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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Forget trawlers and FADs, this is real fishing

Image | 2013-09-09 at 8:00

Pole and line is one of the only true sustainable fishing methods on the planet with almost no by-catch. This method of fishing in Green Island, Taiwan was at its height during the 60s, with more than 20 fishing boats, and hundreds of fishermen.

New South Korean fisheries law a good first step to curb illegal fishing

Press release | 2013-07-02 at 20:00

In response to news that the Korean National Assembly has amended its fisheries law to help curb illegal fishing (1), Greenpeace East Asia oceans campaigner Jiehyun Park made the below statement.

Tuna: Transhipment, Transparency

Video | 2013-06-04 at 8:00

On the fringes of the Mauritian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Greenpeace International campaigners witness the rarely recorded process of tuna being offloaded from a Taiwanese long-liner to a Japanese-owned reefer. Known as transshipping, this...

Outing Dongwon: the big ocean bully

Image gallery | 2013-05-15

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