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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The Premier, the Port and the Paintbrush

Video | 2013-05-02 at 8:00

Greenpeace International activists branded a South Korean ship "illegal" in Mauritius as it is accused of unlawfully fishing in West African waters. The FV Premier, owned by South Korea's largest tuna company, Dongwon Industries was prevented...

Greenpeace paints 'illegal' on South Korean ship Premier in Mauritian port protest

Press release | 2013-04-21 at 9:00

Port Louis, Mauritius, April 21, 2013 – Seven Greenpeace International activists peacefully demonstrated in a Mauritian port on Sunday against a South Korean vessel accused of unlawful fishing in West African waters, demanding the Seoul...

Fishing industry scandals threaten South Korea's international fish trade

Press release | 2013-04-11 at 9:00

Seoul, April 11, 2013 – Illegal fishing scandals and human rights abuses linked to South Korea’s fishing industry have earned the country a bad reputation that is jeopardising its fish trade with the US and the EU, Greenpeace East Asia said.

Korea's Dongwon industries faces criminal charges in Africa

Blog entry by Sari Tolvanen | 2013-03-19

We know that the industrial fishing industry can often skirt the law in search of profits. In my decade of campaigning to rescue our oceans, I have seen dozens of ships fishing illegally , seen fish hidden in the inner bowels of...

Ban all FADs, and ban them now!

Image | 2013-03-18 at 9:00

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King. Our oceans need defending. The use of fish aggregating devices (FAD) in destructive purse seine fishing is destroying the health of the oceans and...

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