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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12 (Not so) Fun Facts about Overfishing

Blog by John Hocevar | June 30, 2014

People used to think that the oceans were too big for us to impact very much. Unfortunately, over the past few decades scientists have realized that in fact, fishing has already radically transformed our oceans through a combination of illegal...

What is stalling the creation of global ocean sanctuaries?

Blog by Richard Page | June 26, 2014

Recently, after sifting through a box of dusty 45s, I have had a Billy Bragg song, Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards, firmly stuck in my head. The song has lodged itself there, not just because it has a nifty piano hook, but because the lyrics...

PHOTOS: Iceland catches endangered whales for commercial export to Japan

Blog by Phil Kline | June 23, 2014

Despite an international ban on trading in endangered species such as the fin whale, Iceland has caught its first two endangered fin whales of 2014. The endangered whales are intended for commercial export to Japan.  As the first of this year’s...

How you can act to protect high seas biodiversity

Blog by Jason Schwartz | June 13, 2014

Thousands of people have already retweeted or joined our Thunderclap calling on John Kerry to support a UN agreement to protect high seas biodiversity. We have his attention. What we really need now lots and lots of unique, diverse voices...

Dear John (Kerry): You gonna commit to high seas biodiversity or what?

Blog by Greenpeace Staff | June 10, 2014

Sunday may have been World Oceans Day, but considering half of all the oxygen we breathe comes from the oceans, we should be thanking our lucky stars for them every day. John Kerry knows how important they are. That’s why he and the US...

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