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.

The latest updates


The Rainbow Warrior’s shocking exposure of illegal fishing on the Pacific high seas

Blog entry by Yen Ning | 2015-09-17

On Wednesday 9 September, on the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean, not far from Papua New Guinean water, I and an international crew of Greenpeace campaigners aboard the Rainbow Warrior made contact with a small Taiwanese tuna...

BREAKING - Standard Chartered ditches giant coal mine threatening Great Barrier Reef

Press release | 2015-08-11 at 16:55

Hong Kong, 11 Aug 2015 - Standard Chartered has announced yesterday that it is pulling out of one of the world’s most controversial coal developments following an international campaign by Greenpeace East Asia and others environmental groups.

Greenpeace demands Standard Chartered ‘Choose Coral Not Coal’

Press release | 2015-06-23 at 20:06

Hong Kong, 23 June 2015 – Greenpeace today unfurled a 30 x 5 metre banner reading ‘Choose Coral Not Coal’ outside Standard Chartered Bank’s flagship branch, in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district. Greenpeace demands the bank immediately...

One huge reason to love World Oceans Day

Blog entry by Rashid Kang | 2015-06-08

Anyone who has witnessed the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef knows it needs no introduction. Its sublime, other-worldly beauty is as bizarre as it is stunning.  It is the world’s largest living thing, a pulsing structure made up of...

How a black market trade is killing the world’s smallest porpoise

Feature Story | 2015-05-27 at 18:04

In some Asian cultures, the dried swim bladders of certain large fishes are considered a culinary delicacy. To Chinese people they are known as fish maw, and are highly prized as symbols of high social status. However, the senseless worship of...

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