Ocean Security

Past Programs and Projects

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.


Research and Analysis

November 17, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

Two sailors walk into a bar. The topic of the evening? Transparency on our oceans. By Ariella Knight and Kaila Harris

October 17, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

How a side project to design an environmentally friendly technology to record the "singing" of Humpback whales turned into a revolution of fuel-free autonomous power on our oceans. 

September 23, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

How satellite data, algorithms and machine learning work together to bring worldwide fishing activity to the click of the mouse.

September 23, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

How a traditional defense company unintentionally pivoted to combat illegal fishing.

September 13, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

How a NASA scientist invented a renewable energy underwater battery that will change our ability to protect our oceans. 

September 13, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

Acoustics expert Martin Siderius is a problem solver.

September 13, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Today, the Stimson Center is releasing a number of major products, including an updated version of our Secure Oceans report, a new

September 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight

It all started when someone sank the professor’s boat. Somewhere between 1999 and 2000, thieves broke into his unattended vessel that was left at port during the winter, made off with the engine and scuttled the ship to the bottom of the harbor.

September 1, 2016

President Obama traveled to Hawaii today to mark the expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument as the

August 17, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Partnerships in Security and Development is teaming up with National Geographic's Pristine Seas project to produce a website on technology and innovation to safeguard marine protected areas and combat illegal fishing.

June 22, 2016 | EXPERT: Caitlyn Antrim

The reduction of sea ice in the Arctic has increased prospects for shipping to and from the Northwest Passage, development of offshore oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, and migration of fish stocks from the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean.

June 7, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Later this year, the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, will welcome leaders from all around the world to a conference focused on the security of our oceans. High on the agenda is safeguarding marine protected areas (MPA) and addressing the growing threat posed by illegal fishing.

May 9, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

In 2010, governments around the world agreed to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020.

April 20, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

How to avoid a war with China over seafood­—and take a bite in world poverty.

March 25, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

Sea Change: Evolving Maritime Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific Region began in the fall of 2013 when the US-based Stimson Center partnered with India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) to launch a research initiative analyzing the maritime policy challenges and opportunities arising across the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific as these areas emerge as central theaters of 21st century geopolitics.
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