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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The Esperanza and fishy friends in East Asia

Image | 2012-10-29 at 9:30

Over the last month Greenpeace ship Esperanza has made its way through South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong in a campaign called 'Save Our Oceans'. The Esperanza was open to the public in Hong Kong for three days, where the tour included an ocean...

The ship bringing hope to the oceans of East Asia

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-10-18

The Esperanza was the first Greenpeace ship to be named by visitors to our web site. Users picked the Spanish word for "hope" – and true to its name the Esperanza has been bringing hope to a dark world for over 10 years now, giving...

From the Pacific to the Indian Ocean: two ships take on the tuna industry

Blog entry by Steve Smith | 2012-10-16

This post originally appeared on Greenpeace International, October 12, 2012. Thousands of miles apart, two Greenpeace ships propelled our global oceans campaign forward today. This morning in Taiwan – home to the world’s...

Greenpeace activists occupy Taiwan shipbuilding yard to protest overfishing

Press release | 2012-10-12 at 7:00

Kaoshiung, Taiwan, October 12, 2012 – Ten Greenpeace activists occupied the largest shipbuilding yard in Taiwan on Friday, accusing the Taiwanese government of undermining international fishing agreements set up to combat the global overfishing...

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