The Stable Seas Maritime Security Index is a first-of-its-kind effort to measure and map interconnected challenges to maritime security, such as illegal fishing, human trafficking, and illicit trade. The index, developed by OEF programs OEF Research, Oceans Beyond Piracy, and Secure Fisheries, initially focuses on the waters off the coast of sub-Saharan Africa, and analyzes 30 countries and their Exclusive Economic Zones. It highlights the importance of addressing threats to maritime security not as isolated issues, but as a network of interconnected activities. It also shows the necessity of cooperation and collaborative efforts by international and regional communities. Each country in sub-Saharan Africa has its own unique combination of maritime security strengths and challenges. This in-depth analysis aims to help coastal states identify areas for development and expanded cooperation.
Stable Seas was presented at a side-event to the Our Ocean conference in Malta on October 4.