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

 

Defend Our Oceans: From behind the lens

Feature Story | 2006-02-01 at 13:34

Taking pictures for Greenpeace can be quite a challenge! Our photographers talk about their experiences and show us some of their favourite images from the Defending Our Oceans campaign.

A Whale of a day

Feature Story | 2006-01-19 at 15:10

With all the action in the Southern Ocean, it's good to remember that people all over the world -- our ocean defenders -- are working hard to defend our oceans back here on solid ground (and in cyberspace). The 17th of January was a big day with...

The Sugayatri

Image | 2006-01-16 at 10:00

The Sugayatri, Greenpeace India's boat, defending Olive Ridley turtles.

Face-saving declaration by the WTO fails to address the real impacts of free trade

Press release | 2005-12-18 at 10:00

In an outright rejection of the Ministerial Declaration issued at the culmination of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Sixth Ministerial, Greenpeace has termed the meeting a failure for environment and development. While the declaration allows...

Greenpeace calls for a new start at WTO negotiations in Hong Kong

Press release | 2005-12-13 at 10:22

As delegates from around the world gather for the WTO Ministerial starting today, Greenpeace warned that free trade must not be prioritised over the interests of people and the environment. Greenpeace argues that the Hong Kong Ministerial can be...

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