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China forces minorities from Xinjiang to work in industries around the country. As it turns out, this includes processing much of the seafood sent to America and Europe….
Text: Ian Urbina
Photo: Yantai United Front Work Department/The Outlaw Ocean Project
Video: Douyin, Kashgar Media Center/The Outlaw Ocean Project, Tencent Video/The Outlaw Ocean Project
Den tragiska berättelsen om en indonesisk sjöman och hans brutala resa ombord ett kinesiskt bläckfiskfartyg….
Directed by: Ben Blankenship, Ian Urbina
Narration: Ian Urbina
Edit: Ben Blankenship
Photo: Will N. Miller, Ed Ou, Ben Blankenship, Sikhami Denting
Motion Graphics: Drew Evans
Researchers: Ian Urbina, Joe Galvin, Susan Ryan, Daniel Murphy, Austin Brush, maya Martin, Jake Conley, Stephan Foxwell, marcella Boehler, Halie Brown, Molly Wiggins, Ben Blankenship, Raphaela Morais, Adrienne Urbina
Den kinesiska fiskeflottan är en stormakt på havet. De fiskar långt ut till havs där inga länders lagar når och fiskar upp mer än någon annan nation just nu. Och det sker till ett fruktansvärt mänskligt pris….
Text: Ian Urbina/The Outlaw Ocean Project
Photo/Video: Ferdi Arnando, Ed Ou, Ben Blankenship, Jiebriel83, Jessica Reyes, Douyin, Desta Motor 143
Every year we’re seeing more and more turtle stranding partially because of an increase in awareness but also because there are more extreme weather events, there are more storms there are more extreme temperature changes and strong winds probably a consequence of changing weather systems, more extreme weather systems that are indicative of climate change and all of those things for us lead to increase strandings….
Reportage: Jason Boswell
Photo/editing: Jason Boswell
Foto: Two Oceans Aquarium: mass stranding, Devin Trull / Two Oceans Aquarium

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Text: Lena Scherman
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Text: Bridget Ferguson reporting for DSR Queensland Australia
Cover photo: Tobias Dahlin
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THEMES

ocean devotion

Many of us love the sea, the beach, the water and swimming in the waves, but there are those who care a little more than the rest of us. Those who, with commitment and passion...

the real rulers of the sea

The ocean's resources belong to all citizens. We want healthy seas, full of fish and shellfish. So how could the EU's seas be fished to the brink of ecological collapse? The overfishing is not an accident...

seal hunting

In an overfished sea, the seals have begun to move towards the coasts to look for food. Here they encroach on people's territory. From being nearly extirpated in the early 1980s...

warmer sea

The sea gets warmer - the species die. It's not just coral reefs and fish that are threatened as the oceans warm - it's all life. Not since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs...

Sharks

Sharks are found in all oceans on the globe and belong to one of the oldest animals. As a species, it has been traced back 420 million years... Under the theme: Sharks, we have collected all the reports we made where sharks are included.

Editorials/Debate

The conflicts within Swedish fishing are very fierce. Small-scale coastal fishermen on the east and south coasts face a small number of giant trawlers from the West Coast. I was looking forward to tough discussions and fruitful exchanges at this year’s Fishing Forum. But met with pleasant company in a luxurious mingling environment….
Chronicler: Peter Löfgren
Photo: Ida Åkesson/SPA
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29 February, 2024
I am now forbidden to fish for cod and the pike has…
Chronicler: Peter Löfgren
Foto: Johan Candert, Simon Stanford
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23 February, 2024
Biomass and biodiversity. Two rather dull and stiff words. But words often…
Text: Johan Candert
Photo: Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé
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24 August, 2023
The EU’s and Sweden’s marine policy has for several decades led to…
Text: Peter Löfgren

Editors' Choice

Maybe an odd job even for the accomplished South African free diver Nick Filmalter, but he became an essential part of ensuring the safety of our divers during the shooting of a documentary about the Sardine Run, in South Africa. He was the guy chasing away the sharks which became more interested in the crew than the sardines!…
Editor: Ida Candert
Videographer: Johan Candert
Underwater photography: Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé, Jason Boswell
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has published this year’s State of the Ocean Report, which describes the state of the ocean and marine life….
Text: Lena Scherman
Photo: Tobias Dahlin, Johan Candert
The film “What have we done?” which shows man’s ruthlessness towards our oceans was praised and named “Honorable mention” in the international competition DPG/Wetpixel Masters 2022….

There is one ocean.
Our reporting has no boundaries.

There is one ocean.
Our reporting has no boundaries.

Fishing

Humanity has always sourced food from the sea. And fishing is an ancient way of doing so that can be traced back to the early Stone Age around 40,000 years ago. In the last 100 years, fish stocks have dramatically declined in the Western Sea and the Baltic Sea. And in most cases, overfishing is considered to be the major cause. …
Text: Lina Mattsson
Photo: Simon Stanford, Lena Scherman, Kimmo Hagman
Fishing for herring and sprat in the central Baltic Sea can increase by 139 percent, according to ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, which today published its recommendations to the EU for fishing in 2025….
Text: Peter Löfgren
In a report from 2020, published by BalticSea2020, the authors believe that large-scale fishing in the Baltic Sea is neither economically nor financially profitable for the state. On the contrary, it costs us all big money….
Reportage: Peter Löfgren
Editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Leif Eiranson

Climate and Environment

Our planet relies on the oceans as climate regulators. At the same time, the effects of our emissions are most evident in the oceans. Today, eutrophication, climate change, ocean acidification, and invasive species are some of the challenges the oceans face. …
Text: Lina Mattsson
Photo: Kimmo Hagman, Johan Candert, Tobias Dahlin, Simon Stanford
In a world that urgently needs to change from fossil to renewable, there is a growing need for rare minerals such as cobalt and manganese. When we find them above ground, it is often in small quantities, but now it is believed that there are large deposits four thousand meters below the surface, in the deep sea. And the hunt in the depths has begun….
Reportage: Daniel Hager/Lena Scherman
Photo: Daniel Hager, Greenpeace
Under Water Photography: Center for Deep Sea Research, University of Bergen
Over 15 million tonnes of plastic have leaked into the ocean since the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee sessions began in 2022. The fourth session (INC-4) marked a crucial juncture in the development of a global plastics treaty. However, stakeholders leave disappointed as the negotiations conclude in Ottawa, Canada. The reduction of plastic production, a key provision, was omitted from the mandate of further technical discussions. …
Text: Bridget Ferguson reporting for DSR Queensland Australia
Cover photo: Tobias Dahlin
Photo: WWF Canada

Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is a unique and sensitive sea where organisms live on the edge of what they can tolerate due to the low salinity. It has also been called the world’s most polluted inland sea due to eutrophication and the chemical cocktail caused by human activities….
Text: Lina Mattsson
Foto: Johan Candert, Kimmo Hagman, Simon Stanford
For an extended period, the cod population in the Baltic Sea has been facing severe challenges. Overfishing and environmental issues have taken a toll on their well-being, causing a decline in their health. Consequently, many of them have become thin, emaciated, and susceptible to diseases. However, a pertinent question arises: What happens when wild cod are given the opportunity to recuperate? …
Reportage: Johan Candert
Photo: Simon Stanford, Daniel Hager
UW-Photo: Johan Candert
Edit by: Alexandre Gobatti Ramos
The Baltic Sea is grappling with a severe ecological crisis primarily marked by oxygen depletion, leading to extensive dead zones. Human activities, including industrial processes and nutrient-rich agricultural runoff, have fueled the growth of algae, contributing to oxygen-starved conditions. These anoxic zones threaten marine life, disrupting ecosystems and fisheries. …
reportage: Daniel Hager/Lena Scherman

International

Dive into the intricate ecosystems of the world’s oceans, their lawless stretches, and the extremities that teem with life, all crucial to our existence and well-being….
Text: Lina Mattsson
Photo: Tobias Dahlin, Simon Stanford, Johan Candert
Erlendur Bogason considers Eyafjör∂ur in northern Iceland to be his backyard. He has dived here for over 25 years and has not just become familiar with the fjord and its inhabitants but has made some surprising fish friends.  The close contact that Erlendur has with Stephanie, the Wolffish and the other residents of this marine protected area is astonishing. It gives us a whole new insight into the complexity of fish behaviour and how they interact.  …
Reportage/editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Tobias Dahlin, john Jonsson, Simon Stanford
Kwanele Mbatha makes a living by subsistence fishing and guiding tourists along South Africa’s Wild Coast but this fragile ecosystem faces the threat of overfishing, damage from oil and gas exploration, mining and many other human activities. …
Reportage: Simon Stanford
Photo: Simon Stanford
Editing: Niklas Berglund

Research

Fish behavior, toxic algae, and the role of the sea in climate. These are some of the topics that marine research can address. Diverse subjects, but with a common goal: to better understand what happens beneath the surface….
Text: Lina mattsson
Foto: Hans Berggren, Kimmo Hagman, Johan Candert, Simon Stanford
Marine Biologist, Dr Tessa Hempson and film-maker, Grant Brokensha, were part of a recent Manta Ray tagging expedition off the South African coast. Mantas have an incredible 20 million years of evolution behind them, and we are just beginning to uncover their secrets and appreciate their remarkable intelligence. Both from personal observations and scientific research, there is compelling evidence that these creatures that have an unusually large brain in proportion to their size, are in fact highly intelligent beings…
Filmed and directed by: Grant Brokensha
Editing: Ruuan Botha
A new investigation shows that organic eggs contain high levels of several toxins and may pose a risk to young children. However, the production of conventional eggs risks increasing the amount of toxins in the environment in the long run. – We need to put the brakes on (for PFAS). We should have done so the day before yesterday, says Petra Bergkvist, inspector at the Swedish Food Agency….
Text: Lina Mattsson

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