Oceans

Tanker ship on fire in ocean (© ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian regime’s aggression raises shipping costs

The U.S. condemns the Iranian government's attempt to harass a British vessel near the Strait of Hormuz. Learn what this aggression also means for trade.
Person carrying large tuna on a dock (© Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto/Corbis/Getty Images)

U.S. and Philippines combat illegal fishing

For decades the U.S. has supported the Philippines' marine conservation efforts, resulting in more fish, bigger fish and a sustainable fishing industry.
Group of men in a small room (© Rodrigo Abd/AP Images)

Why are Venezuelan pirates killing Caribbean fishermen?

Venezuelan pirates in the Caribbean Sea are engaged in a booming black-market trade in diapers, narcotics, gasoline and humans.
Two people holding fishing nets (Romwell Mari Sanchez for USAID/Philippines)

Preserving the ocean’s bounty for Filipino fishers

A USAID grant seeks to counteract destructive fishing practices and environmental threats as well as help Filipino fishers preserve their way of life.
US Navy ship (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Benjamin Dobbs)

U.S. Navy conducts routine transit of Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Navy sailed two warships through the Taiwan Strait as part of its commitment to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.
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.