The Outlaw Ocean

The Outlaw Ocean

Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

Book - 2019
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There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and with no clear international authority, the oceans have become the setting for rampant criminality--from human trafficking and slavery to environmental crimes and piracy. Now, in The Outlaw Ocean, Ian Urbina--prize-winning reporter for The New York Times--gives us a galvanizing account of the several years he spent exploring and investigating the high seas, the industries that make use of it, and the people who make their--often criminal--living on it. He traveled on fishing boats and freighters, visited port towns and hidden outposts. He witnessed both environmental vigilantes and transgressors in action, and faced a near-mutiny aboard a police ship conveying him to a meeting point miles from the coast. He describes pursuing employment agencies and shipowners to hold them accountable for labor abuses, and traveling with a maritime repo man. Combining high drama, an investigative reporter's eye for detail, and a commitment to social justice, The Outlaw Ocean is both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé of some of the most disturbing realities that lie behind fishing, shipping, and, by turn, the entire global economy.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451492944
Characteristics: xiv, 544 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation. Traffickers and smug... Read More »

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Aug 28, 2020

This is a must read for all people who look to the seas for food and recreation. It exposes the horrible conditions that prevail in the name of money. I certainly have changed my eating habits based on this information. It is deplorable that it is continued to be tolerated.

May 15, 2020

An eye-opening and very disturbing book about the situation on our seas. All I can say is that I'm very, very glad to be vegan, and I suggest that anyone who eats fish -- or who cares about our last frontier -- please read this book.


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