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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Tuna: Transhipment, Transparency

Video | 2013-06-04 at 8:00

On the fringes of the Mauritian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Greenpeace International campaigners witness the rarely recorded process of tuna being offloaded from a Taiwanese long-liner to a Japanese-owned reefer. Known as transshipping, this...

The Premier, the Port and the Paintbrush

Video | 2013-05-02 at 8:00

Greenpeace International activists branded a South Korean ship "illegal" in Mauritius as it is accused of unlawfully fishing in West African waters. The FV Premier, owned by South Korea's largest tuna company, Dongwon Industries was prevented...

Flying tuna disrupt a powerful fishing commission

Video | 2012-08-30 at 10:00

Greenpeace recently attended the 8th science committee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, held on August 10 in Busan, South Korea. All the delegations from governments, industries and scientists gathered and...

Pacific tuna on the line

Video | 2011-09-13 at 17:15

Pacific tuna stocks are under pressure from over harvesting by destructive and illegal fishing practices. Through its work in the region, Greenpeace aims to safeguard the future of the marine ecosystem and the people who depend on it.

Tales from the Rainbow Warrior - Karli Thomas

Video | 2010-11-25 at 22:03

In August 2006, during a campaign to highlight the overfishing of tuna in the Mediterranean, the Rainbow Warrior was headed for the port of Marseille in France, where the onboard campaign team planned to hold workshops on marine reserves. On...

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