Fishy business


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



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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The latest updates


Taiwan faces EU sanctions over illegal fishing

Press release | 2 October, 2015 at 11:01

Sydney, 2 October 2015 – A European warning to Taiwan for failing to manage its fleet’s fishing activities in the Pacific and other oceans and curb illegal fishing is a welcome step forward in the protection of fish stocks plundered by distant...

Pacific nations skirt transshipment ban calls

Press release | 1 October, 2015 at 11:48

Palau, 30 September 2015 - Pacific nations meeting on fish stock protection failed to make headway on the scourge of pirate fishing after discussions foundered over a ban on vessels transferring their catch to other ships at sea, Greenpeace said...

Greenpeace urges Pacific nations transshipment crackdown

Press release | 28 September, 2015 at 11:34

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, 23 September, 2015 - Greenpeace is urging a Pacific meeting on fish stock protection to consider a ban on vessels transferring their catch to other ships at sea - a process that encourages illegal fishing.

Greenpeace calls for overhaul of Pacific fishing practices after Nauru transshipment ban

Press release | 17 September, 2015 at 14:43

Sydney, September 17 2015 – Greenpeace Australia Pacific has called for a region-wide ban on the transshipment of fish catches following Nauru’s announcement today that it would no longer allow the practice in its waters.

Greenpeace calls for investigation into illegal fishing by Taiwanese ship

Press release | 11 September, 2015 at 15:55

Port Moresby, September 11 2015 – Greenpeace is urging Pacific nations to investigate and capture the Taiwanese-flagged ship that illegally caught tuna and 75 kilograms of shark fins, which the state’s Taiwan Fisheries Agency (TFA) had failed to...

Greenpeace ship busts illegal tuna fishing operation in Pacific high seas,...

Press release | 10 September, 2015 at 16:49

Port Moresby, September 10, 2015 - As Pacific Islands Forum leaders consider a 10-year road map for a sustainable fisheries industry, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior has uncovered a pirate fishing operation near Papua New Guinea’s waters with...

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