Stable Seas

Across sub-Saharan Africa, maritime security is threatened by global networks that enable illicit crimes such as drug smuggling, weapons trafficking, and illegal wildlife trade.  A growing blue economy and vibrant fisheries sectors support human welfare, but unsustainable development and global environmental threats could undermine progress. The ungoverned nature of the high seas fosters piracy, illegal fishing, and forced migration that eventually impacts the security of coastal communities. International cooperation and robust regional security agreements in Africa provide avenues for improving maritime security.

Fisheries are a critical component of maritime security. Secure Fisheries joins OEF Research, all programs of One Earth Future, to develop the Stable Seas Maritime Security Index. The Index is a first-of-its-kind effort to measure and map a range of threats to maritime security in 30 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. By bringing diverse challenges like piracy, smuggling, and capacity-building into one comprehensive analysis, we can better understand how these issues intersect to affect maritime security. Our foundational research contributes new data and analysis to this emerging field of study and cooperation.

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