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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Here's your chance to board the boat of hope: our Esperanza!

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-10-03

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...

Best of the rest: what we clicked on this week around the web

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-09-28

Every Friday we round-up the links that picked up buzz on the internet. Most of them we also shared throughout the week on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest . Air pollution in Hong Kong and the steps concerned citizens are...

Four destructive fishing practices that are killing our oceans

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2012-09-27

Human activities are changing ocean ecosystems the world over. From whaling to industrial fishing, waste dumping to oil drilling to climate change, we are exerting unimaginable pressure on the ocean. Even the Western and Central...

A human "fish for the future" banner

Image gallery | 2012-09-25

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