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

 

An endangered olive ridley turtle rescued

Image | 2008-05-07 at 0:22

An endangered olive ridley turtle rescued by Greenpeace from a Taiwanese longliner.

Greenpeace frees ocean life from Pacific longliner

Feature Story | 2008-05-06 at 11:38

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza freed tuna, sharks, marlin and an endangered sea turtle from a Taiwanese longliner on Saturday. The vessel was fishing in the Pacific Commons, the international waters we want to see protected as a marine reserve.

Greenpeace activists discover 12 sacks of

Image | 2008-04-25 at 11:45

Greenpeace activists discover 12 sacks of shark fins and tails onboard a Taiwanese longliner, the Nian Sheug. One million sharks are killed in the Central and Western Pacific annually and 50 million globally each year. Shark finning is one...

Time's running out for tuna

Feature Story | 2008-04-25 at 8:00

Tuna stocks in the Pacific are running out due to overfishing from illegal and commercial fishing fleets.

551 whales too many

Feature Story | 2008-04-15 at 11:43

After five months at sea, the Nisshin Maru arrives back in Japan having taken 551 whales from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, around half the original target but still 551 whales too many.

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