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.
The Worsening State of Seafarers
The past six months have thrown an unusual amount of attention on an otherwise invisible workforce.
Purgatory at Sea
Off the coast of Italy, cruise ships are being repurposed as holding pens for migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.
The smell of money
We went on a long patrol off the coast of Gambia to investigate the topic of fish meal for The New Yorker.
Why the oceans need journalism
Recent events have reminded the world of its dependence on maritime commerce.
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.
Reporters Without Borders
The Outlaw Ocean Project wrote an introduction to Reporters Without Borders RSF Albums for Press Freedom collection for 2020.
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.
Virgin Unite: Slavery at Sea
The book is both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé.
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?