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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How a black market trade is killing the world’s smallest porpoise

Feature Story | 2015-05-27 at 18:04

In some Asian cultures, the dried swim bladders of certain large fishes are considered a culinary delicacy. To Chinese people they are known as fish maw, and are highly prized as symbols of high social status. However, the senseless worship of...

Greenpeace exposes global wildlife trade pushing world’s rarest marine animal to...

Press release | 2015-05-27 at 15:35

Hong Kong, May 27, 2015 – A Greenpeace East Asia undercover investigation has today exposed market players in a global and illegal trade in marine wildlife from Mexico to Hong Kong and China, which is driving the last 97 vaquitas – the world’s...

New evidence shows Chinese, West African governments must reign in rogue fishing...

Press release | 2015-05-20 at 12:00

Beijing/Dakar, 20 May 2015 – At least 74 fishing vessels owned and operated by four Chinese Distant Water Fishing (DWF)companies have been exposed for fishing illegally in prohibited fishing grounds in West Africa and falsifying their gross...

Africa's fisheries' paradise at a crossroads

Publication | 2015-05-20 at 12:00

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices, systematic fishing vessel tonnage fraud and the exportation of a destructive fisheries model.

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