What We Do: Protecting Our Oceans

Dive into Greenpeace's Oceans campaign and learn how you can help us stop overfishing, end commercial whaling, and create worldwide marine reserves - including the Bering Sea.

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Protecting Our Oceans

All around the world, our oceans are in crisis. Three quarters of global fish stocks are suffering from overfishing, 90 percent of top marine predators are already gone and the ocean is warming from carbon pollution.

Destructive fishing practices destroy critical ocean habitats, pirate fishing harms global fish stocks and as the ocean becomes more vulnerable—it will succumb more quickly to the harmful effects of global warming.

Whale slaughter continues to put endangered species at risk and pollution from land-based sources is turning the oceans into a dumping ground.

Ocean advocates must work harder than ever to chart a new, sustainable course for the oceans before it’s too late.

We’ve made significant progress to turn the tide towards ocean conservation, but a lot more needs to be done in a short time. By working together, we can save the oceans.

Defending Whales

A few countries, namely Japan, Norway and Iceland, continue to ignore a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling—every year they kill thousands of whales to feed a black market of illegal whale meat.

For more than 40 years Greenpeace has been at the forefront of this evolving fight to end this needless slaughter of one the most magnificent creatures on the planet. We are working to ensure that the Obama administration uses their diplomatic leverage to close the loopholes and end all commercial whaling. Read more

Bering Witness

The waters of the Bering Sea-—between Alaska and Russia— are a rich marine environment that’s home to a diverse array of wildlife. Polar bears, seals, sea lions, walruses, whales and millions of seabirds make their home here.

The Bering Sea is also one of the most productive fishing spots in the world. But, the fragile ecosystem cannot sustain this level of commercial fishing without paying a price. Read more

Ensuring Sustainable Seafood

The problems taxing the ocean resources translate directly into what's available at the seafood counter. As consumers demand for fish grows, destructive fishing and aquaculture continues to increase to meet the demand. We are working to change seafood choices made at a wholesale level by working with supermarket retailers to make sustainable seafood the only choice available. Read more

Spotlight on Tuna

Tuna is one of the world's favorite fish. It provides a critical part of the diet for millions of people, as well as being at the core of the world's luxury sashimi markets. But, did you know that globally tuna stocks are under threat?

Our appetite for tuna is pushing the fish closer and closer to extinction. As more and more people consume tuna there has been a surge in the number and capacity of tuna-fishing vessels across the world. Read more

The Solution is Marine Reserves

In order to protect the world’s oceans, portions have to be left alone. That’s where marine reserves come into the picture. A marine reserve is like putting a giant “Do Not Disturb” sign around an area of the ocean. These protected areas are so important to the future of our oceans—giving wildlife a safe haven free from danger. We are working to convince governments and the United Nations that marine reserves are critical to the oceans' future—especially to advocate for setting aside 40% of the world’s oceans as marine reserves.  Read more

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Tens of Thousands of Fish Saved From Factory Fishing Boats

Media release | August 8, 2005 at 18:00

Fishing giant Omega Protein was prevented from vacuuming up tens of thousands of fish from the Chesapeake Bay today when Greenpeace activists dispersed schools of menhaden before the company’s factory fishing boats were able to surround the fish...

Greenpeace Protest Against Factory Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay

Media release | July 22, 2005 at 18:00

Chesapeake Bay residents, fishermen, scientists, Greenpeace activists and other environmentalists held a peaceful flotilla today to show support for limiting the fishing of menhaden, a keystone species of prey fish in the Atlantic. A 20-foot-long...

Greenpeace Calls for Suspension of Canadian Seal Hunt

Media release | March 8, 2005 at 18:00

New findings released by Greenpeace reveal that the science presented by the Canadian government to justify its commercial seal hunt for the years 2003-2005 is inaccurate, incomplete and out of date. The report concludes that the only...

Greenpeace Ship, Rainbow Warrior, Sails to the Whales of Iceland

Media release | August 13, 2003 at 18:00

Following Iceland's announcement on August 6, 2003 that it is resuming whaling, Greenpeace's flagship, the Rainbow Warrior is en route to Iceland to campaign against the hunting of minke whales, which the government is attempting to justify on so...

Greenpeace Responds To Iceland's Proposed Whale Hunt

Media release | August 5, 2003 at 18:00

Greenpeace is deeply concerned with the Government of Iceland's announcement on August 6, 2003 that it is moving back into commercial whaling and fear the move will further jeopardize the future of whales.

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