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The Outlaw Ocean Project chronicles a diversity of crimes offshore, including the killing of stowaways, sea slavery, intentional dumping, illegal fishing, the stealing of ships, gun-running, stranding of crews, and murder with impunity.

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Now is an ideal moment to move forward with this reporting effort, and not just because of the worsening anemia among legacy journalism outlets. In an effort to take this reporting and various innovative storytelling methods to a more sustained level, we’ve launched the nonprofit, The Outlaw Ocean Project. The Project produces several major journalistic stories per year and places them in news outlets globally. The Project also continues to release dozens of albums for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, which has received coverage from Billboard Magazine, Complex, Rolling Stone and others.

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Ian Urbina is the director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, a non-profit journalism organization based in Washington DC that produces investigative stories about human rights, environment & labor concerns on the two-thirds of the planet covered by water