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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Tuna mascots at Korean embassy in Manila

Image | 2013-01-21 at 6:00

Greenpeace activists dressed as 'Tuna Mascots' visit the Korean Embassy, seeking the country's support for tuna conservation at global summit on Pacific Tuna Fisheries. The activists hold banners reading "Korea help end overfishing". Greenpeace...

Taiwan's fearless oceans defender Yu Fen Kao

Image | 2013-01-14 at 6:30

Greenpeace Taiwan oceans campaigner Yu Fen Kao is seen at Dong Gang Wholesale fish market, Dong Gang, Kaohsiung. Taken during last year's Esperanza ship tour, the tour was designed to highlight the problems of overfishing and raise awareness...

Ban the FAD Banner in Palau

Image | 2013-01-07 at 6:00

Greenpeace activists hold a banner under an illegally deployed fish aggregating device (FAD) in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Palau. Two FADs were confiscated by Greenpeace in conjunction with law enforcement officers from the...

A day to celebrate – South Korea abandons 'scientific' whaling plan

Blog entry by Jeonghee Han | 2012-12-05

It’s been a turbulent five months for the future of whales in South Korea after the Seoul government made a shock statement in July at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Panama, announcing that it was planning a...

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