The Outlaw Ocean Project

Ian Urbina
A journalistic non-profit chronicling the diversity of crimes on the high seas
Created 16 Dec 2020
  • Critics Question The Climate Crisis Benefits of Deep Seabed Mining
    16 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    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 trillio...
  • Saving the Planet While Ignoring Two Thirds of It
    23 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    I’m delighted to bring you a video we just published about the climate crisis, made in collaboration with Salvatore Lo Presti, an Italian composer and pianist. The music in the video is from The Outla...
  • The last untamed frontier
    14 Jul 2021 • 1 min read
    In the past several months, The Outlaw Ocean Project writers have been busy at work covering topics ranging from fishmeal and seafarer abandonment to an at-sea pianist and shady shell companies. You c...
  • Vast and all-powerful; vulnerable and fragile
    27 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    If envy is the highest form of flattery then this essay should make the New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert blush. Her exquisite piece published this week about the madcap global race by companies to mine ...
  • Unseen consequences on our world's oceans
    08 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    From fisheries and aquaculture to global commerce, the externalities of consumer and governmental decisions are marooned at sea, resulting in countless environmental and humanitarian injustices that a...
  • Key moments from purgatory
    11 May 2021 • 1 min read
    Hey folks, I wanted to highlight a couple of key moments from my recent story for The Atlantic, "Purgatory at sea.” Firstly, I’ll mention that you can now listen to a reading of the story below. In th...
  • Purgatory at sea
    06 May 2021 • < 1 min read
    Last fall, I spent time on a passenger vessel off the coast of Italy called La Suprema, which, along with a handful of other cruise ships, has served as a holding pen for migrants rescued from the Med...
  • Why the oceans need journalism
    28 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hi there, Recent events have reminded the world of its dependence on maritime commerce. Despite occasional news coverage when calamity strikes offshore, reporting from the untamed frontier is generall...
  • Out On The High Seas, When News Happens No One Sees it
    27 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    About 100 miles off the coast of Thailand, three dozen Cambodian boys and men worked barefoot all day and into the night on the deck of a purse seiner fishing ship. Fifteen-foot swells climbed the sid...
  • You can now hear the stories for yourself
    21 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey folks, Wanted to share with you a quick update on a new method for delivering our reporting to you. I recently sat down to record what are essentially voice memos on three of our most recent inves...
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