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

 

Five jaw-dropping facts about sharks

Feature Story | 2019-07-31 at 14:02

It’s shark week! A full week devoted to one of our favorite sea creatures - and one of the most misunderstood.

Why we need a Global Ocean Treaty (and how we’ll get it)

Feature Story | 2019-07-27 at 0:30

This UN treaty could be a game-changer for ocean protection. Here’s how it works, and how together we’ll make sure world leaders get it right.

Beyond the beach clean-up

Blog entry by Yen Ning, Oceans Campaigner @ Greenpeace East Asia | 2018-12-02

Greenpeace and local NGO Society of Wilderness have been working together to survey the ENTIRE 1,210 km-coastline of Taiwan and estimate how much rubbish is actually on our beaches. It took us just two weeks! Want to know how we did it...

Taiwanese seafood giant linked to human rights violations - Greenpeace

Press release | 2018-05-24 at 10:00

Taipei, 24 May 2018 - New evidence released today links human rights abuses to Taiwan’s international fishing fleet, including major seafood trader Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF). This has serious implications for its global supply...

In China, a wave of support for Antarctic protection

Blog entry by Erin Newport | 2018-04-25

TV star Wang Yuheng is on a mission to protect the Antarctic. In February, he joined Greenpeace on our Antarctic ship tour, where he came face-to-face with wildlife in the region, returning to China with the message that the area...

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