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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Orcas freed from the ice, but an uncertain climate future awaits them

Blog entry by Charles Latimer | January 10, 2013 1 comment

A pod of orcas have finally escaped from what was seen as an increasingly precarious situation. The heartbreaking images of orcas trapped in the ice have been shared around the world as people grew more and more concerned of the danger...

Greenpeace launches ad campaign targeting Clover Leaf Seafoods

Feature story | December 5, 2012 at 2:00

Today, Greenpeace launched a series of advertisements directed at Canada’s biggest canned tuna brand, Clover Leaf Seafoods, publicly requesting that the company finally agree to talk about an end to its sourcing of tuna from destructive fisheries.

Untouchable Cambodian ship evades arrest by Pacific authorities

Blog entry by Sarah King | November 20, 2012 1 comment

Last week, the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza (Espy) trailed an unregulated Cambodian-flagged reefer named Heng Xing 1 in the Pacific ocean after catching it in the act of violating various fishing laws, including the transfer of tuna at...

Help end South Korea's whaling before it starts

Blog entry by Sarah King | November 6, 2012 1 comment

Last summer Korea shocked the international community by announcing it would start ‘scientific’ whaling. Surprised by the controversy, our government took a step back and told the media that they will consult with the various...

Greenpeace takes the federal government to court (again).

Blog entry by Charles Latimer - Oceans Campaign | November 5, 2012 2 comments

After a legal victory earlier this year for B.C.’s resident orcas, Greenpeace is once again looking to the courts to force the protection of endangered and threatened species in Canada. This fall, Ecojustice , on behalf of five...

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