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

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.

December 15, 2016

In this first episode of the Natural Security Podcast, the Stimson Center’s Johan Bergenas sits down with ADM. James Stavridis (Ret.), formerly Supreme Allied Commander Europe and current Dean of the Fletcher School.

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.
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