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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Oceans defender Yu Fen Kao heads to court in Taiwan

Feature Story | 2011-11-09 at 17:00

Yu Fen Kao in Taiwan is a passionate oceans campaigners who has recently been involved in a court case following a peaceful protest conducted when the Rainbow Warrior was last in Taiwan this year. Here's her story.

Two protests, one purpose. Save the tuna of the Pacific Ocean.

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-09-13

The Esperanza cut through the deep blue Pacific waters, hot on the heels of a Taiwanese long-liner. As soon as we were in kissing distance Greenpeace activists boarded speedboats and came up alongside the white fishing vessel carrying...

Pacific tuna on the line

Video | 2011-09-13 at 17:15

Pacific tuna stocks are under pressure from over harvesting by destructive and illegal fishing practices. Through its work in the region, Greenpeace aims to safeguard the future of the marine ecosystem and the people who depend on it.

A lose/lose situation: Why is Taiwan subsidizing the depletion of tuna?

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-08-26

Next time you take a bite out of your tuna sandwich, think on this. 60% of the world's tuna is coming from the West and Central Pacific where more than 30% of the fishing vessels are owned by Taiwan, a powerful fishing power...

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