Publication Archive

In June of 2018, One Earth Future (OEF) decommissioned the Oceans Beyond Piracy program marking our departure from a specific focus on maritime piracy. However, OEF remains dedicated to improving governance mechanisms and undermining the drivers of conflict both at sea and ashore through its other programs and initiatives.

For maritime specific programming, see our Stable Seas and Secure Fisheries programs.

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9/16/16
The Power of Networks in Maritime Security

Understanding the Somali piracy crisis could make crossing the Mediterranean safer for refugees. Although the Mediterranean migration crisis is very different from maritime piracy, many of the same groups are impacted. The lessons of counter-piracy suggest that by...

Working PaperJens Vestergaard Madsen and Conor Seyle
7/11/16
Somali Perspectives on Piracy and Illegal Fishing

Discussions of Somali piracy typically have focused on how piracy has affected the international community, but have rarely incorporated the local perspective. OBP conducted a series of interviews[1] along the...

Peter Kerins
6/23/16
VRAs: Traffic, Threat, & Response Awareness

The establishment of the new MDAT-GOG reporting "network" in the Gulf of Guinea and the associated changes to UKHO chart Q6114, have raised odd questions about the definitions and purpose of risk and reporting areas associated with maritime piracy. In general terms,...

6/21/16
New Report Explores Piracy’s Long-Term Impact on Seafarers

More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world. These seafarers, and their families, have faced fear and uncertainty, and in some cases, direct...

ReportConor Seyle
6/6/16
The State of Maritime Piracy 2015

This year's report marks the sixth year that Oceans Beyond Piracy has assessed the human and economic cost of maritime piracy. Over the years the report has evolved and our focus has expanded from piracy off the coast of Somalia to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and...

State of Maritime PiracyCarly Meredith, Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Marilyn Venney, Matt Walje, Peter Kerins
3/9/16
Gulf of Guinea 2016 Trends

OBP is concerned about changes in Pirate Activity in the Gulf of Guinea:

  • Kidnapping.  Kidnap for Ransom against merchant vessels has significantly increased in areas off of the Niger Delta: at least 16 of the kidnapping...
Report
1/29/16
Ian Urbina of the New York Times Follows Up on Murder at Sea

Ian Urbina of the New York Times has just released a story that provides further analysis on the victims that appear in the "Murder at Sea" video featured in his...

1/8/16
OBP's 2016 Priorities

New Year's Greetings from the OBP Team!

We look forward to continued progress in this critical year in the fight against piracy and violence at sea. But first and foremost, our thoughts are with the seafarers still in Somali pirate hands. At least 26 confirmed...

9/3/15
Somali Prison Survey Report: Piracy Motivations & Deterrents - FULL REPORT

The joint survey of UNODC and OBP finds that:

• Poor economic conditions were reported as the major reason for engaging in piracy, and long-term solutions to piracy should address this.

• Prisoners report being very impacted by prison, and express a strong...

Report
6/8/15
The State of Maritime Piracy 2014

Oceans Beyond Piracy has launched the fifth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of maritime piracy. "The State of Maritime Piracy 2014" examines both human and economic costs incurred as a result of piracy occuring in the Western...

State of Maritime PiracyMatthew R. Walje, Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Peter Kerins, Megan Matthews, Tyler Maybee
4/6/15
OBP Issue Paper - Will Illegal Fishing Ignite a Preventable Resurgence of Somali Piracy?

OBP explores the the circumstances surrounding the seizure and detention of two Iranian-owned fishing vessels captured near Hobyo on 21 March 2015. 

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