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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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The massive marine breakthrough we’ve been waiting for

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 27 January, 2015

It is time for Ocean Lovers worldwide to celebrate! After years of political foot-dragging, and four hectic days of negotiations at the United Nations, a breakthrough came in the wee hours of Saturday morning, 24 January: governments around the...

7 Resolutions for Ocean Lovers

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | 13 January, 2015

One week in to 2015, and even though some New Year’s resolutions will already have fallen by the wayside, we all need to urgently think about one more resolution: The resolution to protect the oceans and all its beautiful whales, turtles, tunas...

Two million meals wasted in one fishing trip

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 23 December, 2014

A dirty business is going on in the English Channel. Each December, in its last mammoth fishing trip of the year, a huge fleet of trawlers heads to the narrow strait to hunt down the spawning herring. Over the past few days I have been there...

5 tips for eating seafood guilt-free!

Blog entry by Alix Foster Vander Elst | 28 November, 2014

Do you know what you’re putting in your mouth? Chances are, when it comes to seafood, you probably don’t. The SBS TV series ‘What’s the Catch’, shocked many Australians by showing us the startling truth about seafood consumed in Australia.  Much...

Last chance to save the vaquita?

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | 28 November, 2014

The vaquita is a beastie with some remarkable claims to fame: It’s one of the two smallest cetaceans in the world, just managing to nudge about 1.5metres long on a good day Its name means ‘little cow’, though it is also called the ‘desert...

Overfishing affects me too

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 25 November, 2014

With more than 10% of the world’s population depending on fisheries for their livelihood, it’s fair to say that fishing helps make the world go round. But with 90% of our global fish stocks fully exploited or over-fished, the future of our...

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