbina traveled to Libya to report on an EU-funded shadow immigration system that holds migrants in brutal detention centers

CNN’s Amanpour & Co.

Ian Urbina speaks with Bianna Golodryga about his reporting for The New Yorker on Libya’s detention centers.

KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Ian discusses the EU’s role in migrant capture and jailing in Libya.

Democracy Now

Inside Europe’s Shadow Immigration System

Columbia Journalism Review’s The Kicker Podcast

Ian Urbina on Libya, the Outlaw Ocean Project, and the rules of engagement

Apple News Today

The Brutal Shadow System Keeping Migrants Out of Europe

MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

Ian speaks to Ayman Mohyeldin about the EU-funded Libyan detention system.

NPR’s All Things Considered

Ian speaks to NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly about the EU’s efforts to externalize its southern border to North Africa.

2021 FilmAid Annual Gala

At the 2021 FilmAid Annual Gala, Ian and The Outlaw Ocean Project team was granted the 2021 FilmAid Christopher Dickey Award for Journalistic Excellence. The award was presented by a longtime supporter of investigative journalism, Mark Ruffalo.

Stern Magazine Interview with The Outlaw Ocean Project

Florian Strum from Stern Magazine interviewed Ian Urbina on a multitude of topics surrounding the lawlessness happening at sea, and what can be done about it.

The Republic Highlights The Outlaw Ocean Project

The Republic, located in Moscow Russia, highlights The Outlaw Ocean Project on August 19, 2021.

Tangentially Speaking Podcast

Ian Urbina joined Christopher Ryan’s Tangentially Speaking podcast, for a riveting and impactful conversation. They spoke about The Outlaw Ocean Project, Ian’s past in anthropology, and how to be impactful to the battle happening in and around our oceans. October 19, 2021

Wild Deep Yonder Webinar

Ian from the Outlaw Ocean Project was a part of a powerful webinar called Wild Deep Yonder on October 5, 2021. This event was produced by the Kavli Foundation and the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at NYU and was coordinated Dan Fagin. With Doug Main moderating, Ian and Helen Scales had an open […]

Interview with Millennium Magazine

Alessandro Madron and Mario Portanova spoke with Ian from The Outlaw Ocean Project during a #MilleniuMLive broadcast.

Interview with Meduza Magazine

Ian Urbina interviewed with Aleksey Kovalev, an editor in the investigation department at the Russian magazine Meduza. The spoke about a wide variety of topics including: consumer politics, environmental pollution, illegal fishing and more. To see the full interview click below.

IMSE 2021 Virtual conference

The Outlaw Ocean was featured in the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Exchange virtual conference on IUU Fishing in Hawaii

The New York Times’ Campaign Turns the Spotlight on Journalists

The New York Times has just run a new advertising campaign that focuses on the motivations of journalists doing international reporting and it highlights footage from The Outlaw Ocean Project and audio from from Ian Urbina. Here is a story in Ad Age about the marketing campaign.

Global Initiative | DEEP DIVE Podcast

This is a story of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, complex corporate structures, human trafficking, arms smuggling, corruption and the capture of state institutions.

Ocean Matters Podcast

Izzie Clarke speaks with Ian Urbina in an Ocean Matters Podcast interview. They discuss issues about lawlessness at sea and how fishing is having a huge impact on the lives of humans.  Slavery, abduction and even murders are taking place on fishing fleets around the world and with these crimes are being committed far from […]

The Marine Diaries

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on The Marine Diaries’ townhall on Clubhouse. Listen to the conversation below. Learn more about The Marine Diaries here.

Sea Blindness

In this episode of the Sea Control podcast, host Walker Mills talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative journalist Ian Urbina about his recent article in the New Yorker about fish meal and his book The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier. Ian describes his experiences reporting from the sea, the impacts of […]

Pete Buttigieg recommends The Outlaw Ocean

In a recent interview with Remotely Renee, former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg reviewed The Outlaw Ocean. “Two thirds of the world is covered in ocean. We don’t think about some of the things that go on outside of the reach of the law and some of the regulations that exist. There’s a lot of […]

Carne Cruda tackles The Outlaw Ocean

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on Carne Cruda, a popular podcast produced by Spanish publication eldiario.es. “Ian Urbina defines the ocean as a beautiful place where you can encounter intrepid heroes but also the most despicable pirates (…)The Outlaw Ocean is a raw account of crime on the high seas that describes a universe […]

Healthy and Productive Oceans

In honor of United Nations World Oceans Day and the Decade of Ocean Science, Ocean Non-Profit Founders Ian Urbina and Bren Smith (GreenWave) come together to discuss ocean affairs and learn from one another’s creative approaches to advocate for and regenerate healthy and productive oceans.

Así Crece la Piratería en Alta Mar

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured in El Confidencial. Read the piece here and watch below.

A quest to expose

The Outside Podcast discusses The Outlaw Ocean Project on their latest episode. Listen to it below.

Los Angeles Times: Why the oceans need journalism

Recent events have reminded the world of its dependence on maritime commerce.

Lost at sea

The mystery of Gulf Livestock 1, a 12,000-tonne ship that disappeared without a trace. The Outlaw Ocean Project is featured on Tortoise Media’s Slow Newscast.

Africa news tonight

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on Voice of America’s Africa News Tonight. “More than 80% of the world’s fish stocks are at or beyond the point of collapse…If the seas run out of marine life, the ocean stops serving a key purpose. The ocean produces 50% of the air we breathe, it’s a huge […]

Follow the data

On this episode of Bloomberg’s Follow the Data podcast, Ian Urbina joins Melissa Wright – who oversees the Vibrant Oceans Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ program that works to protect the ocean and those who depend on it — from climate change, pollution, and overfishing. Melissa and Ian will tell us more about how reporting at sea has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, how his […]

Where your fish comes from

“Without sufficient journalistic coverage, people will never know how that fried calamari ended up as their appetizer or how that salmon fillet ended up as their entrée..It’s almost as everything goes and nobody sees…These people are in debt even before they get on the boats. In effect they are slaves, and they’re invisible to us…The […]

Ecogestiona

Host Javier Martínez Molina and Marta Montojo with The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the Spanish radio show, Ecogestiona. Listen to the full episode here.

Life at Sea

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on Sentient Media’s Life at sea.

Uncovering the secret stories of the ocean

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the Conservation X Labs’ Xploring Podcast here.

Salty Cinema & Seafood Sustainability

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured in a Salty Cinema event.

Listen to the label

The Outlaw Ocean Project’s Holly Speck and Charlotte Norsworthy were featured on the Rhythm Passport Podcast. Listen here.

Long years of dangerous endeavors

Bracenet published an interview with Ian Urbina. Read it here.

Congestion and Chaos

With thousands of mariners stranded in foreign waters by the coronavirus pandemic, and congestion and chaos affecting ports worldwide, there’s no shortage of issues for The Outlaw Ocean Project to cover.

The Wildest and Least Understood

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the Intelligence Squared podcast.

Catch Our Drift: Survival

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the Catch Our Drift podcast.

Global Implications of Illegal Fishing

The Outlaw Ocean Project participated in the 2021 State of the World conference with FIU.

Dive in with Sylvia Earle

Ian Urbina chats with Sylvia Earle about the high seas and the need for its protection, not only for the health of the planet, but in defense of human rights.

Using Satellites to Reveal Global Extent of Forced Labor

The Outlaw Ocean Project served as a key contributor to recent scientific research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A World Without Law

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a Swiss, German-language newspaper.

Lecture of Opportunity

The Outlaw Ocean Project was invited to give the 2020 Lecture of Opportunity at the U.S. Naval War College.

The Outlaw Ocean Ranked in Best of Non-Fiction

El Mundo prepared a list of the best non-fiction books of 2020, and The Outlaw Ocean ranks at No. 7.

The Future of the World’s Oceans

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured at this year’s American Geographical Society conference, Geography 2050.

Senate Oceans Caucus

The Outlaw Ocean Project’s reporting on the Chinese distant-water fishing fleet was presented before the U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus.

War on the Rocks

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on War on the Rocks to discuss issues related to piracy, kidnapping, and stowaways on the high seas.

Love Tropics

Mojang Studios, the developers of Minecraft, hosted a 48-hour marathon event where people played to fundraise for ocean issues before a live audience of thousands.

A dual masterpiece

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was featured on the Shack15 Conversations podcast with musician Christopher Willits.

The Lead Podcast

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the University of Georgia’s podcast, The Lead.

Oceans Daily

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured in Oceans Daily Magazine.

Catch of the day

China accounts for nearly half of the world’s fishing activity.

A bitter taste

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured in La Méduse Déchainée, a French magazine.

Behind the Story with The Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center profiled The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

Outlaws of international waters

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on KUOW with Ross Reynolds.

Storytelling with Music

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was featured in Argentina’s largest newspaper, Clarín.

An Exploration at Stanford

Stanford Law School and its Center for Oceans Solutions is hosting a graduate degree course based off of The Outlaw Ocean.

The Charles and Marie Fish Lecture

The Outlaw Ocean Project was highlighted at the 2020 Charles and Marie Fish Lecture, hosted by the University of Rhode Island.

The Watery West

The Outlaw Ocean Project and musician Zachary Gray were featured on CBC’s London Morning radio show to discuss The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

‘Quite potent and powerful’

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the ManTalks Podcast.

Ghost Boats and Geopolitics

Intelligence Squared Podcast featured The Outlaw Ocean Project’s recent reporting on battered North Korean fishing boats washing ashore in Japan.

Bribe, Swindle or Steal

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on TRACE’s Bribe, Swindle or Steal podcast.

Lax Regulations Made Beirut Blast Possible

Reporting from The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured in Forbes.

Receivers of stolen goods

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured at the 2020 Chatham House Forum on IUU fishing.

Investigating the Squid Industry

The Outlaw Ocean Project’s investigation was featured in a column in Oceanographic Magazine written by Joseph Sullivan.

Moisés Naím and The Dark Fleet

The Outlaw Ocean was featured on Moisés Naím’s show, Efecto Naím, to discuss the troubling illegalities faced on the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

The Nat Geo Storytelling Fellowship

The National Geographic Society announced that The Outlaw Ocean Project has been selected for the 2020-2021 National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship.

‘A dark and inspiring place’

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was featured on WKNY’s Green Radio Hour.

Reporters Without Borders

The Outlaw Ocean Project wrote an introduction to Reporters Without Borders RSF Albums for Press Freedom collection for 2020.

Citizen Chef Podcast

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on the Citizen Chef Podcast with Tom Colicchio discussing supply chains associated with the fishing industry.

Media Impact Funders Forum

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured on a panel for the 2020 Media Impact Funders Forum.

‘Silent, shady criminality’

The Foreign Desk interviews The Outlaw Ocean Project about sea slavery and the legal loopholes that enable such practices to flourish.

‘A remarkable work’

The Outlaw Ocean Project was interviewed for Australia’s Radio Northern Beaches show “Innovation Talk,” to discuss the reporting and The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

Melding storytelling with music

The Outlaw Ocean Project was interviewed for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation to discuss The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

Heroes For the Waters

The Outlaw Ocean Project was featured at EarthX Films Virtual 2020 conference, discussing music, journalism and ocean lawlessness.

A global threat

Read Ian’s interview with Germany’s P.M. Magazine.

The Ocean’s Song

The Outlaw Ocean is arguably the most thorough account to date of the seedy side of ocean life.

Part two: Ian Urbina on Efecto Naím

In part two of this interview on Efecto Naím, Ian discusses his experiences at sea with Moisés Naím, including his visits to Sealand and his embed aboard the Adelaide.

Rising tide

The Rising Tide podcast hosts Ian to discuss issues the oceans are facing and ways to tackle them.

Moisés Naím interviews Ian Urbina

In part one of this interview on Efecto Naím, Ian discusses his experiences at sea with Moisés Naím, including his encounters with pirates, mercenaries and traffickers.

The Storytellers Summit

Ian Urbina sits down with National Geographic’s Chief Storytelling Officer, Kaitlin Yarnall.

The Constant Wonder

The lawlessness of the high seas is a human phenomenon.

When We Talk about Animals

What does it mean to be human on the high seas?

Slate France on ‘The Outlaw Ocean’

Haute mer, le Far West des océans

Living on earth

About seventy percent of our planet is covered by the oceans, but the high seas are among the least-explored frontiers on Earth.

Revisiting ‘The Outlaw Ocean’

Their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy.

A conversation with BookBub

For most of us, the ocean represents a vacation destination: a place to relax and play. For Ian Urbina, the ocean represents a lawless frontier.

Rampantly Criminal World

Once they’re outside their country’s Exclusive Economic Zone, there are very few laws that protect them.

‘A gripping adventure story’

Ian Urbina was featured on Town Hall Seattle’s Science Series podcast to discuss The Outlaw Ocean.

Urbina on FranceTV

Ian Urbina was featured on FranceTV to discuss The Outlaw Ocean.

Urbina Testifies Before Congress

Ian Urbina testifies before Congress about The Outlaw Ocean.

Le Devoir: Des océans de misère

The Outlaw Ocean was featured in French publication Le Devoir.

Traveling further for the catch

Ian Urbina was featured on CBC Radio’s The Current to discuss The Outlaw Ocean.

Documenting global injustices

Ian Urbina was featured on the Libreria Podcast discussing The Outlaw Ocean.

Ian Urbina on France 24

Ian Urbina was featured on France 24 to discuss The Outlaw Ocean.

Diversity of Abuses

The Economist (World Ocean Initiative) interview about The Outlaw Ocean.

Lawless and largely invisible

In “The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys across the last untamed frontier,” investigative journalist Ian Urbina uncovers slavery, overfishing and human trafficking on the high seas.

Ian Urbina on Konbini News

Ian Urbina was featured on France’s Konbini News to discuss The Outlaw Ocean.

The Underworld

Ian Urbina was featured on the Intelligence Squared podcast.

Global Indifference Leads to Mistreatment

Ian Urbina on KPCC’s AirTalk.

Exploited off the grid

Ian Urbina was featured on Monocle’s The Foreign Desk.

‘A bizarre and fascinating place’

Ian Urbina was interviewed for Ireland’s Ryan Tubridy Show.

Ian Urbina on NowThis Español

El periodista Ian Urbina pasó 5 años reportando en crímenes marítimos como el tráfico de armas, la pesca ilegal y la esclavitud marítima—así es que estos crímenes afectan el medio ambiente

Lawlessness on the high seas

Ian Urbina at The Aspen Institute

‘Unimaginable levels of crime at sea’

Ian Urbina was featured on PoliticsJOE to discuss the various types of crimes rampant at sea.

The ripple effect on the environment

Ian Urbina was featured on NowThis to discuss illegal activity at sea and its impact on the environment.

‘A bizarre and fascinating place’

Ian Urbina was interviewed for Ireland’s Ryan Tubridy Show.

Reporting on the vivid and corrupt

This is part four of Ian Urbina’s World Ocean Radio Series.

Wage Theft, Slavery and Climate Change

The ocean is vast and unknown to most of us. And yet, it’s essential.

A magnified mirror image

“Victor Hugo called the oceans monsters, but Urbina details the monstrous deeds done by man on those bitter waters, a magnified mirror image of the Far West on land.”

Cutting corners for consumer goods

There is absolutely no way to produce a can of tuna that costs a dollar. And yet, there it is on our grocery shelves. Ever wonder how?

Dumping into the Ocean

This is part three of Ian Urbina’s World Ocean Radio Series.

Corruption on the high seas

This is part two of Ian Urbina’s four-part series with World Ocean Radio.

The concealed costs of shipping industries

Sea Change Radio interviewed Ian Urbina about the hidden costs of the seafood and shipping industries.

Inhabitants of the hidden world

Utah Public Radio hosts Ian Urbina on show “Access Utah.”

‘Out of this world’

Ian Urbina was featured on Green Radio Hour discussing his new book, The Outlaw Ocean.

Chronicling conditions on the high seas

Politics and Prose hosted Ian Urbina to discuss his book, The Outlaw Ocean in August 2019.

Virgin Unite: Slavery at Sea

The book is both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé.

Crime hidden from view

Ian Urbina begins installment one of four on World Ocean Radio.

An Inside Look at Slavery on Fishing Vessels

Ian Urbina is interviewed for the UN Dispatch podcast to discuss forced labor on fishing vessels in the South China Sea.

Labor Trafficking on the South China Sea

Ian Urbina appears on Knowledge @ Wharton to discuss his new book, The Outlaw Ocean.

Investigating crime on The Outlaw Ocean

The ocean is huge, hard to police, and virtually lawless in some places.

Ian Urbina Joins The Atlantic

Ian Urbina, a longtime reporter for The New York Times and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is becoming a contributing writer for The Atlantic

A lack of governance at sea

Oceana interviews Ian Urbina about his new book, The Outlaw Ocean.

Tedx The Outlaw Ocean

Watch Ian Urbina’s TED Talk on The Outlaw Ocean Project.

Slavery as a fishing industry problem

U.S. Sect. of State John Kerry explains how human trafficking is an ocean concern.

Palau fights poachers

The Leonard Lopate Show about Palau’s David-and-Goliath fight to protect its borders.

The business of human trafficking

An interview on the John Batchelor show about so-called manning agencies and how they often abuse seafarers.

A global industry of sea slavery

U.S. Sect. of State John Kerry releases the 2015 Trafficking in Persons report and cites The Outlaw Ocean reporting.

What are floating armories?

An interview on the John Batchelor show about offshore weapons depots where armed guards wait between deployments.

A life lost at sea

An interview on NPR’s Marketplace about the predatory labor market for ocean workers.

The dark side of the ocean

NPR’s Marketplace explores the diversity of offshore crimes and the stories covered by The Outlaw Ocean.

Why offshore violence goes unpunished

An interview on the Wharton podcast on why killings at sea are rarely reported.

Piracy and murder at sea

Lip News interview about offshore piracy and kidnapping.

Exploring the last lawless frontier

Google hosts an event about The Outlaw Ocean series.

The art of stealing a ship

NHPR interview about the maritime repo business.

Two stowaways – one lives, the other dies

NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi interviews about the timeless tradition of people hiding on ships.

Human rights in the fishing industry

Brigham Young University’s Radio interview on The Outlaw Ocean.

What it’s like reporting on the high seas

ProPublica’s podcast on the tactics of maritime journalism.

The making of The Outlaw Ocean

Longform Podcast digs deep into the challenges of chronicling offshore illegalities.

Ocean mayhem

NPR’s All Things Considered discusses the watery ‘wild west’.

Murder & slavery at sea

PBS NewsHour discusses the problem of violence at sea.

Lang Long’s story is not unique

The tale of a deckhand shackled by the neck.

An assessment of The Outlaw Ocean coverage

The McLaughlin Group grades the reporting.

Captive workers offshore

New Zealand TV on the problem of abandoned and captive seafarers.

Many laws but minimal enforcement

Presentation at the Royal Geographical Society of London about the challenges of law enforcement on the high seas.

Maritime Journalism

The Kyle Thiermann Show about journalism at sea.

Is sea slavery a type of illegal fishing?

A presentation at the U.S. State Dept Our Ocean Conference about the intersection of environmental and human rights abuses.

What surprised you in doing this reporting?

A Pew panel discussion about unexpected revelations in the reporting.

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