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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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Labor’s emissions target a step in the right direction, more needs to be done

Press release | 27 November, 2015 at 13:03

Sydney, 27 November 2015 - Greenpeace has welcomed Labor leader Bill Shorten’s promise to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is a good first step, but says more needs to be done.

Greenpeace blasts senate recommendation to amend environmental protection law

Press release | 18 November, 2015 at 18:14

Sydney, 18 November 2015 - The Turnbull government is wrecking its fledgling environmental credentials by continuing to support changes to Australia’s environmental legislation, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said today.

Greenpeace says Australia courting nuclear disasters with permanent dump

Press release | 13 November, 2015 at 10:07

Sydney, 13 November 2015 - Creating a permanent nuclear waste dump will invite a toxic nuclear legacy that Australians will have to deal with for generations, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said today.

Greenpeace gifts a surfboard to Mike Baird in call to drop harmful hooked shark...

Press release | 10 November, 2015 at 15:50

Sydney, 10 November 2015 – Greenpeace activists today delivered a surfboard to NSW Premier Mike Baird covered with more than 25,000 signatures asking him to rule out shark deterrents that hook and kill marine life such as turtles and dolphins.

Nuclear option nonsensical, given Australia’s abundant renewable energy

Press release | 29 October, 2015 at 11:46

Sydney, 28 October 2015 - Greenpeace Australia Pacific has slammed a call from Australia’s next Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, for a renewed debate on the option of nuclear power as part of the country’s energy future.

Greenpeace warns EU to maintain pressure on Taiwan over illegal fishing

Press release | 29 October, 2015 at 11:38

Sydney, 28 October 2015 - The European Union must maintain pressure on Taiwan to clean up its fisheries industry after the government imposed a weak penalty on a Taiwanese fishing longliner with illegally caught tuna and shark fins in the Pacific...

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