Oceans

Life on our blue planet depends on healthy oceans, but recent reports warn that sea life faces the next mass extinction. Next to climate change, overfishing is the single greatest threat to marine biodiversity. Industrial fishing has reduced populations of large, predatory fish like tuna, cod and sharks by about ninety per cent in the last fifty years. Growing demand for seafood, wasteful fishing practices and mismanaged fish stocks and aquaculture operations are leading to broken links in marine food chains in Canadian waters and worldwide. Urgent action is needed to protect marine life and allow recovery. Greenpeace works to relieve pressure on ocean ecosystems and to establish a network of no-take marine reserves–ocean parks–covering 40 per cent of the world's oceans.

Tuna

Tuna

Greenpeace urges major canned tuna brands across the country to source only ocean-friendly tuna. Greenpeace also exposes brands unwilling to change their destructive ways. Tuna companies must stop sourcing tuna from overfished stocks and wasteful fisheries that kill far more than just the tuna in your can. Often sharks, rays, sea turtles and baby tuna from vulnerable stocks are caught through wasteful fishing methods. Much of the tuna on Canadian supermarket shelves is still caught by destructive methods, but a sea change is underway.Every year, Greenpeace ranks 14 of the largest tuna companies in Canada. See how they stack-up.

Supermarkets

Sustainable Seafood Markets

Greenpeace is calling on Canada’s major supermarkets to green how they source seafood and become ocean advocates. With sustainable seafood policies now in place with every major chain in Canada, Greenpeace pushes for an end to selling redlist seafood and irresponsible procurement practices. As the middlemen between consumers and seafood producers, supermarkets play a pivotal role in cleaning up the supply chain and pushing for positive change in our oceans.

 

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Shipment of whale meat from Iceland arrives in Japan

Blog entry by Junichi Sato, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan | May 8, 2014

We had a strange visitor to Japan yesterday, the Alma, a refrigerated cargo vessel which has sailed all the way from Iceland carrying 2,000 tons of fin whale meat, valued at over 13 million US dollars. It sailed around the tip of...

Exploring the canned seafood aisle on World Tuna Day

Blog entry by Sarah King, tuna hugger | May 2, 2014

It’s been a year since we released our 2013 Canned Tuna Sustainability Ranking , revealing how well-known Canadian brands are doing when it comes to ensuring their products are ocean-friendly. What better day to share some of the...

Threat to whales fueled by the Canadian government’s tar sands push

Blog entry by Charles Latimer and Mike Hudema | April 29, 2014

This has been a pretty bad week for whales and unless something is done it’s going to get a lot worse. In the Harper government’s relentless pursuit to push tar sands pipelines through to Canada’s east and west coasts, the...

Tesco backs down and Oriental & Pacific cleans up

Blog entry by Ariana Densham, Greenpeace UK | April 15, 2014

All rights reserved . Credit: Paul Hilton / Greenpeace Olive Ridley turtle in the Pacific Ocean I’m so happy to announce that after we released our 2014 tuna league table , and after all your emails,...

Ten dolphin facts for National Dolphin Day

Blog entry by Willie | April 14, 2014

All rights reserved . Credit: Greenpeace So, today is National Dolphin Day. Of course dolphins seem happy every day – but here are ten special things you might not know about the ocean's biggest grinners:   ...

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