Defending Our Oceans

All around the world, our oceans are in crisis.

Our appetite for fish is threatening to overwhelm the ocean’s ecology, while the slaughter of whales and industrial fishing methods are destroying endangered species.

The oceans are the source of all life on earth, and every day, they continue to nurture us. They provide half the oxygen we breathe. They regulate our climate and our rainfall. They give us a bounty of seafood; they revitalize us with their beauty and their splendor.

In return, many people treat the ocean as both landfill and bottomless provider. Its creatures are harvested to the point of extinction, and pollution, trash and oil spills are thoughtlessly dumped back.

Over 80% of the earth’s creatures live in the oceans, and we too depend on the oceans for a healthy planet. We need to protect our oceans because without them life on Earth would not – and cannot – exist.

Greenpeace is striving to end illegal and pirate fishing, reduce fishing efforts, and establish marine reserves throughout the Pacific.

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Support for high seas protection grows stronger despite USA

Blog entry by Rachel Pearlin | 2014-06-24

This is my first time in New York, but neither the soaring temperatures, the rush nor the crowds seem to faze me, this is nothing compared to India! This is also my first time at a UN meeting, joining experts from all over the world as...

Let's protect the Antarctic Ocean

Image | 2014-04-21 at 6:00

The oceans around Antarctica are the only oceans on this earth still relatively untouched by human activity. They are home to almost 10,000 unique and diverse species, many of which cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. But today the...

Shareholders need to know the risks of investing in unsustainable fishery

Blog entry by Elsa Lee | 2014-03-21

Fishermen know that if they want fish for the future, they need to let small fish to grow into bigger ones. For a fishing company, the CEO should also know that in order to have his business survive in the long run, the company need to...

The year that was 2013 around the world

Feature Story | 2013-12-31 at 23:00

With your help, Greenpeace has not only reached around the globe to push policy and take direct action, but we have engaged the imagination of a world - a world which is not happy with business as usual and demands a sustainable future. From...

The "longline" of suffering and destruction

Blog entry by Sari Tolvanen | 2013-12-05

Click to enlarge Infographic Tuna longline fisheries are one of the most scandalous fishing businesses on the planet, operating mostly out of sight and out of control. Longlining is the fishing method that catches the big valuable...

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