Defending the Pacific

Greenpeace is calling for 40 percent of the world's oceans to be declared marine reserves. The Pacific Commons, if declared, would be the first Marine Reserves ever in international waters and would represent a small but significant step towards achieving this goal. The fishing powers of East Asia are key to the future of our oceans and the tens of millions of people reliant on them, ultimately including their own fishing industries.

Pacific, 2008. Activists deploy a banner reading "No Fish No Future" next to the Albatun Tres, the world's biggest tuna fishing vessel, known as a super super seiner. The ship can take 3000 tonnes of tuna in a single fishing trip which is almost double the annual catch of some Pacific island countries.