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Oceans

We live on Planet Ocean.

Water covers three-quarters of the globe and a staggering 80% of all life on Earth is found hidden beneath its waves. As the sea rolls across the planet it provides over half the oxygen we breathe, sustains billions of people with its resources and drives weather systems and natural flows of energy, which maintain life on Earth.

We need a healthy global ocean to survive. Yet our oceans are in crisis.

Defending oceans

Oceans in crisis

A healthy ocean has diverse ecosystems and robust habitats. But a myriad of human pressures – from overfishing to climate change – are causing ecosystems to collapse, the extinction of many marine species and the destruction of ocean habitats. Our own Pacific Ocean, one of the last relatively healthy ocean ecosystems, is being plundered at an alarming rate. Find out more

Defending our Oceans

Defending our oceans

We need to change the way we fish and the way we protect our oceans. From the high seas to the supermarket shelf, Greenpeace works to replace destructive and illegal fishing practices with sustainable ones. We have a bold vision to end overfishing and establish a global network of marine reserves, which are vital to restore the health of our oceans. Find out more

Whales

Whales

For over thirty years Greenpeace has taken action to protect the gentle giants of the sea. Our work has helped end whaling in nearly every country and revived decimated whale populations. Yet whales are still not safe. Today we’re campaigning to protect whales from the many dangers they face, from ‘scientific’ whaling to climate change. Find out more

Defending our oceans

Take action

You have the power to end the destruction of our oceans. If more people demand sustainable seafood from their retailers, there’s more incentive and pressure for industrial fisheries to provide it. In fact, the tide is already changing. Find out more

 

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10 reasons why super trawlers are not welcome in Australia!

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 31 October, 2014

Do you remember the Margiris super trawler that we kicked out of Australian oceans in 2012? I certainly do – I sat on a Greenpeace inflatable and cheered as I watched the monstrous machine leave Australia. It was the end of quite a remarkable...

Spring Fishion Show kicks off seafood labelling campaign

Blog entry by Alison Orme | 27 October, 2014

It’s all about the label, according to top model, environmental scientist and compere of the Bouillabaisse Spring Fishion Show which launched the ‘Label My Fish’ campaign in Sydney this month. Roses and sunshine served as a glorious backdrop in...

Horrific footage: Are you eating ocean slaughter?

Blog entry by Nathaniel Pelle | 23 October, 2014

This shocking video about destructive tuna fishing underlines why we need accurate seafood labelling in Australia. In this video, with footage from the Indian Ocean and leaked by fishermen, you can see all the reasons Greenpeace Australia...

Seafood labelling – why are we whiting?

Blog entry by Matthew Evans | 11 October, 2014

Over time I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way Australians can make informed choices about what we’re eating is if we’re given sufficient information, if we’re told exactly what’s on the plate. From my work as a restaurant critic,...

In pictures: Over 30 years of anti-whaling campaigning

Feature Story | 1 April, 2014 at 11:03

For over 30 years, we've been standing together against whaling and senseless ocean destruction.

Kids Care: Art for ‘Cash for Containers’

Blog entry by Alison Orme | 26 February, 2014

The quest for a national cash for containers recycling scheme has got under the skin of a couple of Inner West high school students and budding artists from Sydney. Isobel Baker, 14, from Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design created this...

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