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

 

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...

Time is running out for tuna

Blog entry by Chow Yuen Ping | 2012-11-22

Sailing with the ship, flying with a helicopter, diving in the middle of the sea, I am on the journey of defending the Pacific Ocean . I am born and raised in Hong Kong, a city built on the oceans through trade, fishing, and famous...

There's no future in overfishing

Image | 2012-11-19 at 5:00

Two Greenpeace activists carry a banner reading "There's no future in over-fishing" in the hold of the ship 'Heng Xing 1'. The Cambodian flagged vessel was found in an area of international waters near the exclusive economic zone of Indonesia,...

The Esperanza's back in the Pacific

Blog entry by Farah Obaidullah | 2012-11-15

Greenpeace activists hold up a banner reading 'Ban The FAD' in Korean on an illegal fish aggregation device (FAD) in the waters of Palau's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).  This was originally published on Greenpeace Philippines,...

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