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.
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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.
The USS Ronald Reagan: the aircraft carrier carried out exercises in the South China Sea in mid August 2020.
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The US used to remain neutral on China's maritime claims in the South China Sea. Why it changed tack.
Australia has a duty to provide urgent medical care to the crews under a maritime convention, but it must weigh the threat to Australians if it allows the ships to dock, too.
A Chinese trawler offloads its catch at a fishing port in Cameroon.
Despite its importance, Cameroon's maritime fisheries sector is plagued with largely hidden, or ignored, fisheries crimes.
Seized: the Stena Impero in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
An international maritime lawyer explains whether Iran broke the law of the sea by detaining the Stena Impero.
A cargo ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge outside San Francisco.
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The maritime pollution that drifts to dry land, causes an estimated 400,000 premature deaths and 14 million cases of childhood asthma each year.
The tale of the snow crab bears witness to the how the complexities of climate change and fights over fishing rights play out.
If Africa’s maritime territories are strengthened this will open the door to sustainable blue economy opportunities.
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.
By 2030, the Blue Economy will be worth $3 trillion. And the UK is well placed to capture a slice of this lucrative market, if it meets the challenges involved with innovation and ambition.
Coastal states like Indonesia and South Africa are beginning to take the necessary steps to manage the proliferation of fisheries crime.
Indonesia and South Africa are making strides against transnational organised fisheries crime.
Maritime security is a problem in the Indian Ocean. Different countries use a variety of means to protect their regions.
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Managing maritime security is a challenging endeavour. Forms of maritime crime include piracy, drug and arms smuggling.
Even modest seas represent a big challenge.
Why it is so difficult to find planes in water, even ones of vastly different sizes.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and the opposition’s Penny Wong appearing on Q&A with host Tony Jones.
On Q&A, an unemployed merchant seafarer said Australian seafarers could replaced by foreign seafarers working on 457 visas, working for as little as $2 an hour. We check the facts.
The USS Roosevelt sails the South China Sea.
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…
Still on lease: the Chagos island of Diego Garcia.
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Why are the UK's left-over possessions in the Indian Ocean still the subject of furious legal dispute?
Hell and high water: a German anti-piracy ship returns from an African tour.
The Crimea crisis has focused our attention on the vexed question of Europe’s energy supplies. To a great extent Europe depends on Russia for its oil and gas, which gives Vladimir Putin disproportionate…
Australia’s maritime search and rescue zone covers a vast area.
The first ship to reach the area of Indian ocean being searched for the missing flight MH370 is the Norwegian commercial car carrier, the Höegh St Petersburg. At the request of the Australian Maritime…
Avast there: a US Navy search and seizure team chasing suspected Somali pirates.
Maritime security is fundamental to economic development all over the world, from local to regional up to international levels. The sea-based trading system, developed mostly by states with maritime borders…
What are Australia’s legal and moral responsibilities under the relevant conventions and the law of the sea to rescue and ‘turn back’ asylum seeker boats?
Prime minister Tony Abbott said on Monday he expects Jakarta to take responsibility for the asylum seekers that Australian authorities rescue in Indonesia’s search and rescue zone. He claims this is the…
Just how much bigger can they get?
Maritime engineering is no exception in worldwide effort to save energy and protect the environment. In 2008 the International Maritime Organization, a UN agency, set up its Marine Environmental Protection…