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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Outrage: Greenpeace whale meat scandal whistleblowers arrested in Japan

Feature Story | 2008-06-20 at 6:00

Japanese police have arrested two Greenpeace activists for exposing a whale meat scandal involving the government-sponsored whaling programme. The two activists, Junichi Sato, 31, and Toru Suzuki, 41, are being investigated for allegedly stealing...

It's beginning to look a lot like World Oceans Day

Feature Story | 2008-06-05 at 17:42

It's that time of year again. People worldwide are scurrying about making last minute preparations for World Oceans Day on Sunday -- trimming the coral and hanging out their scuba socks. Father Neptune is checking his list of good children who...

Consignment sheet detailing

Image | 2008-05-15 at 16:30

Consignment sheet detailing, in Japanese, the contents of a crewmembers' personal box offloaded from the whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru, containing 23.5 kilograms of stolen whale meat. The sheet lists the contents of the box as "cardboard."

Greenpeace Japan whale campaign coordinator

Image | 2008-05-15 at 16:27

Greenpeace Japan whale campaign coordinator Junichi Sato weighs 23.5 kilograms of whale meat stolen by crewmembers of the Nisshin Maru whaling ship. The contents of the box were listed as "cardboard."

An endangered olive ridley turtle rescued

Image | 2008-05-06 at 22:22

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

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