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


Calling bogus on South Korea's plans to start "scientific" whaling

Blog entry by John Frizell | 2012-07-06

South Korea has announced that they wish to begin a "scientific" whaling operation similar to that of Japan. Their claim that the minke whale population in the north Pacific has recovered and needs to be hunted is completely bogus.

The perfect penguin day in Seoul

Image gallery | 2012-07-04

No fish, no future!

Image | 2012-03-26 at 14:27

Greenpeace activists project a huge image onto Taiwan's Fisheries Agency building in Kaohsiung, with text reading: "No Fish, No Future", and "Marine Reserves Now". The Greenpeace ship, Esperanza arrives in Kaohsiung to kick start a two week...

Greenpeace ship Esperanza urges action to save Pacific tuna

Press release | 2012-03-24 at 1:00

Kaohsiung, 23 March 2012 – The Greenpeace ship Esperanza arrived in Kaohsiung to kick start a two-week-tour calling for marine conservation measures. Having sailed all over the world to expose illegal fishing activities, document and survey our...

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