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Critics Question The Climate Crisis Benefits of Deep Seabed Mining

By: Marta Montojo and Ian Urbina Few people have ever heard of the tiny country of Nauru. Even fewer ever think about what happens at the bottom of the world’s oceans. But that may soon change. The seafloor is thought to hold trillions of dollar’s worth of  metals and this Pacific-island nation is making bold moves to […]

Saving The Planet While Ignoring Two Thirds Of It

While companies dump carbon into the air for free, the lungs of the globe suffer. The current climate crisis barely even considers the oceans.

The Noam Chomsky Music Project

An international collaboration delivering a global sonic experience, paired with insights from the renowned political and humanitarian scholar – Noam Chomsky.

The smell of money

In the small costal country, an exploding industry has led to big economic promises, and a steep environmental price. We went on a long patrol off the coast of Gambia to investigate the topic of fish meal for The New Yorker.

Purgatory at Sea

Off the coast of Italy, cruise ships are being repurposed as holding pens for migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.

The Worsening State of Seafarers

The past six months have thrown an unusual amount of attention on an otherwise invisible workforce.

From Capture to Culture

As the Biden administration turns to environmental concerns, one of its top priorities will be how to better protect the world’s oceans.

Reining in The Outlaw Ocean

What can we do to mitigate the mayhem offshore?

Storming the Thunder

For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.

Shell Companies in Fishing Industry Get New Attention

The international fishing industry is ripe with corruption bred by corporate anonymity.

The Murder at Sea Investigation

This page will now serve as the location where we will store reports on the Murder at Sea investigation, original documents and open questions for which we hope to get answers from interested stakeholders.

Subsidizing China’s Fishing Fleet

No other country comes close in the size of China’s fishing armada, but the dominance and reach of this fleet raises broader questions about how, why and at what cost China has put so many boats on the water.

The Hidden Cost Behind the Explosion in Beirut

Behind the tragedy of the recent deadly explosion in Beirut is the more pervasive travesty of the abandonment of ships, seafarers and cargo.

The Animated Rendering of North Korean Fishermen

We partnered with two types of creators — an animator and a composer — to make an artistic rendering of our recent investigation.

The Deadly Secret of China’s Invisible Armada

This investigation reveals the world’s largest fleet of illegal fishing boats ever discovered.

The Somali 7 Investigation

This page will now serve as the location where we will store reports on the Somali 7, original documents and open questions for which we hope to get answers from interested stakeholders.

The Link: Abuses and Overfishing

The high seas remain an often-dystopian realm where the scant laws that do exist are frequently ignored.

Shackled, Whipped and Beheaded

While forced labour exists throughout the world, nowhere is the problem more rampant than in the South China Sea.

The Guardian: Ship of Horrors

From bullying and sexual assault to squalid living conditions and forced labour, working at sea can be a grim business – and one deep-sea fishing fleet is particularly notorious.

The Atlantic: Pint-Size Nation

The remarkable story of Sealand, a “micronation” on a metal platform.

Antarctica: A Place of Marvel

In a two-person submarine more than 700 feet under the polar ice, we witnessed some bizarre creatures.

Norway: Disaster Risk in the Arctic

As an oil company tries to drill in international Arctic waters, advocates race to block them.

Indonesia: Violent Clashes

Indonesia arrests Vietnam’s fishermen, and Vietnam responds by ramming a ship and taking an Indonesian officer captive.

Mexico: Abortion on the High Seas

Visiting countries where abortions are illegal, a Dutch doctor secrets women out to international waters to provide the procedure.

Somalia: Discord on the Horn of Africa

One of the most lawless regions on the planet, Somalia is a magnet for illegal fishing.

Kenya: Illegal Cover Up

Ships that were supposed to have been scrapped are caught pillaging the east coast of Africa.

Brazil: A Sea-Floor Battle

A team of Brazilian researchers hustled to stop a trio of energy companies from drilling at the mouth of the Amazon River.

England: The Magic Pipe

Oil spills are a disaster and yet intentional dumping is far more common

Antarctica: The Hunt for Hunters

Sea Shepherd chases the world’s last industrial whaling ship.

Thailand: Sea Slavery

In today’s world, how is this still happening?

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