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A man removes water from a fishing boat in Idenau, Cameroon. Illegal activity by foreign fishing companies has depleted fishing stocks. Ann Johansson/Corbis via Getty Images)

How illegal fishing off Cameroon’s coast worsens maritime security

Efforts to combat illegal fishing and fisheries crime must recognise the relationship between the sector and maritime security.
HMS Defender: at the centre of an international maritime dispute. Neil Watkin/Alamy Stock Photo

HMS Defender incident: what the law of the sea says

Nothing suggests that HMS Defender’s passage was anything but continuous and expeditious. But the UK should avoid relying on Ukrainian “permission” as a justification.
China has clashed with neighbors over its fishing in the contested South China Sea, pictured here. Controversially, Chinese fishermen also venture as far as Argentina and Ecuador. Yao Feng/VCG via Getty Images

US-China fight over fishing is really about world domination

Chinese fishermen are illegally trawling South American waters, inflaming tensions with the US. But for centuries Washington used aggressive fishing to expand its overseas presence, too.
If Africa’s maritime territories are strengthened this will open the door to sustainable blue economy opportunities. Ismail Zetouni/Reuters

Why regional efforts are key to Africa’s maritime security

If African countries and their regional bodies want to reap substantially from the blue economy, then it’s time for the continent to invest heavily in securing its maritime resources.
The USS Roosevelt sails the South China Sea. US Navy/Reuters

Under the sea: Russia, China and American control of the waterways

In the summer of 2007, in a bizarre incident shown live on Russian television, scientists accompanied by a couple of senior politicians descended 4,300 meters to the floor of the Arctic Ocean in two Mir…

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