The Outlaw Ocean Project has released the fifth film in its 10-part series, which is based on over a decade of Ian Urbina’s reporting on crime on the high seas. The series profiles a dark group of individuals, including smugglers, pirates, mercenaries and vigilantes. The latest episode sees Urbina join Greenpeace as they work to locate and safeguard a vulnerable coral reef near the Amazon mouth, before government-approved drilling gets underway. The film highlights the scramble for riches occurring in the depths of the last frontier of the planet, the deep sea floor. Although scientists have not yet identified its ecosystem, the driving force behind governments and corporations seeking a piece of the green economy is causing conflict.
The coral reef is under threat from drillers, which Greenpeace aims to stop. In the absence of independent oversight, the area’s rush for economic gain has begun. With the last few precious unexplored areas of the planet being worth a lot of money, and legislation for regulation not yet in place, the frenzy to be first to fully understand and utilise deep-sea resources is increasing. The Outlaw Ocean Project’s video series looks to shine a light on the dark side of the profession, finding those who include multinational companies and nation states in their unlawful activities. The series showcases the efforts of investigative journalists and activists working to expose and stop them.
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