Ian Urbina

Ian Urbina is the director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, a non-profit journalism organization based in Washington DC that focuses on environmental and human rights concerns at sea globally.

Outlaw Ocean Podcast: Intentional Dumping May Be Worse Than Oil Spills

Published Oct 31, 2022 3:18 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Shipping

When a ship inadvertently spills oil, it’s big news. But according to an investigation by The Outlaw Ocean Project, a non-pr...

Outlaw Ocean Podcast: How One Third of All Fish Caught Become Fishmeal

Published Oct 24, 2022 2:50 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Environment

The oceans are running out of fish. To slow down that problem environmentalists pushed for fish farming, or aquaculture. This was...

Outlaw Ocean Podcast: How the High Seas Became a Metaphor for Freedom

Published Oct 17, 2022 12:51 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Piracy

The lawlessness of the oceans provides space to absurd and remarkable stories of renegades and mavericks of all sorts seeking to e...

The Outlaw Ocean Episode 3: Slavery Is Not Gone - It's At Sea

Published Oct 10, 2022 2:17 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Piracy

While forced labor exists throughout the world, one place where it’s especially pervasive is the South China Sea, and especi...

The Outlaw Ocean Episode 2: The World's Largest Illegal Fishing Fleet

Published Oct 3, 2022 12:59 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Shipping

If you look at the taxonomy of crime that plays out offshore, it's both diverse and acute. And yet illegal fishing sits at the...

The Outlaw Ocean Episode 1: The Mystery of a Massacre at Sea

Published Sep 26, 2022 11:58 AM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

Crimes like this don't often happen on land. A 10-minute slow-motion slaughter captured by a cell-phone camera shows a group o...

How Europe's Border Agency Works With Libya to Turn Back Migrants

Published Dec 8, 2021 6:48 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Government

Around 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, roughly 70 miles north of Libya, a white reconnaissance plane with a camera on its underside circled a ra...

The Real Consequences of Europe's Deal With the Libyan Coast Guard

Published Dec 1, 2021 5:21 PM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Government

In May of 2021, I traveled to Libya to explore the troubling story of the country’s prisons for migrants captured trying to...

China's Illicit Squid Fishery Has Deadly Impact on North Korea

Published Sep 27, 2021 3:43 AM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Government

[This article originally appeared on NBC News and appears here courtesy of The Outlaw Ocean Project] The battered wooden &...

Part II: Fish Farming is Feeding the World, But at What Cost?

Published Sep 6, 2021 1:49 AM by Ian Urbina

Posted in: Environment

[Part I of this article may be found here. This piece appeared first in The New Yorker and is reproduced here courtesy of The Outl...

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