Breaking the Laws on the Sea I

As we emphasise efforts to restore and protect our oceans and fulfil the objectives of SDG14, we will need to think about the interface between crime and the use of the ocean.

Wildlife crime is an obvious threat to sustainability goals with the perennial question being: how do we prevent illegal activity while enabling other ocean uses and investments? Yet, still, the ocean is a site of other illegal activities, such as trafficking, piracy and smuggling, that increase the complexity of managing and regulating our oceans.

The aim will be to hear from experts from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds, and from relevant oversight agencies—including UNDOC, about the trade-offs and current innovative approaches to securing our oceans, while preserving the ability of people to benefit from sustainable ocean use.

Kimon de Greef
Freelance Journalist

Prof Moenieba Isaacs
University of the Western Cape
South Africa

Dyhia Belhabib,
EcoTrust Canada,
Vancouver, BC

Javier Guerrero C.,
Metropolitan Technology Institute,
Medellin, Colombia

Alana Malinde S.N. Lancaster, Lecturer in Marine Environmental & Energy Law/Principal Researcher on the One Ocean Caribbean Hub, The University of the West Indies.