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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3 (unpalatable) facts you need to know if you eat sashimi

Blog entry by Yen Ning | 2016-04-14

One in three pieces of sashimi is from fish caught by Taiwanese fishing vessels. If you eat imported seafood, chances are you’ve eaten Taiwan caught fish, so when we’re talking Taiwanese seafood, we’re talking about an industry that...

China should seek inspiration from Paris to reign in our lawless ocean

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2016-04-07

Out of sight, but thankfully not out of mind, this week global negotiators are discussing how to protect our ocean’s much-abused ecosystems. In particular, they will be discussing how to manage areas beyond national control. As a major...

Year in, year out, let there be fish

Blog entry by Yang Yi | 2016-02-06

China’s rampant overfishing is threatening its most ancient traditions. That might seem like a bizarre blog title. But to any Chinese speaker it would make perfect sense. The word for fish is a homonym (two words which sound...

Recent wave of enforcement could be vanishing vaquita’s saving grace

Blog entry by Alexandra Andersson | 2015-12-18

This month sees three significant actions to tackle Hong Kong’s underground totoaba trade – the force that’s driving vaquitas to extinction This month is ‘make or break’ for the world’s 57 remaining vaquitas.  Despite dire...

The Rainbow Warrior’s shocking exposure of illegal fishing on the Pacific high seas

Blog entry by Yen Ning | 2015-09-17

On Wednesday 9 September, on the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean, not far from Papua New Guinean water, I and an international crew of Greenpeace campaigners aboard the Rainbow Warrior made contact with a small Taiwanese tuna...

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