Ocean Security

Environmental Security

Ocean Security

In 2010, governments around the world agreed to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. Today, only three percent are designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), and a robust enforcement regime is largely missing. While oceans are recognized for their importance to conservationists, they are also important to global security. In our research and analysis on the oceans, Stimson has identified several intersections of marine protection and enforcement and peace and stability, including: the connections between illegal fishing and transnational organized crime; the entry of fishermen into illicit markets; geopolitical conflict over fishing rights; and the use by governments of military assets to combat illegal fishing. Through a partnership with National Geographic, Stimson launched Secure Oceans, a platform that helps countries, multilateral organizations, and NGOs around the world find the right technology to protect their marine protected areas.

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Research and Analysis

March 8, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

March 1, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

February 28, 2017 | EXPERT: Emma Myers

The unlikely story of a conservation organization and a re-packaged technology solution to root out illegal fishing.

February 2, 2017

In this third episode of the Natural Security Podcast, the Stimson Center’s Johan Bergenas sits down with Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White.

January 13, 2017 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

A buoy revolutionized to meet new ocean data needs.  By Ariella Knight

January 10, 2017

In this second episode of the Natural Security Podcast, the Stimson Center’s Johan Bergenas sits down with U.S. Navy Captain (ret.) Wayne Porter, PhD.
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