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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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...

Illegal trade and scientific whaling undermine whale protection in Korea

Press release | 2012-09-17 at 16:00

Seoul, 17 September 2012 — Greenpeace today urged the Korean government to ensure protection of whales in Korean waters and totally abandon further plans to reconsider scientific whaling in 2013, after backtracking from it this year due to strong...

The Esperanza kicks off her tour in South Korea

Image | 2012-09-17 at 8:30

Traditional Korean dancers perform a good luck dance as a part of a send-off for the crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza, which has since set sail for the east coast of the Republic of Korea. The tour will be highlighting the problems of...

One Fijian man's message to a mighty Korean fishing power

Blog entry by Sevu Nasalasala | 2012-09-14

Sevu Nasalasala, a volunteer from Fiji, participates in a heated action against Dongwon. Usually you volunteer because you a a firm believer in the cause, but in my case, I volunteered for Greenpeace out of curiosity. I had no idea...

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