This joint investigation published by The Outlaw Ocean Project and NBC News reveals the world’s largest fleet of illegal fishing boats ever discovered that has been operating invisibly in North Korean waters in clear violation of UN sanctions. The discovery of this fleet — more than 900 Chinese squid vessels — partially explains why in the past 5 years more than 500 ships, many of them carrying the dead bodies of North Korea fishermen, have washed ashore along the coast of Japan. The story took over a year and a half to report and required me and my team to buy our way onto a squid vessel off the coast of Korea so as to report at sea.

The Outlaw Ocean Project also decided to do something very different in how we disseminated this journalism. One of the limitations of the traditional model used especially by legacy news outlets, is that worthy investigative stories are typically seen by only a small fraction of the public because these stories get published in just one outlet and typically in just one language. Part of what The Outlaw Ocean Project seeks to do is not just produce polished narrative investigative journalism but also convert that journalism into new forms in order to reach new audiences.

Versions of the story will be published in over 10 languages in more than 20 top-tier news, radio, and television outlets worldwide.

This method allows us to get the story seen by more than 15 million people. This readership speaks to the new model of journalism that The Outlaw Ocean Project is trying to leverage.

More importantly, though, is the journalism itself. Give the story a read in any of the respective venues and languages below.