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

 

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.

Activists from Greenpeace Japan meet the

Image | 2008-04-15 at 9:00

Activists from Greenpeace Japan meet the whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru with a banner saying "FAILED" as it arrives in Tokyo,

100% of Japanese taxpayers support whaling - they just don't know it

Feature Story | 2008-02-21 at 12:20

Every year the Japanese government spends $US 4.7 million of taxpayers' money to subsidise the whaling industry. Yet a new, Greenpeace commissioned, opinion poll reveals that 87 percent of the Japanese public are unaware of that fact.

Does Canon support shooting whales?

Feature Story | 2008-01-28 at 15:43

Here at Greenpeace, we support shooting whales... with cameras. But we're surprised to learn that Canon, the world's number one digital camera producer, isn't willing to condemn using harpoons -- despite their high-profile advertising and...

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