oceans

Waterway with oil tankers and fishing boats (© Kamran Jebreili/AP Images)

U.S. defends the world’s access to oil through Strait of Hormuz

The United States and regional allies are committed to keeping the sea lanes open in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important international straits.
Two ships at sea (U.S. Coast Guard)

Teamwork, technology fight illegal fishing

The United States is working with partners to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing around the world. Here's how.
Two people leaning on railing on ship (U.S. Coast Guard/Melissa E. McKenzie)

‘Shipriders’ partner with U.S. to secure Pacific waters

Through 'shiprider' agreements, Pacific island nations can combat illegal fishing, drug smuggling and human trafficking with help from U.S. ships.
Sailing ships at sea (© Steve Helber/AP Images)

U.S. Coast Guard shares maritime treasure in Caribbean

The tall-sail ship Eagle serves a dual purpose for the U.S. Coast Guard, training its recruits in traditional sailing skills and representing the U.S. as a floating ambassador.
Men fishing abalone out of ocean (Jun Poblarod/USAID)

Reviving Philippine fishing communities through science

A U.S.-backed project helped improve fishing hatcheries in the Philippines. People now have livelihoods due to the project and others will have access to the research.
Open water (© National Geographic Creative/Alamy)

Who’s in charge here?

Modern maritime law grew out of a big question: How much should a state control beyond its coasts? States control a narrow band of territorial waters; international waters belong to no one.
School of fish swimming in ocean (© Arterra Picture Library/Alamy)

Nations band together to conserve fish in central Arctic Ocean

A 16-year moratorium on commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean is one tool to protect the Arctic and its resources.
Portion of Earth Day 2018 poster (State Dept./D. Woolverton)

For Earth Day 2018, download this free poster

Marine animals around the world are threatened by plastic trash overwhelming our oceans. Download this free Earth Day poster and spread the word!
Worker stacking Coca-Cola cases filled with empty glass bottles (© Chau Doan/LightRocket/Getty Images)

U.S. companies raise the bar on recycling

The unsightly plastics that clog the ocean and defile beaches often cannot be recycled. One major U.S. company has a plan to recycle one soda can or bottle for every one sold, while another has pioneered a novel way to recycle beach plastic.