oceans

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.
Young woman with face mask on beach, collecting trash in plastic bag (Shutterstock)

The ocean needs your help — and your phone — this...

Since 1985, millions of people have removed a supertanker's weight of plastic trash from beaches as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Child walking through trash-infested waters (© Solo Imaji/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Keeping plastics out of our oceans

Managing waste so that it doesn’t end up in our oceans is a worldwide challenge. Get tips from researcher Jenna Jambeck on how to reduce plastic pollution.
Man dumping slime from net (DOD)

Would you wear fish slime?

You may be surprised to learn the sources of new fabrics that researchers are using to make the next generation of outerwear.