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 most difficult non-violent direct action Greenpeace has ever done in Korea, so far

Blog entry by Yuen Ping Chow | 2012-09-24

We are now at the final stage our Ocean Defenders Tour 2012 for the Korea leg at least but look out for the next few months while the Esperanza continues her journey to Taiwan, Hong Kong and through to the Pacific. It was a bit...

Police disrupt anti-whaling protest in Seoul

Image | 2012-09-24 at 9:30

Police officers grab at Greenpeace protest banner next to a large inflatable whale outside Seoul's Government headquarters and historical Gyeongbok Palace. Greenpeace is highlighting the problems of overfishing and calling on the South Korean...

Greenpeace confronts Dongwon's destructive fishing in Korea

Press release | 2012-09-23 at 13:00

Yeosu, South Korea, 23 September 2012 — Activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza today occupied the dry dock where one of Dongwon's purse seine ships, MV Granada, is being repaired. The activists closed the dock with a large banner saying...

Uncovering South Korea's illegal whaling industry

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-09-20

The following is taken from our latest report " Disappearing Whales: Korea's Inconvenient Truth ". As a party to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), South Korea has banned whaling since 1986 and neither scientific whaling...

Disappearing Whales: Korea's Inconvenient Truth

Publication | 2012-09-19 at 16:00 1 comment

As a party to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), South Korea has banned whaling since 1986 and neither scientific whaling nor subsistence whaling is practiced. Domestic sales of whale products, however, are allowed if the whale is...

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