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.

 

The latest updates

 

Update: Robson Bight diesel spill investigation

Feature story | October 11, 2007 at 17:00

Greenpeace supporters and partners succeeded in raising the $35,000 necessary to investigate the Robson Bight diesel spill wreckage.

Orca whales threatened by government inaction to investigate diesel spill wreckage

Feature story | September 26, 2007 at 17:00

Greenpeace, along with the Living Oceans Society, continues to put pressure on the federal and provincial governments to investigate a diesel spill that took place inside an ecological reserve, threatening a population of orca whales. Despite...

Greenpeace demands government investigate diesel spill in ecological reserve

Feature story | August 27, 2007 at 17:00

Government inaction on a diesel spill in an ecological reserve northeast of Vancouver Island has caused Greenpeace to prepare to take investigative action into our own hands. The wreckage, including a diesel truck, from a capsized barge remains...

Commercial Whaling Ban Strengthened at Anchorage Whaling meeting

Feature story | May 31, 2007 at 17:00

Following last year's "St. Kitts Declaration", which mumbled that the moratorium on commercial whaling might not be necessary anymore, the anti-whaling countries have bounced back with a 37-4 vote for a resolution strengthening the commercial...

Esperanza leaves Auckland

Feature story | January 25, 2007 at 17:00

This year the Japanese government aims to hunt almost 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean whales sanctuary. Once again Greenpeace will be there to defend the whales.

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