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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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...

Net loss: How Taiwan subsidizes tuna depletion

Publication | 2011-08-26 at 16:30

Taiwan is the largest distant water fishing power in the Western and Central Pacific, where 60% of the world's tuna come from. However tuna populations in the region are facing an overfishing crisis.

Japanese whaling will come to an end

Feature Story | 2011-01-30 at 10:00

Big changes inside Japan's whaling industry: a public apology from the powerful fisheries agency, demotions, and even the industry admits that public demand for whale meat is down. Junichi Sato sums up the latest developments in Greenpeace's...

Activists from the Greenpeace flagship the

Image | 2011-01-25 at 15:50

Activists from the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior today chained themselves to the anchor chain and displayed banners reading "The Last Tuna" & "FA, Investigate Now" preventing the departure of fish carrier MV Lung Yuin, Kaoshiung, Taiwan...

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