Pollution, rising CO2 levels, noise, and coastal and military development. The oceans are under threat from many sources — and nowhere more so than the waters of Asia.

With this reporting initiative Mongabay will investigate lesser-known issues facing the eastern Indian and western Pacific oceans, zeroing in on Asian ecosystems and organisms that tend to be overlooked. Think seagrass beds and mangroves rather than coral reefs, deep-sea mining rather than fishing, cephalopods rather than whales.

Completed stories will be published on under an open Creative Commons license that allows for sharing and re-posting. 
Mongabay will negotiate all fees and contracts on a per-story basis. Completed stories will be paid per word, depending on the journalist’s experience and complexity of the reporting. We will also offer a small payment to journalists who proactively get their stories republished in major third-party print media outlets and on sites that draw more than 100,000 unique visitors per month. Small sums are available to help defray travel costs.

Please submit your pitch here along with your journalism resume and three clips. Pitches should be roughly 500 words in length. They should clearly explain the specific subject you would like to write about and your approach to covering it, describe a few potential sources, and explain whether you would need to travel to report the story. Applications must be submitted in English.

Pitches will be considered on a rolling basis until November 15, 2017.